STFC Rutherford Fellowship, Nottingham, UK

The School of Mathematical Sciences of the University of Nottingham plans to support a candidate for the Ernest Rutherford Fellowship awarded by the STFC. The duration of the fellowship is 5-years and the STFC deadline is September 21st 2017. More information about the fellowship can be found here:
http://www.stfc.ac.uk/funding/fellowships/ernest-rutherford-fellowship/

The School of Mathematical Sciences can support only one candidate and it will review applications from interested candidates. Expressions of interest should be sent to
Dr Thomas Sotiriou, email: Thomas.Sotiriou[AT]nottingham.ac.uk.
They should be received before June 30th in order to receive full consideration and should include a full CV (a research statement or proposal is not necessary at this stage).

Successful applicants will be hosted by the Quantum Gravity Group that includes John Barrett, Kirill Krasnov, Jorma Louko, Alex Schenkel, Thomas Sotiriou and Silke Weinfurtner. The research interests of the group include:
– alternative theories of gravity
– analogue gravity
– black holes and compact stars (strong gravity)
– quantum field theory in curved spacetimes
– quantum gravity
Research proposals in topics that are complementary to the above are welcome.
The group has close ties (including a joint STFC Consolidated Grant) with the Particle Theory Group in the School of Physics and Astronomy, which includes Tasos Avgoustidis, Clare Burrage, Ed Copeland, Anne Green, Adam Moss, Tony Padilla and Paul Saffin.

2017 Awards for Essays on Gravitation

The trustees are pleased to announce the Awards for Essays for 2017.

1. $4,000 – Gravity and Handedness of Photons by Ivan Agullo[1], Adrian del Rio[2], and Jose Navarro-Salas[2], [1]Department of Physics and Astronomy, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-4001, [2]Departamento de Fisica Teorica and IFIC, Centro Mixto Universidad de Valencia-CSIC. Facultad de Fisica, Burjassot-46100, Valencia, Spain; e-mail: agullo[AT]lsu.edu, adrian.rio[AT]uv.es, jnavarro[AT]ific.uv.es

2. $1,250 – Spacetime Has a ‘Thickness’ by Samir D. Mathur, Department of Physics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210; e-mail: mathur.16[AT]osu.edu

3. $1,000 – Black Holes and Hurwitz Class Numbers by Shamit Kachru[1] and Arnav Tripathy[2], [1]Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA 94305, [2]Department of Mathematics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138; Email: skachru[AT]stanford.edu, tripathy[AT]math.harvard.edu

4. $750 – A Proof of the Weak Gravity Conjecture by Shahar Hod, The Ruppin Academic Center, Emeq Hefer 40250, Israel and The Hadassah Institute, Jerusalem 91010, Israel; e-mail: shaharhod[AT]gmail.com

5. $500 – Gravitational Wave – Gauge Field Dynamics by R. R. Caldwell[1], C. Devulder[1], and N. A. Maksimova[2], [1]Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth College, 6127 Wilder Laboratory, Hanover, NH 03755, [2]Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA 02138; e-mail: robert.r.caldwell[AT]dartmouth.edu, christopher.devulder.gr[AT]dartmouth.edu, nina.maksimova[AT]cfa.harvard.edu

Selected for Honorable Mention this year were (listed in alphabetical order): Dharam Vir Ahluwalia; Michele Arzano and Gianluca Calcagni;Valentina Baccetti, Robert B. Mann, and Daniel R. Terno; Ning Bao, Sean M. Carroll, and Ashmeet Singh; W. Barreto, H. P. de Oliveira, and E. L. Rodrigues; John D. Barrow and Chandrima Ganguly; Spyros Basilakos, Vahid Kamali, and Ahmad Mehrabi; David Benisty and E. I. Guendelman; Pablo Bueno and Pablo A. Cano; Alexander Burinskii; F. I. Cooperstock; Maxim Eingorn, Claus Kiefer, and Alexander Zhuk; Netta Engelhardt and Sebastian Fischetti; John Estes, Michael Kavic, Matthew Lippert, and John H. Simonetti; Ricardo Z. Ferreira, McCullen Sandora, and Martin S. Sloth; Arthur E. Fischer; Antonino Flachi and Kenji Fukushima; Wen-Cong Gan and Fu-Wen Shu; Yuan K. Ha; Richard T. Hammond; Johan Hansson and Stephane Francois; Robert J. Hardwick, Vincent Vennin, and David Wands; Nader A. Inan; Nirmalya Kajuri; Archil Kobakhidze, Cyril Lagger, and Adrian Manning; Philip D. Mannheim; Elliot Nelson and C. Jess Riedel; T. Padmanabhan and Hamsa Padmanabhan; Tejinder P. Singh; C. Sivaram; Matt Visser; Asher Yahalom.

This announcement and abstracts of award-winning and honorable mention essays will be posted when ready on our web site, http:/www.gravityresearchfoundation.org. The five award-winning essays will be published in a special issue of the International Journal of Modern Physics D (IJMPD). They will also be posted at a later date on our web site.

