XXI SIGRAV Conference on General Relativity and Gravitational Physics, Alessandria

The biennial Conference of the Italian Society of General Relativity and Gravitation (SIGRAV) is devoted to all aspects of gravitation, such as Classical General Relativity (GR), Quantum Gravity, Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology, as well as Experimental Gravity.
A key and defining feature of the conference is the ability to present the state of the art of the wide variety of methods (experimental, theoretical, mathematical, computational) used to advance in the knowledge of gravity.
The five day conference will host 25 invited plenary talks, and 4 shorter invited talks and a dozen of contributed talks for each of the three parallel workshops sessions: classical and quantum gravity, relativistic astrophysics and cosmology, experimental gravity.
The conference will review the status, and present the advances in the fields of classical GR, modified gravity theories, relativistic astrophysics, astroparticle physics, precision tests of GR, cosmology, gravitational waves, numerical relativity, quantum gravity, quantum field theory in curved spacetime, supergravity.
The geometry of quantum spacetime will be discussed also from the experimental viewpoint of quantum metrology and experimental cosmology, as well as aspects of precision cosmology.
A science popularization evening will be organized.

During the Conference, the AMALDI MEDAL will be awarded to an outstanding european senior scientist and the SIGRAV Prizes will be awarded to (two) outstanding junior scientists.

Parallel Sessions
During the scientific program the following parallel sessions will be organised
Workshop A: Classical and quantum gravity
Chairmen: Roberto Casadio, Lorenzo Fatibene
Contact: WorkShopA[AT]sigrav.org
Workshop B: Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology
Chairmen: Antonaldo Diaferio, Alberto Vecchiato
Contact: WorkShopB[AT]sigrav.org
WorkShop C: Experimental Gravity
Enrico Calloni, Giancarlo Cella
Contact: WorkShowC[AT]sigrav.org
Candidate contributors to workshops should contact organization at the above links.
Fees and Deadlines:
Fees include lunches, coffee breaks and welcome refreshment.
Regular Eur 200,
Students Eur. 100.
Fees after July 31 Eur. 230.
The registration fee is to be paid via bank transfer to:
Società Italiana di Relatività Generale e Fisica della Gravitazione (SIGRAV)
IBAN: IT84 S030 6901 0241 0000 0015 035
Istituto Bancario San Paolo-IMI di Torino, Ag. 24,
Cso Turati 18, 10128 Torino
Specifying: Registration fees for XXI SIGRAV, Alessandria
Then send the payment receipt via mail to secretariat[AT]sigrav.org
Only late registration fees can be paid cash on site in Alessandria.
For information send an email to secretariat .

Local Organizing Committee
Paolo Aschieri (chair), Salvatore Capozziello, Leonardo Castellani (chair), Mariafelicia De Laurentis, Antonaldo Diaferio, Lorenzo Fatibene, Pietro Antonio Grassi.
Scientific Committee
Paolo Aschieri (chair), Carlo Bradaschia, Marco Bruni, Salvatore Capozziello, Mauro Carfora, Leonardo Castellani (chair), Eugenio Coccia, Mariafelicia De Laurentis, Antonaldo Diaferio, Mariateresa Crosta, Lorenzo Fatibene, Valeria Ferrari, Pietro Fre’, Alberto Lerda, Stefano Liberati, Luca Lusanna, Sabino Matarrese, Augusto Sagnotti, Luigi Stella, Leopoldo Milano, Gaetano Vilasi, Sergio Zerbini

XXI SIGRAV Conference, Alessandria, Italy

The biennial Conference of the Italian Society of General Relativity and Gravitation (SIGRAV) is devoted to all aspects of gravitation, such as Classical General Relativity (GR), Quantum Gravity, Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology, as well as Experimental Gravity.

A key and defining feature of the conference is the ability to present the state of the art of the wide variety of methods (experimental, theoretical, mathematical, computational) used to advance in the knowledge of gravity.

The five day conference will host 20 invited plenary talks, 4 shorter invited talks and a dozen of contributed talks in four parallel workshops sessions: classical GR, quantum gravity, relativistic astrophysics, experimental gravity. The conference will review the status, and present the advances in the fields of classical GR, modified gravity theories, relativistic astrophysics, astroparticle physics, precision tests of GR, cosmology, gravitational waves, numerical relativity, quantum gravity, quantum field theory in curved spacetime, supergravity. The geometry of quantum spacetime will be discussed also from the experimental viewpoint of quantum metrology and experimental cosmology, as well as aspects of precision cosmology.

