Fifth ICRANet Bego Rencontres – Gravitational Waves in the strong field limit – Nice, France

The school will take place in Nice from the 15 to the 19th of May. It is traditionally devoted to frontier topics in relativistic astrophysics and to the students of the IRAP PhD Program. This meeting is dedicated to gravitational waves in the strong field limit.

The meeting is open to all interested scientists and graduate students.

The school will take place at the ICRANet Seat in Villa Ratti, in Nice, where the IRAP-PhD is based. We recall that the IRAP-PhD is coordinated by ICRANet, involving various universities and research centres, and the diploma are jointly delivered by all the universities participating in the program: University of Bremen (Germany), University of Ferrara (Italy), University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (France), University of Oldenburg (Germany), University of Rome “La Sapienza” (Italy), University of Savoie (France).

Invited lecturers include: Felix Aharonian, Donato Bini, Luc Blanchet, Christian Cherubini, Nathalie Deruelle, Simonetta Filippi, Mile Karlica, Jutta Kunz-Drolshagen, Claus Lämmerzahl, Felix Mirabel, Marco Muccino, Tsvi Piran, Jose Rodriguez, Jorge Rueda, Remo Ruffini, Narek Sahakyan, Gregory Vereshchagin, Yu Wang, She-Sheng Xue.

ICRANet-Minsk workshop on high energy astrophysics, Minsk, Belarus

ICRANet-Minsk workshop on high energy astrophysics will be the first scientific event organized in the new ICRANet center in Minsk, Belarus. It will be a parallel meeting to a larger symposium on nuclear physics at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.

This workshop is an opportunity for young scientists working in relativistic astrophysics from European and Asian countries to exchange experience and to present results in their fields to the Belarusian scientists.

This event will be organized within the 2017 Year of Science, declared by the Presidential decree.

IRAP PhD 2016 call

The International Relativistic Astrophysics Ph.D. (IRAP PhD) – Joint Doctorate Program sponsored by ICRANet

A deadline of 30th September 2016 has been established for eight positions open internationally and directly sponsored by the participating institutions.

The coordinated effort of many international organizations such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Southern Observatory (ESO), has led to an unprecedented amount of scientific information from the microphysical world all the way to the entire Universe. To harvest the results of these scientific missions, a specific Ph. D. program has been envisaged in order to involve the students in the analysis and modeling of the above observational data within the theory of general relativity and relativistic quantum and classical field theories.

The students will also be involved in innovative experimental programs in relativistic astrophysics. The program provides expertise in the most advanced topics of experimental, mathematical and theoretical physics relevant to the context of astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. These activities, being necessarily international, the scientific and academic institutions, indicated below, participate with their own specific scientific specialties and a joint degree is delivered, at the end of the program.

The Institutions participating in the IRAP PhD are: the international organization ICRANet (Pescara, Rio de Janeiro and Rome) as coordinating institution and the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis as the host Institution; the Albert Einstein Institute, Potsdam (Germany); Indian Centre for Space Physics, Kolkata (India); Observatoire de la Cote D’Azur, Nice (France); University of Ferrara (Italy); University of Rome, la Sapienza (Italy); University of Savoie, Annecy (France).
The Final Ph.D. degree will be jointly delivered by the Academic Institutions participating in the program.

We encourage applications from the best candidates worldwide, independent of nationality, gender or background.

The Courses: Each student will have to follow 180 hours of courses during the three years of the Ph.D. program. There is also a possibility to follow courses from other Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy and Astrophysics Ph.D. programs in each participating institution, after approval by the Faculty.

Courses can be chosen from the following list:
COSMOLOGY WITH GAMMA RAY BURSTS
Lorenzo AMATI (INAF-IASF Bologna)
Carlo Luciano BIANCO (SAPIENZA-Rome and ICRANet)
Michel BOER (UNICE-France)
Luca IZZO (Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia)
HIGH ENERGY PHENOMENA IN ASTROPHYSICS
Felix AHARONIAN (DIAS-Dublin and MPIK-Heidelberg)
Ulisses Barres de Almeida (CBPF/MCT Rio)
Alessandro DE ANGELIS (Univ. Udine-Italy)
Paolo GIOMMI (ASI-ASDC Rome)
Razmik MIRZOYAN (Max-Planck Institute for Physics)
Marco TAVANI (INAF-IASF Rome)
COSMOLOGICAL SINGULARITY, BKL COSMOLOGY AND HIDDEN SYMMETRIES IN GRAVITY
Vladimir BELINSKI (SAPIENZA-Rome and ICRANet)
Thibault DAMOUR (IHES and ICRANet)
Hermann NICOLAI (MPIG-Einstein Institut)
FEYNMAN DIAGRAMS IN RELATIVISTIC QUANTUM FIELD THEORIES
Giovanni AMELINO-CAMELIA (SAPIENZA-Rome)
Johannes BLUEMLEIN (DESY and FU Berlin)
Gabriele GIONTI (Vatican)
Hagen KLEINERT (FU Berlin and ICRANet)
ACCRETION ON BLACK HOLES
Sandip CHAKRABARTI (Bose Centre-Kolkata)
Grant MATHEWS (CANDU -USA)
GENERAL RELATIVITY
Donato BINI (CNR and ICRANet)
Bruno Carneiro DA CUNHA (UFPE-Recife)
Jutta KUNZ (Univ. Oldenburg-Germany)
Volker PERLICK (Univ. of Bremen-Germany)
SUPERNOVAE AND GAMMA RAY BURSTS
Alexey AKSENOV (ICAD, RAS-Moscow)
Massimo DELLA VALLE (INAF-Naples and ICRANet)
Christopher FRYER (LANL-USA)
Georges MEYNET (Obs. UNIGE-Geneva)
Remo RUFFINI (SAPIENZA-Rome and ICRANet)
Patrick YOUNG (Arzona State University)
SPACE AND GROUND-BASED TESTS OF GENERAL RELATIVITY
Francis EVERITT and Paul WORDEN (Stanford University)
Claus LAEMMERZAHL (University of Bremen)
Roberto PERON (INAF-Rome)
Costantino SIGISMONDI (ON Rio and ICRANet)
LARGE SCALE STRUCTURE AND DARK MATTER
Carlos ARGUELLES (ICRANet)
Nikolaos MAVROMATOS (King’s College London)
Marco MERAFINA (Sapienza-Rome)
Piero ROSATI (University of Ferrara)
X/GAMMA-RAY INSTRUMENTATION
Filippo FRONTERA (University of Ferrara)
Shuangnan ZHANG (IHEP – Chinese Academy of Science)
MULTIWAVELENGTH AND TIME-DOMAIN DATA ANALYSIS IN ASTROPHYSICS
Bernardo FRAGA (ICRANet)
Paolo GIOMMI (ASI-ASDC Rome)
Mauro ORLANDINI (University of Ferrara)
ON BLACK HOLES
Roy KERR (ICRANet)
GAMMA RAY BURST THEORIES AND OBSERVATIONS
Pascal CHARDONNET (University of Savoie and ICRANet)
Xiaohui FAN (UA at Tucson)
Marco MUCCINO (SAPIENZA-Rome and ICRANet)
Ana PENACCHIONI (University of Siena)
Tsvi PIRAN (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
WHITE DWARFS, NEUTRONS STARS, BOSON STARS: OBSERVATIONS AND THEORY
Robert Fisher (University of Massachussets Darmouth)
Fernanda GOMES DE OLIVEIRA (ICRANet)
Sergio FRASCA (SAPIENZA-Rome) and Jutta KUNZ (University of Oldenburg)
Manuel MALHEIRO (ITA Brazil)
Jorge RUEDA (SAPIENZA-Rome and ICRANet)
Cezar ZEN (UFRGS Brazil)
RELATIVISTIC KINETIC THEORY, STRONG COUPLING QED AND ELECTRON-POSITRON PLASMA
Gregory VERESHCHAGIN and She-Sheng XUE (SAPIENZA-Rome and ICRANet)
Antonino DI PIAZZA and Christoph H. KEITEL (MPIK)

