Bengaluru now has a large group of string theorists, with 9 faculty members in the area, between ICTS and IISc. This is apart from a large group of postdocs and graduate students. In addition, several physicists at both IISc and RRI work in allied areas that relate to quantum field theory , classical and quantum aspects of gravity.
The idea of Bengaluru Area String theory Meeting (BASM) is to bring all these physicists together for a brief meeting, where we learn about each other's research and build potential collaborations. The BASM also gives students and postdocs from the Bengaluru institutions an opportunity to talk about their research. In addition, we will get a few speakers from outside Bengaluru as well.