XIII Black Holes Workshop: Celebrating the Nobel Prize 2020 for black holes, Lisbon, Portugal

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Date:  2020-12-21  -  2020-12-22

Location:  Lisbon, Portugal

From astrophysics to high-energy physics, from information theory to quantum gravity, black holes have acquired an ever increasing role in fundamental physics, and are now part of the terminology of many important branches of observational, theoretical, and mathematical physics.

The Black Holes Workshops gather researchers working on physical and mathematical problems of black holes, both in its classical and quantum aspects, as well as their connections to general relativity and gravitation, string theory, cosmology, and astrophysics, and stimulate the interaction between all these issues.

The XIII edition of the Black Holes Workshop celebrates three decisive dates in the history of black holes: Firstly this year’s Nobel Prize to black holes, in the names of Roger Penrose for the theory component, and of Reinhard Genzel, and Andrea Ghez for the observational component, specifically for the observations of the supermassive black hole in the center of our galaxy; secondly, the 50th anniversary of the singularity theorems of Hawking and Penrose, a work that was published in 1970; thirdly, the 60th anniversary of the Kruskal and Szekeres maximal analytic extension of the Schwarzschild solution.

Researchers on black holes in all their aspects are invited to participate. The workshop is organized by the Center for Astrophysics and Gravitation (CENTRA) and will be held at Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST) in Lisbon, in December 21 and 22, 2020.

We hope the Black Holes Workshop will keep on providing an inspiration towards new discoveries, as illustrated in this year’s drawing by a vessel wandering through rough spacetime with a black hole in sight.

If you are interested in attending the workshop, please register and send an abstract before November 23th.

Organizing Committee: Justin Feng (CENTRA), David Hilditch (CENTRA), Jose Sande Lemos (CENTRA), Miguel Zilhao (CENTRA), Pedro Cunha (Aveiro), Carlos Herdeiro (Aveiro)

Scientific Commitee: Vitor Cardoso (CENTRA), Joao Costa (ISCTE), Carlos Herdeiro (Aveiro), Filipe Mena (IST), Jose Natario (IST), Jose Sande Lemos (CENTRA)

Contacts: Dulce Conceicao (dulce.conceicao[AT]tecnico.ulisboa.pt) and Rita Sousa (rita.t.sousa[AT]tecnico.ulisboa.pt)

Venue: Centro de Congressos IST

Dates: December 21 and 22, 2020

Deadline for abstract submission: November 23, 2020

Sponsors: The workshop is sponsored by CENTRA and FCT

Conference dinner: There will be a social dinner on Monday, December 21, 2020, 19:30, at Restaurante Laurentina located near IST. The cost will be 30 euros for a fixed menu of traditional Portuguese food and drink. Payment will be taken in cash on the day of the meal. The dinner will be followed by several commemorations to the Nobel Prize 2020 to black holes, including a port wine commemoration and a live show by Miguel Zilhao Trio.