At the beginning of April 1911 Albert Einstein arrived in Prague to become full professor of theoretical physics at the German part of Charles University. It was there, for the first time, that he concentrated primarily on the problem of gravitation. Before he left Prague in July 1912 he had submitted the paper “Relativität und Gravitation: Erwiderung auf eine Bemerkung von M. Abraham” in which he remarkably anticipated what a future theory of gravity should look like.
At the occasion of the Einstein-in-Prague centenary we organize an international meeting:
“Relativity and Gravitation – 100 Years after Einstein in Prague”
June 25 – 29, 2012, Prague, Czech Republic
The main topics of the conference will include
• Mathematical relativity
• Numerical relativity
• Relativistic astrophysics
• Relativistic cosmology
• Quantum gravity
• Gravitation and experiment
• Conceptual and historical issues
The conference is organized under the auspices of the Rector of Charles University. The lectures will take place in the historical complex of the University in the heart of Prague’s Old Town.
The Scientific Organizing Committee includes Marek Abramowicz, Lars Andersson, Abhay Ashtekar, Julian Barbour, Jiří Bičák, Roger Blandford, Bernd Brügmann, Piotr Chruściel, Thibault Damour, Karsten Danzmann, Fernando De Felice, George Ellis, John Friedman, Helmut Friedrich, Valeri Frolov, Gary Gibbons, Gary Horowitz, Joseph Katz, Karel Kuchař, Jerzy Lewandowski, Gernot Neugebauer, Hermann Nicolai, Igor Novikov, Martin Rees, Oscar Reula, Luciano Rezzolla, Misao Sasaki, Gerhard Schäfer, Bernd Schmidt, Alexei Starobinsky, Paul Tod, Robert Wald, Clifford Will.
The program will be centered on invited lectures; it will also include contributed oral and poster presentations. We will reserve time for cultural events and sightseeing (e.g., places associated with Einstein, Mach, Doppler, Kepler, and Brahe). We are considering the publication of proceedings in a scientific journal. Anticipated attendance is 120-150 participants.
Jiří Bičák (on behalf of SOC and LOC)