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11th Italian-Korean Symposium

11th Italian-Korean meeting: 30th September registration and abstract submission deadline

11th Italian-Korean Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics
November 2-4, 2009 – Sogang University, Seoul Korea

This Eleventh Italian Korean Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics is one of the series of biannual symposia, started in 1987, and has been boosting exchange of information and collaborations between Italian and Korean astrophysicists on new and hot issues in the field of Relativistic Astrophysics. The meetings, lead alternatively in Italy and Korea, are open to the participation of scientists from all over the world.  This year’s symposium will have a particular meaning to astrophysicists of both countries, celebration of two giants of each country in the early history of astronomy.

Indeed 2009 is the 4th centennial anniversary for Galileo’s celestial search using his invented telescope and two years ago Koreans also celebrated four hundred years for Hwang Lee, one of the most famous Confucius scholars, who used a celestial globe to understand the universe. It is needless to say that 2009 is the International Year of Astronomy endorsed by UN.

The symposium will cover astrophysics and cosmology, such as gamma ray bursts and compact stars, high energy cosmic rays, dark energy and dark matter, general relativity, black holes, and new physics related to cosmology. The organizers wish this symposium to deepen understanding not only astrophysics and cosmology but also culture.

The symposium will take place in the historical Sogang University, founded and kept active through the centuries by the Jesuit community.

Sang Pyo Kim (Kunsan National University)
Bum Hoon Lee (Sogang University)
Remo Ruffini (Università di Roma La Sapienza, ICRANet)
George Smoot* (Ewha Womans University, IEU) *to be confirmed
Local Organizing Committee:
Changrim Ahn (Ewha Womans University)
Inyong Cho (Seoul National University of Technology)
Hangbae Kim (Hanyang University)
Hyung Chan Kim (Chung Ju National University)
Wontae Kim (Sogang University)
Yoonbai Kim (Sungkyunkwan University)
Hyung Won Lee (Inje University)
Il Heung Park (Ewha Womans University)

The registration and abstract submission deadline is September 30th. We urge everyone who intends to participate in the meeting to begin the registration process as soon as possible.

Accommodation and Travel Information can be found at

The 11th Italian-Korean meeting will follow the 1st Galileo-Xu Guangqi meeting in Shanghai on October 26-30, 2009, that will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the use by Galileo Galilei of the telescope in order to study the structure of our Universe. This celebration too, like the Italian-Korean meeting, occurs within the UNITED NATIONS sponsored activities for the 2009 as Year of Astronomy.  Further information can be found at:

We look forward to a successful meeting!