Agape (definition):

A fellowship meal, banquet or gathering of persons to promote good feeling, restore friendly relations, honour a special guest, etc.. As they are all seated at large table, participants may be referred to as commensals.

A self-organised summer-school for theoretical physics!

Young physicists, mathematicians and philosophers shall meet for a one-week expedition lost between earth and sky at the boundary of the thinkable world. The goal of this summer-school is to share deep discussions about physics and its foundations in an open and creative way for an intense time of learning, reflection and enlightenment – and all in a joyful atmosphere. With up to 17 commensals, this year's instalment of l'agape will see a partition between more in-depth courses given in the mornings and radical, open and creative activities in the afternoons.

Courses. The six 3-hour courses will each be held by commensals who have volunteered to do so during the preparatory phases of l'agape.

Activities. In the afternoons, commensals will pick and choose between a host of different scientific activities. These activities which are currently being devised are meant to propose new and creative ways of doing science. See the 'Activities' section on the left for some ideas.

Talks. Each commensal will also hold a short 20-minute talk during the evening aperitif.

Organizers and support

This event is organized by Pierre Martin-Dussaud (Aix-Marseille Université), Robin Reuben (Universität Hamburg), Alexander Thomas (Université de Strasbourg) and Federico Zalamea (EFREI). We are supported by the Centre de Physique Théorique (Luminy), the Doctoral School 352 and the Faculty of Science of Aix-Marseille Université.

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Thinking under the blue sky

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