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The Institute of Theoretical Physics (ITP) at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) was founded in 1978. The ITP focuses on theoretical studies in almost all fields of physics and some interdisciplinary fields of physics and other branches of science. The research fields of ITP cover particle physics, nuclear physics, quantum field theory, string theory, mathematical physics, gravitational theory, cosmology, astrophysics, quantum physics, atomic and molecular physics, condensed matter physics, biophysics, soft matter physics, statistical physics, and applied studies of theoretical physics, etc.

Currently ITP has around 70 staffs including about 45 research faculties and more than 150 postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. The ITP plays roles not only as a research center of excellence but also as an open platform for productive scientific exchanges and collaborations for scientists, postdocs and students from all over the world. The Institute is “open” to all visitors under various visiting programs of the CAS Key Laboratory of Theoretical Physics (CAS-KLTP) supported by CAS and the Peng Huan-Wu Innovation Research Center for Theoretical Physics (PCTP) supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), respectively.