2018 IUPAP General Relativity and Gravitation Young Scientist Prize Nominations Open

Nominations for the 2018 IUPAP General Relativity and Gravitation Young Scientist Prize open on 1 Nov 2017 and close on 1 Feb 2018.

As an affiliated commission (AC2) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation (ISGRG) offers an annual IUPAP Young Scientist Prize. The IUPAP Young Scientist Prizes recognize outstanding achievements of scientists at early stages of their career. Each prize consists of a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient, a medal and 1000 euros.

The conditions for the prize are:

The IUPAP General Relativity and Gravitation Young Scientist Prize can be for work in any area of relativity and gravitation, theoretical or experimental.

On 1 February 2018, nominees must have a maximum of eight years of research experience (excluding career interruptions) following the Ph.D. (or equivalent) degree. They are expected to have displayed significant achievement and exceptional promise for future achievements in relativity and gravitation.

The primary nominator must be a member of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation.

Nominations may be made by any member of ISGRG (other than the nominee) and should be accompanied by a CV, a proposed citation of 30-50 words summarizing the reason for the nomination, a list of publications and a description (about one page long) of the specific achievements of the nominee, who need not be an ISGRG member.

It is important that the selection committee has specific information that allows it to determine what the nominee has contributed and how this will impact the subject. Therefore it will be extremely helpful to the selection committee to receive at least two additional letters supporting the nomination that detail the expected significance of the contributions of the nominee.

It is also appropriate to submit additional materials such as published articles. In the case of co-authored or multi-authored publications, it is essential for nominators and supporters to discuss the nominee’s precise contributions, if known, in addition to the work’s overall significance.

The entire package should be bundled into a single PDF file and emailed to the Secretary of ISGRG, beverlyberger@me.com, by 1 February 2018. The winner will be announced on 14 March 2018 and the award made shortly thereafter. The official presentation of the award will be made at the GR22 conference in 2019.

ISGRG Fellowship Nominations (reminder)

The International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation invites nominations for ISGRG Fellowship to recognize its outstanding members. The primary criterion for election is excellence in research, especially the impact of candidate’s work on the development of our field. The candidate will be generally expected to have made additional contributions to the field, for example through service, and/or outreach, and/or books and monographs, etc. In exceptional cases such criteria could constitute the primary basis of nomination provided these activities have had influence on a significant portion of our community, not just the home institution of the candidate.

Nominations are due by December 31st, 2015. The elected Fellows will be inducted during the Business Meeting of the Society at GR 21 in New York City, July, 11-15, 2016. Any member of the Society can make nominations but self-nominations will not be considered. The nomination packet consists of:
i) A letter summarizing the basis for nomination;
ii) An up-to-date CV and publication list of the nominee;
iii) 1 to 3 supporting letters from members of the Society, and,
iv) A proposed citation.
The nominator must also verify that the nominee is an active member of the ISGRG Society.

Once made, the nomination will remain active for two additional rounds. In particular, all nominations made in the previous two cycles (i.e., for GR19 and GR20) will remain active for this cycle. Further details about ISGRG Fellowship can be found at http://www.isgrg.org/fellowrules.php

The Selection Committee consists of Eanna Flanagan, James Hough, Carlo Rovelli, and Robert Wald (chair), together with ex officio members Beverly Berger, Gary Horowitz, and Malcolm MacCallum. Nominations should be submitted electronically as PDF files to the chair of the Committee, Robert Wald, at rmwa[AT]uchicago.edu.

Reminder of upcoming deadlines from the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation (ISGRG)

A. 2016 Ehlers and Bergmann-Wheeler Thesis Prizes: Nomination deadline 30 September 2015

At GR21 in July 2016, ISGRG will award two thesis prizes. (1) The Juergen Ehlers Thesis Prize is awarded for the best Ph.D. thesis in the areas of mathematical and numerical general relativity. The selection committee is chaired by Prof. Alessandra Buonanno. (2) The Bergmann-Wheeler Thesis Prize is awarded for the best Ph.D. thesis in the broad area encompassing all approaches to quantum gravity. The selection committee is chaired by Prof. Theodore Jacobson. The primary nominator for each prize must be a member of ISGRG although supporting nominators and the candidates need not be members. More information, including eligibility criteria and submission instructions, may be found at (1) http://www.isgrg.org/ehlersprize.php and (2) http://www.isgrg.org/bergwheelprize.php respectively.

B. ISGRG Fellows: Nomination Deadline 31 December 2015

ISGRG elects Fellows from among leading scientists in its membership. The current list of fellows may be found at http://www.isgrg.org/fellows.php. See http://www.isgrg.org/fellowrules.php for the eligibility requirements, selection criteria and how to prepare a nomination. Completed nominations should be sent (electronically if at all possible) to Prof. Robert M. Wald, rmwa[AT]uchicago.edu who chairs the selection committee.

