Throughout the history of quantum field theory, there has been a rich cross-pollenation coming from the interaction between high-energy and condensed matter theory. Beginning with Dirac's positron and including such triumphs as spontaneous symmetry breaking and renormalization, this cross-talk has been instrumental in shaping our understanding of the universe. We propose to reinvigorate this fruitful collaboration by bringing together high-energy and condensed matter physicists. Scientists wtih a high-energy background have often attracted to condensed matter systems because, simply put, they are so much richer. Rather than having a single Lagrangian which describes all elementary particles and fundamental interactions we observe at colliders, the myriad of possible phases of condesed matter systems allow for a whole host of different and unusual (from a high-energy perspective) behaviour. Many high-energy physicists have recently expanded their horizons in this direction, but often at the cost of working in relative isolation. We believe that bringing together these like-minded individuals in the presence of leading condensed matter theorists will unite, focus and inspire this new community to try and tackle some of the most interesting problems in modern physics.
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