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The domain of utilisation of quantum field theory in curved spacetime has found many new applications in particle, astro, nuclear and condensed matter physics. Aside from suggesting novel intersections between quantum fields and gravity, an unexplored landscape of original ideas is taking shape and inspiring new exciting problems and ramifications of the theory.

This 3-days workshop brings together researchers working in different areas of quantum field theory with interest in its curved space applications in the area of gravity and beyond. The workshop aims to exchange ideas on what is - or is expected soon to become - topical and discuss potential interdisciplinary interactions in a stimulating and collaborative environment.


Sante Carloni, Roberto Cianci, Stefano Vignolo, Vincenzo Vitagliano (Genova), Olindo Corradini (Modena and Reggio Emilia), Antonino Flachi (Keio University, Yokohama).


The workshop acknowledges support from the Italian Society of Mathematical Physics, GNFM - INDAM, and from the University of Genova, UniGe.


There are no fees to attend the workshop; however, registration is required.


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Keynote Speakers

  • Bei-Lok Hu (University of Maryland)
  • Ian G Moss (Newcastle University)
  • José Navarro-Salas (University of Valencia)
  • Maria A. H. Vozmediano (Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales, Madrid)
  • Program/Speakers

    Wednesday 14th

    Speaker Title Time
    Registration & Welcome 8:30 - 9:30
    Andrea Amoretti Superconductors in strong electric field: Quantum Electrodynamics meets superconductivity 9:30 - 10:00
    Maxim Chernodub Gravitational anomalies, curved spacetime, and thermal response of matter 10:00 - 10:30
    Jaakko Nissinen Geometric anomalies in non-relativistic topological matter 10:30 - 11:00
    Break 11:00 - 11:30
    Maria Vozmediano Curvature in condensed matter 11:30 - 12:30
    Omar Gallegos Hydrodynamic representation and energy balance for Dirac and Weyl fermions in curved space-times 12:30 - 12:50
    Erica Bertolini Notes from the bulk: metric dependence of the edge states of topological field theories 12:50 - 13:10
    Lunch Break 13:10 - 14:30
    Vitor Barroso Primary thermalisation mechanism of Early Universe observed from Faraday-wave scattering on liquid-liquid interfaces 14:30 - 15:00
    Sebastián Franchino-Viñas Trace anomalies for Weyl fermions 15:00 - 15:30
    Francesco Becattini Quantum corrections to the equation of state in the Friedman-Robertson-Walker space-time 15:30 - 16:00
    Break 16:00 - 16:30
    Marco Piva Massive higher-spin multiplets and asymptotic freedom in quantum gravity 16:30 - 16:50
    Filippo Maria Balli Manifest colour-kinematics duality and double-copy in the string-based formalism 16:50 - 17:10
    Stefano Bolognesi Strong and chiral theories 17:10 - 17:40

    Thursday 15th

    Speaker Title Time
    Alexander Kamenshchik Scalar fields in the de Sitter spacetime 9:30 - 10:00
    Dražen Glavan Even photon breaks de Sitter invariance 10:00 - 10:30
    Antonio Ferreiro Adiabatic regularization and preferred vacuum state for the λϕ4 field theory in cosmological spacetimes 10:30 - 11:00
    Break 11:00 - 11:30
    José Navarro-Salas Hadamard and boundary conditions for the big bang quantum vacuum 11:30 - 12:30
    Patricia Ribes Metidieri Does inflation squeeze cosmological perturbations? 12:30 - 12:50
    Siva Namasivayam Vacuum polarisation in three-dimensional anti-de Sitter space-time (adS3) with Robin boundary conditions 12:50 - 13:10
    Lunch Break 13:10 - 14:30
    Davide Cassani AdS black hole microstates from supersymmetric QFT in curved space 14:30 - 15:00
    Pietro Antonio Grassi Self-dual Forms in Curved Super Spacetime 15:00 - 15:30
    Elizabeth Winstanley Superradiance and quantum states on black hole space-times 15:30 - 16:00
    Break & Poster Session 16:00 - 16:50
    Lissa de Souza Campos Probing boundary conditions effects with particle detectors 16:50 - 17:10
    Subhajit Barman Radiative process of two entangled uniformly accelerated atoms in a thermal bath: a possible case of anti-Unruh event 17:10 - 17:30
    Conference Dinner -- Hotel Bristol 19:30 - ???

