Short CV/Education and training

  • Baccalaureus in Physics, University of Freiburg (D)

  • General Course of Study, London School of Economics (UK)

  • Diploma of Imperial College in Theoretical Physics (UK)

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Theoretical Physics, Imperial College (UK)

  • Postdoctoral Positions at Bonn University (D), Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Firenze (IT), Syracuse University (U.S.A.), Pennsylvania State University (U.S.A.)

  • Research Fellow at Max-Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Golm (D)

  • Habilitation in Theoretical Physics, University of Potsdam (D)

  • Professor for Theoretical Physics, Utrecht University (NL)

  • Professor for Theoretical Physics, Radboud University Nijmegen (NL)

Selected publications


  • Loll, Renate: "Second- and First-Order Phase Transitions in Causal Dynamical Triangulations", Physical Review D 85 (2012) 124044

  • Loll, Renate: "Planckian Birth of the Quantum de Sitter Universe", Physical Review Letters 100 (2008) 091304

  • Loll, Renate: "Emergence of a 4D World from Causal Quantum Gravity", Physical Review Letters 93 (2004) 131301

  • Loll, Renate: "Proper-Time Cure for the Conformal Sickness in Quantum Gravity", Nuclear Physics B 606 (2001) 357-379

  • Loll, Renate: "Non-perturbative Lorentzian Quantum Gravity, Causality and Topology Change", Nuclear Physics B 536 (1998) 407-434

  • Loll, Renate: "Volume Operator in Discretized Quantum Gravity", Physical Review Letters 75 (1995) 3048-51


  • Loll, Renate: "The Self-Organizing Quantum Universe", Scientific American, Jul 2008, 42-49

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Dynamical Dimensions in Quantum Gravity: Why Less may be More

  • Ironing out the Quantum Wrinkles of Spacetime

  • A Reality Check for Quantum Cosmology

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Governing Board of FOM (Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter), The Netherlands

  • Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Canada

  • Scientific Director, Dutch Research School for Theoretical Physics, 2010 – 2012

Media coverage

  • Scientific Organizer of the Marie Curie Research and Training Network ENRAGE (European Network on Random Geometry), 2005 – 2009

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • public engagements (I am a frequent public speaker on the quantum physics of space and time and related topics, most recently, as the 2012 Lise-Meitner Lecturer of the Austrian and German Physical Societies)

  • media appearances, panel discussions (I have participated in various TV productions, most recently, in the US-American series "Through the Wormhole, with Morgan Freeman")

  • anything challenging, really


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