C. IUPAP General Relativity and Gravitation Young Scientist Prize: Nomination Deadline 2 February 2016

Nominations for the 2016 IUPAP General Relativity and Gravitation Young Scientist Prize will open 1 November 2015 with a deadline for submission of 1 February 2016. The primary nominator for each prize must be a member of ISGRG although supporting nominators and the candidates need not be members. See http://www.isgrg.org/IUPAPprize.php for additional information.

General Relativity and Gravitation: A Centennial Perspective

Third Announcement

An international conference to celebrate 100 years of general relativity, entitled General Relativity and Gravitation: A Centennial Perspective will be held at the University Park campus of Penn State from Sunday, June 7 through Friday, June 12, 2015 under the auspices of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation (ISGRG) and the Topical Group on Gravitation (GGR) of the American Physical Society. ISGRG has commissioned a volume to celebrate the centennial, to be published by the Cambridge University Press. This volume will be released at the conference.
For Table of contents, see: http://event.gravity.psu.edu/book_toc.shtml

Registration is now open at the conference website: http://event.gravity.psu.edu/index.shtml
The regular registration fee is $150 with a student rate of $75 and the accompanying guest rate of $50. This fee includes all social events including the banquet. Early registration is strongly recommended since the total number of participants is limited because of the capacity of the main auditorium.

Scientific Structure of the Conference
The scientific program has a dual goal: To assess the current status of our field in broad terms, and discuss future directions. Therefore the plenary part of the conference will feature invited talks on various areas as well as perspective sessions in which 3-4 panelists will share their vision on a single theme. The invited talks will consist of broad overviews summarizing major developments over the past 2-3 decades. The perspective sessions will look to the future. The Plenary Program is as follows.

Overviews: Speakers and Topics

Einstein’s Triumph
Eiichiro Komatsu: Observation and theoretical aspects of precision cosmology
Peter Meszaros: Gamma ray bursts
Clifford Will: Was Einstein right?

New Window on the Universe: Gravitational Waves
Gabriela Gonzalez: Receiving gravitational waves
B. S. Sathyaprakash: Sources of gravitational waves: Theory and Observations

Gravity is Geometry, Afterall
Piotr Chrusciel: General relativistic constraint equations
Mihalis Dafermos: Stability of black holes and cosmic censorship conjectures
Luis Lehner: Probing strong field gravity through numerical simulations.

Beyond Einstein
Gary T. Horowitz: Quantum gravity via supersymmetry and holography
Carlo Rovelli: From general relativity to quantum gravity
Robert M. Wald: Quantum field theory in curved space-times.

Future Perspectives Panels: Topics and Panel Chairs

Future directions in Computational Gravity (Frans Pretorius)
Frontiers of Relativistic Astrophysics (Masaru Shibata)
Next Decade in Cosmology (Roy Maartens)
Future technologies in gravitational wave science (Rana Adhikari)
Gravity Meets the Quantum (Gabriele Veneziano)

Parallel sessions

These will be divided into four themes following the tradition of the GRn conferences of the ISGRG:
A1. Mathematical General Relativity (Chair: Gregory Galloway)
A2. Numerical Relativity and Astrophysics (Chair: Deirdre Shoemaker)

B1. Relativistic Astrophysics (Jocelyn Read)
B2. Theoretical and Observational Cosmology (Arthur Kosowsky)

C1. Gravitational Waves: Event rates (Daniel Holz)
C2. Numerical Relativity, Data Analysis and Sources (Alessandra Buonanno)
C3. LIGO/VIRGO Search Plans (Laura Cadonati)
C4. Status of LIGO (Stefan Ballmer)

D1. From General Relativity to Quantum Gravity (Jorge Pullin)
D2. Higher Dimensions, Holography, and Supersymmetry (Veronika Hubney)

These sessions will feature contributed talks, as well as a few invited talks providing introductions to broad sub-areas. There will also be a special Poster Session one afternoon featuring not only contributed presentations but also posters summarizing the invited talks at parallel sessions for the benefit of the participants who could not attend those specific sessions. The abstract submission link will open early December. There is a limit of two abstracts per participant. Although abstracts can be submitted prior to registration, as a general rule, session Chairs will consider abstracts only from registered participants.

General Information

The conference will offer ample opportunities for informal discussions and social interactions. There will be a welcome reception in the evening on Sunday, June 7, a poster session (with refreshments) in the afternoon on Tuesday, June 9 and a conference banquet on Thursday, June 11. Participation in all these events in included in the registration fee. The conference will end late afternoon on Friday, June 12.

The local airport at Penn State is University Park/State College (SCE), served by Delta, United, and US Airways with flights from Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia and Washington DC. University Park/State College is also within easy driving distance (approximately 2-4 hours) from Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington DC. A block of rooms has been reserved at local hotels and again, early reservations are strongly recommended. Please see the conference web-page for further information.

