The list of 72 parallel sessions (http://www.icra.it/mg/mg13/parallel_sessions.htm)
is now ready and interested participants can register themselves for the meeting and submit a short abstract for the parallel session of their choice. A preliminary list of confirmed invited plenary speakers is also available at http://www.icra.it/mg/mg13/invited_speakers.htm .
Note that no more than two abstracts should be submitted with exactly the same author list in order to keep the parallel sessions manageable. A few more parallel sessions might be added in the near future.
Early registration at 350€ is now possible extending through May 25, 2012, after which the registration fee will be 400€. The student fee is 150€. Abstracts for parallel session presentations must be submitted by June 15, 2012, but preferably at the time of registration and as early as possible. Chairpersons have been asked to give submitters preliminary judgments of abstracts for oral and poster presentation requests as they are received in order to create their programs, so delaying submission of an abstract decreases its chances of receiving an oral presentation. If a session receives too many worthy abstracts for oral presentation in one afternoon session, there is the possibility of splitting it into two sessions, while some pressure will be relieved by having poster sessions to allow presentation of excess abstracts.
MG13 will take place July 1-7, 2012 at Stockholm University in Stockholm, Sweden. Preregistration will take place Sunday, July 1, and the meeting will officially open Monday morning with the Marcel Grossmann awards announcement. During the six day conference a wide variety of topics will be discussed in the morning plenary sessions beginning with mathematical topics on Monday, quantum aspects of gravity on Tuesday, precision tests of general relativity on Wednesday, relativistic astrophysics on Thursday, cosmology and astroparticle physics on Friday and the latest scientific news and the history of physics Saturday. There will be five plenary lectures each morning and up to twenty parallel sessions in the four weekday afternoons excluding Wednesday, which is left free for a trip and the evening conference banquet. The plenary lectures will be held in the Aula Magna lecture hall and the parallel sessions at the AlbaNova University Center, both easily reachable by public transportation from the city center.
In addition to the Wednesday evening banquet, there will be a reception by the mayor of Stockholm Tuesday evening, and popular level science lectures open to the participants and their accompanying persons and to the general public on Monday, Thursday and Friday evenings.
We have added some additional topics to the original program and parallel sessions. In particular in view of the expected July 4 announcement of the LHC at the Rochester conference in Australia and its astrophysical implications, we have added a special parallel session on astroparticle physics on Friday afternoon, chaired by Carlo Dionisi and Luciano Maiani who will report on these developments in the Saturday morning plenary session.
Since 1975, the Marcel Grossmann Meetings (on Recent Developments in Theoretical and Experimental General Relativity, Gravitation, and Relativistic Field Theories) have been organized in order to provide opportunities for discussing recent advances in gravitation, general relativity and relativistic field theories, emphasizing mathematical foundations, physical predictions and experimental tests. The objective of these meetings is to elicit exchange among scientists that may deepen our understanding of spacetime structures as well as to review the status of ongoing experiments aimed at testing Einstein’s theory of gravitation either from the ground or from space.