    Friday 16th

    Speaker Title Time
    Massimiliano Rinaldi Scale-invariant gravity in cosmic inflation and black holes 9:30 - 10:00
    Marc Schneider Resilience of Black hole thermodynamics in Lorentz violating scenarios 10:00 - 10:30
    Kunihito Uzawa De-singularizing the extremal GMGHS black hole via higher derivatives corrections 10:30 - 11:00
    Break 11:00 - 11:30
    Ian G Moss Mining the quantum vacuum: quantum tunnelling and particle creation 11:30 - 12:30
    Julio Arrechea Semiclassical backreaction in stellar spacetimes 12:30 - 12:50
    Fabio Scardigli Planck Stars from Asymptotically Safe Gravity 12:50 - 13:10
    Lunch Break 13:10 - 14:30
    Bei-lok Hu Quantum Fluctuations in Gravity: Gravitational Cats, Graviton Noise and Stochastic Gravity 14:30 - 15:30
    Rita Fioresi N=2 quantum chiral superfields 15:30 - 16:00
    Break 16:00 - 16:30
    David Edward Bruschi Gravitational redshift induces quantum interference 16:30 - 17:00
    Igor Kanatchikov Precanonical quantization in curved space-time and the structure of the Schroedinger wave functional in arbitrary space-times 17:00 - 17:20
    Ekkehart Winterroth Variational cohomology and topological solitons in Yang-Mills-Chern-Simons theories 17:20 - 17:40
    Yafet Sanchez Sanchez Adiabatic Ground States 17:40 - 18:00
    Concluding remarks 18:00 - 18:10


    Author Title
    Valentin Boyanov Black hole inner horizon inflation in semiclassical gravity
    Luca Sinibaldi Unruh-DeWitt detectors on Bertotti-Robinson spacetime: the role of boundary conditions
    Dario Sauro The origin of Weyl gauging in metric-affine theories
    Gerardo García-Moreno Inversion of statistics and thermalization in the Unruh effect
    Samuele Silveravalle The final stages of black hole evaporation in quadratic gravity
    Mohammed Alkhateeb Space-time resolved quantum field approach to Klein tunneling dynamics of fermions and bosons
    Dipankar Barman Constructing an entangled Unruh Otto engine and its efficiency
    Pietro Conzinu Adiabatic renormalization with an IR cut-off
    Riccardo Falcone Observing single-particles beyond the Rindler horizon
    Antonino Flachi Reflections on symmetry breaking and the quantum vacuum
    Monika Pietrzyk Covariant Hamiltonian-Jacobi formulation of the teleparallel equivalent of GR
    Giulio Audagnotto Proportionality of gravitational and electromagnetic radiation by an electron in an intense plane wave