Local Organization Committee:
Eugenio Bianchi (Co-Chair), Chad Hanna (Co-Chair), Abhay Ashtekar, Martin Bojowald, Randi Neshteruk, Ben Owen

Scientific Organization Committee:
Abhay Ashtekar (Chair), Beverly Berger, John Friedman, James Isenberg, Malcolm MaCCallum, Peter Saulson

2015 IUPAP General Relativity and Gravitation Young Scientist Prize

The IUPAP General Relativity and Gravitation Young Scientist Prize is now open for nominations:
As an affiliated commission (AC2) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation (ISGRG) offers an annual IUPAP Young Scientist Prize. The IUPAP Young Scientist Prizes recognize outstanding achievements of scientists at early stages of their career. Each prize consists of a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient, a medal and 1000 euros.
The conditions for the prize are:

The IUPAP General Relativity and Gravitation Young Scientist Prize can be for work in any area of relativity and gravitation, theoretical or experimental.

On 1 February 2015, nominees must have a maximum of eight years of research experience (excluding career interruptions) following the Ph.D. (or equivalent) degree. They are expected to have displayed significant achievement and exceptional promise for future achievements in relativity and gravitation.

The primary nominator must be a member of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation.

Nominations may be made by any member of ISGRG (other than the nominee) and should be accompanied by a CV, a proposed citation of 30-50 words summarizing the reason for the nomination, a list of publications and a description (about one page long) of the specific achievements of the nominee, who need not be an ISGRG member.

It is important that the selection committee has specific information that allows it to determine what the nominee has contributed and how this will impact the subject. Therefore it will be extremely helpful to the selection committee to receive at least two additional letters supporting the nomination that detail the expected significance of the contributions of the nominee.

It is also appropriate to submit additional materials such as published articles. In the case of co-authored or multi-authored publications, it is essential for nominators and supporters to discuss the nominee’s precise contributions, if known, in addition to the work’s overall significance.

The entire package should be bundled into a single PDF file and emailed to the Secretary of ISGRG, beverlyberger[AT]me.com, by 1 February 2015. The winner will be announced on 14 March 2015 and the award made shortly thereafter. The official presentation of the award will be made at the GR21 conference in 2016.

Through the generosity of Prof. Abhay Ashtekar (Penn State U), an Ashtekar Travel Award of $1000 will be presented to the winner as partial support for travel to GR21.

REMINDER: The IUPAP General Relativity and Gravitation Young Scientist Prize

Nomination Deadline: 1 February 2014

As an affiliated commission (AC2) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation (ISGRG) offers an annual IUPAP Young Scientist Prize. The IUPAP Young Scientist Prizes recognize outstanding achievements of scientists at early stages of their career. Each prize consists of a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient, a medal and 1000 euros.

The conditions for the prize are:

The IUPAP General Relativity and Gravitation Young Scientist Prize can be for work in any area of relativity and gravitation, theoretical or experimental.

On 1 February 2014, nominees must have a maximum of eight years of research experience (excluding career interruptions) following the Ph.D. (or equivalent) degree. They are expected to have displayed significant achievement and exceptional promise for future achievements in relativity and gravitation.

The primary nominator must be a member of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation.

Nominations may be made by any member of ISGRG (other than the nominee) and should be accompanied by a CV, a proposed citation of 30-50 words summarizing the reason for the nomination, a list of publications and a description (about one page long) of the specific achievements of the nominee, who need not be an ISGRG member. The entire package should be bundled into a single PDF file and emailed to the Secretary of ISGRG, beverlyberger[AT]me.com, by 1 February 2014. The winner will be announced on 14 March 2014 and the award made shortly thereafter. The official presentation of the award will be made at the GR21 conference in 2016.

Through the generosity of Prof. Abhay Ashtekar (Penn State U), an Ashtekar Travel Award of $1000 will be presented to the winner as partial support for travel to GR21.

It is important that the selection committee has specific information that allows it to determine what the nominee has contributed and how this will impact the subject. Therefore it will be extremely helpful to the selection committee to receive at least two additional letters supporting the nomination that detail the expected significance of the contributions of the nominee.

It is also appropriate to submit additional materials such as published articles. In the case of co-authored or multi-authored publications, it is essential for nominators and supporters to discuss the nominee’s precise contributions, if known, in addition to the work’s overall significance.

Nominations open: 2014 IUPAP GRG Young Scientist Prize

Nomination Deadline 1 February 2014
The IUPAP General Relativity and Gravitation Young Scientist Prize

As an affiliated commission (AC2) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation (ISGRG) offers an annual IUPAP Young Scientist Prize. The IUPAP Young Scientist Prizes recognize outstanding achievements of scientists at early stages of their career. Each prize consists of a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient, a medal and 1000 euros.

The conditions for the prize are:

The IUPAP General Relativity and Gravitation Young Scientist Prize can be for work in any area of relativity and gravitation, theoretical or experimental.

On 1 February 2014, nominees must have a maximum of eight years of research experience (excluding career interruptions) following the Ph.D. (or equivalent) degree. They are expected to have displayed significant achievement and exceptional promise for future achievements in relativity and gravitation.