IRAP PhD FACULTY
Giovanni Amelino-Camelia (Sapienza Universita’ di Roma), Stefano Ansoldi (Universita’ degli Studi di Udine), Ulisses Barres de Almeida (Brazilian Centre For Physics Research, Brazil), Elia Stefano Battistelli (Sapienza Universita’ di Roma), Vladimir Belinski (Sapienza Universita’ di Roma and ICRANet), Carlo Luciano Bianco (Sapienza Universita’ di Roma and ICRANet), Donato (CNR – Ist. per Applicaz. del Calcolo “M. Picone”), Sandip Kumar Chakrabarti (Indian Centre For Space Physics, India), Pascal Chardonnet (Universite’ de Savoie), Christian Cherubini (Universita’ “Campus Biomedico” di Roma), Thibault Damour (Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques), Jaan Einasto (Tartu Observatory), Sergio Frasca (Sapienza Universita’ di Roma), Filippo Frontera (Universita’ di Ferrara), Jean-Marc Gambaudo (Universite’ de Nice Sophia Antipolis), Paolo Giommi (ASI – Agenzia Spaziale Italiana), Yipeng Jing (Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, China), Hagen Kleinert (Freie Universitat Berlin), Jutta Kunz-Drolshagen (Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg), Claus Laemmerzahl (Universitaet Bremen), Olivier Legrand (Universite’ de Nice Sophia Antipolis), Francois Mignard (Observatoire de la Cote d’Azur), Hermann Nicolai (Max Plank Institute for Gravitational Physics, Postdam), Kjell Rosquist (Stockholm University), Jorge Rueda (Sapienza Universita’ di Roma and ICRANet), Remo Ruffini (Director) (Sapienza Università di Roma and ICRANet), Felix Ryde (Stockholm University), Farrokh Vakili (Observatoire de la Cote d’Azur), Gregory Vereshchagin (Sapienza Università di Roma and ICRANet), She Sheng Xue (Sapienza Università di Roma and ICRANet), Shuangnan Zhang (Institute of High Energy Physics – Chinese Academy of Science)

More information at http://www.icranet.org/irap-phd

Forth Bego Rencontres – IRAP Ph.D. Erasmus Mundus School, Nice, France

The school is dedicated to Roy Kerr in celebration of him being awarded the Crafoord Prize 2016. The school will take place at the ICRANet Seat in Villa Ratti, in Nice, where the IRAP-PhD is based. We recall that the IRAP-PhD is coordinated by ICRANet, involving various universities and research centres, and the diploma are jointly delivered by all the universities participating in the program: University of Bremen (Germany), University of Ferrara (Italy), University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (France), University of Oldenburg (Germany), University of Rome “La Sapienza” (Italy), University of Savoie (France). At the school distinguished scientists, such as Prof. Roy Kerr himself (which owns the Yevgeny Mikhajilovic Lifshitz ICRANet Chair), will present advanced seminars and the IRAP-PhD students will report advanced results of their PhD theses. The school is jointly organized between ICRANet and EMJD of the IRAP PhD, funded by the EACEA under the Erasmus Mundus framework program, Grant Number 2011-1640.

“Supernovae, Hypernovae and Binary Driven hypernovae”, Pescara, Italy

The scientific meeting will take place at the ICRANet headquarters in Pescara, Italy from 20 to 30 of June, 2016. The meeting will cover observational activities in the X, gamma ray astronomy, ultra-high energy cosmic rays (UHECR), as well as theoretical progress in the relativistic astrophysics of neutron stars, black holes, and gravitational collapse and their role in type Ib/c supernovae, hypernovae, binary-driven hypernovae, and their association with gamma-ray bursts. The meeting will also cover theoretical and observational aspects on the progenitor systems, population synthesis analyses, and the occurrence rates of such events. The different scenarios for type Ia supernovae and the role of white dwarfs in the single-degenerate, the core-degenerate and double-degenerate scenarios will be also discussed.

2nd announcement: The First Sandoval Vallarta Caribbean Meeting on Relativistic Astrophysics

The meeting will cover observational activities in the X, gamma ray and UHECR, theoretical progress in the relativistic astrophysics of Neutron Stars, Black Holes, Gravitational Waves and Cosmology as well as the development of the Brazilian Science Data Center (BSDC): from galactic and extragalactic sources and as far back in time to the appearance of the first structures in our Universe. Latest results from HAWC and LMT will be reported. Status and perspectives for the Mexican participation in ICRANet projects, within the IRAP PhD and EMJD Program, the associated post-docs, and presence of senior research leaders within all the ICRANet Centers will be reviewed.

The preliminary scientific program is available: http://www.icranet.org/1sv/program.pdf

The registration is open at: http://ntsrvg9-2.icra.it/meetings/registration_1sv.htm

The webpage of the meeting: http://www.icranet.org/1sv/

2nd announcement: The 1st Colombia-ICRANet Julio Garavito Armero Meeting

The meeting will cover theoretical and observational aspects of neutron stars, black holes, supernovae, gravitational waves, high-energy astrophysics, and cosmology. The status and prospects of the ICRANet projects in Latin America, with special emphasis in Colombia, will be also discussed.

The preliminary scientific program is available: http://www.icranet.org/1jg/program_bucaramanga.pdf

The registration is open at: http://ntsrvg9-2.icra.it/meetings/registration_1jg.htm

The webpage of the meeting: http://www.icranet.org/1jg/

The Second Cesar Lattes program online

We are happy to inform that the program of the Second Cesar Lattes Meeting (Niteroi – Rio De Janeiro, April 13-18; Recife, April 20; Joao Pessoa, April 21; Fortaleza, April 22, 2015) is now online on the ICRANet website: http://www.icranet.org/2cl/program.pdf

The main locations of the meeting http://www.icranet.org/2cl/location.htm

There will be public lectures in Niteroi, Rio De Janeiro, Recife, Joao Pessoa and Fortaleza http://www.icranet.org/2cl/public_lectures.htm

The program for accompanying persons http://www.icranet.org/2cl/activities.htm

Conference banquet http://www.icranet.org/2cl/social_events.htm

The Second Cesar Lattes Meeting, Niteroi-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2nd announcement)

This scientific meeting will celebrate the International Year of Light under the aegis of UNESCO, the 100th anniversary of the Einstein Equations as well as the “Golden Jubilee” of Relativistic Astrophysics. It will take place at CBPF and UFF from the 13 to the 18 of April.
Public lectures will be delivered at the The Rio de Janeiro Planetarium as well as, in the following week, at Universities in Brazil including the UFPE in Recife, at UFPB in Joao Pessoa and at IFCE in Fortaleza. The meeting is dedicated to the coordination of the ICRANet Scientific activities in Brazil preceding to the MGXIV meeting in Rome in July 2015.
The meeting will cover observational activities in the X, gamma ray and UHECR, theoretical progress in the relativistic astrophysics of Neutron Stars, Black Holes, Gravitational Waves and Cosmology as well as the development of the Brazilian Science Data Center (BSDC). It will address scientific issues from galactic and extragalactic sources and as far back in time as the appearance of the first structures in our Universe.
Particular attention will be dedicated to illustrate the recent scientific progress in the Ph.D. thesis within the ICRANet joint International Relativistic Astrophysics Ph.D. program (the IRAP Ph.D. and EMJD Programs). These results will be illustrated by the former students. Recent scientific publications from postdoctoral research at ICRANet centers in Brazil and in Europe will be reviewed. The presence of senior research leaders from Brazil and Europe as well as of the ICRANet faculty will foster the interactions with the Brazilian scientific community at large.
The registration is now open at: http://www.icranet.org/2cl/registration.htm
The conference website: http://www.icranet.org/2cl/
A preliminary poster can be downloaded at: http://www.icranet.org/2cl/img/poster.pdf

The Fourth Galileo – Xu Guangqi Meeting, Beijing

This scientific meeting will celebrate the International Year of Light under the aegis of UNESCO, the 100th anniversary of the Einstein Equations as well as the “Golden Jubilee” of Relativistic Astrophysics. It will take place in Beijing (China) from 4 to 8 May, 2015. It represent a joint action of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Division of Gravitation and Relativistic Astrophysics of the Chinese Physical Society, Yunnan Observatory, Shangai Astronomical Observatory, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) and ICRANet.

