This is the first announcement of international conference entitled
will be held at the University Park campus of Penn State from Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28, 2019 in celebration of the Silver Jubilee of the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos (IGC). The scientific program has a dual goal: to assess the current status of our field in broad terms, and to discuss future directions.
The Invited portion of the program will feature plenary talks and panel discussions reflecting these goals. The plenary talks by leading experts will provide a broad overview of the field, with emphasis on developments that have occurred in the past ~25 years, and not concentrate only on the most recent advances, or research carried out by just one or two groups. Panels will focus on developments over the past decade and, especially, the vision for the next decade or two.
The plenary session will set the stage for more specialized invited and contributed parallel sessions. IGC has three Centers: Center for Fundamental Theory; Center for Particle and Gravitational Astrophysics and Center for Theoretical and Observational Cosmology. There will be parallel sessions devoted to all these areas.
The conference program is designed to provide ample opportunities for both formal and informal discussions. In addition to providing global, long-range perspectives and an opportunity for stimulating scientific exchange across traditional boundaries, the conference will also be a festive event celebrating the completion of 25 years of IGC. We hope it will bring together many of the several hundred researchers who have passed through IGC. The conference will take place immediately after Loops19, which is scheduled for the week of the 17th to 21st June 2019, also at Penn State.
Please mark your calendars. Information on the conference website and registration will appear soon in the second announcement.