The primary nominator must be a member of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation.
Nominations may be made by any member of ISGRG (other than the nominee) and should be accompanied by a CV, a proposed citation of 30-50 words summarizing the reason for the nomination, a list of publications and a description (about one page long) of the specific achievements of the nominee, who need not be an ISGRG member. The entire package should be bundled into a single PDF file and emailed to the Secretary of ISGRG, beverlyberger[AT]me.com, by 1 February 2014. The winner will be announced on 14 March 2014 and the award made shortly thereafter. The official presentation of the award will be made at the GR21 conference in 2016.
Through the generosity of Prof. Abhay Ashtekar (Penn State U), an Ashtekar Travel Award of $1000 will be presented to the winner as partial support for travel to GR21.
It is important that the selection committee has specific information that allows it to determine what the nominee has contributed and how this will impact the subject. Therefore it will be extremely helpful to the selection committee to receive at least two additional letters supporting the nomination that detail the expected significance of the contributions of the nominee. It is also appropriate to submit additional materials such as published articles.
In the case of co-authored or multi-authored publications, it is essential for nominators and supporters to discuss the nominee’s precise contributions, if known, in addition to the work’s overall significance.

Message to ISGRG members

To members of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation (ISGRG) — also known as the GRG.

Between 1 April and 3 April, all ISGRG members should receive an email from me describing the ISGRG election to begin 11 April 2013 and to conclude during our General Assembly at GR20.

If you did not receive this important email:

1. We may have an incorrect email address for you. Please send me an email from your preferred address;
2. Your mail program may have rejected it or placed it in your junk mail directory. If you can’t find my email, please send me an email and I will reply with the original email;
3. Your dues may be sufficiently in arrears that you are no longer a member. If you wish to reinstate your membership, please let me know. (I hope you will do this!)

I hope to see you at GR20 (http://gr20-amaldi10.edu.pl/index.php?id=1).

Best wishes to all,

Beverly

Beverly K. Berger
Secretary, ISGRG
beverlyberger[AT]me.com
grgsocietymail[AT]gmail.com

One of the above email addresses will appear on the message from me.

New: IUPAP General Relativity and Gravitation Young Scientist Prize

Deadline for nominations: 15 February 2013

As an affiliated commission (AC2) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation (GRG Society) has been granted permission for an annual IUPAP Young Scientist Prize, to be offered first in 2013. The IUPAP Young Scientist Prizes (see http://www.iupap.org/youngscientist/page_50920.html) recognize outstanding achievements of scientists at early stages of their career. Each prize consists of a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient, a Medal and 1000 euros.

The conditions for the prize are:

The IUPAP General Relativity and Gravitation Young Scientist Prize can be for work in any area of relativity and gravitation, theoretical or experimental. On 15 February 2013, nominees must have a maximum of eight years of research experience (excluding career interruptions) following the Ph.D. (or equivalent) degree. They are expected to have displayed significant achievement and exceptional promise for future achievements in relativity and gravitation.

Nominations may be made by any member of the GRG Society (other than the nominee) and should be accompanied by a CV, a proposed citation of 30-50 words summarizing the reason for the nomination, a list of publications and a description (about one page long) of the specific achievements of the nominee, who need not be a GRG member. The entire package should be bundled into a single PDF file and emailed to the President of the GRG Society (which is also Affiliated Commission 2 of IUPAP) at m.a.h.maccallum[AT]qmul.ac.uk by 15 February 2013. The award will be made at the GR20 conference.

It is important that the selection committee has specific information that allows it to determine what the nominee has contributed and how this will impact the subject. Therefore it will be extremely helpful to the selection committee to receive at least two additional letters supporting the nomination that detail the expected significance of the contributions of the nominee. It is also appropriate to submit additional materials such as published articles.

Questions may be addressed to Beverly K. Berger, Secretary, International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation (beverlyberger[AT]me.com).

Deadline extension to 15 Nov 2012 for Jurgen Ehlers Thesis Prize and Bergman-Wheeler Thesis Prize

Dear Colleagues,

The deadlines for submission of nomination for the Jürgen Ehlers Thesis Prize for an outstanding Ph.D. thesis in mathematical and numerical relativity and the Bergman-Wheeler Thesis Prize for a outstanding Ph.D. thesis in the broad area of quantum gravity have been extended to 15 November 2012.

Additional information on the prizes and directions for submission of nominations may be found at

http://www.isgrg.org/ehlersprize.php

and

http://www.isgrg.org/bergwheelprize.php.

For both prizes, the nominator must be a member of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation (ISGRG) and can make at most one nomination. The nominee need not be a member of the Society but the official defense must have taken place between September 1, 2009 and August 31, 2012.

Please direct any questions regarding ISGRG membership to me.

Sincerely,

Beverly K. Berger
Secretary, ISGRG
beverlyberger[AT]me.com

Reminder to nominate Fellows of the GRG Society – Deadline 31 Dec 2012

The International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation has instituted Fellowships to recognize its outstanding members. The primary criterion for election is excellence in research, especially the impact of candidate’s work on the development of our field. The candidate will be generally expected to have made additional contributions to the field, for example through service, and/or outreach, and/or books and monographs, etc. In exceptional cases such criteria could constitute the primary basis of nomination provided these activities have had influence on a significant portion of our community, not just the home institution of the candidate.

