BSM in direct, indirect and tabletop experiments

November 5 – 16, 2017

In this workshop we attempt to expand our searches and deepen our understanding of dark matter particles as well as other light force mediators. We plan to do so both theoretically and via experimental effort. Direct dark matter searches are expected to progress with the expected results from the upcoming XENON1T, LZ and super CDMS experiments and the future Darwin experiment. Further insight is to be achieved at the precision frontier of atomic physics. Special focus will be given to non-traditional experimental approaches and techniques.

  • Ranny Budnik, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Claudia Frugiuele, Weizmann Institute of Science 
  • Elina Fuchs - Weizmann institute of Science 
  • Yonit Hochberg - Cornell/Hebrew University
  • Gilad Perez, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Roee Ozeri, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Tome   Volansky, Tel Aviv University

Correlations, Fluctuations and anomalous transport in systems far from equilibrium

December 31, 2017 – January 12, 2018

While considerable progress in the understanding the statistical and dynamical properties of systems far from thermal equilibrium has been made during the last few decades, a general

framework for the characterization of such systems is still lacking. The workshop is aimed at bringing together leading researchers, young scientists and PhD students active in the broad field of nonequilibrium statistical physics fostering open discussions and exploring new directions of research in this rapidly evolving field. Topics that will be covered in the workshop include the emergence of long-range correlations in driven systems; large deviations; anomalous transport whereby transport coefficients (such as heat conductivity) become divergent with the system's size in momentum conserving systems; rare events and extreme value statistics; the emergence of macroscopic structures in self-propelled systems: and related topics.

This is the 7th workshop organized under the auspices of the recently established Schwartz-Reisman Institute for Theoretical Physics (SRitp) at the Weizmann Institute. The SRitp supports small extended workshops focused on timely topics in theoretical physics. The main goal of the workshop program is to encourage international scientific collaboration on topics in the frontier of physics, with an emphasis on promoting scientists at early stages of their careers.

  • Yariv Kafri, Technion

  • Satya Majumdar, Universite Paris Sud

  • David Mukamel , Weizmann institute of Science


Hammers & Nails - Machine Learning & HEP

July 19 – 28, 2017

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together particle physicists and machine learning researchers to discuss the unique challenges posed by high-energy physics data analysis problems. While some of these problems are simply waiting to be matched with well-established techniques (the pairing of hammers and nails), many require or inspire the development of novel methods.

Topics include:

Generative models, high-dimensional density estimation, and likelihood-free inference

Sublinear-time pattern recognition and online learning

Domain adaptation and systematic uncertainty

Anomaly detection

Optimal experiment design and black box optimization

And new ideas we don’t yet know we need!


We plan an informal atmosphere, with typically 2-3 open-ended lectures each day turning into free discussion, and plenty of time for both independent work and collaboration.

Participation is by invitation only.

We offer  travel support; for organizational purposes, it is crucial that you provide us with the Visiting Scientist and reimbursement details that can be found in the "forms" page on this website, and in the email that you should have received from our admin. Please do not hesitate to contact us for questions.

  • Eilam Gross, Weizmann Institute of Science
Hammers and Nails


July 2 – 11, 2017

The workshop is planned for a few dozen people and it will focus on specific topics. The workshop topics will be topics of particular interest and immediacy to the community in 2017, which are also of interest to the members of the WIS group. Currently the planned topics include exact results in quantum field theories, the AdS/CFT correspondence between gauge theories and gravitational theories, and the relation between black holes and quantum chaos. The detailed set of topics, and of participants, will be decided at the beginning of 2017. In any case, we plan to focus on no more than 2-­‐3 (interrelated) topics. 

  • Ofer Aharony, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Micha Berkooz, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Zohar Komargodski, Weizmann Institute of Science
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January 2 – 15, 2017

The field of high energy cosmic-ray, gamma-ray and neutrino astrophysics has seen major experimental developments over the past decade. These include IceCube’s detection of extra-terrestrial high energy neutrinos, new measurements of ultra-high energy as well as lower energy cosmic-rays, and new space and ground based high-energy gamma-ray measurements. Furthermore, a wide array of large neutrino, cosmic-ray, and gamma-ray experiments are under construction and/or planning. In light of these developments, a discussion of the theoretical open questions, that are most important to address, and of the directions of the experimental efforts, that will be most efficient in addressing these questions, is highly timely. The goal of the workshop is to contribute to focusing the theoretical and experimental efforts.

  • Kfir Blum, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Ran Budnik, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Albrecht Karle, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Yosef Nir, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Eli Waxman, Weizmann Institute of Science
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Strongly correlated matter: present and future

December 11 – 22, 2016

The workshop will bring together young group leaders in theoretical and experimental quantum condensed matter physics to discuss new ideas and emerging directions in the field.


Erez Berg, Weizmann Institute of Science
Yuval Oreg, Weizmann Institute of Science
Ady Stern, Weizmann Institute of Science

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Workshop: Strongly correlated matter: present and future

Cosmological probes of fundamental physics

May 29 – June 10, 2016

The purpose of the workshop is to bring together particle physicists, cosmologists, and astrophysicists, to discuss observational progress and new theoretical ideas aimed to utilize cosmological and astrophysical data as a probe for physics beyond the Standard Model.


Dr. Kfir Blum, Weizmann Institute of Science
Dr. Raphael Flauger, Texas University
Aielet Efrati, Weizmann Institute of Science