Loops’17, Warsaw, Poland (2nd announcement)

The Loops’17 conference will highlight recent developments and new research directions in loop quantum gravity and other background independent approaches to the problem of quantum gravity.
– Deadline for early registration: May 15th, 2017
– Deadline for late registration: June 15th, 2017
– Deadline for submission of talks (extended): June 1st, 2017

A non-exhaustive list of topics of the conference includes: Canonical loop quantum gravity, Covariant LQG (Spinfoams), Symmetry-reduced models, Quantum cosmology, Black holes in quantum gravity, Quantum gravity phenomenology, Foundational and mathematical aspects.
Although the conference is focused on non-perturbative approaches to quantum gravity, experts from other fields of quantum gravity research are also encouraged to participate.
List of plenary speakers:
Bianca Dittrich (Perimeter Institute)
Sylvain Carrozza (Perimeter Institute)
William Donnelly (University of California)
Carlo Rovelli (CPT Marseille)
Francesca Vidotto (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Daniel Martin De Blas (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile)
Edward Wilson-Ewing (University of New Brunswick)
Herman Verlinde (Princeton University)
Steffen Gielen (Imperial College London)
Aldo Riello (Perimeter Institute)
Nelson Yokomizo (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais)
Wolfgang Wieland (Perimeter Institute)
Mehdi Assanioussi (University of Warsaw)
Etera Livine (ENS Lyon)
Thomas Thiemann (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuernberg)
Daniele Pranzetti (SISSA)
Simone Speziale (CPT Marseille)
Marc Geiller (Perimeter Institute)
Marcin Kisielowski (University of Warsaw)
Maximilian Hanusch (University of Wuerzburg)
James Sully (McGill University)
Tatjana Vukasinac (Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo)
Emanuele Alesci (SISSA)
Parampreet Singh (Louisiana State University)
Andrea Dapor (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuernberg)
Sebastian Steinhaus (University of Hamburg)
Goffredo Chirco (AEI Potsdam)
Yongge Ma (Beijing Normal University)
Laurent Freidel (Perimeter Institute)

Probing the dark sector and general relativity at all scales at CERN, Geneve, Switzerland

The standard cosmological model, based on the theory of general relativity, has been very successful in explaining the observable properties of the cosmos. This success is achieved at the price of assuming that the energy content of the universe is currently dominated by dark contributions; namely, dark matter and dark energy. Only the large-scale gravitational interaction of these components has been detected so far and their properties remain largely unknown, despite great effort, both theoretical and experimental, that has been made to identify any direct interactions between the dark sector and luminous matter. At present we do not even know if the dark components really exist as a new kind of matter or represent a mirage produced by modifications of the laws of gravity.

The rapid improvement in the quality and quantity of observational data requires the development of more precise and detailed descriptions of the predictions of various models for the dark sector. The prediction of each candidate model must be confronted with data on all scales where the model makes calculable predictions that can be tested observationally or experimentally. Progress in this direction requires a strong cooperative effort from experimentalists, observers and theorists.

The purpose of this TH Institute is to bring together experts in theory, experiments and observations interested in dark matter, dark energy and tests of the laws of gravity. It will provide an opportunity to discuss new ideas to probe the dark sector and general relativity at diverse scales. The topics to discuss include the current consistency tests of the standard cosmological model, the identification of new observable signatures of dark matter and dark energy, experimental/observational methods, tests of gravity, and questions such as to what extent it is possible to discriminate among alternative models. The program will include review talks on the state-of-the art in various fields, as well as contributions on more specific topics. A lot of free time will be left for discussions.

Organisers: Diego Blas, Clare Burrage, Justin Khoury, Diana Lopez Nacir, Paolo Pani, Sergey Sibiryakov, Alfredo Urbano

North American Einstein Toolkit School and Workshop at NCSA, Urbana, Illinois

The North American Einstein Toolkit School and Workshop will be hosted this year that NCSA, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from July 31 to August 4, 2017 (http://www.ncsa.illinois.edu/Conferences/ETK17/).

The Einstein Toolkit is a publicly available framework used by several numerical relativity groups in the world, with applications ranging from high-energy astrophysics to cosmology.

This meeting is open to anyone interested in numerical relativity and computational astrophysics and cosmology and in particular to Einstein toolkit users.

There will be a 3 day school from July 31 to August 2, 2017 that will introduce students and postdocs to the Einstein Toolkit and numerical methods related to it.

After that, on August 3 to August 4, 2017, the Einstein Toolkit workshop will cover the most recent developments of the toolkit, offer the possibility for collaboration and discussions about future plans.

Individual registrations for each of the school and workshop are now open on http://www.ncsa.illinois.edu/Conferences/ETK17. There, you will also find information on available hotels, hotel sharing and a tentative program. Information on financial support is available on the registration page. The initial deadline for applying for support is June 1, 2017.

Separate registration is required for each of the school and the workshop. When registering for the school you have the option of listing topics of interest for the school and your level of expertise. For the workshop you can suggest discussion topics as well as register a title and abstract for a 5 minute presentation you would like to give.

The Einstein Toolkit community in Europe will host a two day meeting in Palma de Mallorca, Spain October 11-13.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact the organizers at etk2017@ncsa.illinois.edu.

IV Cosmology and the Quantum Vacuum, Segovia, Spain (2nd announcement)

This is the fourth edition of a series of workshops focused on different aspects of modern theoretical cosmology, the challenge to be consistent with experimental data and the necessary connection of cosmological theories with the quantum nature of the vacuum.

The workshop will cover topics related to modified theories of gravities, other theories of Dark Energy and Inflation, the description of the universe’s evolution in these theories and the elegant and compulsory modification of these within the theoretical framework of quantum gravity. The description and understanding of the quantum vacuum is always a challenge to these theories so the understanding of the main manifestation of the quantum vacuum, the Casimir effect, is also covered during the conference. The meeting gathers some of the world leading experts on the topics.