Nominations are due by December 31st, 2012. Any member of the Society can make nominations but self-nominations will not be considered. The nomination packet will consist of:
i) A letter summarizing the basis for nomination;
ii) An up-to-date CV and publication list of the nominee;
iii) 1 to 3 supporting letters from members of the Society, and,
iv) A proposed citation. Once made, the nomination will remain active for two additional rounds. Further details can be found at http://www.isgrg.org/fellowrules.php

Electronic nominations in the form of emailed PDF files are strongly preferred. The nomination PDF files should be sent to the Chair of the Fellowship committee, Clifford Will (cmw_AT_physics.ufl.edu).

If an electronic nomination is not possible, a single paper copy of the nomination should be mailed or faxed to Clifford Will at
Department of Physics
University of Florida
P.O. Box 118440
Gainesville FL 32611-8440
Fax: 1-352-392-0524

The elected Fellows will be inducted during the Business Meeting of the Society at GR 20 in Warsaw, 8 – 13 July, 2013.

Call for Nominations: Fellows of the GRG Society (revised mailing address)

The International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation has instituted Fellowships to recognize its outstanding members. In a steady state we expect the total number of Fellows to constitute approximately 10% of the membership. To reach this goal and to ensure that younger members of our Society are also elected in the initial rounds, the following procedure will be used:

i) Fellows will be elected once every three years, prior to the GRG conferences. For the first two rounds (GR19 and GR20), at least half of the number of Fellows elected in any one round should be of 45 years or less of age on the day the conference begins.

ii) The fellowship committee for GR20 will be asked to elect 10 fellows. Thereafter, the committees will elect approximately 1.5% of the members per 3-year cycle. The precise number for each round will be established at the prior GR meeting by the Executive Committee of the Society.

The primary criterion for election is excellence in research, especially the impact of candidate’s work on the development of our field. The candidate will be generally expected to have made additional contributions to the field, for example through service, and/or outreach, and/or books and monographs, etc. In exceptional cases such criteria could constitute the primary basis of nomination provided these activities have had influence on a significant portion of our community, not just the home institution of the candidate.

Nominations are due by December 31st, 2012. Any member of the Society can make nominations but self-nominations will not be considered. The nomination packet will consist of:

i) A letter summarizing the basis for nomination;
ii) An up-to-date CV and publication list of the nominee;
iii) 1 to 3 supporting letters from members of the Society, and,
iv) A proposed citation. Once made, the nomination will remain active for two additional rounds. Further details can be found at http://www.isgrg.org/fellowrules.php

Electronic nominations in the form of emailed PDF files are strongly preferred. The nomination PDF files should be sent to the Chair of the Fellowship committee, Clifford Will (cmw[AT]wuphys.wustl.edu).

If an electronic nomination is not possible, a single paper copy of the nomination should be mailed or faxed to Clifford Will at
Department of Physics
University of Florida
P.O. Box 118440
Gainesville FL 32611-8440
Fax: 1-352-392-0524

The elected Fellows will be inducted during the Business Meeting of the Society at GR 20 in Warsaw, 8 – 13 July, 2013.

The “Jürgen Ehlers thesis prize” and the “Bergmann-Wheeler thesis prize” of the International Society for General Relativity and Gravitation 2013

The International Society for General Relativity and Gravitation awards two Ph.D. thesis prizes, one in classical gravity and one in quantum gravity. One prize in each category is awarded at each triennial GRG conference. The monetary value of each award is US $1,500. These prizes complement the Gravitational Wave thesis prize awarded by GWIC, for which the Society is the trustee of the funds.

The Jürgen Ehlers thesis prize is sponsored by Springer, publishers of the Society’s journal “General Relativity and Gravitation”, and will cover the areas of mathematical and numerical general relativity and gravitation in a broad sense. The Bergmann-Wheeler thesis prize is sponsored by the UK Institute of Physics, publishers of “Classical and Quantum Gravity”, and will encompass all approaches to quantum gravity.

The Society seeks nominations for both prizes for award in 2013. The deadline for receipt of the nomination packet is September 30th, 2012. The nominator must be a member of the Society. Nominators can make at most one nomination in each category. The nominee need not be a member of the Society but the official defense must have taken place between October 1, 2009 and September 30th, 2012. The nomination package will consist of:

i) A nomination letter summarizing the main results and their importance and elaborating the student’s role in case of joint work.

ii) A PDF file of the thesis, and of any supporting papers which formed an integral part of the thesis submission. (For any such paper, reference to a readily available public source is acceptable instead.)

iii) A CV and the publication list of the nominee.

iv) An official University document showing the date of the successful Ph.D. defense. (This can be sent later, if not available by September 30th, 2012.)

v) One or two optional letters in support from experts. At least one of these is required if the nominator is a supervisor of the Ph.D. thesis.