The Galileo Xu Guan Qi meetings  have been created to have a forum for strategic exchanges between eastern and western science at the highest level dealing with relativistic astrophysics and related fundamental theoretical, experimental and observational fields. The aim is to enlarge the audience from the one strictly Chinese and Italian to one embracing European and western scientific interests and the eastern ones. Therefore a broader participation from Korea and Taiwan is encouraged, as well as a participation of scientists from Europe and the Americas.

The name of Xu Guangqi, the collaborator of Matteo Ricci (Ri Ma Dou) celebrates his most extraordinary activities in bringing to China the works of Euclid and Galileo and his strong commitment to the process of modernization and scientific development of China.

The meetings are particularly dedicated to recall the roots of the modern scientific research in the East and the West and review the recent progress in one of the most advanced fields of scientific research: the one of relativistic astrophysics. We review current progress in Relativistic Astrophysics made possible by astronomical observations of the Sun, of the Stars and of the Universe. These results have been achieved thanks to the theories of Albert Einstein and to the unprecedented numbers of observational techniques: in X-ray, Gamma-ray, optical wave-lengths from space based observatories, in radio telescopes wavelengths from telescopes on the ground as well as in particle physics from underground observatories. The first GX meeting was held in Shanghai, in 2009, the second in Ventimiglia, in 2010 and the third in Beijing, in 2011.

This fourth meeting is convened in Beijing as a preliminary meeting preceding the XIV Marcel Grossmann meeting in July, 2015 in Rome. The preliminary poster of GX 4 can be downloaded at: http://www.icranet.org/images/stories/Meetings/XU4/gx4_poster.pdf

Details on the program and registration are going to appear in China and in ICRANet at the beginning of January, 2015

Website: http://www.icranet.org/4gx

The Second Cesar Lattes Meeting, Niteroi-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This scientific meeting will celebrate the International Year of Light under the aegis of UNESCO, the 100th anniversary of the Einstein Equations as well as the “Golden Jubilee” of Relativistic Astrophysics. It will take place at CBPF and UFF from the 13 to the 18 of April.

Public lectures will be delivered at the Cassino da URCA as well as, in the following week, at Universities in Brazil including the UFPE in Recife, at UFPB  in Joao Pessoa and at IFCE in Fortaleza. The meeting is dedicated to the coordination of the ICRANet Scientific activities in Brazil preceding to the MGXIV meeting in Rome in July 2015.

The meeting will cover observational activities in the X, gamma ray and UHECR, theoretical progress in the relativistic astrophysics of Neutron Stars, Black Holes, Gravitational Waves and Cosmology as well as the development of the Brazilian Science Data Center (BSDC). It will address scientific issues from galactic and extragalactic sources and as far back in time as the appearance of the first structures in our Universe.

Particular attention will be dedicated to illustrate the recent scientific progress in the Ph.D. thesis within the ICRANet joint International Relativistic Astrophysics Ph.D. program (the IRAP Ph.D. and EMJD Programs). These results will be illustrated by the former students. Recent scientific publications from postdoctoral research at ICRANet centers in Brazil and in Europe will be reviewed. The presence of senior research leaders from Brazil and Europe as well as of the ICRANet faculty will foster the interactions with the Brazilian scientific community at large.

For further information please see: http://www.icranet.org/2cl/

A preliminary poster can be downloaded at: http://www.icranet.org/2cl/img/poster.pdf

Publication of the MG13 proceedings and first parallel sessions of the next MG14 (Rome, 2015)

The proceedings of the MG13 Meeting on General Relativity (Stockholm University, Sweden, 1 – 7 July 2012), edited by: Kjell Rosquist (Stockholm University, Sweden), Robert T Jantzen (Villanova University, USA) and Remo Ruffini (International Center for Relativistic Astrophysics Network (ICRANet), Italy & University of Rome “Sapienza”, Italy) are ready and will be printed and distributed by the end of 2014.

The three volumes of the proceedings of MG13 (see <http://www.worldscientific.com/worldscibooks/10.1142/9194>) give a broad view of all aspects of gravitational physics and astrophysics, from mathematical issues to recent observations and experiments. The scientific program of the meeting included 33 morning plenary talks during 6 days, and 75 parallel sessions over 4 afternoons.

Meanwhile, continues the organizers’ work on the program of the next MG14 of Rome, 2015.

We can anticipate the first confirmed parallel sessions:

Self-forces and small-mass-ratio binaries (Adam Pound)
Post-Newtonian and Analytic Approximations (Alexandre Le Tiec)
Binary Black Holes as Sources of Multi-messenger Astronomy (Pablo Laguna)
Numerical Analysis of Coalescing Binaries (Masaru Shibata)
Results and Strategies in Dark Matter Detection (Rita Bernabei)
Blazar (Paolo Giommi, Paolo Padovani)
Extended Theories of Gravity (Salvatore Capozziello)
Gravitational fields with sources: From compact objects to black holes (José P. S. Lemos, Paolo Pani)
Black holes in binary stellar systems and galactic nuclei (Anatoly M. Cherepaschuck, Stanislav O.Alexeyev)
Cosmic Microwave Background measurements (Silvia Masi, Paolo de Bernardis)
Cosmology with the Cosmic Microwave Background: Implications of Planck and Other Experiments in Temperature and Polarization (Carlo Burigana, Hans Ulrik Nørgaard-Nielsen)
Dark Energy and the Accelerating Universe (Alexei Starobinski, David Polarski)
Theoretical and Mathematical Cosmology (Alan Coley, David Wiltshire)
Semiclassical and Quantum Cosmology  (Paulo Vargas Moniz)
Experimental Gravitation (Claus Laemmerzahl)
Variation of Fundamental Constants (Victor Flambaum, Julian Berengut)
Compact Binaries and Strong-Field Tests of Gravity (Michael Kramer)
Photospheric Emission in GRBs (Gregory Vereshchagin, J Michael Burgess)
The energy compositions and acceleration processes of GRB jets (Shiho Kobayashi, Stefano Covino)
Exact Solutions in Four and Higher Dimensions: Mathematical Aspects (Georgy Alekseev)
Cosmological Singularities and Asymptotics (Spiros Cotsakis)
Theoretical Issues in GR (Dieter Brill)
Exact Solutions (Physical Aspects) (Susan Scott)
Quantum Fields (Vladimir Belinski)
Sources of Gravitational Waves (Andrew Melatos)
Status of the Gravitational Wave Detectors (Jean-Yves Vinet)
History of Relativity and Cosmology (Christian Bracco)
Observational Gravitational Lensing [Microlensing] (Philippe Jetzer)
Cosmology from GRBs (Lorenzo Amati)
Loop Quantum Gravity, Quantum Geometry, Spin Foams (Jerzy Lewandowski)
Quantum Gravity Phenomenology (Giovanni Amelino-Camelia)
Loop quantum gravity: cosmology and black holes (Jorge Pullin, Parampreet Singh)
Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics (Jorge Rueda, Rodrigo Negreiros)
Strong (EM) Field Physics and Astrophysics (Sang Pyo Kim, She-Sheng Xue)
Ground experiments and astrophysical observations in Strong Field Physics (Sang Pyo Kim, She-Sheng Xue)
Strong Fields and High Energy Astrophysical events (Yu-Qing Lou)
Supernova Explosions and Neutron Stars Dynamics (Kostas Kokkotas)
Accretion Processes onto Black Holes: Observation and Modeling (Sandip Chakrabarti)
Future prospects in high energy astrophysics (Filippo Frontera, Aldo Morselli)
New States of Matter and Strong Electromagnetico Fields in the Universe (Cesar Zen)
QCD phase diagram: from nuclear astrophysics to heavy ion collisons (Debora Peres Menezes)
Stellar Black Holes (Microquasars) (Felix Mirabel)
Experimental tests of fundamental physics with high energy gamma rays (Alessandro De Angelis)
Tests of gravity with atom interferometers and clocks (Gugliemo Tino)
Numerical simulations, SN, and GRB, connecting with massive SN (Valeri Chechetkin, Alexey Aksenov, Pascal Chardonnet)
Theory of light propagation in gravitation fields (lensing, shadows, etc.) (Volker Perlick)
Hairy Black Holes (Jutta Kunz)
Scalar fields in cosmology (Alfredo Macias)
Quantum Spacetime(chair Gherardo Piacitelli, general 40 minute talk by Sergio Doplicher)
Statistics and Geometry of Weak Lensing Data  (Domenico Marinucci)
Future Experiments and Missions in X and Gamma Ray (Shuang-Nan Zhang, Oscar Adriani)
Branes and Instantons in String Theory (Alberto Lerda)
Black Holes in String Theory (Gianguido Dall’Agata)
Gauge/gravity and related correspondences (Rubik Poghossian)
String Pheno and Cosmo (Gianfranco Pradisi)
The Status of Magnetic White Dwarfs (Enrique Garcia-Berro)
Geometric approaches to the thermodynamics of black holes (Hernando Quevedo)
Double Neutron Stars and Neutron Star-White Dwarf Binaries (Thomas Tauris)
Interacting Dark Matter (Nikolaos Mavromatos)

