Contact:  rxh1[AT]psu.eduLocation:  University Park, PA USA
This international conference will be held at the University Park campus of Penn State from Monday, June 24 through Thursday, June 27, 2019 in celebration of the Silver Jubilee of the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos (IGC). The scientific program has a dual goal: to assess the current status of our field in broad terms, and to discuss future directions. The Invited portion of the program will feature plenary talks and panel discussions reflecting these goals. The plenary talks by leading experts will provide a broad overview of the field, with emphasis on developments that have occurred in the past ~25 years, and not concentrate only on the most recent advances, or research carried out by just one or two groups. Panels will focus on developments over the past decade and, especially, the vision for the next decade or two.
Nima Arkani-Hamed (IAS, Princeton); Eugenio Bianchi (Penn State); Alessandra Buonanno (AEI, Golm); Kipp Cannon (Resceu, Tokyo); Thomas Gaisser (Delaware); Gabriela Gonzalez (Louisiana State); Donghui Jeong (Penn State); Marc Kamionkowski (Johns Hopkins); Anne Kinney (NSF); Badri Krishnan (AEI, Hanover); Shrinivas Kulkarni (Caltech); Sheila Rowan (Glasgow); Bernard Schutz (AEI, Golm & Cardiff); David Weinberg (Ohio State); Rainer Weiss (MIT).
France Cordova (NSF): Banquet speaker.
Invited Panels and Chairs:
Multimessenger observations (Mansi Kasliwal, Caltech); Multiwavelength Observations of Galaxies (Caryl Gronwall, Penn State); Gamma Ray Transients and Multimessenger Astrophysics (John Beacom, Ohio State); UHE Cosmic Rays and Neutrinos (Kumiko Kotera; IAP, Paris); The LSST Impact on Cosmology (Zeljko Ivezic; Washington); The Cosmic Microwave Background (Charles Lawrence; JPL, Pasadena); Current Challenges in Theoretical Cosmology (Mark Trodden; U. Penn); Numerical and Analytical Approaches to Gravitational Waves (Bernd Bruegmann; Jena); Theory and Simulations of Binary Neutron Stars (Luciano Rezzolla; Frankfurt); Next Generation Gravitational Wave Detectors (David Reitze; Caltech).
The plenary talks and panels will set the stage for more specialized invited and contributed parallel sessions. IGC has three Centers: Center for Fundamental Theory; Center for Particle and Gravitational Astrophysics and Center for Theoretical and Observational Cosmology. There will be parallel sessions devoted to all these areas.
The conference program is designed to provide ample opportunities for both formal and informal discussions. In addition to providing global, long-range perspectives and an opportunity for stimulating scientific exchange across traditional boundaries, the conference will also be a festive event celebrating the completion of 25 years of IGC. We hope it will bring together many of the several hundred researchers who have passed through IGC. The conference will take place immediately after the biannual Loops’19 conference on Loop Quantum Gravity, which is scheduled for the week of the 17th to 21st June 2019, also at Penn State.
Registration is now open (See the external link given at the top of the page)
It will close on May 24th, 2019, or earlier if the capacity of the main auditorium is reached.
To submit abstracts for the parallel session talks go to the external link given at the top of the page
This page also gives the list of sessions. You can choose just one session for your abstract, or specify your first and second choices. The deadline for submission is March 24th, 2019. While it is not necessary to register for the conference in order to submit the abstract, we encourage you to do so because registration will close once the capacity of the auditorium is reached. In any case only registered participants will be able to make presentations at the conference.
Further information, including the conference poster, can be found at the external link given at the top of this page.