The primary criteria for selection will be the high quality of scientific results, creativity and originality, and the significance of results for the broad area of the prize. The winner for each prize will be chosen by a committee of leading international experts in the field approximately six months before the GR20 conference which will be held in Warsaw on 8-12 July 2013. This will provide the winners ample time to plan travel to the conference. The prize is conditional to the winner attending the conference (the Executive committee of the GRG Society may allow the prize to be given in absentia in exceptional cases.)

Nominations for the Bergman-Wheeler prize should be submitted electronically, possibly packaged in a single email, to the address gravity[AT]cpt.univ-mrs.fr.  If it is not possible to send a nomination in electronic form, please send 4 hard copies to Carlo Rovelli, CPT-CNRS, Case 907, av. de Luminy, F-13288, Marseille Cedex 9, France.

Nominations for the Ehlers prize should be submitted electronically to Bernd Brügmann, c/o Renate Wagner Renate.Wagner[AT]uni-jena.de.  If it is not possible to send a nomination in electronic form, please send 4 hard copies to Renate Wagner, Theoretical Physics Institute, University of Jena, Max-Wien-Platz 1, 07743 Jena, Germany

Call for nominations: fellows of the GRG Society

The International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation has instituted Fellowships to recognize its outstanding members. In a steady state we expect the total number of Fellows to constitute approximately 10% of the membership. To reach this goal and to ensure that younger members of our Society are also elected in the initial rounds, the following procedure will be used:

i) Fellows will be elected once every three years, prior to the GRG conferences. For the first two rounds (GR19 and GR20), at least half of the number of Fellows elected in any one round should be of 45 years or less of age on the day the conference begins.

ii) The fellowship committee for GR20 will be asked to elect 10 fellows. Thereafter, the committees will elect approximately 1.5% of the members per 3-year cycle. The precise number for each round will be established at the prior GR meeting by the Executive Committee of the Society.

The primary criterion for election is excellence in research, especially the impact of candidate’s work on the development of our field. The candidate will be generally expected to have made additional contributions to the field, for example through service, and/or outreach, and/or books and monographs, etc. In exceptional cases such criteria could constitute the primary basis of nomination provided these activities have had influence on a significant portion of our community, not just the home institution of the candidate.

Nominations are due by December 31st, 2012. Any member of the Society can make nominations but self-nominations will not be considered. The nomination packet will consist of:

i) A letter summarizing the basis for nomination;
ii) An up-to-date CV and publication list of the nominee;
iii) 1 to 3 supporting letters from members of the Society, and,
iv) A proposed citation. Once made, the nomination will remain active for two additional rounds. Further details can be found at http://www.isgrg.org/fellowrules.php

Electronic nominations in the form of emailed PDF files are strongly preferred. The nomination PDF files should be sent to the Chair of the Fellowship committee, Clifford Will (cmw[AT]wuphys.wustl.edu).

If an electronic nomination is not possible, a single paper copy of the nomination should be mailed or faxed to Clifford Will at

Department of Physics, Campus Box 1105
Washington University
1 Brookings Drive
St. Louis MO 63130 USA
Fax: 1-314-935-9200

The elected Fellows will be inducted during the Business Meeting of the Society at GR 20 in Warsaw, 8 – 13 July, 2013.

Post-doc and Student Prizes for the best presentations at the GR19 conference

The International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation awards prizes for the best post-doc and student presentations at the Society’s tri-annual conferences. The winners are chosen by the Executive committee of the Society from recommendations made by the Session Chairs and the Chair of the Scientific organization committee of the conference. For further details, see http://www.isgrg.org/prizes.php

The post-doc prizes are named after Prof. S. Chandrasekhar and are sponsored by World Scientific. They were instituted in 2010, the centennial year of Professor Chandrasekhar’s birth. There is one prize in each of the four major themes of the conference. The 2010 prize winners are: Drs. Wei Chet Lim (Mathematical and Numerical Relativity); Mark Hannam (Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology); Thomas Corbitt (Experimental Gravitation) and Parampreet Singh (Quantum Gravity). The prize carries a certificate, a 3 year membership of the Society and a monetary award of $150.

The student prizes are made possible through generosity of Professor James B. Hartle. The 2010 Hartle Prize winners are: Amitai Bin-Nun, Bethan Cropp, Samuel Gralla, Charalampos Markakis, Vivien Raymond, Ian Morrison, David Sloan, Jan Steinhoff and Francesca Vidotto. The prize carries a certificate, a 3 year membership of the Society and a monetary award of $75.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Prizes and Honors at the GR19 Conference in Mexico City

AWARDS FOR BEST PRESENTATIONS DURING GR19
Session Chairs will send their nominations for the best student and post-doc presentations during GR19 to Professor Donald Marolf, the Chair of the GR19 Scientific Committee. He will send an ordered list to the Executive Committee of the Society which will make the final selection soon after GR19, taking into account the geographic, gender and thematic balance. The students prizes, the Hartle Awards are sponsored by Professor James B. Hartle. The post-doc prizes, the S. Chandrasekhar Awards are sponsored by World Scientific.

