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General Announcements

This page lists announcements sent to announcement_submit@sympa.ligo.org . Announcements are posted to this page and sent out as a weekly email to the LSC every Friday morning (Eastern US). Job announcements sent to announcement_submit@sympa.ligo.org are not posted here but are instead posted on the LAAC page: https://wiki.ligo.org/LAAC/JobPostings.

If you know of an announcement that should be posted here or on the LAAC jobs page, please send it to announcement_submit@sympa.ligo.org .



JINA Horizons meeting announcement

(Posted here October 23, 2020)

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to participate in “JINA Horizons” on November 30 - December 4, 2020, 11 am - 3 pm US Eastern time - a virtual meeting organized by the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics JINA-CEE and the international research network IReNA that will bring together the international nuclear astrophysics community to discuss open questions and future directions.

JINA-CEE (jinaweb.org) is a multi-institutional center for science at the intersection of nuclear physics and astrophysics that connects nuclear experimentalists, nuclear and astrophysics theorists, observers, gravitational wave physicists, and computational modelers. It serves as a center for the field and connects the US community with similar networks abroad through the IReNA network to network framework (irenaweb.org).

This is a particularly exciting time for our field: there are many new developments, including new rare isotope facilities, new underground facilities, gravitational wave observations, advanced nuclear theory and computational modeling capabilities, new observational results and a broad range of new observational opportunities, and new capabilities to analyze stardust. We plan to create a short white paper, following in the footsteps of the 1999 and 2012 nuclear astrophysics town meetings. The meeting will include a workshop specifically for junior researchers, and students and postdocs are encouraged to participate actively in the entire meeting.

Register now at https://indico.frib.msu.edu/event/39/

Hope to see you all there,

The organizers

Alexa Allen

Ana Becerril

Ed Brown

Camilla Hansen

Zach Meisel

Jocelyn Read

Hendrik Schatz

Achim Schwenk

Frank Timmes

Nicole Vassh

Deadline reminder: nominations for the LIGO Laboratory Award for Excellence in Detector Characterization and Calibration due Monday October 26

(Posted here October 23, 2020)

The LIGO Laboratory Award for Excellence in Detector Characterization and Calibration award committee strongly encourages graduate students (Masters or PhD) and postdocs within the LIGO Scientific Collaboration working on LIGO detector characterization or calibration projects to submit nominations for this year's award.

The award recognizes outstanding early career researchers who have made impactful contributions to gravitational wave astrophysics through LIGO detector characterization or calibration.

Awardees will receive a total of $1000 USD. Each awardee will also be granted a travel award to present an invited seminar on their research at one of the LIGO Laboratory sites: Caltech, MIT, LIGO Hanford, or LIGO Livingston. (Note that this year's invited seminars will likely be hosted remotely due to the pandemic.)

Nominees can be individuals and/or small teams of 2-3 persons. Teams may include senior members, but senior members are not eligible for the monetary/travel award.

The nomination package should include a summary of a well-defined and delivered contribution to LIGO characterization or calibration efforts, written by the nominee(s), and a letter of support from a senior member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

The nomination deadline for this year is Monday October 26, 2020. Nomination instructions and further notes on eligibility can be found on https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/page/award-excellence-detchar

Inquiries may be directed to excellence.award@ligo.org.




11th Einstein Telescope Symposium: November 30 - December 03

(Posted here October 16, 2020)

Dear colleague

The 11th ET symposium is rescheduled from the 30th of November to the 3rd of December 2020. It will be a fully videoconference meeting.

The 11th ET symposium falls in a crucial phase of the Einstein Telescope project. The ET proposal has been submitted the 9th of September 2020 to the “2021 update of the ESFRI roadmap”. The European Strategic Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) roadmap describes the future major research infrastructures in Europe. The Einstein Telescope (ET) is the most ambitious project for a future terrestrial observatory for GWs. A consortium of European countries and of research institutions and universities in Europe has officially submitted the proposal for the realisation of such an infrastructure with the political support of five European countries, Belgium, Poland, Spain and The Netherlands, led by Italy. The European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) in Italy constitutes its transitional headquarters. The ET consortium brings together about 40 research institutions and universities in several European countries, including also France, Germany, Hungary, Norway, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

The aim of the 11th ET symposium will be twofold: expose the details of the submitted proposal (the technical, scientific and management achievements related to that crucial milestone will be publically presented), and initiate the first steps for the realisation of the international ET scientific collaboration. A first skeleton of the ET collaboration and organisation will be discussed with the participants and the scientific and technological challenges for the realisation of the Einstein Telescope will be presented.

Because of the COVID-19 constrains, the ET symposium will be fully remote. The connection coordinates will be distributed to the registered participants; participation is open.