A preliminary list of chairpersons and parallel sessions can be seen at: <http://www.icra.it/mg/mg14/par_sessions_chairs.htm>

The complete and detailed list will be published on the site: <http://www.icra.it/mg/mg14/>

1st Scientific ICRANet Meeting in Armenia – Black Holes: the largest energy sources in the universe – Program

The Physics of Black Holes dominates some of the most energetic astrophysical phenomena in the Universe. The formation of a Black Holes appear to be related to the emission of a Gamma Ray Burst (GRB), the most energetic transient phenomena in the Universe. The basic mechanism appear to be the creation of electron positron pairs plasma occurring by vacuum polarization process around a Kerr-Newman Black Hole by the Heisenberg-Euler-Schwinger mechanism. An effort of reaching such an extreme electromagnetic quantum regime is being currently approached also in MegaJoule Laser Projects in Europe, Russia, USA. In addition a prolonged emission appear to be related to rotating electromagnetic Black Holes in microquasars. The presence of Supermassive Black Holes (SMBHs) of 10^8 and 10^9 solar masses appear to be related to active galactic nuclei, Blazars and Quasars. There is the possibility that, unlike the stellar mass Black Holes, which are formed by the gravitational collapse of baryonic matter, the SMBHs can originate from the gravitational collapse of Dark Matter. This meeting will address both observational/experimental and theoretical aspects. From an observational point of view results obtained from very high energy observatories from the ground such as HESS, MAGIC, AUGER and from next generation instruments will be reviewed. Similarly will be reviewed the observations from Space Observatories in X and Gamma Rays such as Agile, Fermi, Swift, MAXI and NuStar. The complementary observations in Microwave and infrared bands from Planck mission will be presented. Ongoing progress for experimental facilities to look for coincidence with Gravitational waves detectors and Neutrinos detectors will be also reviewed. From a theoretical point of view attention will be given to progress in understanding quantum and classical phenomena related to the physics of Black Holes and to the process of extraction of the Black Hole Energy.

Before the 1st Scientific ICRANet Meeting “Black Holes: the largest energy sources in the Universe” from June 30 to July 4, an IRAP PhD School for graduate students will be organized from June 28 to June 29 in Aghveran.

Registrations to both the meeting and the school are now possible at the web page

http://ntsrvg9-2.icra.it/meetings/registration_armenia2014.htm

The registration fee is 300 EUR including the admission to all sessions of the meeting and the school, coffee breaks and proceedings. The registration fee is 100 EUR for who attends ONLY the first two days (28-29 June – IRAP school) which include transportation from the Yerevan airport, accommodation and meals. The registration fee for who attends ONLY the second week (30 June-4 July – Meeting) is: 100 EUR for students, postdocs and participants from former Soviet Union countries and 200 EUR for other participants.

A preliminary program of the meeting can be found here:

http://www.icranet.org/images/stories/Meetings/meetingArmenia2014/preliminary_program.pdf

Please download the poster from:

http://www.icranet.org/images/stories/Meetings/meetingArmenia2014/Poster_Armenia_Yerevan_2014.pdf

Supernovae, Gamma-ray bursts and the induced gravitational collapse, Les Houches, France

Ecole de Physique de Les Houches
IRAP PhD and Erasmus Mundus Workshop
Supernovae, Gamma-ray bursts and the induced gravitational collapse

The workshop is promoted by ICRANet within the International Relativistic Astrophysics Ph.D. Program (IRAP PhD) and the ERASMUS MUNDUS activities. The recent astrophysical data observed by the satellites Swift, Fermi, Agile as well as the observations of the largest telescopes: VLT, Canari Island and KEK in Hawaii give a clear evidence for a new scenario of understanding between Supernovae and the GRBs. The induced gravitational concept initially proposed in 2001 and then in 2006 revisited appear to give a complete explanation of the main observational data. The new concept of cosmic matrix has been recently proposed and will be discussed with special attention to GRBs 970828, 060218, 060614, 060729, 061007, 080319B, 090227B, 090510A, 090618, 091127, 101023, 110709B, 111228A, 130427A, 130925A.

Invited lecturers include: Boer Michel, Della Valle Massimo, Izzo Luca, Meynet George, Muccino Marco, Nomoto Ken’ichi t.b.c., Penacchioni Ana Virginia, Pisani Giovanni Battista, Soderberg Alicia t.b.c., Xang-Yu Wang et al.

Les Houches Physics School is affiliated with Universite’ Joseph Fourier Grenoble I (UJF). The school is a joint interuniversity facility of UJF and Grenoble-INP, and the Direction des Sciences de la Matiere du Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique (CEA/DSM).

Please download the poster from
http://www.icranet.org/images/stories/Meetings/les_houches_2014/poster.pdf

The program is available at this link: http://www.icranet.org/images/stories/Meetings/les_houches_2014/preliminary_program.pdf

1st Scientific ICRANet Meeting in Armenia – Black Holes: the largest energy sources in the universe (3rd announcement)

The Physics of Black Holes dominates some of the most energetic astrophysical phenomena in the Universe. The formation of a Black Holes appear to be related to the emission of a Gamma Ray Burst (GRB), the most energetic transient phenomena in the Universe. The basic mechanism appear to be the creation of electron positron pairs plasma occurring by vacuum polarization process around a Kerr-Newman Black Hole by the Heisenberg-Euler-Schwinger mechanism. An effort of reaching such an extreme electromagnetic quantum regime is being currently approached also in MegaJoule Laser Projects in Europe, Russia, USA. In addition a prolonged emission appear to be related to rotating electromagnetic Black Holes in microquasars. The presence of Supermassive Black Holes (SMBHs) of 108-109 solar masses appear to be related to active galactic nuclei, Blazars and Quasars. There is the possibility that, unlike the stellar mass Black Holes, which are formed by the gravitational collapse of baryonic matter, the SMBHs can originate from the gravitational collapse of Dark Matter. This meeting will address both observational/experimental and theoretical aspects. From an observational point of view results obtained from very high energy observatories from the ground such as HESS, MAGIC, AUGER and from next generation instruments will be reviewed. Similarly will be reviewed the observations from Space Observatories in X and Gamma Rays such as Agile, Fermi, Swift, MAXI and NuStar. The complementary observations in Microwave and infrared bands from Planck mission will be presented. Ongoing progress for experimental facilities to look for coincidence with Gravitational waves detectors and Neutrinos detectors will be also reviewed. From a theoretical point of view attention will be given to progress in understanding quantum and classical phenomena related to the physics of Black Holes and to the process of extraction of the Black Hole Energy.

Before the 1st Scientific ICRANet Meeting “Black Holes: the largest energy sources in the Universe” from June 30 to July 4, an IRAP PhD School for graduate students will be organized from June 23 to June 27 at the National Academy of Science.

Registrations to both the meeting and the school are now possible at the web page
http://www.icranet.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=752
The registration fee is 300 EUR including the admission to all sessions of the meeting and the school, coffee breaks and proceedings. Instead the registration fee is 100 EUR for who attends ONLY the first week (IRAP school) and 200 EUR for who attends ONLY the second week (Meeting).

