Special Session at ERE2010 Dedicated to the Memory of Brian Edgar

On the afternoon of Thursday 9th September a special session of talks will be held at the Spanish Relativity Meeting (ERE2010) to honour the memory of S. Brian Edgar who died on 10th June 2010. The ERE2010 meeting will be held at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC) in Granada, Spain from 6th-10th September 2010.

Brian was a frequent attendee at the ERE meetings in recent years and shared fruitful collaborations with several groups in Iberia and indeed world-wide. Brian was a dedicated teacher and supervisor and a very able and productive researcher. However to many of us, Brian was more than just a colleague, but rather a dear friend.

Further details of the programme may be found on the ERE2010 web-site: http://www.iaa.es/ere2010/website/modules/tinyd0/index.php?id=22

On hyperspace@aei there is an obituary (http://hyperspace.aei.mpg.de/2010/06/15/death-of-brian-edgar/) written mainly by Marcos Maia, who was a PhD student together with Brian at King’s college in London, with input from others, and on MAI an obituary (http://www.phys.umu.se/bradley/GRSweden/maiobituary.pdf) written by his colleagues at the Department of Mathematics at Linköping University.

Spanish Relativity Meeting ERE2010: 2nd Announcement

ERE2010: Second Announcement
“Gravity as a Crossroad in Physics”

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 11th JUNE!!!

The 2010 edition of the Spanish Relativity Meeting (ERE2010) will be held in Granada from the 6th to 10th September 2010, hosted by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC). The Spanish Relativity Meeting (ERE) is an international conference organized every year with the main objective of promoting scientific discussion and interchange of knowledge in Relativity and Gravitation in a relaxed atmosphere. ERE2010 edition will have as subtitle “Gravity as a Crossroad in Physics”, aiming at discussing the potential fundamental role of Gravity as an interdisciplinary arena for debate and research in Physics.

1) ORGANIZATION ASPECTS
The webpage of the conference (www.iaa.es/ere2010) has now been updated to include information on:
– Registration (NOW OPEN!):
To register, please proceed through the “Registration” link at the “Main Menu” of the conference webpage. Click then on “Registration Form” and fill the corresponding form.
– Abstract submission: proceed through the “Registration page”.
– Conference venue and facilities.
– Accommodation.
– Travel information to Granada.

2) IMPORTANT DATES:
– 11th of June: Deadline for Abstract Submision.
– 11th of June: Deadline for Application for Financial Support.
– 25th of June: Decision about Financial Support.
– 25th of June: Decision about Contribution Presentations.
– 2nd of July: Deadline for Hotel booking.
– 16th of July: Deadline for Conference Registration.
– 16th of July: Deadline for Payment of Registration Fee.

3) INVITED SPEAKERS:
A. Achúcarro, L. Álvarez-Gaumé, M. Ansorg, A. Ashtekar, F. Barbero, T. Baumgarte, B. Carter, M. Colpi, S. Dain, J. Garriga, S. Liberati, A. Lobo, M. Longair, J.M. Martín-García, G. Mena-Marugán, R. Narayan, T. Padmanabhan, R. Parentani, R. Rebolo, C. Rovelli, A. Sintes, J. Valiente-Kroon, E. Verdaguer, M. Visser, G.E. Volovik and J. Winicour.

4) ERE2010 Advisory Board:
M. Alcubierre (ICN, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México).
A. Ashtekar (Penn State University).
R. Beig (Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Viena).
C. Cutler (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Inst. of Technology).
T. Damour (Institute des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques, Paris).
R. Maartens (Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth).
F. Quevedo (DAMTP, University of Cambridge).
M. Visser (Victoria University of Wellington).

As we expressed in the First Announcement, we hope that this conference will be of your interest, so that we will meet you in Granada in September.

With best regards,
The Local Organising Committee
Víctor Aldaya, Carlos Barceló (Coordinator), Luis J. Garay, José Luis Jaramillo (Coordinator), Francisco López-Ruiz

Spanish Relativity Meeting ERE2010: 1st Announcement

ERE2010: First Announcement
“Gravity as a Crossroad in Physics”

The 2010 edition of the Spanish Relativity Meeting (ERE2010) will be held in Granada from the 6th to 10th September 2010. The Spanish Relativity Meeting (ERE) is an international conference devoted to Relativity and Gravitation which is organized every year by one of the Spanish groups working in this area. This year, it will be hosted by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC) in Granada, Spain. ERE2010 is scientifically supported by the Spanish Society of Gravitation and Relativity (SEGRE) and the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation.

The EREs started in 1977 with the main objective of promoting scientific discussion and interchange of knowledge in relativity and gravitation in a relaxed atmosphere. Over the years, the conference has gained international recognition and has attracted an increasing number of worldwide participants. EREs are nowadays established as relevant international events in the field, maintaining substantially their original relaxed character. A list of previous meetings and a short history of the EREs can be found in http://www.segre.es/en/historia.shtml.

1) SCIENTIFIC CONTENT

ERE2010 will have as subtitle “Gravity as a Crossroad in Physics”. The underlying rationale is to present Gravity physics as a scientific “locus” for the interbreeding between (separate) communities in Physics. We aim at reflecting this interdisciplinary perspective in the scientific program. In this sense, each Day along the week will be devoted to a particular “dialogue” between two communities sharing some of their ultimate goals, but differing in their conceptual background, methodology or technical approach. These ”dialogues” are envisaged as opportunities to compare alternative viewpoints, keeping a focus on their complementary nature.

The following “Day Titles” aim at capturing the scientific spirit of each Day (brief descriptions can be found at http://www.iaa.es/ere2010/):

Day 1: Fundamental vs. Effective Approaches in Theoretical Gravity
Day 2: Geometric vs. Quantum Field/String Theory Approaches to Quantum Gravity
Day 3: Theoretical Cosmology vs. Physical Cosmology
Day 4: Relativity vs. Astrophysics
Day 5: Mathematical Relativity vs. Numerical Relativity

2) INVITED SPEAKERS

The interdisciplinary character of the meeting is reflected in the provisional list of invited speakers:

A. Achúcarro, L. Álvarez-Gaumé, A. Ashtekar, F. Barbero, B. Carter, M. Colpi, S. Dain, J. Garriga, E. Gourgoulhon, B. Krishnan*, S. Liberati, A. Lobo, J.M. Martín-García, G. Mena-Marugán, R. Narayan, T. Padmanabhan, R. Parentani, R. Rebolo, L. Rezzolla*, C. Rovelli, J. Valiente-Kroon, E. Verdaguer and M. Visser, G.E. Volovik.

(* to be confirmed)

3) COMMITTEES

ERE2010 Advisory Board:

M. Alcubierre (ICN, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México).
A. Ashtekar (Penn State University).
R. Beig (Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Viena).
C. Cutler (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Inst. of Technology).
T. Damour (Institute des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques, Paris).
R. Maartens (Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth).
F. Quevedo (DAMTP, University of Cambridge).
M. Visser (Victoria University of Wellington).

ERE2010 Local Organising Committee:

Víctor Aldaya
Carlos Barceló (Coordinator)
Luis J. Garay
José Luis Jaramillo (Coordinator)
Francisco López-Ruiz

4) ORGANIZATION ASPECTS

Information regarding registration, abstract submission, accommodation and travel issues will be posted soon at the web page of the conference http://www.iaa.es/ere2010 .

We hope that this conference will be of your interest, so that we will meet you in Granada in September.

With best regards,
The Local Organising Committee