Scientific Committee: Manuel Asorey (U. of Zaragoza, Spain), Emilio Elizalde (Institute of Space Sciences, ICE-CSIC/IEEC, Spain) and Sergei D. Odintsov (Institute of Space Sciences, ICE-CSIC/IEEC and ICREA, Spain)

Local Organising Committee: Ismael Ayuso (U. of Lisbon, Portugal) and Diego Sáez-Gómez -chairman- (Institute of Space Sciences, ICE-CSIC/IEEC, Spain)

Proceedings will be published in Galaxies (MDPI editorial).

Exchange of researchers working on gravitational-wave and black hole physics

In the context of the European COST Action CA16104 on Gravitational waves, black holes and fundamental physics, grants for short term scientific missions (STSMs) are available. We are inviting you to submit proposals for STMSs starting after July 1 and before November 30, 2017. Applications outside this timeframe will be discarded (a second call will open in September).

This call starts on May 15 and closes June 15, 2017. All proposals will be reviewed and the results will be announced by July 1, 2017.

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are a great opportunity for all scientists within the COST Action to exchange visits, nurture collaborations, or develop new ones. The COST association defines the STSM as exchange visits between researchers involved in a COST Action, allowing scientists to visit an institution or laboratory in another COST country.

Participants from a participating COST Country or Cooperative State can be hosted at institution in:
– another participating COST Country or Cooperative State,
– another participating COST Country or Cooperative State,
– an approved NNC (Near Neighbour Country) institution,
– an approved IPC (International Partner Country), or
– an approved Specific organization.

Participants from an approved NNC (Near Neighbour Country) institution or an approved European RTD Organization can only be hosted at another participating COST Country or cooperative state.

A European RTD Organisation is any intergovernmental scientific research organisation that is responsible for infrastructures and laboratories whose members are countries, and the majority of which are COST Member Countries or Cooperating State.

STSMs are aimed at fostering collaboration, sharing new techniques and infrastructure that may not be available in other participants’ institutions or laboratories. STSMs are of two types (more on STSM types can be found at: https://gwverse.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/stsms/stsm-types/) and are intended especially for young researchers.

The details of the application procedure can be found at:
https://gwverse.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/stsms/how-to-apply/

For queries, contact the STSM coordinator Andreja Gomboc, andreja.gomboc[at]ung.si

International Ph.D. Program on Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravitation, Brazil+

PPGCosmo is an international Ph.D. program on Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravitation that aims to give Ph.D. students the opportunity to develop a successful international scientific career. The research topics range from theoretical to observational aspects of Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravitation, including participation in collaborations such as Euclid, J-PAS and DES. PPGCosmo is a Brazilian program consisting of four institutions from Brazil and four institutions from outside Brazil.

Four 4-year Ph.D. positions are now available starting in mid-August 2017. The student will be supervised by a Professor at a Brazilian institution and co-supervised by a Professor at an institution outside Brazil. For the compulsory postgraduate courses the student will be mainly based in Vitoria (Espirito Santo, Brazil). The student will have opportunities to visit the other Brazilian participating institutions and will have to spend one year at the co-supervisor’s non-Brazilian institution.

Please go to http://ppgcosmo.cosmo-ufes.org/home.html for further information.

4 PhD studentships at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology, University of Cambridge, UK

Applications are invited for PhD projects at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.

Project 1: Fundamental physics from gravitational lensing of the CMB

The CMB is gravitationally lensed along its path to us and this signal contains information about early universe physics, the properties of neutrinos and dark energy, and dark matter distributions. The study of CMB lensing at high precision is therefore crucial for the success of future CMB cosmology. This studentship offers a leading role in this exciting new field at the interface of theoretical and observational cosmology. The research can span both novel theoretical development and innovative, computationally intensive data analysis for AdvancedACT and Simons Observatory.

Project 2: Investigating methods for optimal estimation of correlation functions on incomplete domains.

Realistic cosmological data sets have a restricted domain because of experimental effects and foregrounds. This means transforming to harmonic space to find correlation functions is complicated because harmonics are no longer orthogonal. This leads to mode coupling which increases error bars on cosmological observables. Recently we discovered that inpainting of masked regions significantly reduced this coupling allowing for almost optimal estimation of CMB power spectra. This project will apply this methodology to Planck CMB data producing new parameter constraints and then generalize to other data sets like galaxy surveys.

Project 3: Halo clustering and galaxy surveys

Galaxy and weak lensing surveys provide an unprecedented map of the late-time galaxy and matter distribution, which can be used to constrain fundamental physics. This requires an accurate understanding of the non-linearities in the matter distribution and the mapping from the matter to the galaxy formation sites. The latter can be achieved by studying the clustering of peaks in the initial Gaussian field and following the subsequent evolution using perturbation theory. This project will apply this to observational redshift space and statistics beyond two-point functions, like the bispectrum.

Project 4: Detecting new particles in the sky

This proposal will develop the tools to constrain signatures from massive particles in CMB maps.. Such particles are hypothesized in string theory and they have a well determined hierarchy. Interactions of these particles with the inflaton lead to unique signatures in the CMB, including sourcing non-Gaussianities that can be observed in temperature and polarisation measurements. The main outcome of this project will be the first analysis looking for massive particles in CMB polarisation data.

These studentships are part of new STFC Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science. The four-year tenure includes training courses in the first year and a flexible six month placement with industrial partners. Applicants should have a masters in mathematics or physics (majoring in theoretical physics or astrophysics) and should be UK or EU nationals. Further information is available at the group website http://www.ctc.cam.ac.uk and preliminary enquiries can be made to contact potential supervisors through James Parke gr-secretary[AT]damtp.cam.ac.uk.