The draft agenda is:

Monday, 30 November 2020:

Welcome Session 15:00-18:00 CET

Tuesday, 01 December 2020:

Observational Science Session 09:00-13:00 CET

Chairs: M. Branchesi, M. Maggiore

Wednesday, 02 December 2020:

Infrastructures and site session 09:00-12:00 CET

Chairs: D. D’Urso, J. Van den Brand

Instrument Science Session 14:30-18:30 CET

Chairs: A.Freise, G. Gemme

Thursday, 03 December 2020:

Organisation Session 09:00-12:00 CET

Chairs: H. Lueck, M. Punturo

Please, visit the ET web site here: http://www.et-gw.eu

Please, visit (and register to) the 11th Symposium web site (in progress) here: https://indico.in2p3.fr/event/20576/overview

Best Regards

Michele on behalf of the ET steering committee

PS. I apologise for multiple delivering of this message

Dr. Michele Punturo

Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN) – Sezione di Perugia – Italy

European Gravitational Observatory (EGO)

Virgo Experiment: http://www.virgo.infn.it

ET Project: http://www.et-gw.eu/ https://www.facebook.com/EinsteinTelescope/

Phone (INFN):+39 075 585 2747

Phone (EGO): +39 050 752 334

Skype: Punturo

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/michele-punturo/63/a61/b06/en

IAU Early Career Astronomer (ECA) Online Discourse Series

(Posted here October 16, 2020)


The International Astronomical Union (IAU) Working group of Junior Members proudly presents the IAU Early Career Astronomer (ECA) Online Discourse Series; register (freely, no membership required) here.

Virtual Iberian Gravitational Wave Meeting (19-20 Oct. 2020)

(Posted here October 9, 2020)

We would like to announce the Virtual Iberian Gravitational Wave Meeting, which will take place 19-20 Oct. 2020.

The Iberian Gravitational Waves Meeting is an international conference set up yearly since 2011 by different groups around the Iberian Peninsula with interests in Gravitational Waves. This year, the regular meeting, that was taking place last May in Valencia, had to be cancelled due to the covid pandemic.

To fill the gap of this year we are organising a Virtual Iberian Gravitational Waves Meeting. The two-day meeting is a reduced version that will include three invited speakers and a series of short talks describing the activities of the different groups working in gravitational waves in Spain and Portugal. The GW community in Spain and Portugal has been growing very fast and there are many new groups starting to take interest into GWs. The idea of these group talks is to meet each other and find points in common that could lead to new collaborations, synergies and funding opportunities. The conference will also host the meeting of the REDONGRA network.

The meeting will take place virtually. Instructions to connect to the meeting will be communicated to those registered participants before the meeting.

* Invited speakers:

- Michela Mapelli, University of Padova
- Tsvi Piran, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- Xavier Siemens, Oregon State University

* Organising committee: Pablo Cerdá-Durán (University of Valencia), Sascha Husa (University of the Balearic Islands), Mario Martinez (Institute for high Energy Physics (IFAE)), M. Ángeles Pérez-García (University of Salamanca) and Carlos Sopuerta (Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC))

You can find more information about the meeting at

https://indico.ifae.es/event/885/




We are looking forward to having you at the meeting.

Pablo Cerdá-Durán
(on behalf of the organising committee)

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Dr. Pablo Cerda-Duran
Dept. Astronomia y Astrofísica
Universidad de Valencia
Dr. Moliner, 50
E46100 - Burjassot (Valencia)
(SPAIN)
Tel. : +34 963544844
email : pablo.cerda@uv.es


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Cosmic Explorer Consortium Launch

(Posted here October 2, 2020)

Dear LSC, Virgo and KAGRA colleagues,

The Cosmic Explorer project is pleased to announce the launch of the Cosmic Explorer Consortium. The purpose of the Cosmic Explorer Consortium is to provide an open and efficient way for members of the broader physics and astronomy communities to contribute to the conceptualization of a next-generation U.S. gravitational-wave observatory, Cosmic Explorer, its design, and its future use. Cosmic Explorer is planned to be an order of magnitude more sensitive than Advanced LIGO and will be able to answer questions from the smallest scales of fundamental physics to the largest scales of cosmology. We know that many people in the gravitational-wave physics community are working on the next generation of gravitational-wave detectors. We hope that the Cosmic Explorer Consortium will provide a forum for sharing and coordinating work related to Cosmic Explorer.

