Recent Progress in Relativistic Astrophysics, Shanghai, China

It is our great pleasure to announce the international conference “Recent Progress in Relativistic Astrophysics”, which will be held at Jiangwan Campus of Fudan University (Shanghai, China) from May 6 to 8, 2019. We will discuss the latest observational and theoretical results on black holes, neutron stars, and gravitational waves. We will have both invited and contributed talks. There is no registration fee, but it is necessary to register in advance in order to attend the meeting. The registration deadline is April 15, 2019. More details can be found on the conference webpage.

Current List of Invited Speakers:
Enrico Barausse (IAP Paris, France)
Edward Cackett (Wayne State, US)
Andy Fabian (Cambridge, UK)
Kostas Glampedakis (Murcia, Spain) **
Luis Ho (Peking, China)
Erin Kara (MIT, US)
Henric Krawczynski (Washington St. Louis, US)
Xiang-Dong Li (Nanjing, China)
Andrea Marinucci (Roma Tre, Italy)
Sourabh Nampalliwar (Tübingen, Germany)
Iossif Papadakis (Crete, Greece)
Chris Reynolds (Cambridge, UK)
Zdenek Stuchlik (Silesian Opava, Czech Republic)
Jianfeng Wu (Xiamen, China)
Renxin Xu (Peking, China)
Kent Yagi (Virginia, US) **
Weimin Yuan (NAOC, China)
Ye-Fei Yuan (USTC Hefei, China)
** To be confirmed

Dimitry Ayzenberg (Fudan, China)
Cosimo Bambi (Fudan, China), Chair
Jing Lu (Fudan, China), Secretary
Sourabh Nampalliwar (Tuebingen, Germany), Co-Chair
Menglei Zhou (Fudan, China)

Physical Interpretations of Relativity Theory (PIRT-2019), Moscow, Russia

International Conference “Physical Interpretations of Relativity Theory” (PIRT-2019), Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Moscow, Russia, 1 – 5 July , 2019, organized by Bauman University (Russia) and University of Liverpool (Great Britain).

The objectives of this conference are the same as those pursued in the Physical Interpretations of Relativity Theory (PIRT) conferences which have been held in Imperial College, London, every two years since 1988. These objectives are the physical, geometrical, and mathematical interpretations of the formal structure of Relativity Theory, and to examine the questions concerning the various interpretations of the accepted mathematical expression of the Relativity Principle.

The Conference Program of the Moscow PIRT-2019 will include papers dealing with the following major themes:
– Gravitation, cosmology and large-scale structure;
– Gravitational waves and experimental tests of the relativity theory;
– Space-time, topology and differential geometry;
– Relativistic electrodynamics;
– High energy astrophysics;
– Nature and models of physical vacuum.

Anatoly Aleksandrov, Bauman University, Russia
Barry Barish, California Institute of Technology, the United States
Aroonkumar Beesham, University of Zululand, South Africa
David Blair, University of South Western Australia, Australia
Anatol Cherepashchuk, Sternberg Astronomical Institute Moscow University, Russia
Alexander Chernikov, Bauman University, Russia
Sergei Chervon, Ulyanovsk State Pedagogical University, Russia
Naresh Dadhich, IUCAA, PUNE, India
John Dainton, Liverpool University, Great Britain
Vladimir Gladyshev, Bauman University, Russia
Georgii Izmailov, Moscow Aviation Institute, Russia
Nikolay Kardashev, Astro Space Center of P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute of RAS, Russia
Louis Kauffman, University of Illinois at Chicago, the United States
Richard Kerner, University Pierre et Marie Curie, France
Vassily Manturov, Bauman University, Moscow State University, Russia
Bivudutta Mishra, BITS-Pilani, India
Andrey Morozov, Bauman University, Russia
Nicola Napolitano, INAF Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte, Italy
Guido Pizzella, University of Rome, Italy
Konstantin Postnov, Sternberg State Astronomical Institute, Moscow State University, Russia
Vladislav Pustovoit, Russian Academy of Science, Bauman University, Russia
Carlos Romero, Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Departamento de Fisica, Brazil
Peter Rowlands, University of Liverpool, the United Kingdom
Valentin Rudenko
, Sternberg State Astronomical Institute, Moscow State University, Russia
Mikhail Sazhin, Sternberg State Astronomical Institute, Moscow State University, Russia
Alexei Starobinsky, Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, Russia
Sergey Sushkov, Kazan Federal University, Russia
Roland Triay, Centre de Physique Théorique CNRS – Aix- Marseille University, France
Nina Tyannikova, Bauman University, Russia
Rainer Weiss, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the United States

Postal Communications may be sent to the Secretary of PIRT-2019 Organizing Committee preferably by e-mail to Dr. Nina D. Tyannikova (dekan-fn[AT]
Details will be at the website:

Grav17, Cordoba, Argentina

We are pleased to announce that the conference Grav17 will be held in La Falda, Cordoba (ARGENTINA), from April 3rd through April 7th, 2017

Grav17 is the seventh in a series of conferences organized by the General Relativity and Gravitation Group at FaMAF (Universidad Nacional de Cordoba) since the year 2006.

The conference is intended to bring together specialists working on gravitation and closely related topics, including classical and quantum gravity, mathematical relativity, numerical relativity, gravity in arbitrary dimensions, astrophysics and astro-particle physics.

Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students are encouraged to apply, limited funds will be available to pay partial living expenses for students.