A science popularization session will be organized.

During the Conference, the AMALDI MEDAL will be awarded to an outstanding european senior scientist and the SIGRAV Prizes will be awarded to (two) outstanding Junior scientists.

Gravity and the Quantum, Como, Italy

GRAVITY AND THE QUANTUM
Villa del Grumello (Como – Italy), 1-6 June 2014

The problem of merging quantum mechanics and general relativity is yet unsolved. At a fundamental level, general relativity and quantum theory seem to be contradictory and the theoretical framework of physics is still unaccomplished. It is necessary to combine these two ways of thinking into a single, even more fundamental, theoretical paradigm; this has been called “quantum gravity”. This step is also necessary for understanding extreme situations such as near the Big Bang or the black hole singularities. The school will give a general overview of the field of Quantum Gravity, of its main and most recent achievements and will propose new challenges and open questions that are looking for answers.

COURSES
Abhay Ashtekar: Quantum cosmology
John Barrett:Non-commutative geometry and quantum gravity
Eugenio Bianchi: Black holes
Laurent Freidel: Quantum space
Roberto Percacci: Asymptotic safety
Carlo Rovelli: Covariant loop quantum gravity
Alain Connes, Thibault Damour and Lee Smolin have been invited to deliver special lectures. (Their presence is not yet confirmed).

There will be room for short communications by the participants.Those who want to submit a communication proposal should send a short abstract to grschool@centrovolta.it Proponents will be informed about acceptance of their contribution in due time. Preparatory and follow-up lectures will be delivered at the University of Insubria.

Registration: Participants will be accommodated in the hotels near Villa del Grumello and will be requested to pay an inclusive fee of EURO 750,00, covering part of the accommodation (in rooms to be shared), breakfast and lunch for the duration of the school. Alternatively, participants may arrange for their own accommodation and are requested to pay only the registration fee of EURO 400,00 also covering luncheons . Accommodation form can be downloaded from the School website: http://www.centrovolta.it/sigrav2014. Accommodation is not guaranteed after May 1st, 2014. Some support to cover local expenses is available; those who need support should mention it in their registration and send a short curriculum vitae and a summary of current research (maximum two pages A4). Please, note that no support to cover travel expenses will be available.

Registration form is available on the web page http://www.centrovolta.it/sigrav2014 or at grschool@centrovolta.it
For information also contact directly the Organizing Secretariat at Centro Volta: grschool@centrovolta.it or Chiara.stefanetti@centrovolta.it, ph. +39.031.579815, fax +39.031.573395

Scientific and Organizing Committee: Ugo Moschella, Vittorio Gorini, Sergio Cacciatori, Aldo Treves, Francesco Haardt
SIGRAV Council: Salvatore Capozziello, Sabino Matarrese, Pietro Fre’, Eugenio Coccia, Lorenzo Fatibene, Sergio Zerbini, Gaetano Vilasi, Luca Lusanna, Carlo Bradaschia, Luigi Stella, Valeria Ferrari, Augusto Sagnotti, Leopoldo Milano, Marco Bruni, Stefano Liberati

XX SIGRAV Conference in Naples (Italy)

The biennial Conference of the Italian Society for General Relativity and Gravitation (SIGRAV) is devoted to all aspects of gravitational physics, such as Classical and Quantum Gravity, Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology, as well as Experimental Gravity.
The five day Conference will host about twenty invited plenary talks and shorter invited and contributed talks in three parallel workshops. A science divulgation/outreach session will be hosted during the Conference.
The Conference will take place at the Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte (Napoli), in the framework of the celebrations of 200 years since its foundation.
During the Conference, the AMALDI MEDAL and the SIGRAV PRIZES will be awarded to outstanding Senior and Junior scientists.

X Edition of the SIGRAV School: Astrophysical Black Holes

X Edition of the Sigrav Graduate School in Contemporary Relativity and Gravitational Physics

ASTROPHYSICAL BLACK HOLES

Villa Olmo, May 21-26 May, 2012

The Schools are directed to Ph.D. students and young Post-Docs in Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics who are interested in widening their knowledge in the fields of Physical Cosmology, Relativistic Astrophysics, General Relativity, Experimental Gravity and the Modern Quantum Theories of Gravitation. The Schools wish to introduce students to current problems, highlighting their importance and potential scientific impact. Lecturers will report on theoretical, observational and experimental aspects of the research, reviewing latest achievements in the field.

