In this volume, topics such as the AdS/CFT correspondence, non-BPS states, noncommutative gauge theories and the Randall–Sundrum scenario are discussed. For the AdS/CFT correspondence, some of its generalizations, including examples of non-AdS/nonconformal backgrounds, are described. Myer's effect in this context and otherwise is also treated. Recent results in the context of non-BPS states are reviewed, in particular the use of open string field theory in understanding the related problem of tachyon condensation. Instantons and solitons in noncommutative gauge theories are described, as are various issues in the framework of the Randall–Sundrum scenario.