First Galileo – Xu Guangqi Meeting

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Location:  Shanghai

New September 30th Deadline

Early registration fee payment at 250 Euros (350 Euros after deadline)

Dear colleagues,

We have extended the deadline for early registration fee payment until September 30th. We urge everyone who intends to participate in the meeting to begin the registration process as soon as possible.

Information about Hotel reservation is now available on the webpage in the section “Hotels in Shanghai”.

This first “Galileo – Xu Guangqi meeting” will be held in Shanghai from Oct. 26th to 30th, 2009 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the use by Galileo Galilei of the telescope in order to study the structure of our Universe. We recall how just few years after the Discovery of the Telescope by Galileo a copy of his telescope had been brought to China by Adam Schall Von Bell, member of the Jesuits community funded by Matteo Ricci (Li Madou). The name of Xu Guangqi, associated to the one of Galileo in this meeting, celebrates this collaborator of Matteo Ricci and 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.

This celebration occurs within the UNITED NATIONS sponsored activities for the 2009 as Year of Astronomy.

The meeting is particularly dedicated to recall the roots of the modern scientific research in China and review the recent progress in one of the most advanced fields of scientific research: the one of relativistic astrophysics. We will review current progress in general relativity made possible by astronomical observations of the Sun, of the Stars and of the Universe. These results have been achieved on the ground of the theories of Albert Einstein and thanks to 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 approximate 274 participants, 137 from Asia and 137 from the rest of the Planet. The meeting is organized by an international organizing committee, an international scientific advisory committee and a local organizing committee. The “Galileo – Xu Guangqi Meetings” will be called in future years in order to foster the scientific cooperation of China and the international scientists in the field of Relativistic Astrophysics worldwide.

The discussed topics will be:
-Large Scale Structures of the Universe and Galaxy Formation
-Gravitational Waves and Precision Tests of General Relativity
-General Relativity, GRBs, Neutron Star and Supernovae
-Cosmological Stability, Comets, GRBs, Dinosaurs and Species Extinction and History of Astronomy

The List of Invited Speakers for each Session,
the International Organizing Committee,
the International Scientific Advisory Committee
the Local Organizing Committee
can be found at:

This meeting will be followed by the 11th Italian-Korean meeting in Seoul (Korea) on November 2-4, 2009. This meeting aims at boosting exchange of information and collaborations between Italian and Korean astrophysicists on new and hot issues in the field. This year’s symposium will have a particular meaning to astrophysicists of both countries, celebration of two giants of each country in the early history of astronomy: Galileo Galilei and Hwang Lee.

Further information can be found at

We look forward to a successful meeting!

Remo Ruffini
chair of International Organizing Committee

Jing Yipeng
chair of Local Organizing Committee