Please download the poster from
http://www.icranet.org/images/stories/Meetings/meetingArmenia2014/Poster_Armenia_Yerevan_2014.pdf

Subatomic particles, Nucleons, Atoms, Universe: Processes and Structure (3rd announcement)

Subatomic particles, Nucleons, Atoms, Universe: Processes and Structure
An international conference in honor of Ya. B. Zeldovich 100th Anniversary in Minsk

The 8th of March 2014 signs the 100th anniversary of the birth of Yakov Borisovich Zeldovich in Minsk. In this occasion International Center for Relativistic Astrophysics Network (ICRANet) together with the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus organize an international conference to be held in National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Minsk, Belarus in March 10-14, 2014.

Confirmed speakers:
– Felix Aharonian: Exploring the Physics of Black Holes with Gamma-Rays
– Gennady Bisnovatyi-Kogan: Outer parts of large galactic clusters in presence of a dark energy
– Sandip Chakrabarti: Black Hole Astrophysics and the contribution of Zeldovich
– Valery Chechetkin: History of modeling of supernovae explosion
– Artur Chernin: Dark energy in galaxies systems
– Andrey Doroshkevich: Zeldovich nonlinear approximation
– Maxim Khlopov: Zeldovich’s legacy in Cosmoparticle physics
– Mario Novello: Perspectives of the Geometric Scalar Gravity
– Nikolai Shakura: Wind Accretion: Theory and Observations
– Alexei Starobinsky: Quantum-gravitational particle creation and generation of metric fluctuations in cosmology

Registration fee: 200 euro. It has to be paid in cash during the conference.
Registration is open at the conference website: http://www.icranet.org/zeldovich2014
Please download the poster from http://www.icranet.org/images/stories/Meetings/ZM2/poster2014.pdf
University guest house for foreign participants will be available at reasonable price.

1st Scientific ICRANet Meeting in Armenia – Black Holes: the largest energy sources in the universe (2nd announcement)

The Physics of Black Holes (BHs) dominates some of the most energetic astrophysical phenomena in the Universe. The formation of a ~10 Msun. BH appears to be related to the emission of a Gamma Ray Burst (GRB), the most energetic transient phenomena in the Universe. The basic mechanism appears to be the creation of electron positron pairs plasma occurring by vacuum polarization process around a Kerr-Newman Black Hole by the Heisenberg-Euler-Schwinger mechanism.

Current effort of reaching such an extreme electromagnetic quantum regime is being currently approached also in MegaJoule Laser Projects in Europe, Russia, USA. In addition a prolonged emission appears to be related to rotating electromagnetic BHs (~10 Msun). in microquasars. The presence of Supermassive Black Holes (SMBHs) of 10^8-10^9 Msun appears to be related to active galactic nuclei, Blazars and Quasars. There is the possibility that unlike the 10 Msun. BHs, which are formed by the gravitational collapse of baryonic matter, the SMBHs can originate from the gravitational collapse of Dark Matter.

This meeting will address both observational/experimental and theoretical aspects. From an observational point of view results obtained from very high energy (VHE) observatories: from the ground such as HESS, MAGIC, AUGER and from next generation instruments will be reviewed. Similarly will be reviewed the observations from Space Observatories in X and Gamma Rays such as Agile, Fermi, Swift, MAXI and NuStar. The complementary observations in Microwave and infrared bands from Planck mission will be presented. Ongoing progress for experimental facilities to look for coincidence with Gravitational waves detectors and Neutrinos detectors will be also reviewed. From a theoretical point of view attention will be given to progress in understanding quantum and classical phenomena related to the physics of BHs and to the process of extraction of the Black Holic Energy (BHE).

Before the 1st Scientific ICRANet Meeting “Black Holes: the largest energy sources in the Universe” from June 30 to July 4, an IRAP PhD School for graduate students will be organized from June 23 to June 27 at the National Academy of Science.

Registrations to both the meeting and the school are now possible at the web page http://www.icranet.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=752
Registration fee is 300 EUR including the admission to all sessions of the meeting and the school, coffee breaks and proceedings.The registration fee is 100 EUR for who attends ONLY the first week (IRAP school) and it is 200 EUR for who attends ONLY the second week (Meeting).

Please download the poster from http://www.icranet.org/images/stories/Meetings/meetingArmenia2014/Poster_Armenia_Yerevan_2014.pdf

Subatomic particles, Nucleons, Atoms, Universe: Processes and Structure

Subatomic particles, Nucleons, Atoms, Universe: Processes and Structure
An international conference in honor of Ya. B. Zeldovich 100th Anniversary in Minsk
(Second announcement)

The 8 of March 2014 signs the 100th anniversary of the birth of Yakov Borisovich Zeldovich in Minsk. In this occasion International Center for Relativistic Astrophysics Network (ICRANet) together with the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus organize an international conference to be held in National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Minsk, Belarus in March 10-14, 2014.

Confirmed speakers:
– Felix Aharonian: Exploring the Physics of Black Holes with Gamma-Rays
– Gennady Bisnovatyi-Kogan: Outer parts of large galactic clusters in presence of a dark energy
– Sandip Chakrabarti: Black Hole Astrophysics and the contribution of Zeldovich
– Valery Chechetkin: History of modeling of supernovae explosion
– Artur Chernin: Dark energy in galaxies systems
– Andrey Doroshkevich: Zeldovich nonlinear approximation
– Maxim Khlopov: Zeldovich’s legacy in Cosmoparticle physics
– Mario Novello: Perspectives of the Geometric Scalar Gravity
– Nikolai Shakura: Wind Accretion: Theory and Observations
Alexei Starobinsky Quantum-gravitational particle creation and generation of metric fluctuations in cosmology

Registration fee: 200 euro (on site)
Registration is now open at the conference website: http://www.icranet.org/zeldovich2014
Please download the preliminary poster from http://www.icranet.org/images/stories/Meetings/ZM2/poster2014.pdf

Subatomic particles, Nucleons, Atoms, Universe: Processes and Structure

An international conference in honor of Ya. B. Zeldovich 100th Anniversary in Minsk.

First announcement

The 8 of March 2014 signs the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Yakov Borisovich Zeldovich in Minsk. In this occasion International Center for Relativistic Astrophysics Network (ICRANet) together with the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus organize an international conference to be held in Minsk, Belarus in March 10-14, 2014. The total number of participants of the conference is expected to be in the range of 100 scientists with the participation from neighboring countries such as Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Ukraine, and of course Europe and the Americas.

Exceptionally wide research interests of Ya. B. Zeldovich ranging from chemical physics, elementary particle and nuclear physics to astrophysics and cosmology are very difficult to cover within one conference. It will therefore be focused on several selected topics.
This celebration will follow a very successful international conference in honor of Ya. B. Zeldovich 95th anniversary held in Minsk on 20-23 of April 2009.

International Organizing Committee is co-chaired by prof. Vladimir Fortov, the president of the Russian Academy of Sciences and prof. Remo Ruffini, director of ICRANet.
Registration fee: 200 euro
For further information visit: http://www.icranet.org

1st Scientific ICRANet Meeting in Armenia – Black Holes: the largest energy sources in the Universe

The Physics of Black Holes (BHs) dominates some of the most energetic astrophysical phenomena in the Universe. The formation of a ~10 Msun. BH appears to be related to the emission of a Gamma Ray Burst (GRB), the most energetic transient phenomena in the Universe. The basic mechanism appears to be the creation of electron positron pairs plasma occurring by vacuum polarization process around a Kerr-Newman Black Hole by the Heisenberg-Euler-Schwinger mechanism.

Current effort of reaching such an extreme electromagnetic quantum regime is being currently approached also in MegaJoule Laser Projects in Europe, Russia, USA. In addition a prolonged emission appears to be related to rotating electromagnetic BHs (~10 Msun). in microquasars. The presence of Supermassive Black Holes (SMBHs) of 10^8-10^9 Msun appears to be related to active galactic nuclei, Blazars and Quasars. There is the possibility that unlike the 10 Msun. BHs, which are formed by the gravitational collapse of baryonic matter, the SMBHs can originate from the gravitational collapse of Dark Matter.

