Petnica Summer Institute

Summer School on High Energy Theory and
Summer School on Cosmology
1 August - 10 August, 2024

This year we are for the first time organizing two summer schools in parallel. One school is on High Energy Theory and the other on Cosmology (see the topics and lecturers below).

The aim: The schools aim to provide intensive and thorough courses on a broad range of topics in the field of high energy theory and cosmology. The schools are not limited only to lectures, but will also include daily discussion sessions, problem solving and independent work.

For whom: The schools are intended for senior undergraduate and early graduate (MSc / junior PhD) students mainly from the region of Southeast Europe. However, all lectures will be given in English, so we also welcome students from anywhere abroad.

By whom: Lectures will be given by senior PhD students, postdocs, but also by some senior researchers. Lecturers come from various European and US institutions.

High Energy Theory


  • Aspects of QFT at Finite Temperature
  • Introduction to Conformal Field Theories
  • Black Hole Physics
  • Introduction to AdS/CFT correspondence
  • 2d Quantum Gravity


  • Lorenzo Di Pietro (University of Trieste)
  • Roberto Emparan (University of Barcelona)
  • Monica Guica (EPFL, Lausanne)
  • Aditya Hebbar (Ecole Polytechnique, Paris)
  • Jildou Hollander (University of Amsterdam)



  • Introduction to Cosmology
  • Early Universe Physics
  • Inflation
  • Cosmic Microwave Background
  • Large-Scale Structure of the Universe
  • Machine Learning in Astroparticle Physics


  • Mateja Bošković (DESY, Hamburg)
  • Valentina Danieli (SISSA, Trieste)
  • Enea Di Dio (University of Geneva)
  • Christopher Eckner (University of Nova Gorica)
  • Pranjal Ralegankar (SISSA, Trieste)
  • Marko Simonović (University of Florence)
  • Zvonimir Vlah (RBI, Zagreb)