Please submit a formal PhD application to Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at
http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/how-do-i-apply and send an expression of interest email to grad-administrator[AT]maths.cam.ac.uk explaining which studentship you are interested in and why.

Closing date: 29th June 2017.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. Offers may be made before the closing date.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The Department particularly welcomes applications from women.

Postgraduate studentships in Gravitation, Astrophysics, Cosmology and Fundamental Interactions at CBPF, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A call is now open for entry into the postgraduate programme (Ph.D. or M.Sc.) at the Brazilian Center for Physics Research / Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas (CBPF) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio de Janeiro has a dynamic scientific atmosphere, with several research-intensive Universities and independent centres, among which CBPF, which is one of the top research institutions in Physics in South America. In particular, CBPF has recently created a new department of Astrophysics, Cosmology and Fundamental Interactions – COSMO, with 9 faculty members carrying out research comprising (but not limited to) the following fields: black hole physics; gravitational waves; gravitational lensing; theoretical and observational cosmology; quantum gravity and cosmology; quantum field theory; supersymmetry; nuclear astrophysics.

We particularly encourage students with research interests in the above fields to apply to our postgraduate programme. Entry is made via a selection process which involves a written exam in general Physics and an interview, both of which can be done entirely in the student’s home country and in English, Portuguese or Spanish. Studentships are awarded to those students who pass the selection process. The studentships include a monthly stipend plus some travel funding for, e.g., international conferences. There is also the opportunity for a few selected students to spend periods working abroad in non-Brazilian academic institutions.

The deadline for registration (which requires a record of undergraduate grades and two letters of reference) for the selection process is 14/5/2017, the written exam is on 19/5/2017, the interview is on 12/6/2017 for the M.Sc. and on 13/6/2017 for the Ph.D. (exceptionally, a different interview date might be accommodated), and the start of the degree is August 2017.

For further information, please see:
http://www.cbpf.br/~mcasals/index.html
http://uniposrio-fisica.cbpf.br/?pgn=informacoesGerais

Summer School: “Enstein’s Theory of Gravity and its Modifications: From Theory to Observations”, Island of Sifnos, Greece

Einstein’s theory of Gravity over hundred years now, is considered one of the most successful theories describing cosmic objects and their interactions. However, recent observations suggest that the Einstein’s theory of Gravity may have to be modified.

The aim of the 9th Aegean Summer School is to discuss recent developments on Gravity theory and its modifications, presenting scalar-tensor theories like generalized Galileon theories, Enstein-Cartan and Newton-Cartan theories, massive gravity and also Lorentz violating theories like the Horava-Lifshitz.

Also, recent astrophysical and cosmological observational results will be discussed, and a status report on the BINGO, SKA, LIGO and eLISA projects will be presented.

Hyperbolic equations and mathematical physics, Bordeaux, France

This conference is in honour of Alain Bachelot, to celebrate the great variety and originality of his scientific contributions, including general relativity, quantum field theory, electromagnetism and nonlinear hyperbolic equations. It will be held at the University of Bordeaux, France.

Invited speakers include:

Helene Barucq (Pau)
Piotr Chrusciel (Vienne, Autriche)
Eric Darrigrand (Rennes)
Stephan De Bievre (Lille)
Bruno Despres (Paris)
Jeremy Faupin (Metz)
Vladimir Georgiev (Pise, Italie)
Christian Gerard (Orsay)
Benoit Grebert (Nantes)
Dietrich Haefner (Grenoble)
Sergiu Klainerman (Princeton, USA)
Philippe Le Floch (Paris)
Jean-Philippe Nicolas (Brest)
Vesselin Petkov (Bordeaux)
Didier Robert (Nantes)
Jeremie Szeftel (Paris)
Michal Wrochna (Grenoble)
Maciej Zworski (Berkeley, USA)

New book: General Relativity 1916 – 2016

General Relativity 1916 – 2016 (Minkowski Institute Press, Montreal 2017) – Selected peer-reviewed papers presented at the Fourth International Conference on the Nature and Ontology of Spacetime, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the publication of General Relativity, 30 May – 2 June 2016, Golden Sands, Varna, Bulgaria :

http://www.minkowskiinstitute.org/mip/books/2016conf.html

International School: “Gravitational Waves and Cosmology”, Varenna, Italy

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF PHYSICS “E.FERMI” – “Gravitational Waves and Cosmology”
Scholarship available to support participation

We are pleased to announce the course “Gravitational Waves and Cosmology” that will be held from 3rd to 12th July at Villa Monastero – Varenna (Como Lake – Italy).

The course is one of the Summer Courses organized by the Italian Physical Society (SIF) as part of the 2017 International School of Physics “Enrico Fermi”. It represents the special opportunity to meet and discuss ultimate and top research issues with scientists and young physicists from all over the world in the gorgeous artistic and natural frame of one of the most famous villas on Como Lake.

On the occasion of its 120th anniversary, the Italian Physical Society (SIF) is exceptionally assigning many scholarships (partial or total) to favor the students’ participation.

Please feel free to circulate the invitation to everyone maybe interested. Deadline 10th May.

Application form and information: Gravitational Waves and Cosmology
https://www.sif.it/attivita/scuola_fermi/mmxvii#200

Living Reviews in Relativity: new article and website

The open-access journal Living Reviews in Relativity has published a new review article on 4 April 2017:

Joseph D. Romano and Neil. J. Cornish, Detection methods for stochastic gravitational-wave backgrounds: a unified treatment, Living Rev Relativ (2017) 20:2. doi:10.1007/s41114-017-0004-1

We are also happy to announce that the new Living Reviews community portal (http://www.livingreviews.org) was recently relaunched.

