Sant Cugat Forum on Astrophysics. 2014 Session on “Gravitational Wave Astrophysics”

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Date:  2014-04-22  -  2014-04-25

Location:  Sant Cugat, Barcelona, Spain

We are glad to announce the 2014 edition of the Sant Cugat Forum on Astrophysics, devoted to Gravitational Wave Astrophysics. This Workshop will be the third meeting this biennial series and will be held in Sant Cugat (near Barcelona), from April 22nd to April 25th, 2014. Below you will find more information about the Sant Cugat Forum on Astrophysics.

The motivation for this meeting is the incremental progress made in different major efforts to use gravitational waves (GWs) for Astronomy: The new generation of advanced ground-based GW observatories (LIGO, VIRGO, KAGRA) is going to come online soon, and is expected to provide the first detections; on the other hand, we are entering a crucial moment for the European-led project eLISA for a space-based detector; in addition, pulsar timing arrays are approaching detection sensitivities. Then, it is an excellent moment to bring together experts on the different aspects of Astrophysics related to GW detection, from the mechanisms for source formation (including event rate estimations) to the impact that the observations may have on the different branches of Astrophysics, including the role of data analysis developments and source modelling techniques.

The workshop will consists in a series of plenary talks plus contributed talks, with no more than hundred participants. The list of plenary speaker will be announced soon. One of the outcomes of these meetings is a Springer monograph where the contributions from participants would become a state-of-the-art summary of the workshop topic, Gravitational Wave Astrophysics for the 2014 edition.

The web registration for the 2014 Session of the Sant Cugat Forum on “Gravitational Wave Astrophysics” is open at the conference website

Registration fees: 300 Euros up to February 28th, 2014 (300 Euros at the Registration Desk)

The registration fee will cover: Access to the workshop & workshop materials, a copy of the Session Book (to be sent directly to the delegate’ address), welcome cocktail, workshop dinner, and coffee breaks.

Participants who would like to contribute a talk in the parallel sessions can apply by submitting a title and abstract in the registration website. The deadline for abstract submission is 15 June 2013. Participants will be informed shortly afterwards whether their contribution has been accepted.

Sant Cugat Forum Award for Young Scientists: From all contributed works by graduate scientists or postdoctoral fellows within 2 years of their PhD that are willing to apply for the award, the Scientific Organizing Committee will choose the Best Work by a Young Scientist. There will be a symbolic cash amount (TBD), an Award certificate, and a token of recognition related to Sant Cugat (typically a local artist painting). If you would like to be consider for the Award, there will be a place to note so in your abstract submission.

International Scientific Organizing Committee:

Nils Andersson (University of Southampton, UK)
Pierre Binetruy (APC-Paris, France)
Monica Colpi (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy)
Enrique Garcia-Berro (Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain)
Philippe Jetzer (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Kostas Kokkotas (University of Tuebingen, Germany)
Pablo Laguna (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
Alicia M. Sintes (Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain)
Carlos F. Sopuerta (IEEC-CSIC, Spain)
Alberto Vecchio (University of Birmingham, UK)

Local Organizing Committee:

Carlos F. Sopuerta (IEEC-CSIC, chair)
Daniel Santos (IEEC-CSIC)
Ivan LLoro (IEEC-CSIC)
Anna Bertolín (IEEC-CSIC)
Pilar Montes (IEEC-CSIC)
Diego F. Torres (ICREA & IEEC-CSIC, Sant Cugat Forum)

The Sant Cugat Forum on Astrophysics is a framework designed to host international meetings of scientists directed to analyze violent phenomena in the Universe. Together with the nice environment of the village of Sant Cugat, the Forum provides a stimulating environment for research.

We look forward to seeing you in Sant Cugat.

Best regards,

Carlos F. Sopuerta on behalf of the Local Organizing Committee
Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC)



The Sant Cugat Forum on Astrophysics is a framework (contacts, infrastructure, format, make) to host international workshop-like meetings in a biennial basis. It was founded on April 2009 by Prof. Diego Torres (IEEC-CSIC and ICREA) motivated by the combination of the nice environment of the village together with its sensitivity to science and technology. In front of the venue there is the best preserved benedictine monastery, which is inside the village’s nucleus with 60% of the streets begin pedestrian ones. There is a 4 star hotel with affordable prices 300 meters from the meeting room (there are several other hotels nearby). There is also the possibility to be accommodated in Barcelona downtown since there are trains every 5-10 minutes going to and from Plaza Catalunya (at the very center of Barcelona) that take 25 minutes.

The two previous meetings were:

* April 2010: Workshop on The High-Energy Emission from Pulsars and their Systems.

* April 2012: Workshop on Cosmic-ray induced phenomenology in star-forming environments.

This series of meeting have the following International Advisory Committee:

Prof. X. Barcons (IFCA, Spain)
Prof. C. Cesarsky (CEA, France)
Prof. K.S. Cheng (Hong Kong, China)
Prof. M. Longair (Cambridge U., UK)
Prof. O. Reimer (Innsbruck U., Austria)
Prof. S. Sarkar (Oxford U. & Bohr Institute, Denmark)

In the years in between workshops there is at least one relatively important outreach event. This year there is an itinerant exhibition on the evolution of the Universe, and all the 22 Sant Cugat schools will visit it.