General Overview

YTF kicks off on Wednesday 14th December with a free buffet lunch. There will be a series of 15 and 30 minute talks with the final 2 or 5 minutes (respectively) designated for questions. Talks will be collected into parallel sessions punctuated by tea breaks. Please see the abstracts page for further details concerning talks.

After the sessions on Thursday morning, we are delighted to welcome Sean Hartnoll from Stanford University, who will be giving a plenary talk to round off the Forum in style. Sean has a wide range of experience in theoretical physics and a particular expertise on the use of holographic duality to understand condensed matter systems. This is an excellent opportunity to hear a leading researcher in the field present a talk designed specifically with the postgraduate audience in mind.

One of the highlights of the forum is the "Poster and Pizza" session on Wednesday night. Those not presenting are strongly encouraged to bring along a poster displaying some of their research. Details to follow soon.

Please see this map for the locations of the IPPP and the Premier Inn.


We anticipate being able to fund accommodation for the majority of attendees, with priority given to speakers if demand is exceptionally high. These rooms will be at the Premier Inn in the centre of Durham.

We hope to be able to provide accommodation in the exceptional circumstance that an attendee is not registered for the Annual Theory Meeting, but this is not guaranteed.


Durham is well connected by the rail network. For those travelling from quite a distance Newcastle airport is only 30 minutes away by train. Check "this is durham" for further information on visiting Durham. For any other questions there is a facebook group where you can post inquiries to local students.


We are grateful for generous support from our sponsors listed below.

Organisation team