With this common entry point to research and review journals in physics and astronomy, three communities will be able to find associated journals, highlighted articles, and related news ‘just a click away’.

We present Springer’s original research journals along with the Living Reviews open-access series as partner journals serving researchers in relativity, solar physics, and computational astrophysics.

This milestone marks also the completion of the Living Reviews journals’ content transfer from its previous publishing platform to SpringerLink, during which all articles have been retro-digitized and are now also available in standard XML/HTML with embedded MathJax.

XXVI International Fall Workshop on Geometry and Physics, Braga, Portugal

XXVI International Fall Workshop on Geometry and Physics
Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal
4-7 September 2017

FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT

The XXVI edition of the International Fall Workshop on Geometry and Physics (IFWGP) will take place at the University of Minho (Braga, Portugal) from the 4th to the 7th of September, 2017. This series of international workshops, held at Spanish and Portuguese universities and research centers, covers topics in the fields of Differential Geometry, Applied Mathematics and Physics. A non-exhaustive list of topics traditionally covered in the workshops is the following:

Classical and quantum field theory
Control theory
General Relativity
Geometric mechanics
Information geometry
Integrable systems
Lie algebroids and mechanics
Lorentz geometry
Mechanics of continuous media
Poisson geometry
Quantum geometry
Quantum gravity
Quantum mechanics
Riemannian and pseudo-Riemannian geometry
String theory
Supergravity and supersymmetry
Symplectic and contact geometry

One of the main goals of the workshops is to bring together researchers of these and related areas to promote the exchange of ideas between geometers and physicists. The participation of young researchers is strongly encouraged so, please, disseminate this message among your students and also among your colleagues who might be interested in the workshop.

As in previous editions the workshop will include two mini-courses. This year the mini-courses will be delivered by:

Paolo Gibilisco (Universita’ di Roma “Tor Vergata”, Italy)
Jacques Smulevici (Universite’ Paris-Sud, France)

and will be devoted to Information Geometry and the Cauchy-Problem in General Relativity, respectively.

The plenary talks will be given by:

Esmeralda Dias (IST, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
Isabel Fernandez (Universidad de Sevilla, Spain)
Gustav Holzegel (Imperial College, London, United Kingdom)
Joao Nuno Mestre (Utrech University, The Netherlands)
Jose Natario (IST, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
Sarah Rasmussen (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
Helena Reis (Universidade do Porto, Portugal)
Melanie Rupflin (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)

Information about the meeting, registration procedure, submission of contributed talks and other details can be found at the workshop webpage:
http://w3.math.uminho.pt/IFWGP/

Important dates:
Talk / poster submission: 20 June.
Reduced registration fee: 30 June.

We look forward to meeting all of you in Braga.

Kind regards,
The Scientific and the Organizing Committees of the XXVI IFWGP.

PhD Scholarships in Mathematical/Computational Relativity, Dunedin, New Zealand

Applications are invited for 3-year PhD scholarships in Mathematical or Computational Relativity, at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

The Relativity Group at the University of Otago consists of three permanent staff (F. Beyer, J. Frauendiener and J. Hennig) and, currently, two PhD students and one Master student. The research interests include mathematical and numerical properties of the conformal field equations, gravitational waves, Fuchsian methods, cosmological space-times, exact solutions, transformation optics etc.

A University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship provides an annual emolument of 25,000NZD plus tuition fee waiver for 3 years. Applicants should have a First Class honours degree, Masters degree, or equivalent, specialising in an area of Applied Mathematics, preferably with some prior knowledge in General Relativity and numerical methods. The scholarships are available to both International and Domestic students.

Interested? Then, you should apply for a University of Otago Postgraduate Scholarship by downloading the appropriate application form the Scholarships Office website at http://www.otago.ac.nz/study/scholarships

Enquiries to: Prof. J. Frauendiener
(Phone: +64 3 479 7770, Email: joergf[AT]maths.otago.ac.nz )

PhD positions in numerical relativity/cosmology at Center for Theoretical Physics, Polish Academy of Science

The Director of the Center for Theoretical Physics PAS invites applications for 2 PhD positions at the CTP PAS, financed from the project “Local relativistic perturbation theory in hydrodynamics and cosmology”. The principal investigator is Prof. Mikolaj Korzynski. The positions start on 1st September 2017, and will last until the end of the project (46 months). The PhD students will be enlisted as a participants of the PhD Program of the Institute of Physics PAS, following their individual programs. The subject of the PhD will be related to the topic of the project. The students will receive a stipend of 3000 zl/month.

The group of Mikolaj Korzynski will work on the application of numerical relativity to cosmology, especially the problems of structure formation and the light propagation through spacetime, combining numerics, stochastic and perturbative methods.

At the time of application the candidates should either have a MSc degree, or expect to obtain it before signing the contract. The positions require a MSc or compatible in physics, astronomy, computer science or related field. Experience in any of the following: general relativity, astrophysics, differential geometry, computational hydrodynamics would be an advantage, although is not necessary. The tasks of the PhD students involve investigation of structure formation in the Universe using numerical simulations and perturbative approach.

The applicants should submit the following documents:
1. scientific CV, including the major scientific achievements, list of publications, participation in research projects and conferences. The document should contain the statement: “I hereby give consent to the processing of my personal data for the needs of the recruitment process (in accordance with the Law dated 29.08.97 on the protection of personal data (Journal of Laws, No. 101, item 926)”.
2. transcript of records from undergraduate studies
3. personal questionnaire form from the CTP PAS webpage
4. certified copy of the MSc diploma (or the letter from the supervisor about the prospects for completion of the Thesis before the beginning of the employment) via email directly to Mikolaj Korzynski (korzynski[AT]cft.edu.pl). Additionally they should arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to the same email address.