This meeting will address both observational/experimental and theoretical aspects. From an observational point of view results obtained from very high energy(VHE) observatories: from the ground such as HESS, MAGIC, AUGER and from next generation instruments will be reviewed. Similarly will be reviewed the observations from Space Observatories in X and Gamma Rays such as Agile, Fermi, Swift, MAXI and NuStar. The complementary observations in Microwave and infrared bands from Planck mission will be presented. Ongoing progress for experimental facilities to look for coincidence with Gravitational waves detectors and Neutrinos detectors will be also reviewed. From a theoretical point of view attention will be given to progress in understanding quantum and classical phenomena related to the physics of BHs and to the process of extraction of the Black Holic Energy (BHE).

Before the 1st Scientific ICRANet Meeting “Black Holes: the largest energy sources in the Universe” from June 30 to July 4, an IRAP Ph D School for graduate students will be organized from June 23 to June 27 at the National Academy of Science.

Registrations to both the meeting and the school are now possible at the web page http://www.icranet.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=752

Registration fee is 300€ including the admission to all sessions of the meeting and the school, coffee breaks and proceedings.

Please download the poster from http://www.icranet.org/images/stories/Meetings/meetingArmenia2014/Poster_Armenia_Yerevan_2014.pdf

 

CAPES-ICRANet Program 2014

Following the completion of the CAPES-ICRANet Program 2013, we are particularly happy to announce the CAPES-ICRANet Program 2014. Following the entrance of Brazil into the International Center for Relativistic Astrophysics Network (ICRANet) in 2007, the many agreements between ICRANet and the universities and research centers in Brazil and Latin America, and the opening of the seat ICRANet-Rio, CAPES and ICRANet promoted a joint program. The aim is to foster the development of the research in Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology between Brazil and the academic centers and Member States of ICRANet. Within this agreement the CAPES-ICRANet Program has been established with the following actions:

1. IRAP PhD CAPES-ICRANet Program
Five fellowships for Brazilian students will be granted each year in the IRAP PhD Program. Each fellowship will last for three years with the final PhD degree jointly delivered by the academic institutions participating in the program. The starting date of the application is December 2013 and the deadline is August 2014, the activities will start on September 2014.
For the application: http://ntsrvg9-2.icra.it/irapphd/entry2014.htm

2. CAPES-ICRANet Visitors Program to Brazil
A visitor program for senior scientists from ICRANet centers in Asia, Europe, and USA to Brazilian universities and research centers has been opened. This program is specially directed to senior scientists who have given fundamental worldwide recognized contributions to the field of relativistic astrophysics and cosmology. During their stay in Brazil, scientists will visit universities and research centers associated with ICRANET. Each visitor can spend up to three years in Brazil and each year up to three months. Five positions will be available each year and the applications are opened during the entire year and for this year the starting date of the application is December 2013 and the deadline is August 2014.
For the application: http://ntsrvg9-2.icra.it/irapphd/entry2014_visitors_brazil.htm

3. CAPES-ICRANet Visitors Program to Europe
A program to promote scientific visits of university professors and research scientists from Brazil in ICRANet centers in Europe has been established. During their stay in the ICRANet centers, the scientists will be able to visit the universities and research centers associated to the IRAP PhD Program. Visits addressing both theoretical research and observational activities in ICRANet related centers are welcome. Particularly encouraged are research activities synergic with the IRAP PhD Program through the interaction with IRAP graduate students and Faculty Professors. Each year five positions are established, each one of the duration of five months per year. Applications are opened during the entire year and for this year they are going to open on December 2013 and the deadline is August 2014.
For the application: http://ntsrvg9-2.icra.it/irapphd/entry2014_visitors_europe.htm

4. CAPES-ICRANet Postdoctoral Program
Four two-year postdoctoral positions in ICRANet Centers in Europe and Asia, and five two-year postdoctoral positions in Brazilian universities and research centers with signed collaboration agreements with ICRANet and/or with associated scientists to ICRANet, will be opened every year. For this year the starting date of the applicaltion is December 2013 and the deadline is August 2014.  All topics related to theoretical and observational activities or data analysis in relativistic astrophysics and cosmology are welcome.
For the application to postdoc in Europe and Asia: http://ntsrvg9-2.icra.it/irapphd/entry2014_post_europe.htm
For the application to postdoc in Brazil: http://ntsrvg9-2.icra.it/irapphd/entry2014_post_brazil.htm

For further information: http://www.icranet.org
(in Portuguese): http://cooperacaointernacional.capes.gov.br http://www.capes.gov.br/cooperacao-internacional/italia/capes-icranet

The first URCA meeting on Relativistic Astrophysics

Within the Cesare Lattes program approved by the ICRANet Board during the 10th Steering Committee Meeting held on February 25th 2013, we are organizing this meeting that aims at fostering the development of the research in Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology between Brazil and the academic centers and Member States of ICRANet. It follows the objectives of the CAPES-ICRANet and the FAPERJ-ICRANet Program, promoted by these organizations, and the other agreements signed between ICRANet and Brazilian Institutions: University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Instituto Tecnòlogico de Aeronàutica (ITA), Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB), Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE), Government of the State of Ceara’. It is directed to the students completing this year the Erasmus Mundus PhD program. International students and researchers are welcome to participate.
The registration fee is 200 EUR.

2nd ICRANet Bego Rencontres, Nice, France

This second “BEGO Rencontre” meeting will take place from the 13 to the 31th of May. It is specially devoted to frontier topics in relativistic astrophysics and to the students of the IRAP PhD Program. Students from the EMJD Program will participate. The meeting is open to all interested scientists and graduate students.

The members of IOC are the following:
Giovanni Amelino-Camelia (“Sapienza” Università di Roma)
Vladimir Belinski (“Sapienza” Università di Roma and ICRANet)
Carlo Luciano Bianco(“Sapienza” Università di Roma and ICRANet)
Donato Bini (CNR – Ist. per Applicaz. del Calcolo “M. Picone”)
Sandip Kumar Chakrabarti (Indian Centre For Space Physics, India)
Pascal Chardonnet (Université de Savoie ) CO-CHAIRMAN
Christian Cherubini (Università “Campus Biomedico” di Roma)
Thibault Damour (Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques)
Jann Einasto (Tartu Observatory)
Simonetta Filippi (Università di Roma “Campus Biomedico” and ICRANet)
Sergio Frasca (“Sapienza” Università di Roma)
Filippo Frontera (Università di Ferrara)
Jean-Marc Gambaudo (Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis)
Yipeng Jing (Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, China)
Hagen Kleinert (Freie Universitat Berlin)
Olivier Legrand (Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis)
Francois Mignard (Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur)
Hermann Nicolai (Max Plank Institute for Gravitational Physics, Postdam)
Mario Novello (Brazilian Centre For Physics Research, Brazil)
Elène Politano (Ecole Doctorale Nice)
Kjell Rosquist (Stockolm University)
Jorge Rueda (SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet)
Remo Ruffini (“Sapienza” Università di Roma and ICRANet) CHAIRMAN
Felix Ryde (Stockholm University)
Farrokh Vakili (Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur)
Gregory Vereshchagin (SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet)
She-Sheng Xue (SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet)
Shuangnan Zhang (Institute of High Energy Physics – Chinese Academy of Science)

The program can be found at http://www.icranet.org/2nd_bego. Ample time for discussions will be granted. The major topics to be discussed are Neutron Stars and Black Holes, Cosmology, Gamma Ray Bursts, Dark Matter, Supernovae, strong fields in experiments on earth ground and from space.

For information, please contact:
Annapia Del Beato annapia.delbeato[AT]icranet.org
Federica Di Berardino Federica.diberardino[AT]icranet.org

In the period of the meeting many social events, including the Gran-Prix-Monaco, will occur in the Côte d’Azur, therefore an early registration will be necessary for the accommodation.