PROGRAM of the X Edition
Black holes, weighting from few tens up to few billions solar masses, represent one of the most fascinating objects in modern physics and astrophysics. Their presence can be traced in X-ray binaries, in the center of the Milky Way and of nearby galaxies, and back to early cosmic times, as the power house of luminous quasars. Black holes are a crucial testbed for GR, a key ingredient in galaxy cosmic evolution, and can shine as the loudest sirens in the new field of gravitational wave astronomy. The school will bring together some of the world leading experts to provide a focused overview on astrophysical black holes, both as end-point of stellar evolution and as cosmic probes of the high redshift Universe.

COURSES
– BLACK HOLES IN ASTROPHYSICS: THEORY: Luciano Rezzolla (Germany)
– ACCRETION AND EJECTION THEORY: Andrew King (UK)
– GALACTIC BLACK HOLES: Rob Fender (UK)
– FORMATION AND COSMIC EVOLUTION OF MASSIVE BLACK HOLES: Andrea Merloni (Germany)
– SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLES AND NUCLEAR DYNAMICS: David Merritt (USA)
– THE GALACTIC CENTRE: Reinhard Genzel (Germany)
– ANALYTICAL RELATIVITY OF BLACK HOLES: Thibault Damour and Alessandro Nagar (France)

Scientific and Organizing Committee: Monica Colpi (Universita’ Bicocca, Milano), Vittorio Gorini (Insubria, Como), Francesco Haardt (Insubria, Como), Ugo Moschella (Insubria, Como), Aldo Treves (Insubria, Como)

SIGRAV Council: Massimo Bassan, Carlo Bradaschia, Salvatore Capozziello, Mauro Francaviglia, Luca Lusanna, Sabino Matarrese, Augusto Sagnotti, Luigi Stella, Gaetano Vilasi

There will be room for short communications by the participants. Those who want to submit a communication proposal should send a short abstract to grschool[AT]centrovolta.it Proponents will be informed about acceptance of their contribution in due time. Preparatory and follow-up lectures will be delivered at the University of Insubria.

REGISTRATION
Participants will be accommodated in a room rental near Villa Olmo and will be requested to pay an inclusive fee of EURO 700,00 covering accommodation (in rooms to be shared with other participants), breakfasts, coffee breaks and lunches for the duration of the school. Alternatively, participants may arrange their own accommodation and are requested to pay a registration fee of EURO 350,00, also covering coffee breaks and lunches. It is possible to have a hotel reservation support by downloading the proper accommodation form. Accommodation is not guaranteed after April 23rd 2012.

Some support to cover local expenses may be available; those who need support should mention it in their registration and send a short curriculum vitae and a summary of current research (maximum two pages A4). Please note that no support to cover travel expenses will be available.

For information also contact directly the Organizing Secretariat at the Centro A. Volta:
grschool[AT]centrovolta.it or chiara.stefanetti[AT]centrovolta.it, tel. +39 031 579805, fax +39 031 573395

SIGRAV Graduate School “Analogue Gravity”

SIGRAV GRADUATE SCHOOL IN CONTEMPORARY RELATIVITY AND GRAVITATIONAL PHYISCS

The Schools are directed to PH.D. students and young Post-Docs in Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics who are interested in widening their knowledge in the fields of Physical Cosmology, Relativistic Astrophysics, General Relativity, Experimental Gravity and the Modern Quantum Theories of Gravitation. The Schools wish to introduce students to current problems, highlighting their importance and potential scientific impact. Lecturers will report on theoretical, observational and experimental aspects of the research, reviewing latest achievements in the field.

IX edition
Analogue Gravity

Villa Olmo, Como, Italy, 16-21 May 2011

PROGRAM

Our knowledge of the world that surrounds us is characterized by a strong division into sectors, and Physics is no exception. Yet, remarkably, this knowledge is also streaked by “fils rouges” that connect apparently unrelated phenomena. This allows us to understand and study the physics of one area using “analogue” systems that are connected by a unifying physical concept. Analogue gravity is the study of certain aspects of gravitational interactions, most notably Hawking radiation emitted from black holes, as predicted more than 35 years ago by S. Hawking. Since the first studies initiated by W. Unruh in the early eighties, black hole and horizon analogues have been identified in a number of systems ranging from flowing fluids to flowing dielectrics. The field has made great progress in the past years and the first experimental results are now maturing. The school will give a general overview of the field of Analogue Gravity, of its main and most recent achievements and will propose new challenges and open questions that are looking for answers.