The deadline for applications is 30th June 2017. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview. For more information please contact Prof. Mikolaj Korzynski (korzynski[AT]cft.edu.pl).

2017 Eastern Gravity Meeting, University Park, PA, USA

The 20th Eastern Gravity Meeting, hosted by the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos, will be held Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10, 2017 on Penn State’s University Park campus. For further information, registration and abstract submission, see http://gravity.psu.edu/events/egm20.

This annual regional meeting is open to researchers of all levels, from undergraduate students to faculty, in all areas of gravitational physics, including classical, quantum, theory, observation, computation and experiment. The purpose of the conference is to encourage the interaction of researchers in the Northeastern region.

The format of the meeting will follow the format of previous regional meetings where all participants may present a talk of approximately 10-15 minutes, depending on the total number of talks. Abstracts will be selected following the order in which they are submitted. Therefore, to maximize chances of acceptance, it would be best to submit an abstract early.

Probing the spacetime fabric: from concepts to phenomenology, Trieste, Italy

The conference is aimed at combining different perspectives on how to test the fundamental structure of spacetime. More specifically, while the core of the conference will focus on quantum gravity models and their possible phenomenological tests, we shall also explore methodological and conceptual aspects of this endeavour by having two dedicated sessions involving also philosophers of science.

This mix will be facilitated by applying a novel structure to the talks: there will be 3-5 talks grouped under a general theme, followed by an open debate on the main issues related to it. There will be also two session of short talks on related issues.

Summer School: “Neutron stars: theory, observations and gravitational waves emission”, Sofia, Bulgaria

Dear colleagues,

we are pleased to announce the fourth and the concluding NewCompstar school “Neutron stars: theory, observations and gravitational waves emission” to be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, between 11 and 15 September.

As a concluding NewCompStar school, the school is focused on a broader area, instead of choosing a particular topic. The topics include numerical relativity, relativistic hydrodynamics, neutron star binaries, neutron star oscillations, hadronic matter and high density equation of state, pulsar timing and gamma ray burst observations. Part of the lectures will focus not only on general relativity, but also on alternative theories of gravity.

The school will be scheduled as follows – up to four 1.5h lectures per day with two coffee breaks and a lunch, one excursion (sightseeing) in the afternoon, and one poster session.

According to the Compstar policy we shall partly cover the travel and accommodation expenses to all eligible participants. In order to apply, students are requested to provide a CV.

Details on the program, venue, reimbursement are available on the web-site.

On behalf of the organizing committee,
D. Doneva (University of Tuebingen),
S. Yazadjiev (University of Sofia)

The Era of Gravitational-Wave Astronomy, XXXIIIth International Colloquium of the IAP (2nd announcement)

XXXIIIth international colloquium of the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris:
Second announcement

More information: http://www.iap.fr/vie_scientifique/colloques/Colloque_IAP/2017/
Contact: faye[AT]iap.fr
Date: 26-30 June 2017
Location: Paris

The XXXIIIth international colloquium of the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris on

The Era of Gravitational-Wave Astronomy (TEGrAW)

will be held at the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris, from June 26th to June 30th 2017. The conference will focus on the most recent developments regarding observations and the theory of gravitational waves. These include experimental advances and future detectors (on the ground and in space), data analysis techniques, black hole astrophysics, theoretical work on the two-body problem, effective theories, numerical relativity, and tests of gravity theories.

Plenary speakers are listed below. Participants are encouraged to submit abstracts of oral contributions.

** Registration **
Early registration fees (till May 12):

* students: 150 euros
* researchers: 250 euros

Beware that late registration will cost 100 euros more. Moreover, for security reasons, registration is *mandatory*. The relevant web page is:

http://www.iap.fr/vie_scientifique/colloques/Colloque_IAP/2017/scripts/registration.aspx

** Deadlines **
May 12th for pre-registration and abstract submission. See conference webpage for detail.

** Accommodation **
You will find a list of recommended hotels on the conference website:

http://www.iap.fr/vie_scientifique/colloques/Colloque_IAP/2017/i-accomod.php

Note that Paris is a busy tourist destination in June, so we recommend booking accommodation at your earliest convenience.

** Social events **
All participants are welcome to attend an opening cocktail at the Observatoire de Paris on Monday, June 26th, as well as the conference banquet, which will take place on a dinner-cruise boat on the Seine river on Wednesday, June 28th:

http://www.iap.fr/vie_scientifique/colloques/Colloque_IAP/2017/i-event.html

On behalf of the organizing committee, I am looking forward to welcoming you in Paris in June,

Guillaume Faye
Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris

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List of invited speakers

Bruce Allen (Albert-Einstein-Institut, Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Leibniz Universitaet Hannover)
Krzysztof Belczynski (Astronomical Observatory, Warsaw University)
Luc Blanchet (Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris, CNRS)
Manuela Campanelli (Rochester Institute of Technology)
Neil J. Cornish (Montana State University)
Thibault Damour (Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques)
Lawrence E. Kidder (Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science, Cornell University)
Sergey Klimenko (University of Florida)
Luis Lehner (Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics)
Selma E. de Mink (Astronomical Institute Anton Pannekoek, University of Amsterdam)
Ewald Mueller (Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astrophysik)
Tsvi Piran (Racah Institute of Physics, Hebrew University)
Frederic A. Rasio (CIERA, Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University)
David H. Reitze (LIGO, California Institute of Technology, University of Florida)
Alberto Sesana (School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham)
Masaru Shibata (Center for Gravitational Physics, Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University)
Xavier Siemens (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
James Ira Thorpe (Gravitational Astrophysics Lab, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
Maarten Van de Meent (Mathematical Sciences, University of Southampton)
Chris Van den Broeck (Nationaal instituut voor subatomaire fysica – Nikhef)
Jean-Yves Vinet (Artemis, Universite’ Cote d’Azur CNRS, Observatoire Côte d’Azur)
Marta Volonteri (Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris)