Registration fees of 150 euros will be requested. The deadline for early registration is April 15th, 2013

The 2013 yearly ICRANet Scientific Meeting on Relativistic Astrophysics

The 2013 yearly ICRANet Scientific Meeting on Relativistic Astrophysics
(June 3-21 Pescara, Italy, Rome, Italy)
on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Kerr solution of the Einstein’s equations, in presence of Roy Kerr and of the ICRANet Scientific Committee

International Organizing Committee: Felix Aharonian (Armenia), Lorenzo Amati (Italy), Giovanni Amelino-Camelia (Italy), David Arnett (USA), Vladimir Belinski (Italy), Carlo Luciano Bianco (Italy), Donato Bini (Italy), João Braga (Brazil), Sandip Kumar Chakrabarti (India), Pascal Chardonnet (France), Valeri Chechetkin (Russia), Christian Cherubini (Italy), Thibault Damour (France), Massimo Della Valle (Italy), Jaan Einasto (Estonia), Francis Everitt (USA), Simonetta Filippi (Italy), Sergio Frasca (Italy), Filippo Frontera (Italy), Jean-Marc Gambaudo (France), Gabriele Gionti (USA), Robert Jantzen (USA), Yipeng Jing (P.R. China), Roy Kerr (New Zealand), Isaak Markovich Khalatnikov (Russia), Hagen Kleinert (Germany), Hyung Won Lee (South Korea), Olivier Legrand (France), John Madey (USA), John Mester (USA), Francois Mignard (France), Charles Misner (USA), Hermann Nicolai (Germany), Mario Novello (Brazil), Alex Pelster (Germany), Elena Pian (Italy), Tsvi Piran (Israel), Elène Politano (France), Vladimir Popov (Russia), Brian Matthew Punsly (USA), Hernando C. Quevedo (Mexico), Johann Rafelski (USA), Piero Rosati (Germany), Kjell Rosquist (Sweden), Jorge Rueda (Italy), Remo Ruffini (Chairman, Italy), Felix Ryde (Sweden), Gerard ’t Hooft (Holland), Marco Tavani (Italy), Lev Titarchuk (USA), Farrokh Vakili (France), Gregory Vereshchagin (Italy), She Sheng Xue (Italy), Shuangnan Zhang (P.R. China)

ICRANet (http://www.icranet.org/); is an International Organization devoted to scientific researches in Relativistic Astrophysics. Current ICRANet Members are: Armenia, Brazil, Italy, Vatican, ICRA, University of Arizona, University of Stanford. Current ICRANet Seats are located in: Nice (France), Pescara (Italy, headquarters), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil, including the Brazilian Science Data Center BSDC), Rome (Italy), Yerevan (Armenia).

In the last meeting held in Washington Professor Giacconi, who had covered the Presidency of the Scientific Committee for two terms, proposed to modify the occurrence of the meeting of the Committee from a two days meeting in December to a more extended activity in June in one of the ICRANet Seats. We consider this suggestion very appropriate and we are calling a meeting of the Scientific Committee during a three weeks period to be held in Pescara in which the Member of the Scientific committee can follow the presentation of all involved scientists and students on the following topics which have been traditionally covered in the yearly report to the ICRANet board:

-) Exact solutions of Einstein and Einstein – Maxwell equations (lead by Vladimir Belinski)
-) Gamma-Ray Bursts (lead by Carlo Bianco Luciano)
-) Relativistic effects in Physics and Astrophysics (lead by Remo Ruffini)
-) Perspectives for Italy-Brazil collaborations on space projects (lead by Joao Braga)
-) Cosmology and large scale structures (lead by Jaan Einasto)
-) Theoretical Astroparticle Physics (lead by Gregory Vereshchagin)
-) Generalization of the Kerr-Newman solution (lead by Roy Kerr)
-) Report from ICRANet Rio de Janeiro (lead by Mario Novello)
-) Black Holes and Quasars (lead by Brian Punsly)
-) Electron-positron pairs in physics and astrophysics (lead by She-Sheng Xue)
-) From heavy nuclei to black holes (lead by Jorge A. Rueda)
-) From Nuclei to Compact Stars (lead by Jorge A. Rueda)
-) Supernovae (lead by Massimo Della Valle)
-) Symmetries in General Relativity (lead by Donato Bini)
-) Self Gravitating Systems, Galactic Structures and Galactic Dynamics (lead by Simonetta Filippi)
-) Interdisciplinary Complex Systems (lead by Simonetta Filippi)

The meeting will be organized by the Members of the Scientific Committee, by the scientists members of the Board of ICRANet as well as the scientists of the ICRA Assembly and Council. A preliminary program will be circulated in the forthcoming weeks.

In addition to all the Members of the Scientific committee, there will be present all scientists collaborating in these research and the presentation by the graduate students of their thesis activities. We will have seminars by a selected number of ICRANet Adjunct Professors as well as distinguished visitors. In particular, in addition to the Members of the IOC, Roy Kerr, ICRANet Adjunct Professor, is going to celebrate in Pescara the 50th anniversary of his solution. There will be Thibault Damour, ICRANet Adjunct Professor, as well as Bob Williams who has recently joined the Council of ICRA, Philippe Jetzer newly nominated Adjunct Professor, and we expect as well the presence of Prof. Martin Rees, Prof. George Alekseev, Prof. Victor Berezin, Prof. Antonino Di Piazza, Prof. Feng Long Long, Prof. Mo Hou Jun, Prof. Nelson Pinto-Neto, Prof. Wolfgang Rindler and many others.

Contributions are accepted on any of the above mentioned research topic. Participation is welcome both of Post-Doc and Researchers (registration fee 300.00 EUR) and of graduate and undergraduate students (registration fee 150.00 EUR).

For information please contact secretariat[AT]icranet.org

IRAP PhD and Erasmus Mundus Workshop – Gamma Ray Bursts, their progenitors and the role of thermal emission

The workshop is promoted by ICRANet within the International Relativistic Astrophysics Ph. D. Program (IRAP Ph D) and the ERASMUS MUNDUS activities. Lectures will be presented by leading Physicists and Astrophysicists working in the theory and observations of Gamma Ray Bursts, Supernovae as well as in the interface of Nuclear Physics, White Dwarfs, Neutron Star Physics and Black Holes Physics. Special attention is being devoted to the Gamma Ray Bursts and their progenitors and to the role of the thermal emission.

Invited lecturers include: Amati Lorenzo, Antonelli Angelo, Baranov Andrey, Beloborodov Andrei, Berger Edo, Bianco Carlo L., Boer Michel, Campana Sergio, Chakrabarti Sandip, Costa Enrico, Covino Stefano, Dai Zigao, D’Avanzo Paolo, Della Valle Massimo, Frontera Filippo, Ghirlanda Giancarlo, Giannios Dimitrios, Giommi Paolo, Guidorzi Cristiano, Guiriec Sylvain, Ioka Kunihito, Lou Yuqing, Malesani Daniele, Mazzali Paolo A., Pe’er Asaf, Pian Elena, Piran Tsvi, Popov Mikhail, Poutanen Juri, Rueda Jorge A., Ryde Felix, Salvaterra Ruben, Tagliaferri Gianpiero, Tavani Marco, Valenti Stefano, Vereshchagin Gregory, Vurm Indrek, Wang Xiang-Yu, Xue She-Sheng, Zhang Bing

The registration fee is 350€ and it includes accommodation, lunches, dinners, coffee breaks and the proceedings publication. Proceedings will be published by World Scientific Pub. in their Astrophysical Series.

You can find information on how to reach Les Houches on the website: the nearest airport is the Geneva one, that is 1 hour drive, then there are many public and private shuttle services from the airport to the conference location. As regards accommodation, there are 70 chalets in the school: they are single-rooms with toilet facilities. If you are interested in booking one of them, please send an email to annapia.delbeato[at]icranet.org with information on your name, surname, age and sex. You can settle into your room from 6pm on Sunday evening; you should leave your room on Friday morning, after breakfast.

12th Italian-Korean Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics

This series of biannual symposia since 1987 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 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 Eastern and Western culture.