Courses

• Survey of analogue space-times (4 hours)
Matt Visser, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

• Black holes and Hawking radiation (4 hours)
Theodore Jacobson, University of Maryland, USA

• Fundamental quantum effects in the laboratory? (3 hours)
Ralf Schützhold, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany

• Dumb holes – what are they, how do they work (3 hours)
William Unruh, University of British Colombia, Canada

• Analogue gravity, Hawking radiation and black hole lasers in Bose-Einstein condensates (3 hours)
Renaud Parentani, Université Paris-Sud 11, France

• Analogue gravity models in dielectrics (3 hours)
Ulf Leonhardt, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK

Special lectures

• Astrophysical black holes: evidence of an horizon? (2 hours)
Monica Colpi, Università di Milano Bicocca, Italy

• Water wave analogues of black holes (2 hours)
Germain Rousseaux, CNRS, Université de Nice, France

• Topology, thermodynamics and dynamics of quantum vacuum in effective theory (2 hours)
Grigori Volovik, Aalto University School of Science and Technology, Finland

• Quantum correlations of density fluctuations: from the radius of stars to the analogue Hawking radiation (2 hours)
Iacopo Carusotto, Università di Trento, Italy

• Photon emission by refractive index perturbations in dielectrics (2 hours)
Daniele Faccio, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK

• Lorentz breaking EFT and observational tests (2 hours)
Stefano Liberati, SISSA, Trieste, Italy

• Hawking’s thermal hypothesis verified in an analogue gravity system (1 hour)
Silke Weinfurtner, SISSA, Trieste, Italy

Scientific and Organizing Committee: Francesco Belgiorno (Polytechnic of Milan), Sergio Luigi Cacciatori (Insubria, Como), Daniele Faccio (Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh), Vittorio Gorini (Insubria, Como), Stefano Liberati (SISSA, Trieste), Ugo Moschella (Insubria, Como)

SIGRAV Council: Massimo Bassan (Rome Tor Vergata), Roberto Cianci (Genoa), Monica Colpi (Milan Bicocca), Mauro Francaviglia (Turin), Adalberto Giazotto (Pisa), Luca Lusanna (Florence), Sabino Matarrese (Padua), Augusto Sagnotti (SNS, Pisa), Gaetano Vilasi (Salerno)

There will be room for short communications by the participants. Those who want to submit a communication proposal should send a short abstract to grschool[AT]centrovolta.it Proponents will be informed about acceptance of their contribution in due time.

REGISTRATION

Participants will be accommodated in hotels near Villa Olmo and will be requested to pay an inclusive fee of EURO 700 covering accommodation (in rooms to be shared with other participants), breakfast and lunch for the duration of the school. Alternatively, participants may arrange for their own accommodation and are requested to pay only the registration fee of EURO 320, also covering lunch (the school secretary provides assistance for hotel reservation through the accommodation form available at http://www.centrovolta.it/sigrav2011/ ). Accommodation is not guaranteed after April 8th 2011.
Some support to cover local expenses may be available; those who need support should mention it in their registration and send a short curriculum vitae and a summary of current research (maximum two pages A4). Please note that no support to cover travel expenses will be available.

Registration forms are available on the web page http://www.centrovolta.it/sigrav2011/ or at grschool[AT]centrovolta.it

For information also contact directly the Organizing Secretariat at Centro A.Volta:
grschool[AT]centrovolta.it or mariagiovanna.falasconi[AT]centrovolta.it,
tel. +39 031 579814,
fax +39 031 573395

Further information about the School (course abstracts, schedule of lectures, etc.) is also available at the web page http://www.centrovolta.it/sigrav2011/

SPONSORS

SIGRAV (Italian Society for Gravitational Physics).
INFN (National Institute of Nuclear Physics).
University of Insubria.
Department of Physics and Mathematics of the University of Insubria at Como.
SISSA, Trieste.