Astro-GR@Barcelona 2017, Barcelona, Spain

Astro-GR@Barcelona: ASTROPHYSICS, GENERAL RELATIVITY, FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS from the capture of compact objects by supermassive black holes.

Organised by Pau Amaro-Seoane and Carlos F. Sopuerta in Barcelona, at ICE (CSIC-IEEC) from Mon 10/16 – Fri 10/20 2017

The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) is the future ESA-NASA Gravitational Wave Observatory. It will look for GW signals in the low-frequency band (0.1 mHz – 1 Hz), mainly from the following sources: galactic binaries, the coalescence and merger of massive black holes in galaxies at cosmological distances, the capture and inspiral of stellar compact objects into massive black holes at galactic centers and even from cosmological stochastic backgrounds.

These observations promise to open a completely new window to the exploration of the Universe, which is expected will have important consequences for our knowledge in astrophysics, cosmology, and fundamental physics. This edition of the Astro-GR meetings will focus again (like the first meeting in the series) on the third source above, (iii), which due to the mass ratio of these binaries they are commonly known as Extreme-Mass-Ratio Inspirals (EMRIs). Considering the possible existence of intermediate-mass black holes, an additional source of gravitational waves for LISA will the inspiral of stellar-mass compact objects into an IMBH or the inspiral of an IMBH into a MBH. These sources, again due to the mass ratio of the binaries, are known as an intermediate-mass ratio inspirals (IMRIs).

These are one of the main sources of gravitational waves expected for LISA and their observations will produce spectacular science. In particular, with EMRI observations we will be able to map isolated black holes with high precision, obtaining very accurate values of their mass, spin, and some gravitational multipoles that will allow us to verify whether they are the stationary solutions predicted by General Relativity and described by the Kerr metric.

We can also try to use these sources to test General Relativity and alternative theories of gravity. In addition, LISA will provide information from hundreds (or even more) of massive black holes from the low redshift Universe (z < 1). This information should allow us to get information of the history of these black holes and from here we could test models of galaxy formation. Moreover, given that LISA will measure precise luminosity distances to these EMRIs, there is the possibility of doing precision cosmology with these sources (correlating the information with galaxy catalogs as has been proposed recently). The meeting will focus on the following topics: Astrophysical mechanisms that produce EMRI events Astrophysical mechanisms that can produce Intermediate-Mass-Ratio Inspirals (IMRIs) Cosmology and Fundamental Physics with EMRI-IMRI observations  CONFIRMED PARTICIPANTS ======================== Tal Alexander, Pau Amaro Seoane, Melvyn B. Davies, Ben Bar-Or, Mitch Begelman, Matthew Benacquista, Torsten Boeker, Roberto C. Dolcetta, Vitor Cardoso, Xian Chen, Monica Colpi, Massimo Dotti, Carlos F Sopuerta, Carlos Frenk, Zoltan Haiman, Vicky Kalogera, Pablo Laguna, Luis Lehner, Anna Lisa Varri, Fred Rasio, Naoki Seto, Nick Stone, Eugene Vasiliev, Bence Kocsis, Smadar Naoz, Lixin Dai, Fani Dosopoulou, Luc Blanchet, Priyamvada Natarajan, Alessandro Spallicci, Lucio Mayer, Li Shuo, Giacomo Fragione, Elena Maria Rossi, Jonathan Thornburg, Jan-Willem van Holten, Marco Merafina FEE: ===== We will ask for EUR 50 per person to cover the coffee.

Postdoc position in numerical relativity/cosmology at Center for Theoretical Physics, Polish Academy of Science

The Director of the Center for Theoretical Physics invites applications for a postdoctoral position at the CTP PAS, financed from the project “Local relativistic perturbation theory in hydrodynamics and cosmology” No. 2016/22/E/ST9/00578 (SONATA BIS 6) supported by the National Science Center, decision No. DEC-2016/22/E/ST9/00578. The principal investigator is Prof. Mikolaj Korzynski. The position starts on September 1st, 2017.

The position requires a PhD in theoretical or computational physics and experience in numerical relativity, computational hydrodynamics, MHD or compatible field. A background in astrophysics, general relativity or cosmology and experience with the EinsteinToolkit framework would be an advantage.

The group of Mikolaj Korzynski will work on the application of numerical relativity to cosmology, especially the problems of structure formation and the light propagation through spacetime, combining numerics, stochastic and perturbative methods.

The applicants should submit the following documents:
1. cover letter including the statement „I hereby give consent for my personal data included in the job offer to be processed for the purposes of recruitment under the Data Protection Act 1997 (Dz. U. no. 101, item 926)”
2. a scientific CV, including the list of publications and major scientific achievements
3. brief description of research interests
4. copy of the PhD diplomma
5. personal questionnaire form from the CTP PAS webpage via email directly to Mikolaj Korzynski (korzynski[AT]cft.edu.pl). Additionally they should arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to the same email address. Applicants expecting to obtain their PhD soon should also include a statement from their supervisors about the scheduled date of their defence.

