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Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Relativity and Gravitation – 100 Years after Einstein in Prague (2nd circ.)

The conference is organized at the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s stay in Prague, with the aim of providing an overview of the development and progress achieved in general relativity and its applications since then.

The main topics of the conference include:
* Mathematical relativity
* Numerical relativity
* Relativistic astrophysics
* Relativistic cosmology
* Quantum gravity
* Gravitation and experiment
* Conceptual and historical issues

The meeting is organized under the auspices of the Rector of Charles University. The lectures will take place in the historical complex of the University in the heart of Prague’s Old Town.

Scientific Program
The schedule of the conference will include plenary lectures and up to three parallel sessions in the afternoon. Posters will be displayed for the duration of the conference. The scientific program will be based primarily on invited lectures, the list of which is now under preparation. Confirmed speakers include:

M. Abramowicz (Goeteborgs Univ.), A. Ashtekar (Penn State Univ.), J. Barbour (Univ. of Oxford), B. Bruegmann (F. Schiller Univ.), T. Damour (IHES), K. Danzmann (Albert-Einstein Inst. and Leibniz Univ.), J. Friedman (Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), H. Friedrich (Albert Einstein Inst.), V. Frolov (Univ. of Alberta), G. Gibbons (Univ. of Cambridge), G. Gonzalez (Louisiana State Univ.), K. Kuchar (Univ. of Utah), J. Lewandowski (Univ. of Warsaw), G. Neugebauer (F. Schiller Univ.), H. Nicolai (Albert-Einstein Inst.) L. Rezzolla (Albert-Einstein Inst.), M. Sasaki (Kyoto Univ.), G. Schaefer (F. Schiller Univ.), B. Schutz (Albert Einstein Inst.), A. Starobinsky (Landau Inst.), R. Wald (Univ. of Chicago), and C. Will (Washington Univ.).

Space will be reserved also for contributed oral and poster presentations. Please see below for abstract submission information.

Registration will open in December 2011. Details will be available soon on the conference website.

Standard registration fee: 350 EUR before April 15, 2012
Late registration fee: 450 EUR after April 15, 2012

Limited financial support in the form of a reduced registration fee may be available for junior researchers: apply by January 31, 2012 through the conference website.

In addition to conference participation the registration fee includes: abstract book and conference materials; coffee breaks; welcome cocktail on Sunday, June 24; classical music concert in the Gothic Aula Magna of Charles University on Tuesday, June 26; guided tour through Einstein’s Prague followed by banquet on Thursday, June 28 (accompanying persons need a separate banquet ticket).

Due to spacetime constraints, the number of participants is limited to around 150. It is thus possible that the registration may close already before April 15, 2012. An advance announcement will be made when the number of fully registered participants exceeds 120.

Abstract Submission
Participants are invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations by April 15, 2012. Contributed presentations will be selected by the organizers. Please note that the number of oral contributions in particular is limited. The abstract submission page will be available on the conference website in December 2011.

Prague offers a broad range of hotels, hostels, and other lodging options. Participants are expected to arrange their accommodation individually. A list of recommended hotels and other suitable accommodation will be provided on the conference website.

Important dates
December 1, 2011: Registration opens
January 31, 2012: Financial support application deadline
April 15, 2012: Standard registration closes; Abstract submission deadline
June 24, 2012: See you in Prague!

Scientific Organizing Committee
Marek Abramowicz, Lars Andersson, Abhay Ashtekar, Julian Barbour, Jiri Bicak, Roger Blandford, Bernd Bruegmann, Piotr Chrusciel, Thibault Damour, Karsten Danzmann, Fernando de Felice, George Ellis, John Friedman, Helmut Friedrich, Valeri Frolov, Gary Gibbons, Gary Horowitz, Joseph Katz, Karel Kuchar, Jerzy Lewandowski, Gernot Neugebauer, Hermann Nicolai, Igor Novikov, Martin Rees, Oscar Reula, Luciano Rezzolla, Misao Sasaki, Gerhard Schaefer, Bernd Schmidt, Alexei Starobinsky, Paul Tod, Robert Wald, Clifford Will.

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Jiri Bicak (on behalf of SOC and LOC)