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Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Relativity and Gravitation – 100 Years after Einstein in Prague (3rd 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 essentially completed.

Confirmed speakers include:

Marek Abramowicz (Physics Department, Göteborg University, Göteborg)
Innermost part of accretion disks around black holes

Lars Andersson (Albert-Einstein-Institut Golm, Potsdam)
Cosmological models and stability

Abhay Ashtekar (Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos, Penn State University, University Park )

Leor Barack (School of Mathematics, University of Southampton, Southampton)
Gravitational self-force: orbital mechanics beyond the geodesic approximation

Julian Barbour (Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Oxford)
Prague and the conception of general relativity: Kepler, Mach and Einstein

Jiří Bičák (Institute of Theoretical Physics, Charles University, Prague)
Einstein and Prague

Donato Bini (Istituto per le Applicazioni del Calcolo “M. Picone”, CNR, Rome)

Piotr Bizoń (Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University, Krakow)
Instability of anti de-Sitter spacetime

Bernd Brügmann (Theoretisch-Physikalisches Institut, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena)
Numerical Relativity and Black Holes

Chris Clarkson (Centre for Cosmology, Astrophysics and Gravity, and Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch)
Dark energy and inhomogeneity

Thibault Damour (Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, Paris)

Karsten Danzmann (Albert-Einstein-Institut Hannover and Leibniz University, Hannover)

John Friedman (Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
Stability of relativistic stars

Helmut Friedrich (Albert-Einstein-Institute Golm, Potsdam)
The large scale Einstein evolution problem

Valeri Frolov (Department of Physics, University of Alberta, Edmonton)
Black holes, hidden symmetry and complete integrability

Gary Gibbons (Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge)
Links between General Relativity and other parts of physics

Gabriela González (Department of Physics and Astronomy, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge)

Michael Kramer (Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Bonn and Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester)
Einstein’s gravity as seen by a cosmic lighthouse keeper

Karel Kuchař (Department of Physics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City )
Canonical quantum gravity: Einstein’s posthumous anathema

Jerzy Lewandowski (Department of Physics, University of Warsaw, Warsaw)
Loop quantum gravity: the status report

Marc Mars (Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca)

Ramesh Narayan (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Harvard University Department of Astronomy, Cambridge (USA))
Energy Extraction from Spinning Black Holes: Relativistic Jets

Gernot Neugebauer (Theoretisch-Physikalisches Institut, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena)
Stationary two-black-hole configurations: A non-existence proof for disconnected horizons

Hermann Nicolai (Albert-Einstein-Institut Golm, Potsdam)
Quantum gravity: the view from particle physics

Harvey Reall (Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge)
Higher dimensional black holes

Luciano Rezzolla (Albert-Einstein-Institute Golm, Potsdam)
Using numerical relativity to explore fundamental physics and astrophysics

Misao Sasaki (Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University, Kyoto)
Inflation and birth of cosmological perturbations

Gerhard Schäfer (Theoretisch-Physikalisches Institut, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena)
Hamiltonian formalism of spinning black holes in general relativity

Peter Schneider (Argelander-Institute for Astronomy, Bonn)

Bernard Schutz (Albert-Einstein-Institute Golm, Potsdam)
Gravity talks: observing the Universe with gravitational waves

Alexei Starobinsky (Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, Moscow)
f(R) gravity–the most straightforward generalization of the Einstein gravity

Robert Wald (Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago, Chicago)

Clifford Will (Department of Physics, Washington University, St. Louis)
Testing General Relativity: Centenary Highlights and Future Prospects

Space will be reserved also for contributed oral and poster presentations. We have already obtained a number of interesting contributions. Please see below for abstract submission information.


Prague offers a broad range of hotels, hostels, and other lodging options. For more information on accommodation, visit our web page where you will find three choices: prearranged accommodation, book accommodation yourself, and budget accommodation.


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

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 (by Škampa string quartet) 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 of which more than 100 have already been taken. It is thus possible that registration may close before April 15. By now we have finished processing applications for the reduced conference fee (EUR 200) and informed the applicants.

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 especially the number of oral contributions is limited. The abstract submission form is available at, the registration section of the conference website.

Important Dates
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, Jiří Bičák, Roger Blandford, Bernd Brügmann, Piotr Chruściel, Thibault Damour, Karsten Danzmann, Fernando de Felice, George Ellis, John Friedman, Helmut Friedrich, Valeri Frolov, Gary Gibbons, Gary Horowitz, Joseph Katz, Karel Kuchař, Jerzy Lewandowski, Gernot Neugebauer, Hermann Nicolai, Igor Novikov, Martin Rees, Oscar Reula, Luciano Rezzolla, Misao Sasaki, Gerhard Schäfer, Bernd Schmidt, Alexei Starobinsky, Paul Tod, Robert Wald, Clifford Will.

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Jiří Bičák (on behalf of SOC and LOC)