The deadline for applications is June 30th, 2017. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview. Successful applicant will be employed for the trial period of 12 months, with the possibility of extension for up to 3 further years.

Post-doctoral position in neutron stars astrophysics at the Nicolaus Copernicus, Warsaw, Poland Astronomical Center

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center (NCAC) in Warsaw, Poland, with preferred start in the Fall of 2017 or early 2018. The successful applicant will collaborate with Dr Brynmor Haskell on the physics of superfluid neutron stars, with a specific focus on pulsar glitches and gravitational wave source modelling.

The position is available for up to three years and will be funded from a Polish National Science Centre research project. Funding for travel and research equipment will also be provided.

NCAC is the leading astronomical institute in Poland and current research at the institute encompasses a broad range of both observational and theoretical subjects in modern astrophysics. NCAC scientists participate in many international projects, e.g. H.E.S.S., CTA, Fermi, Herschel, Virgo, LIGO, SALT, Gaia-ESO, ATHENA.
Candidates are required to have completed a PhD in astronomy, physics or a related discipline before the start date and no earlier than in 2011 (with extensions possible for maternity or paternity leave). Applicants should have a strong background in computational physics or astrophysics. Experience in neutron star physics, and in particular cooling or hydrodynamical simulations, will be an advantage but are not essential. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Brynmor Haskell (bhaskell[AT]camk.edu.pl) to discuss the project further.

Applications (in pdf format) can be sent to bhaskell[AT]camk.edu.pl and should include a copy of the applicant’s PhD diploma, a curriculum vitae with a list of publications and a brief statement of research interests and plans (2 pages). Applicants should also arrange for at least two letters of recommendation to be sent to the same address. For full consideration applications should be received by May 15th, 2017. The review of applications will begin soon after this date and continue until the position is filled.

Graduate student and research assistantship, Famagusta, Cyprus

Candidates with research interests in the areas of theoretical and experimental physics are encouraged to apply.

​Theoretical Physics’ subjects are gravitation, cosmology, mathematical physics, quantum mechanics, statistical physics, quantum gravity, and computational physics.

​Experimental Physics’ subjects include liquid crystals and optics.

Faculty members of the Department include Mustafa Halilsoy, Izzet Sakallı, Habib Mazharimousavi, Omar Mustafa, Mustafa Rıza, Mehmet Okcan, Koray Duztas, Ali Ovgun and Zahra Amirabi.

The candidates who have qualified background will be assigned as Research Assistant. A full-time research assistant gets exemption from tuition fees as well as they get monthly salary up to 2000 Turkish Lira.

Part-time research assistantships are also available.

Besides, all international postgraduate students registering to the Eastern Mediterranean University can apply for merit-based tuition scholarships of 25%, 50% and 100%, and many student at Eastern Mediterranean University benefit from this generous scheme.

Applicants are requested visit http://physics.emu.edu.tr/ and click on “APPLY NOW”
(or directly https://physchememu.wixsite.com/home)

​For any question do no hesitate to contact with:
​mustafa.riza[AT]emu.edu.tr or izzet.sakalli[AT]emu.edu.tr

Mathematical Physics and General Relativity Symposium in Honor of Professor Ivor Robinson, Dallas, Texas, USA

The symposium will honor the scientific legacy of the late Professor Ivor Robinson. It will be an occasion to discuss recent developments in the field and an opportunity for two generations of researchers to meet and exchange ideas.

The symposium is sponsored by The Department of Mathematical Sciences at UTD, The School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, and The National Science Foundation. We request that all participants register as early as possible ($90 students, $200 non-student), and no later than 17th April. Those willing to speak or present a poster please submit an abstract as early as possible. Abstracts will be reviewed on a rolling basis and participants will be informed accordingly.

Information on the symposium venue, registration, logistics and abstract submission may be found on the conference website: http://www.utdallas.edu/~mkd034000/GenRelConfUTD/

Please circulate this information to your colleagues and students.

Questions can be sent to Mr. Joseph Minich (jtm130030[AT]utdallas.edu) or to Prof. Vladimir Dragovic (vxd123630[AT]utdallas.edu)

Third Andean School on Nuclear Physics: QCD, Quark Gluon Plasma and Heavy Ion Collisions, Bogota, Colombia

Dear Colleagues,

it is our pleasure to announce the “Third Andean School on Nuclear Physics”, to be held from July 24 – 28, 2017 at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia.

The focus of the third school will be on QCD, quark-gluon plasma and heavy ion collisions. Following the pattern of earlier schools, there will be a set of lectures delivered by experts in the field, invited talks and a poster session where students can present their results.

Some financial aid is available for students coming from Latin America and presenting their results.
We look forward to seeing you in Bogota.

Best regards,
Neelima Kelkar, Fernando Cristancho, Diego Torres and Edna Carolina Pinilla

Master in Mathematical Physics, Tuebingen, Germany

We are very proud to announce the new international master program in Mathematical Physics that will start in Tuebingen in October 2017. It is a 2 year master program jointly run by the mathematics and the physics departments, the application deadline is 15th of July 2017. The program is centered around the core modules Geometry in Physics, Mathematical Relativity, Mathematical Quantum Mechanics, and Mathematical Statistical Physics. More information as well as a poster and a flyer can be found on the program website http://www.math.uni-tuebingen.de/mmp.

We would be very thankful if you could forward this information to your colleagues and to any undergraduate students who might be interested in applying.