The 12th Italian-Korean meeting is organized by ICRAnet, Sogang University, Center for Quantum Space Time, National Research Foundation of Korea, Institute for the Early Universe, Korean astronomy & Space Science Institute, Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics, Leung Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics, University of Rome “Sapienza”, University of Nice “Sophia Antipolis”, Stockholm University, Free University of Berlin, ICRA, ENEA, INFN, ICTP, Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, CBPF, the National Astronomical Observatory (Beijing), the Institutes of High Energy Physics, the Institute of Theoretical Physics, the Institute for the History of Natural Sciences.

IRAP PhD and Erasmus Mundus Workshop on: Recent News from the GeV and TeV Gamma-Ray Domains: Results and Interpretations

This workshop is jointly organized by ICRANet, the Universities of Rome “Sapienza” and “Tor Vergata” and the Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik (Heidelberg), within the Erasmus Mundus Doctorate Program. The main topics discussed will be UHE, Extreme Astrophysical Accelerators, AGN, Galactic Center, Black Holes, Blazars, Gamma-Ray and Neutrino Signatures, Supermassive Black Holes, FERMI LAT data, SNRs, Cyg X-3 and Cyg X-1, Big Surprises from the Crab Nebula, AGILE data on SNRs, SNR Gamma-Cygni.

Lecturers include:
Aharonian Felix – The Nature’s perfectly designed Extreme Accelerators, Barkov Maxim – Particle acceleration and gamma-ray production in AGN initiated by the jet-star interactions, Jones Dave – Multiwavelength studies of the Galactic Center, Kafexhiu Ervin – Excitation and destruction of nuclei in hot astrophysical plasmas around black holes, Lefa Eva – Time-dependent modeling of the energy spectra of gamma-ray blazars, Prosekin Anton – Gamma-ray and neutrino signatures of sources of 1020 eV cosmic rays, Rieger Frank – Particle acceleration and gamma-ray production in the vicinity of supermassive black holes. The case of M87, Ruizhi Yang – The study of extended gamma-ray sources based on the FERMI LAT data

Ruffini Remo – GRBs and Supernovae: common conceptual issues, Benedetti Alberto – On the frequency of plasma oscillations in the pair plasma generated by a strong electric field, Bianco Carlo Luciano – The canonical GRB scenario, Caito Letizia – The case of disguised short GRBs, De Barros Gustavo – The case of GRB 050509B, Fraga Machado De Oliveira Bernardo – Cosmological Constraints on inos masses and quantum statistic, Han Wenbiao – Electron-positron pair oscillation in spatially inhomogeneous electric fields and radiation, Izzo Luca – on a Nova undergoing outburst, Malheiro Manuel – Magnetized White Dwarfs, Penacchioni Ana V. – The case of Multiple GRBs, Rueda Jorge A. – Thomas Fermi in Relativistic Field Theories, Siutsou Ivan – Self Gravitating inos and constant surface density, Vereshchagin Gregory – Transparency of an extended relativistic shell along the line of sight and application to GRBs, Xue She-Sheng – Space-time evolution of electric fields in compact stars

Tavani Marco – On SNR RX 1713.7, Discussion of particle acceleration in SNRs, Overview of galactic microquasars and focus on Cyg X-3 and Cyg X-1, Big surprises from the Crab Nebula: variability and theory, Cardillo Martina – on SNR W44, Giuliani Andrea – Overview of AGILE data on SNRs, On SNR W28, Piano Giovanni – On SNR Gamma-Cygni, Striani Edoardo – The mysterious Galactic gamma-ray sources, Vercellone Stefano – The brightest gamma-ray blazar: 3C 454.3 (“Crazy Diamond”), Vittorini Valerio – Theoretical models of 3C 454.3 and similar monsters

All interested scientists and students are invited to register themselves using the form that can be found on the website:

http://www.icranet.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=574

The registration fee is 300€.

IRAP PhD and Erasmus Mundus Workshop: From Nuclei to White Dwarfs and Neutron Stars (2nd announcement)

The workshop is promoted by ICRANet within the International Relativistic Astrophysics Ph. D. Program (IRAP Ph D) and the ERASMUS MUNDUS activities. Lectures will be presented by leading Physicists and Astrophysicists working in the interface of Nuclear Physics, White Dwarfs, Neutron Star Physics and Black Holes Physics. Special attention is being devoted to the new scenarios presented by the observations of X-ray bursters, Gamma Ray Bursts and Supernovae.

Lecturers include: Aksenov Aleksey, Arnett David, Baym Gordon, Bianco Carlo Luciano, Bisnovaty-Kogan Gennady, Casey Meakin (TBC), Chardonnet Pascal, Chechetkin Valery, Della Valle Massimo, Fuller George (TBC), Izzo Luca, Lattimer Jim, Meynet George, Mezzacappa Anthony, Nadyozhin Dmitrij K., Ott Christian, Pelletier Guy, Pethick Chris, Psaltis Dimitrios(TBC), Rotondo Michael, Rueda Jorge A., Ruffini Remo, Vereshchagin Gregory, Xue She-Sheng

All interested scientists and students can register themselves using the form on the webpages:
http://astro-les-houches.in2p3.fr/index.html
or
http://www.icranet.org

The registration fee is 350€ and it includes accommodation, lunches, coffee breaks and the proceedings publication.

You can find information on how to reach Les Houches on the website: the nearest airport is the Geneva one, that is 1 hour drive, then there are many public and private shuttle services from the airport to the conference location. As regards accommodation, there are 70 chalets in the school: they are single-rooms with toilet facilities. If you are interested in booking one of them, please send a mail to annapia.delbeato[AT]icranet.org with information on your name, surname, age and sex. You can settle into your room from 6pm on Sunday evening; you should leave your room on Friday morning, after the breakfast.

3rd Galileo-Xu Guangqi Meeting

This 3rd “Galileo – Xu Guanqi meeting” will be held in Beijing from Oct. 11th to 15th, 2011. It represents a collaboration between ICRANet, University of Roma “Sapienza”, University of Nice “Sophia Antipolis”, Stockholm University, Free University of Berlin, ICRA, ENEA, INFN, ICTP, Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, CBPF, the National Astronomical Observatory (Beijing), the Institutes of High Energy Physics, the Institute of Theoretical Physics, the Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Tsinghua University, the Peking University, the Beijing Normal University, the Leung Center for Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics, the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Peking University, the Beijing Planetarium, the Tartu Observatory, the Vatican Observatory, and the Beijing Astronomical Society.

The meeting is particularly dedicated to recall the roots of the modern scientific research in the East and the West and review the recent progress in Physics and Astrophysics with special attention to one of the most advanced fields of scientific research: relativistic astrophysics. We will review current progress in the theoretical fields made possible by astronomical observations of the Sun, of the Stars and of the Universe. These results have been achieved thanks to the theories of Albert Einstein and to the unprecedented numbers of observational techniques: in X-ray, Gamma-ray, optical wave-lengths from space based observatories, in radio telescopes wavelengths from telescopes on the ground as well as in particle physics from underground observatories. We are looking for an international meeting of 274 participants, 137 from Asia and 137 from the rest of the Planet. The meeting is organized by an international organizing committee and a local organizing committee. Interested scientists and students can register themselves and submit title and abstract of their contributions on the webpage http://www.icranet.org/3gx

The registration fee for non-Chinese participants is 300€ (students 200€) before the deadline, 30th August, 2011. After the deadline, it is 400€ (students 300€). Participants who didn’t pay their fee in advance can pay cash upon their arrival at the registration desk. For Chinese participants (including participants from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao) the registration fee is RMB 800 Yuan (students RMB 400 Yuan) and should be paid upon their arrival at the registration desk. The registration fee will include 5 lunches, coffee breaks and the proceedings publication.

From Nuclei to White Dwarfs and Neutron Stars

The meeting is directed by David Arnett and Remo Ruffini within the ERASMUS MUNDUS and ICRANet activities in the International Relativistic Astrophysics Ph. D. Program. Lectures will be presented by leading Physicists and Astrophysicists working in the interface of Nuclear Physics, White Dwarfs, Neutron Star Physics and Black Holes Physics. Special attention is being devoted to the new scenarios presented by the observations of Gamma Ray Bursts.