  • Shohreh Abdolrahimi (California State Polytechnic University)
  • Naser Ahmadiniaz (Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf)
  • Mohammed Alkhateeb (LTPM, CY Cergy Paris Université)
  • Andrea Amoretti (University of Genova)
  • Chiara Animali (University of Pisa)
  • Julio Arrechea (Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia)
  • Giulio Audagnotto (Max Planck institut fur kernphysik)
  • Filippo Maria Balli (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)
  • Dipankar Barman (Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati)
  • Subhajit Barman (Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati)
  • Vitor Barroso (University of Nottingham)
  • Francesco Becattini (University of Firenze)
  • Erica Bertolini (University of Genova and INFN)
  • Stefano Bolognesi (University of Pisa)
  • Valentin Boyanov (University of Madrid)
  • David Edward Bruschi (Forschungszentrum Jülich)
  • Antonio Capolupo (University of Salerno)
  • Sante Carloni (University of Genova)
  • Roberto Casadio (University of Bologna)
  • Davide Cassani (University of Padova)
  • Maxim Chernodub (Institut Denis Poisson, Tours)
  • Roberto Cianci (University of Genova)
  • Pietro Conzinu (University of Pisa)
  • Olindo Corradini (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)
  • Arunima Das (NISER)
  • Francesco Del Porro (SISSA)
  • Sumit Dey (Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati)
  • Ankit Dhanuka (IISER Mohali)
  • Rajesh Kumar Dubei (GCC Education)
  • Riccardo Falcone (University of Rome 'La Sapienza')
  • Antonio Ferreiro (Dublin City University)
  • Rita Fioresi (University of Bologna)
  • Antonino Flachi (Keio University, Yokohama)
  • Sebastián Franchino-Viñas (Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf)
  • Omar Gallegos (Departamento de física, CINVESTAV - IPN, Mexico)
  • Gerardo García-Moreno (Institute for Astrophysics of Andalucia)
  • Radhika Gautamkumar Deshmukh (Shri Shivaji Science College Amravati)
  • Dražen Glavan (CEICO, FZU, Prague)
  • Janhavi Dattaram Golatkar (University of Heidelberg)
  • Pietro Antonio Grassi (University of Eastern Piedmont)
  • Sobhan Kazempour Ishka (University of Tabriz)
  • Jayesh Jain (National Institute of Technology, Rourkela)
  • Alexander Kamenshchik (University of Bologna and INFN)
  • Igor Kanatchikov (National Quantum Information Center, Poland)
  • Nicola Maggiore (University of Genova)
  • Nicodemo Magnoli (University of Genova)
  • Sagar Kumar Maity (Bose National Center for Basic Sciences, Kolkata)
  • Riccardo Martini (INFN - Pisa)
  • Ioannis Matthaiakakis (University of Genova)
  • Alessandro Monteverdi (University of Sheffield)
  • Simone Murro (University of Genova)
  • Sergi Nadal Gisbert (University of Valencia)
  • Siva Namasivayam (University of Sheffield)
  • Ian Newsome (Wake Forest University)
  • Jaakko Nissinen (Aalto University)
  • Gregorio Paci (University of Pisa)
  • Marcella Palese (University of Torino)
  • Marco Pasini (University of Udine)
  • Monika Pietrzyk (University of Exeter)
  • Marco Piva (NICPB, Tallinn)
  • Silvia Pla García (King's College, London)
  • Atousa Pournaghi (University of Rome 'La Sapienza')
  • Aniello Quaranta (University of Salerno)
  • Patricia Ribes Metidieri (Radboud University)
  • Emanuele Ricossa (University of Torino)
  • Massimiliano Rinaldi (University of Trento)
  • Yafet Sanchez Sanchez (University of Hannover)
  • Dario Sauro (University of Pisa)
  • Fabio Scardigli (Polytechnic University of Milan)
  • Marc Schneider (SISSA)
  • Rahul Shah (Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata)
  • Ashwin Shirke (University of Potsdam)
  • Samuele Marco Silveravalle (University of Trento)
  • Luca Sinibaldi (University of Pavia)
  • Lissa de Souza Campos (University of Pavia)
  • Diego Trancanelli (UniMORE and INFN and USP)
  • Mritunjay Tyagi (University of Bonn)
  • Kunihito Uzawa (Kwansei Gakuin University)
  • Moh Vaseem Akram (Jamia Millia Islamia)
  • Satyam Verma (National Institute of Technology, Rourkela)
  • Stefano Vignolo (University of Genova)
  • Vincenzo Vitagliano (University of Genova)
  • Elizabeth Winstanley (University of Sheffield)
  • Ekkehart Winterroth (Lepage Research Institute, Slovakia)
  • Hartwig Winterroth (University of Torino)
  • Omar Zanusso (University of Pisa)


The workshop will take place in the breathtaking setting of the University of Genova historical buildings in via Balbi, an UNESCO world heritage site. The workshop's venue is the XVII-th century lecture hall of the University, in via Balbi, 5. This is conveniently located just a few steps from the main train station and right in the thick of the action, with all the main attractions of the city within a stone's throw.

Social Dinner

The social dinner will take place at the restaurant of the Bristol Palace Hotel (walking distance from the conference venue, see the map below). The dinner will start at 19:30. Please, remember to bring your voucher.

Staying in Genova

The fascinating city centre of Genova offers many solutions for your accommodation. However, the University of Genova has some special agreements with some hotels within walking distance from the conference venue (max. 10-15 minutes, ~1 km); the conference attendees can get some special discounts in the list of hotels below (when booking, remember to ask to apply the special price prepared for the University of Genova): there are only few available rooms, so we recommend to choose and book as soon as possible. If you decide to book a room in another hotel, consider a couple of tips: Genova is a 'vertical' city (that's a part of its charm), streets are very commonly connected by stairways, that can be very steep. As a general rule, use your common sense and avoid walking in narrow and dark alleys after the sunset.

Hotel Vittoria & Orlandini

Single Room: 56 €; Double Room: 66 €

Hotel Nuovo Nord

Double Room (single use): 72 €; Double Room: 87 €

Best Western Porto Antico

Single Room: 85 €; Double Room (single use): 90 €

Best Western Hotel Metropoli

Single Room: 88 €; Double Room (single use): 101 €

Best Western City Hotel Plus

Single Room: 105 €; Double Room (single use): 115 €

Hotel Continental

Double Room (single use): 111 €

Grand Hotel Savoia

Double Room (single use): 152 €

Registration / Contact

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Participation in the workshop is free of charge and open up to the capacity of the venue. Registration is required. To register, please fill in the form below.
Please, note that the term to propose title/abstract for presentations has passed.
For further information, please contact Vincenzo Vitagliano, email: