Veronika Breunhölder

University of Edinburgh

Supervisor: James Lucietti

Veronika is from Vienna, Austria. She completed a master's
programme in Physics at the Vienna University of Technology, her
master's thesis dealing with phase transitions in gravitational
theories. After graduating, she moved to Edinburgh to start her
PhD in Mathematical Physics. Her research interests include
supergravity, string theory and geometry.

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.

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 mathematics of
Gauge Theory. He then went on to complete Part III of the
mathematical tripos at the University of Cambridge. He is now
working on a PhD at Heriot-Watt, under the supervision of Richard
Szabo. His research interests include geometry, string theory and
gauge theory while as a hobby he worries about foundational
issues of quantum theories.

Alex Howes

University of Edinburgh

Supervisor: James Lucietti

Alex is from West Somerset, England, and completed her
undergraduate degree in physics at the University of
Cambridge. Her master's project involved studying BSM theories of
charged Higgs bosons and the interactions with quarks, supervised
by Maria Ubiali. Her research now involves studying the solutions
of higher dimensional black holes.

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.

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.

Lukas Müller

Heriot-Watt University

Supervisor: Richard Szabo

Lukas is from Bremen, Germany. He did his BSc in Physics in
Bremen and then moved to Hamburg for an MSc in Mathematical
Physics. His master's thesis was concerned with the construction
of Dijkgraaf-Witten theories from invariants of 3-manifolds. He
is now doing a PhD at Heriot-Watt under the supervision of
Richard Szabo. He is interested in higher categorical and
geometric structures in physics. His research is concerned with
the study of anomalies in functorial field theories and their
relation to condensed matter physics.

Calum Ross

Heriot-Watt University

Supervisor: Bernd Schroers

Calum completed an MPhys in Theoretical Physics at Lancaster
University before attending the University of Cambridge to
undertake the Part III course in Applied Mathematics. His
master's project was in geometric distribution theory with
particular applications to electromagnetism, while at Cambridge
he did a Part III project on the geometry of supersymmetric
quantum mechanics. His interests include differential geometry,
gauge theory and topological solitons.

Philipp Rüter

Heriot-Watt University

Supervisor: Lotte Hollands

Philipp is from North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He did his
BSc in Physics in Münster and then moved to Hamburg for an
MSc in Mathematical Physics. His master's thesis involved
finding maximal supersymmetric vacua of gauged Supergravities. He
is now doing a PhD at Heriot-Watt under the supervision of Lotte
Hollands. His research is on N=2 supersymmetric theories of class
S and their relations to the Hitchin system and the moduli space
of flat connections on a Riemann surface.

Lennart Schmidt

Heriot-Watt University

Supervisor: Christian Sämann

Lennart grew up in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. He acquired both
his undergraduate and MSc degrees in physics at ETH Zürich,
Switzerland. His master thesis concentrated on calculating OPEs
of fermionic and bosonic W-algebras. He is now a PhD-student at
Heriot-Watt University under the supervision of Christian
Sämann. Here his work will focus on background independent field
theories and higher gauge theories.

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.

Andrius Štikonas

University of Edinburgh

Supervisor: Joan Simón

Andrius was born in Novotroick, Russia and grew up in Vilnius,
Lithuania. He graduated with a BA/MMath from University of Cambridge
in 2013. He has written a Part III essay on the instability of
Anti-de Sitter space. His research interest is entanglement entropy
in conformal quantum field theories and gravity.

Fred Tomlinson

University of Edinburgh

Supervisor: James Lucietti

Fred was born and grew up in London. He studied at the University
of Cambridge where he attained a Bachelors in Physics followed by
a Masters in Mathematics. His research involves classifying the
solutions of higher dimensional black holes.

Carlos Zapata-Carratalá

University of Edinburgh

Supervisor: José Figueroa-O'Farrill

Carlos was born in Alicante, Spain. He discovered his passion for
theoretical and mathematical physics at a very early age and has
been selftaught to some degree ever since. He graduated with a
Degree in Physics from the University of Valencia and wrote his
dissertation on the fibre bundle structures of gauge theories. He
then moved to Cambridge to take Part III and wrote an essay on
the hamiltonian formulation of general relativity. In September
2014 he joined the University of Edinburgh as a PhD student under
the supervision of José Figueroa-O'Farrill. The topics in physics
and mathematics he finds fascinating are: geometric formulation
of physical theories, category theory, foundational aspects of
quantum theories, geometry of groups of transformations or
foundational and philosophical aspects of space-time, to name a
few.