Workshop “Twistors and Higher Spins”

From 08 July 2024 to 12 July 2024
Campus Plaine de Nimy - De Vinci

Organized by

Nicolas Boulanger and Evgeny Skvortsov

The advent of twistor theory has led to profound insights into many areas of physics, such as scattering amplitudes, instantons and self-dual gauge theories, or holography and its more recent version, celestial holography. The latter has particularly benefited from the twistor point of view on null infinity, which helped clarifying aspects of asymptotic symmetries in flat space. Twistor theory also provides a natural language for describing massless fields in d=4 spacetime dimensions of any spin, which simplifies significantly the fields equations governing higher spin fields. The self-dual, or chiral, sector of higher spin gravity in 4d, revealed to be tractable and well-defined, once more illustrating the efficiency of twistor-inspired methods.  The aim of this workshop is to gather together experts on twistor theory and higher spin gravity, to discuss recent progress in these two areas, and foster new directions of research.

This July the University of Mons will host a workshop on Twistors and Higher Spins. More information will follow soon. Stay tuned!
If you wish to attend the meeting please send an email to
How to reach the conference venue
  • Direct trains from Zaventem airport to Mons are available every hour. You only have to be careful to look for trains directed to Bergen, which is the Dutch name of Mons; alternatively, you can reach the station Brussels Midi and take a train to Mons;
  • Charleroi airport is connected to Mons by a shuttle bus (bus schedule);
  • Trains from Brussels to Mons are running every half an hour, starting around h:25 and h:56 from Midi station (please crosscheck the train schedule!);
  • The workshop will take place in the UMONS campus “Plaine de Nimy”, that can be reached from Mons train station in 20/25 minutes by walk (see the precise address below). A limited number of blue-bikes is also available at the train station;
  • The talks will take place in the building De Vinci (map of the campus).
  • Tim Adamo (*) (Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences)
  • Yannick Herfray (U. Tours)
  • Adam Kmec (Oxford University)
  • Kirill Krasnov (Nottingham University)
  • Arthur Lipstein (Durham University)
  • Lionel Mason (Oxford University)
  • Tristan McLoughlin (Trinity College Dublin)
  • Ricardo Monteiro (Queen Mary University)
  • Romain Ruzziconi (Oxford University)
  • Adam Shaw (Nottingham University)
  • Dmitry Sorokin (*) (U. Padua)
  • Harold Steinacker (University of Vienna)
  • Tung Tran (University of Vienna)
  • Akshay Yellewshpur-Srikant (Oxford University)
(*) To be confirmed
Avenue Maistriau, 15
7000 Mons, Belgium