Dear all,

We are happy to announce:

What: Astro-GR/VESF-School@Rome
Where: INAF- Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma,
Via Frascati 33,
00040 Monteporzio-Catone (Roma), Italy
When: 14-18 July 2014

This year’s Astro-GR workshop will be run jointly with the Virgo EGO Science Forum (VESF) in order to provide also young scientists and student from the VESF community with an opportunity to listen to the presentation and participate in the discussion.

Please visit this URL to register:

The meeting is co-sponsored by the Virgo EGO Science Forum (VESF), the Italian National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF) and the Albert Einstein Institute (AEI).

This workshop will bring together experts from the astrophysical community (in particular scientists working in the field of multiwavelength observations, evolution and dynamics of stellar systems and astrometry) and experts in gravitational wave (GW) research (both from the experiments and theory).

The goal is to stimulate the interest and foster the collaboration across the GW and astrophysical communities in one of the most challenging and exciting scientific enterprises of the 2010’s. Outstanding scientific issues will be outlighted which can only be addressed through the collaboration of these communities. The program that we are presently finalizing comprises reviews by a number of leading experts.

The format and venue for Astro-GR/VESF-school@Rome will limit the number of attendees, to some 50-60. Please register soon to avoid disappointment.

In keeping with the spirit of an informal workshop, the registration fee will be kept to a minimum of 150 that will include lunch and the social dinner.

Looking forward to seeing you in Rome,

Pau, Raffaella and Luigi

Black Hole Growth in the Universe, Beijing

Pau Amaro-Seoane, Rainer Spurzem, Yun-Kau Lau and Fukun Liu are planning a 5-day informal meeting on “Black Hole Growth in the Universe: Astrophysical Modelling of super- and massive black holes and their environment” to be held at the NAOC in Beijing from Monday 3 to Friday 7th September 2012. Again, as every year, “informal” means here no registration fee, nor poster presentation, nor proceedings. The meeting is thought to be run in the style of Aspen/ITP/Newton Institute/Modest meetings, with plenty of time for discussions, just as Astro-GR has always been run.

The workshop will bring together astrophysicists (observers and theoreticians), cosmologists and relativists, with the goal of building new collaborative relationships -as well as strengthening existing ones- focused on the interpretation of gravitational wave observations as a tool of astronomical discovery and a probe of the fundamental physics of gravity.

Astrophysics and gravitational waves meeting in Mallorca

We are glad to announce the 6th (!) Astro-GR meeting. This time we will meeting from Monday 5th to Friday September 9th 2011 in Palma de Mallorca to discuss about astrophysics and gravitational waves, focusing on the science the new European envisioned and other future missions can do, such as:

* Astrophysical modelling of super- and massive black hole coalescences
* Astrophysical modelling of small compact objects by massive black holes (aka “EMRIs”)
* Observations of our own Galactic Center (SgrA*)
* Observations of binary neutron stars leading up to coalescence for long periods of time
* Precision astronomy of massive stellar bodies and measurements of spin-down of individual pulsars
* Modelling of strong field sources within General Relativity
* Data analysis of the sources
* Early warning of possible mergers either from the data analysis or by EM detection
* Coincidence measurements with ground-based GW detectors

This meeting will be run in the style of all previous Astro-GR meetings, with presentations in the morning and discussion/working groups in the afternoon. This format has worked very well in the past, so we have decided to use it again for this meeting. The format and venue for Astro-GR@Mallorca will limit the number of attendees. We thus kindly ask every participant to register as soon as s/he makes travel arrangements and to avoid disappointment. In keeping with the spirit of an informal workshop, there will be no registration fee. The number of slots will be very limited, and they will be chosen by the organizers on the basis of their relevance to the main focus and goal of this meeting. Please take a look to this link to get an impression of the general philosophy of the meetings:

A key aim of the Astro-GR meetings is to foster and develop new collaborative ventures, as well as to strengthen existing ones, within the different communities (astrophysics, data analysis, general relativity and numerical relativity). Looking forward to getting your registrations!

Pau Amaro-Seoane, Alicia Sintes and Sascha Husa