Theoretical Physics

Peek in a classroom at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. (Graphic cropped) Courtesy of KITP

"My goal in establishing these institutes is to support research at the frontiers of science. I feel that it is especially important to pursue the most far-reaching opportunities and challenges and to seek answers to the most fundamental questions." - Fred Kavli, Founder, The Kavli Foundation


Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara brings together diverse groups of physicists and other scientists for timely, intellectually provocative inquiries. Its research encompasses the disciplines of particle and nuclear physics, astrophysics and cosmology, condensed-matter physics and atomic and molecular physics, as well as emerging and interdisciplinary fields such as biophysics, neurophysics and mathematical physics. Lars Bildsten is director. Read More


Kavli Institute for Theoretical Sciences at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing aims to become an international center of excellence in theoretical physics and related fields. It is jointly supported by The Kavli Foundation, UCAS and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. KITS was established in October 2016 and builds on the legacy of the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics, China , which was endowed by The Kavli Foundation in 2006. Read More