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THE JÜRGEN EHLERS THESIS PRIZE
for an outstanding Ph.D. thesis in mathematical and numerical relativity will be awarded to

DR NICHOLAS YUNES

The selection committee consisting of David Garfinkle (Chair), Bernd Brügmann, Bala Iyer and Alan Rendall prepared the following citation:

“For pioneering work on a variety of topics involving binary black holes, gravitational radiation, and Chern-Simons gravity”

This prize is sponsored by Springer to honor the memory of Professor Jügen Ehlers. See: http://grg.maths.qmul.ac.uk/grgsoc/ehlersprize.php It carries a certificate and a check for $1,500 and will be awarded during the opening ceremony of the 19th International conference.

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THE BERGMANN-WHEELER THESIS PRIZE
for a outstanding Ph.D. thesis in the broad area of quantum gravity will be awarded to

DR VICTOR TAVERAS

The selection committee consisting of Stephen Carlip (Chair), Gary Horowitz, Theodore Jacobson and Carlo Rovelli prepared the following citation: “For contributions to loop quantum cosmology and the development of a novel extension of loop quantum gravity.”

This prize is sponsored by Classical and Quantum Gravity to honor the memory of Professors Peter Bergmann and John Wheeler, pioneers of the field of quantum gravity. It carries a certificate and a check for $1,500 and will be awarded in the opening ceremony of the 19th International conference.

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THE GWIC THESIS PRIZE
for an outstanding Ph.D. thesis based on research in gravitational waves.

This is an annual award sponsored by the Gravitational Wave International Committee. See http://grg.maths.qmul.ac.uk/grgsoc/gwicprize.php It will be presented during the opening ceremony of the GR19 conference.

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THE BASILIS XANTHOPOULOS INTERNATIONAL AWARD
will be presented to

DR STEFAN HOLLANDS

The committee consisting of Profs. Jorge Pullin (Chair), Piotr Chrusciel, Gary Gibbons, Nikolaos Stergioulas and Clifford Will prepared the following citation:

“For his contributions to the mathematical aspects of gravitational physics, especially concerning the theory of quantum fields in curved space-time. Dr. Hollands’ work helped bring this area of research to a new level of clarity and mathematical rigor.”

The prize is sponsored by the FORTH Foundation, Hellas, to honor the memory of Basilis Xanthopoulos and is given to a scientist, below 40 years of age, who has made outstanding (preferably theoretical) contributions to gravitational physics. See: http://grg.maths.qmul.ac.uk/grgsoc/xanthprize.php
It carries a certificate and a check for approximately $10,000. It will be awarded during the opening ceremony of the conference.

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FELLOWSHIPS
The Society elected 10 Fellows in this first round. According to the rules governing this election, at least five had to be below 45 years of age. The Electors were Beverly Berger (Chair), David Blair, Misao Sasaki, and three ex-officio members Abhay Ashtekar (President), Clifford Will (Deputy president) and Malcolm MacCallum (Secretary). The new Fellows will be inducted during the Business Meeting of the Society.

* Alessandra Buonanno “For leading advances in the theory of general relativistic two-body dynamics and in the production and detection of gravitational waves”.

* Alejandro Corichi “For his significant contributions to loop quantum gravity and his leadership in numerous initiatives for the international gravity community”.

* Gabriela Gonzalez “For her outstanding contributions to the gravitational wave science and leadership in the LIGO Collaboration”.

* James Hough “For outstanding contributions in gravitational wave detection”.

* Don Marolf “For a broad range of insightful contributions to quantum gravity and quantum field theory in curved spacetime”.

* Roger Penrose “For his pioneering contributions to our understanding of global issues in general relativity which form many of the foundations of the modern era of gravitational physics”.

* Frans Pretorius “For his seminal contributions which have transformed the subject of numerical relativity”.

* Carlo Rovelli “For leading contributions to the field of quantum gravity, including loop quantum gravity and spin foam models, and for leadership in creating a vibrant quantum gravity community in France”.

* Madhavan Varadarajan “For his numerous insightful contributions to conceptually difficult and deep problems in classical and quantum gravity”.

* David Wands “For his seminal contributions to theoretical cosmology, particularly in the areas of cosmological perturbation theory”.

Bids for GR20 and GR21

The International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation will hold its triennial conferences GR20 and GR21 in 2013 and 2016. Please consider seriously whether you or your group could host either of them. Normally only bids for the next conference would be considered, but because of the possible link with centenary celebrations for general relativity we will also be willing to consider preliminary bids for GR21. Bids should be presented at the GR19 meeting in July 2010 in Mexico City.

Guidelines on what is needed are posted on the Society’s Web site at http://grg.maths.qmul.ac.uk/grgsoc/bidsguide.php, and institutions or groups considering making a bid are encouraged to contact the Secretary, Prof. Malcolm MacCallum, at m.a.h.maccallum[AT]qmul.ac.uk, for further guidance if required. Past conferences have to some extent cycled between Europe, North America and the rest of the world but there has been no definite rule (e.g. there were successive meetings in India and South Africa) so no site is ruled out at this stage (although preference would probably be given to those which did not host the meeting in the last decade or so). Please also let the Secretary know at least a couple of weeks before GR19 if you do eventually decide to present a bid, so that he can schedule presentations.

