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Date: 2013-09-09 - 2013-09-12
Location: Benasque, Spain

Spanish-Portuguese Relativity Meeting (ERE2013) – Second Circular

Reminder: Application deadline is May 31

This is the second circular of the Spanish-Portuguese Relativity Meeting (ERE2013), an  international conference to be held at the Pedro Pascual Center of Science, Benasque, Spain, from September 9 to September 12, 2013.

This year the conference is organized by the groups in Barcelona (Departament de Fisica Fonamental, Univ. Barcelona, Institut de Ciencies de l’Espai (CSIC-IEEC), Departament de Fisica and IFAE, Univ. Autonoma de Barcelona). ERE 2013 will cover most of the areas of modern General Relativity – from cosmology and gravitational waves, to quantum gravity and the AdS/CFT correspondence and its applications.

On Tuesday, September 10th, there will be a session dedicated to the memory of Jose Alberto Lobo, a much esteemed and sorely missed member of our group and of the Spanish relativity community, who passed away on 30 September 2012. Prof. Lobo played a major role in boosting the research on gravitational radiation in Spain.

The program will run from the morning of 9 September until the evening of 12 September. Participants are expected to arrive in Benasque on 8 September and depart on 13 September. Please note that the Benasque Center will provide bus transportation from and to Barcelona for participants staying through the entire duration of the conference.

The web registration for the workshop is open at the conference website

Registration fees:

SEGRE members: 200 Euros (250 Euros after 1 July 2013)
Non SEGRE members: 250 Euros (300 Euros after 1 July 2013)

The registration fee will cover bus transportation from and to Barcelona, refreshments, and a conference dinner. If you want to join the SEGRE society ( you can do so by going to

The meeting will consist of plenary sessions with talks by invited speakers in the morning, and contributed talks in parallel sessions in the afternoon. The list of invited speakers is:

Invited Speakers

– Carlos Barcelo (IAA Granada)
– Jose Juan Blanco-Pillado (U. Pais Vasco)
– Diego Blas (CERN)
– Karsten Danzmann (AEI and Hannover U.)
– Oscar Dias (Saclay SPhT)
– Cesar Gomez (IFT-U. Autonoma de Madrid)
– Carlos Herdeiro (U. Aveiro)
– Kyriakos Papadodimas (CERN & U. Groningen)
– Bernard Schutz (AEI Golm)
– Alicia Sintes (U. Illes Balears)
– Licia Verde (ICREA & U. Barcelona)

Participants who would like to contribute a talk in the parallel sessions can apply by submitting a title and abstract in the registration website. The deadline for abstract submission is 15 June 2013. Participants will be informed shortly afterwards whether their contribution has been accepted.

There will not be a proceedings volume, but we are considering the possibility that the slides or write-ups of the talks be made available online.

The SEGRE society has a limited number of grants to support expenses of some Ph.D. students. The grants can cover the registration fee and/or accommodation and/or travel expenses. The application for financial support can be made through the registration website. Participants will be informed of the decision by 20 June 2013.

The Benasque Center for Science provides a stimulating environment for research. Benasque is a picturesque village nestled in the Spanish Pyrenees. The beautiful mountain atmosphere provides for many outdoor activities – for further information please consult

We look forward to seeing you in Benasque,

The organizers of ERE2013

Roberto Emparan
Jaume Garriga
Josep Llosa
Oriol Pujolas
Carlos Sopuerta