Bruno Barton-Singer

Heriot-Watt University

Supervisor: Bernd Schroers

Bruno grew up in Wandsworth in South West London, UK. He received
a Bachelors in the Natural Sciences tripos at Cambridge, before
switching to part III of the Mathematical tripos to study
theoretical physics. As of 2018 he is at Heriot-Watt, studying
the dynamics of magnetic skyrmions under the supervision of Bernd
Schroers.

Andrew Beckett

University of Edinburgh

Supervisor: José Figueroa-O'Farrill

Andrew was born in Grantham, England and grew up mostly in Ayr,
Scotland. He graduated with an MSci in Physics and Mathematics
from the University of Glasgow in 2018. He then went on to obtain
an MSc in Mathematical Physics from the University of Edinburgh
the following year, writing his thesis on supersymmetry in curved
spacetime under the supervision of José Figueroa-O'Farrill. He is
now continuing this work with José as a PhD student.

Leo Bidussi

University of Edinburgh

Supervisor: Jelle Hartong

Leo is from Trieste, Italy. He received his BSc and MSc in
Theoretical Physics at the University of Perugia. His Master
thesis, supervised by Marta Orselli and Niels Obers, was
about non-relativistic geometries in the context of the AdS/CFT
Correspondence. He is now a PhD student at the University of
Edinburgh under the supervision of Jelle Hartong. His research
is focused on the study of classical and quantum strings moving
in a non-relativistic target space.

Wei Bu

University of Edinburgh

Supervisor: Tim Adamo

Wei was brought up in China, completing his BSc at the Australian
National University and ETH Zürich (2020). He has started his
PhD in the mathematical physics group at University of Edinburgh
under the supervision of Tim Adamo in September 2020. His
research interest lies in the field of twistor string theory and
geometric reformulations of QFT.

Alice Clark

Heriot-Watt University

Supervisor: Christian Sämann

Alice was born in South Wales, UK. She did an undergraduate
degree in Experimental and Theoretical Physics at the University
of Cambridge, before completing part III of the Mathematical
Tripos in her fourth year. Her part III essay, supervised by Paul
Townsend, was a review of the BFSS M(atrix) model of
M-theory. After a year of working as an Android engineer at
RealVNC Ltd., she moved to Heriot-Watt in 2014 to start her PhD
with Christian Saemann. Her research interests include the
dynamics of M-branes in M-theory and the role of geometry in
descriptions of physical systems.

Alec Cooper

Heriot-Watt University

Supervisor: Robert Weston

Alec is from Crawley, West Sussex, in the UK. He completed his
integrated MSci degree in Physics at the University of Bristol in
2016; the title of his Masters project in theoretical optics (under
Professor Mark Dennis) being "Polarisation Singularities in
Anisotropic Crystal Optics". After turning down a PhD offer from NTU,
he took a year out of academia, during which, among other part-time
roles, he enjoyed tutoring A-Level students, before joining Heriot
Watt for his PhD in 2017. He is currently studying under Professor
Robert Weston, using representation theory of q-deformed algebras in
an attempt to derive Baxter TQ-relations for open quantum spin
chains.

Linden Disney-Hogg

University of Edinburgh

Supervisor: Harry Braden

Linden is from North London, completing his bachelors and masters
in maths at the University of Cambridge. He is interested in the
integrability of systems, and maintains active research in
biostatistics.

Jarah Fluxman

University of Edinburgh

Supervisor: José Figueroa-O'Farrill

Jarah grew up in South Africa. He studied mathematics and physics
at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg before
moving to the UK to do Part III of the Cambridge University
Mathematical Tripos. He is now a PhD student at the University of
Edinburgh under the supervision of José
Figueroa-O’Farrill. Jarah’s research centres around Lie Theory
and Cartan Geometry with a focus towards classifying spacetimes
as homogeneous spaces of certain symmetry groups. He also
maintains an interest in the analytical foundations of Quantum
Theory.

Grigorios Giotopoulos

Heriot-Watt University

Supervisor: Richard Szabo

Grigorios was born and grew up in Athens, Greece. He graduated
with a BSc in Mathematics and Physics from the University of
Edinburgh in 2016, with a dissertation on the geometrical
formulation of gauge theories. He then went on to complete Part
III of the Mathematical Tripos at the University of Cambridge. He
is now working on his PhD at Heriot-Watt, under the supervision
of Richard Szabo. His research is focused on strong homotopy Lie
algebras of gravity and their braided noncommutative and
nonassociative deformations. Further research interests include
geometrical and homotopical formulations of field theories, gauge
theory, quantum gravity and string theory, while as a hobby he
worries about foundational issues of quantum theory.

Benjamin Haake

University of Edinburgh

Supervisor: Tudor Dimofte

Benjamin grew up in Germany, receiving his BSc and MSc in Physics
at the University of Heidelberg. Under the guidance of Matthias
Bartelmann and Johannes Walcher he worked on modified theories of
gravity and higher gauge theory. Since 2022, he is working as a
PhD student at the University of Edinburgh supervised by Tudor
Dimofte. His research interests include TQFTs, generalized
symmetries, and anomalies.

Emil Have

University of Edinburgh

Supervisor: Jelle Hartong

Emil grew up in Denmark, where he received his MSc at the Niels
Bohr Institute working on non-relativistic holographic dualities
under the supervision of Niels Obers. He then went to Cambridge
to complete part III of the Mathematical Tripos, where he wrote
an essay on bosonization and the particle-vortex duality
supervised by David Tong. He is now a PhD student at the
University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Jelle
Hartong. His research focuses on holographic dualities as they
appear in string theory and beyond, as well as aspects of
non-Lorentzian geometries relevant to the fluid/gravity
correspondence and fluid dynamics more generally with potential
applications to strongly coupled condensed matter systems and
systems of biophysical interest.

Sergio Inglima

Heriot-Watt University

Supervisor: Bernd Schroers

Sergio is from London (UK). He completed a BSc in Physics &
Mathematics at the University of Southampton before working in
Telcommunications as a research engineer. He returned to
academia to pursue an interest in theoretical physics, graduating
from Imperial College (2012) with a MSc in "Quantum Fields &
Fundamental forces". His dissertation was a review of the
Hamiltonian formalism of General Relativity, with a focus on the
difficulty of defining gauge invariant observables in gravity.
He is currently researching the deformation of wave equations in
2+1 gravity under the supervision of Bernd Schroers. Other
scientific interests include quantum gravity, geometry and
foundational issues in physics.

Dávid Katona

University of Edinburgh

Supervisor: James Lucietti

Dávid is from Budapest, Hungary. He received his first degree in
Medicine at Semmelweis University before switching to Physics. After
graduating with a BSc in Physics from Eötvös Loránd University, he
completed part III of the Mathematical Tripos at the University of
Cambridge. He then continued his studies at the Max Planck Institute
for Gravitational Physics in Hanover. Since September 2020 he is a PhD
student under the supervision of James Lucietti at the University of
Edinburgh. He is interested in the study of higher dimensional black
holes.

Sonja Klisch

University of Edinburgh

Supervisor: Tim Adamo

Sonja grew up near Hannover, Germany, and later Nottingham,
UK. She completed her Bachelors and Masters degrees in
Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, culminating in an
essay on Wess-Zumino-Witten Models. From January 2021, she will
be a Ph.D. student at the University of Edinburgh, supervised by
Tim Adamo. Her research interests are QFTs in strong background
fields, with a dash of integrability and twistor theory!

Ross McDonald

University of Edinburgh

Supervisor: Joan Simón

Ross was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, and grew up in Zambia. He read
Physics at Merton College, Oxford, graduating with an MMathPhys in
2021. His research studies the relationship between quantum
information and the geometry of spacetime.

Vincenzo Emilio Marotta

Heriot-Watt University

Supervisor: Richard Szabo

Vincenzo was born in Avellino, Italy. He completed his BSc in
Aerospace Engineering at University of Naples "Federico II" and,
then, switched to Physics. He stayed in Naples for his MSc degree
in Theoretical Physics. His master thesis, supervised by
Prof. P. Vitale, concentrated on the study of Generalised
Geometry, its applications to Principal Chiral Models and its
relations with the geometry of Double Field Theory. He is now a
PhD student at Heriot-Watt University, under the supervision of
Richard Szabo. His interests include Differential Geometry,
Generalised Geometry and their applications to physics.

Subrabalan Murugesan

Heriot-Watt University

Supervisor: Lotte Hollands

Subrabalan (Subri) is a mathematical physicist working at the
intersection of supersymmetric gauge theories, topology and
geometry. In particular, he is trying to understand the so-called
class S theories and their connection to integrable
systems. Outside physics, his interests include hiking,
bouldering and cooking.

Jørgen Musaeus

University of Edinburgh

Supervisor: Jelle Hartong

Jørgen grew up in Denmark, where he received his MSc at the Niels
Bohr Institute studying 2+1 dimensional non-relativistic gravity
under the supervision of Niels Obers and Gerben Oling. Jørgen is
now a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh under the
supervision of Jelle Hartong. His research is currently focused
on applying a recently developed theory of non-relativistic
gravity to attain a covariant formulation of the post-Newtonian
approximation of general relativity.

Sergei Ovchinnikov

University of Edinburgh

Supervisor: James Lucietti

Sergei was born in Moscow, Russia. He obtained his Bachelor’s
degree in Physics (2016) and, later, his second Master’s degree
(2019) at faculty of physics of Lomonosov Moscow State
University. His first Master’s degree comes from Part III
Mathematics (2018) at the University of Cambridge. In 2018-2019
Sergei was one of the co-lecturers in “Basic structures of
differential geometry for physicists” at Lomonosov MSU. Since
September 2019 Sergei is working under the supervision of
Professor Lucietti. His current research interests lie in the
field of higher dimensional black holes and theories of
supergravity.

Virinchi Rallabhandi

University of Edinburgh

Supervisor: James Lucietti

Virinchi hails from the warm climes of Perth, Australia. His
tertiary education began with undergraduate studies in physics
and maths at the University of Western Australia. He then
continued at the same institution, attaining a Master of Physics
supervised by Sergei Kuzenko and Evgeny Buchbinder. In 2021,
Virinchi relocated to England for Part III of the Mathematical
Tripos at the University of Cambridge. Since September 2022, he
has been a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, exploring
various mathematical topics regarding black holes, under the
supervision of James Lucietti.

Dominik Rist

Heriot-Watt University

Supervisor: Christian Sämann

Dominik is from Bratislava, Slovakia. He received his Bc. in
Physics from Comenius University in Bratislava. He then obtained
his MSc in Gravity, Particles, and Fields at the University of
Nottingham. In his dissertation, supervised by John Barrett,
Dominik investigated the construction of fuzzy complex projective
spaces in the spectral triple approach to noncommutative
geometry. He is now a student at Heriot-Watt University
supervised by Christian Sämann. His research includes looking for
classical structures of the (2,0)-theory using the tools of
higher gauge theory.

Spyridoula Sklaveniti

Heriot-Watt University

Supervisor: Anastasia Doikou

Spyridoula is from Lefkada, Greece. She completed her undergraduate
degree in Mathematics at the University of Patras, followed by a MSc
in Applied Mathematics. Her master thesis, supervised by Prof
V. Papageorgiou, involved a method of full discretization for
integrable PDEs. Then she joined Heriot-Watt University as a PhD
student under the supervision of Dr A. Doikou. Her research focuses on
constructing Lax representations for both integrable PDEs and discrete
integrable systems by applying specific algebraic methods.

Benjamin Strittmatter

University of Edinburgh

Supervisor: Joan Simón

Benjamin grew up in Baden in the south of Germany. He was
educated in physics at ETH Zurich and in mathematics at the
University of Geneva, holding MSc degrees in both
disciplines. Originally trained in black hole astrophysics, his
research now evolves around quantum gravity and holography, where
he is interested in addressing aspects of black hole information
using methods in conformal field theory.

Girish Vishwa

University of Edinburgh

Supervisor: José Figueroa-O'Farrill

Girish grew up in Singapore and Bangalore but is originally from
Chennai, India. He completed his MSci at Imperial College London and
his MSc at the University of Edinburgh, after which he commenced his
PhD in November 2020 with his MSc project supervisor, José
Figueroa-O’Farrill. He is interested in algebraic and representation
theoretic aspects of string theory. In particular, his research
focuses on using vertex operator algebras and homological methods to
better understand non-relativistic string theories. Apart from
mathematics and physics, Girish enjoys sports. He used to be a
competitive badminton player, but is now actively involved in
bouldering and roped climbing while also practising calisthenics.