GRG Society Fellowships

The International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation has instituted Fellowships to recognize its outstanding members. In a steady state we expect the total number of Fellows to constitute approximately 10% of the membership. To reach this goal and to ensure that younger members of our Society are also elected in the initial rounds, the following procedure will be used:

i) Fellows will be elected once every three years, prior to the GRG conferences. For the first two rounds (GR19 and GR20), at least half of the number of Fellows elected in any one round should be of 45 years or less of age on the day the conference begins.

ii) The fellowship committees for GR19 and GR20 will be asked to elect 10 fellows each. Thereafter, the committee will elect approximately 1.5% of the members per 3-year cycle. The precise number for each round will be established at the prior GR meeting by the Executive Committee of the Society.

The primary criterion for election is excellence in research, especially the impact of candidate’s work on the development of our field. The candidate will be generally expected to have made additional contributions to the field, for example through service, and/or outreach, and/or books and monographs, etc. In exceptional cases such criteria could constitute the primary basis of nomination provided these activities have had influence on a significant portion of our community, not just the home institution of the candidate.

Nominations are due by December 31st, 2009. Any member of the Society can make nominations but self nominations will not be considered. The nomination packet will consist of PDF files or 5 hard copies of:
i) A letter summarizing the basis for nomination;
ii) An up to date CV and publication list of the nominee;
iii) 1 to 3 supporting letters from members of the Society, and,
iv) A proposed citation. Once made, the nomination will remain active for two additional rounds. Further details can be found at http://grg.maths.qmul.ac.uk/grgsoc/prizes.php

Electronic nominations are preferred. The nomination packet (PDF files) should be sent to:
Ms Randi Neshteruk <rxh1_AT_psu.edu>

Mailing address for hard copies:
Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos
104 Davey Lab, Penn State
University Park, PA 16802-6300
Fax +1 (814) 863 9601

The elected Fellows will be inducted in a ceremony during the Business Meeting of the Society in Mexico City.

GR19: Scientific Program

We wish to share our excitement about the scientific program for next summer’s 19th international conference on general relativity and gravitation, to be held in Mexico City July 5-9, 2010.   The conference will cover the full spectrum of gravitational physics from gravity wave detectors and data analysis to relativistic astrophysics, cosmology, numerical GR, mathematical GR, and quantum gravity, as indicated by the broad array of plenary speakers and parallel sessions described below. This information is also available on GR19 website at http://www.gr19.com/ .  A few additional speakers will be added in late 2009.

The current plenary speakers are listed below, as are the parallel sessions and chairs.  This information is also available on GR19 website at http://www.gr19.com/ .  A few additional speakers will be added in late 2009.

For the moment, I hope that you will plan to join us in Mexico City and that you will mark these dates on your calendar.  The website will begin taking abstract submissions later this fall.

Sincerely,
Donald Marolf, SOC chair
on behalf of the Scientific Organizing Committee

Plenary Speakers:

Patrick Brady
Mihalis Dafermos
Andrea Ghez
Gary Horowitz
Veronika Hubeny
David McClelland
Slava Mukhanov
Frans Pretorius
Carlo Rovelli
Tarun Souradeep
Ingrid Stairs
Rai Weiss

Expected List of Parallel Sessions:

A1 Exact Solutions and their Interpretation
Chair: Harvey Reall

A2 Mathematical Relativity and Other Progress in Classical Gravity Theory
Chair: Sergio Dain

A3 Modified Gravity Theories
Chair: To Be Announced

B1 Relativistic Astrophysics
Chair: Tsvi Piran

B2 Numerical Relativity and Astrophysical Applications
Chair: Manuela Campanelli

B3 Analytic Approximations and Perturbation Methods and their Applications
Chair: Alessandra Buonanno

B4 Physical Cosmology and Gravitational Lensing
Chair: Buvnesh Jain

B5 Theoretical/Mathematical Cosmology
Chair: Robert Brandenberger

C1 Current ground-based GW detectors: Experiments
Chair: Seiji Kawamura

C2 Ground-based GW detectors: Data analysis and techniques
Chair: Marie Anne Bizouard

C3 Advanced ground-based GW detectors (R&D for and science from)
Chair: Nergis Mavalvala

C4 Space-based GW detectors: Theory and experiment
Chair: Stefano Vitale

C5 Experimental gravitation
Chair: Eric Adelberger

D1 Loop Quantum Gravity and Spin Foams
Chair: Alejandro Corichi

D2 Strings, branes and M-theory
Chair: (to be announced)

D3 Causal sets, Causal dynamical triangulations, Non-commutative geometry, and other approaches to quantum gravity
Chair: Fay Dowker

D4 Quantum fields in curved space-time, semiclassical gravity, quantum gravity phenomenology, and analog models
Chair: Bill Unruh