Observing Black Holes: From the Universe to the Lab, London UK

IOP Gravitational Physics Group September Meeting
“Observing Black Holes: From the Universe to the Lab”

Friday, 15 September 2017, 12:00 – 17:00
Ayrton and Franklin Rooms, Institute of Physics, 76 Portland Place, London W1B 1NT, UK

This half-day meeting of the IOP Gravitational Physics Group is focused on recent observational developments of black holes. The meeting will be comprised of three speakers discussing the following topics:

Gravitational Wave Observations – John Veitch (University of Glasgow)
Imaging a Supermassive Black Hole – Jason Dexter (Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics)
Observation of Superradiance in a Vortex Flow – Silke Weinfurtner (University of Nottingham)

All are welcome to attend and no registration fee will be charged. The talks will be preceded by the IOP Gravitational Physics Group annual general meeting.

Schedule
12:00: Annual General Meeting for members of the IOP Gravitational Physics Group
13:30-14:30 – John Veitch
14:30-15:30 – Jason Dexter
16:00-17:00 – Silke Weinfurtner

Registration
https://www.iopconferences.org/iop/1129/home

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The IOP Gravitational Physics Group Committee
gp.iop.org

Observing Black Holes: From the Universe to the lab, London, UK

“Observing Black Holes: From the Universe to the lab”

This half-day meeting of the IOP Gravitational Physics Group is focused on recent observational developments of black holes. The meeting will be comprised of three speakers who will discuss the following topics:

Gravitational Wave Observations – John Veitch (University of Glasgow)
Imaging a Supermassive Black Hole – Jason Dexter (Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics)
Observation of Superradiance in a Vortex Flow – Silke Weinfurtner (University of Nottingham)

All are welcome to attend and no registration fee will be charged. The talks will be preceded by the IOP Gravitational Physics Group annual general meeting

Signed

The IOP Gravitational Physics Group Committee

Probing the dark sector and general relativity at all scales at CERN, Geneve, Switzerland

The standard cosmological model, based on the theory of general relativity, has been very successful in explaining the observable properties of the cosmos. This success is achieved at the price of assuming that the energy content of the universe is currently dominated by dark contributions; namely, dark matter and dark energy. Only the large-scale gravitational interaction of these components has been detected so far and their properties remain largely unknown, despite great effort, both theoretical and experimental, that has been made to identify any direct interactions between the dark sector and luminous matter. At present we do not even know if the dark components really exist as a new kind of matter or represent a mirage produced by modifications of the laws of gravity.

The rapid improvement in the quality and quantity of observational data requires the development of more precise and detailed descriptions of the predictions of various models for the dark sector. The prediction of each candidate model must be confronted with data on all scales where the model makes calculable predictions that can be tested observationally or experimentally. Progress in this direction requires a strong cooperative effort from experimentalists, observers and theorists.

The purpose of this TH Institute is to bring together experts in theory, experiments and observations interested in dark matter, dark energy and tests of the laws of gravity. It will provide an opportunity to discuss new ideas to probe the dark sector and general relativity at diverse scales. The topics to discuss include the current consistency tests of the standard cosmological model, the identification of new observable signatures of dark matter and dark energy, experimental/observational methods, tests of gravity, and questions such as to what extent it is possible to discriminate among alternative models. The program will include review talks on the state-of-the art in various fields, as well as contributions on more specific topics. A lot of free time will be left for discussions.

Organisers: Diego Blas, Clare Burrage, Justin Khoury, Diana Lopez Nacir, Paolo Pani, Sergey Sibiryakov, Alfredo Urbano

Geometric Foundations of Gravity in Tartu, Estonia

Geometric Foundations of Gravity in Tartu

is a conference dedicated to the geometric foundations of gravity theories that will take place August 28 – September 1, 2017 in Tartu, Estonia. The aim of this conference is to gather experts on various alternative and modified approaches to gravity, as well as observations.

The main topics include:

* Gauge theories of gravity (Poincare, teleparallel, …)
* Extended field content and related theories ((multi)scalar-vector-tensor theories, Horndeski, f(R) gravity, generalized Proca, massive gravity and bimetric theories)
* Beyond Lorentzian geometry (Finsler geometry, modified dispersion relations)
* Observational evidence for GR and beyond

The conference is organized by the Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, University of Tartu, Estonia.

Invited speakers are:

-Salvatore Capozziello (Napoli, Italy)
-Friedrich W. Hehl (Cologne, Germany)
-Lavinia Heisenberg (Zurich, Switzerland)
-Tomi S. Koivisto (Stockholm, Sweden)
-Claus Laemmerzahl (Bremen, Germany)
-Yuri N. Obukhov (Moscow, Russia)
-Sergei D. Odintsov (Barcelona, Spain)
-Jose G. Pereira (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
-Frederic Schuller (Erlangen, Germany)

The conference includes a social program including a presentation of the history of gravitational physics in Estonia, a public lecture and an excursion to Estonian natural heritage sites.

Registration is open and possible via the conference homepage

http://hexagon.fi.tartu.ee/~geomgrav2017

where all details on the meeting are available.

We are looking forward to meet you in Tartu in August, the organizing committee:
Laur Jaerv
Manuel Hohmann
Martin Krssak
Christian Pfeifer

Gravitational waves, Poland, Warsaw

The conference on gravitational waves – mathematical, computational, astrophysical and quantum approaches. The conference will take place from the 9th (arrival day) to the 11th of December 2016 at the Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw.

Invited Speakers: Iwo Bialynicki-Birula, Piotr Chrusciel, Joerg Frauendiener, Helmut Friedrich, Petr Horava, Piotr Jaranowski, Jerzy Kijowski, Andrzej Krolak, Igor Novikov, Pawel Nurowski, Roger Penrose, Uwe Semmelmann, Paul Tod, Andrzej Trautman.