A list of confirmed invited speakers includes:

Abhay Ashtekar, Penn State University, USA.
Florian Beyer, University of Otago, New Zeland.
Andrea Costa, Observatorio Nacional de Cordoba y IAFE, Argentina.
Joerg Frauendiener, University of Otago, New Zeland.
Helmut Friedrich, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Germany.
Gabriela Gonzalez, Louisiana State University and LIGO, USA.
Philippe Le Floch, Universite’ Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC, Paris 6), France.
Luis Lehner, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Canada.
Alejandro Perez, Universite’ de Marseille, France.
Jorge Pullin, Lousiana State University, USA.
Martin Reiris, Universidad de Montevideo, Uruguay.
Manuel Tiglio, San Diego Supercomputer Center, USA.
Gabriela Vila, Instituto Argentino de Radioastronomia, Argentina.
Robert Wald, The University of Chicago, USA.

For registration, information on hotel reservation and rates, and updates on the Grav17 meeting please check the conference’s web page.

Applications should be filed through the Conference webform before March 1st, 2017. The deadline for abstract submissions is March 10th, 2017.

GR 100 in Rio

On November 4, 1915, Albert Einstein presented at the Prussian Academy of Sciences the first of four lectures about a covariant formulation of his proposal to modify the Newtonian physics of the universal gravitation. Since then, General Relativity has become the paradigm of any new theory of gravitation.

To celebrate this centenary and in association to the celebration of the International Year of Light we are organizing a scientific meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, named GR 100 in Rio, which will take place at the Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas (CBPF/MCTI), in the period of July 27 – 31, 2015.

Registration deadline:

March 31, 2015 – 20% discount deadline
June 30, 2015 – final deadline

Registration fee (until March 31, 2015):

US$ 300 for faculty
US$ 100 for post-docs, PhD and MSc students, undergrads

The site of the event is at

O. D. Aguiar (INPE)
J. Braga (INPE)
J. Fabris (UFES)
J. A. Helayel (CBPF)
S. E. Joras (UFRJ)
V. De Lorenci (UNIFEI)
Mario Novello – Chairman (CBPF)
N. Pinto Neto (CBPF)
C. Romero (UFPR)
T. Villela (INPE)

GR 100 in Rio Organizing Committee

Third Dutch National Gravitational Wave Meeting, Dwingeloo

Gravitational wave research in the Netherlands is rapidly taking shape and is becoming increasingly diverse. We organise the third Dutch National GW meeting, in order to bring together astronomers and physicists interested in gravitational wave science and inform each other of developments and new projects. The meeting will be held on Friday, February 7th 2014, at ASTRON in Dwingeloo.

The day will start with a keynote lecture by dr. Joris Verbiest (Bielefeld) on detecting gravitational waves using a pulsar timing array. There will be overview talks on general topics as well as contributed talks on specific projects.

The meeting is open to all interested researchers, also from outside the Netherlands. You can register and submit abstracts for contributed talks at

We hope to see many of you there. Please forward this message to anyone who may be interested.

Cosmology and the Constants of Nature, DAMTP, Cambridge

Cosmology and the Constants of Nature
DAMTP, University of Cambridge

Monday, 17 March 2014 at 09:00 – Wednesday, 19 March 2014 at 15:00 (GMT)

The Constants of Nature are quantities, whose numerical values we know with the greatest experimental accuracy – but about the rationale for those values, we have the greatest ignorance. We might also ask if they are indeed constant in space and time, and investigate whether their values arise at random or are uniquely determined by some deep theory.
This mini-series of talks is part of the joint Oxford-Cambridge programme on the Philosophy of Cosmology which aims to introduce philosophers of physics to fundamental problems in cosmology and associated areas of high-energy physics.

The talks are aimed at philosophers of physics but should also be of interest to a wide range of cosmologists. Speakers will introduce the physical constants that define the standard model of particle physics and cosmology together with the data that determine them, describe observational programmes that test the constancy of traditional ‘constants’, including the cosmological constant, and discuss how self-consistent theories of varying constants can be formulated.


John Barrow, University of Cambridge
John Ellis, King’s College London
Pedro Ferreira, University of Oxford
Joao Magueijo, Imperial College, London
Thanu Padmanabhan, IUCAA, Pune
Martin Rees, University of Cambridge
John Webb, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Registration is free and includes morning coffee and lunch. Participants are requested to register at the conference website where the detailed programme of talks can be found:

For enquiries about this event please contact the conference administrator, Margaret Bull, at mmp[AT]

John D. Barrow
Jeremy Butterfield

General Relativity @ 99, Bad Honnef, Germany

General relativity (GR) is coming of age. The year 2015 will be its 100th anniversary. 
Just on the eve of this anniversary, the school aims at teaching GR with specific emphasis on its physical and astrophysical implications. The school is intended for graduate students in physics and astrophysics as well as for postdocs and scientists with some background in GR and astrophysics who are looking for more advanced treatments of the current problems in GR.

Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, is a delightful venue, housed in a 19th century mansion on the Rhine river just south of Bonn and Cologne.
 Posters by the participants are welcome and discussions with the lecturers will be encouraged.

Lecturers include Nils Andersson, Emanuele Berti, Luc Blanchet, Alessandra Buonanno, Bernd Brügmann, Karsten Danzmann, Pedro Ferreira, Sergei Klioner, Michael Kramer, Claus Laemmerzahl, Cole Miller, Ekkehard Peik, Roberto Peron, Eric Poisson, Juergen Renn, Sheila Rowan, Xavier Siemens, Norbert Wex, Clifford Will

Organized by
 Gerhard Schaefer and Clifford M. Will. Sponsored by the DPG and the Heraeus Foundation