Contact:  hansrajs[AT]ukzn.ac.zaLocation:  Durban, South Africa
Gravitex 2020: International Conference on Gravitation – Theory and Experiment will be hosted by the Astrophysics Research Centre of the University of KwaZulu Natal from 3 to 8 August 2020. The conference will explore the interface between the theoretical foundations of gravity, including modifications of the standard theory, recent observational highlights, and their interconnection. The venue for the conference sessions from 5 to 8 August 2020 is the Protea Hotel The Edward by Marriot, Durban, South Africa and is ideally situated on the Durban beachfront with its impressive 6 km promenade.
On 3 and 4 August 2020, the conference will be preceded by a 2 day School programme directed at students and early career researchers. South African students will be funded from a grant from the Centre of Excellence in South Africa while candidates from the rest of Africa may avail themselves of some funding offered through a donation. Details are available on our website https://acru.ukzn.ac.za/~gravitex2020/.
The Conference registration and cocktail function takes place at the Protea Hotel on Tuesday 4 August 2020. Thereafter the format of the conference will involve some eleven plenary talks by leading researchers in gravitation. Contributed talks and posters will also be welcomed. Important dates regarding abstract submission, early-bird discounted registration fees and information on what is covered by the registration fees is found on the website which goes live from 1 March 2020.
Confirmed plenary speakers include: :Latham Boyle (Perimeter Institute, Canada), Martin Bucher (University of Paris/CNRS, France), Rong Gen Cai (Academy of Sciences, China), Naresh Dadhich (IUCAA, India) , George Ellis (University of Cape Town, South Africa), Nick Kaiser (ENS, France), Roy Maartens (University of the Western Cape, South Africa), Bishop Mongwane (University of Cape Town, South Africa), Samaya Nissanke (Grappa, Netherlands), Andrew Tolley (Imperial College London, UK), Amanda Weltman (University of Cape Town, South Africa).
Delegates are requested to complete the Registration formalities on our website. Provisional registrations will become confirmed on payment of the registration fees of USD 250 (students)/ USD 300 (faculty) for the early-bird option. These fees include all meals in the official conference period. Accommodation, Tours, transport may also be booked online through our conference agent or delegates are free to make their own arrangements. Conference website: https://acru.ukzn.ac.za/~gravitex2020/ goes live on 1 March 2020.
We look forward to welcoming you in Durban in August.