Symposium to mark the award of the Lorentz Medal 2018

Views on Space-time

19 November 2018 from 15:30 to 17:30 hrs
Openbare Bibliotheek van Amsterdam, Theaterzaal OBA, 7th floor, Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam
020 551 0767
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Uncovering the origins and the fundamental nature of space-time remains one of the holy grails of our understanding of the physical world. In the absence of direct experiments, what guides the theoretical search for the correct theory? Do the quantum properties of black holes, described by Hawking and others, provide the key to understanding quantum gravity and quantum space-time? 

Physicist Juan Martín Maldacena, has been awarded the Lorentz Medal for his groundbreaking and innovative work in theoretical physics over the past two decades during the symposium‘Views on Space-time’. 

Juan Martín Maldacena is receiving the Lorentz Medal from Wim van Saarloos and Renate Loll (Photo by Inge Hoogland)


American physicist Juan Martín Maldacena (born in 1968) will receive the Lorentz Medal 2018 for the important contribution he has made to the development of theoretical physics. Juan Martín Maldacena is Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. His work has had a major impact. His articles have influenced and formed a large group of theoretical physicists.


  • Opening by Wim van Saarloos, President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
  • Brief presentation by Gerard ’t Hooft, Professor of Theoretical Physics at Utrecht University
  • Brief presentation by Erik Verlinde, Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Amsterdam
  • Award of the Lorentz Medal to Juan Martín Maldacena by Renate Loll, Professor of Theoretical Physics at Radboud University Nijmegen and chair of the Lorentz Medal jury.
  • Interview with the laureate by Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, chaired by Margriet van der Heijden.

The symposium will be conducted in English.