As a consortium member, you will have access to the Cosmic Explorer Document Control Center at https://dcc.cosmicexplorer.org/ and the consortium email list at ce-consortium@cosmicexplorer.org

To join the Cosmic Explorer Consortium, complete the form at this link: https://roster.cosmicexplorer.org/registry/co_petitions/start/coef:16

You will be sent an email asking you to confirm the request. To prevent spam, membership requires human approval, so please allow up to 72 hours for your request to be approved, although we will usually approve more quickly during normal business hours (US/Eastern).

If you would like information about our regular telecons, or if you have questions, please visit our web page at https://cosmicexplorer.org or email us at ce-questions@cosmicexplorer.org

Best Regards,

Matthew Evans for the Cosmic Explorer team

Snowmass Community Planning Meeting

(Posted here October 2, 2020)

Dear Colleagues:

We invite you to register for the Virtual Snowmass Community Planning Meeting, to be held October 5-8. Registration is required to attend the meeting; a schedule and a timetable are available already.

As you may remember, over the next year the U.S. particle physics community will be engaged in Snowmass 2021, an in-depth process to define the most important questions for our field and to identify promising opportunities to address these questions in a global context. Many topics in gravitational physics are included in the study, especially in the cosmic frontier and in the theory frontier.

The primary goal of the Community Planning Meeting is to develop plans and steps to take (“Snowmass Planning”) between October 2020 and the Snowmass Community meeting in July 2021, leading to a final report in October 2021.

We hope to “see" many of you there!

Gabriela Gonzalez, DGRAV represanttive in the Snowmass Steering Committee.

First Cosmic Explorer Conference

(Posted here October 2, 2020)

Dear Colleagues,

The inaugural Cosmic Explorer (CE) meeting will be held remotely (over zoom) from October 26 to 30, 2020. The meeting will primarily consist of 90-minute discussion-panels that focus on topics ranging from the present status of the science case to the technical design of Cosmic Explorer, a next-generation ground-based gravitational wave detector that is in its early conceptual design stage. The plan is that each discussion panel will begin with an orientation talk followed by an extended panel discussion. There will be at most two discussion panels per day, one on instrumental science and one on the science goals. If you are interested in attending this meeting please register at: https://sites.psu.edu/cosmicexplorermeeting/

We intend to cover a diverse set of topics, including key science goals and objectives; technical objectives and design choices for CE; computing requirements for CE; and project organization and planning. We are particularly interested in receiving community feedback on the science goals, and the organization of the collaboration.

The deadline for registration is October 20, 2020. We will send the connection details to the participants a few days before the meeting.

Cosmic Explorer Collaboration

Sessions:

09:00-10:30 am Eastern Time for science goals

05:00-06:30 pm Eastern Time for instrument science


The 2020 LIGO Laboratory Award for Excellence in Detector Characterization and Calibration

(Posted here September 18, 2020)

The LIGO Laboratory Award for Excellence in Detector Characterization and Calibration award committee strongly encourages graduate students (Masters or PhD) and postdocs within the LIGO Scientific Collaboration working on LIGO detector characterization or calibration projects to submit nominations for this year's award.

The award recognizes outstanding early career researchers who have made impactful contributions to gravitational wave astrophysics through LIGO detector characterization or calibration.

Awardees will receive a total of $1000 USD. Each awardee will also be granted a travel award to present an invited seminar on their research at one of the LIGO Laboratory sites: Caltech, MIT, LIGO Hanford, or LIGO Livingston. (Note that this year's invited seminars will likely be hosted remotely due to the pandemic.)

Nominees can be individuals and/or small teams of 2-3 persons. Teams may include senior members, but senior members are not eligible for the monetary/travel award.

The nomination package should include a summary of a well-defined and delivered contribution to LIGO characterization or calibration efforts, written by the nominee(s), and a letter of support from a senior member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

The nomination deadline for this year is Monday October 26, 2020. Nomination instructions and further notes on eligibility can be found on https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/page/award-excellence-detchar

Inquiries may be directed to excellence.award@ligo.org.

Virtual Conference: Accelerated Artificial Intelligence for Big-Data Experiments

(Posted here July 31, 2020)

Dear Colleagues:

We invite you to submit a talk abstract for the virtual NSF-funded conference: Accelerated Artificial Intelligence for Big-Data Experiments, 19-21 October 2020

https://forms.gle/FMCW5zN2avo5DNPJ6

Abstract Submission closes Sun Aug 16

Selected speakers will be contacted in late August, with the goal of finalizing the speaker list by early September.

All selected speakers will be asked to pre-record a 15 minute talk for submission by 30 September. Selected speakers will then present a live, 5 minute summary talk during the workshop, followed up by a live Q&A session.

This conference will present an overview of recent efforts in Multi-Messenger Astrophysics, High Energy Physics, and Astronomy to harness innovation in artificial intelligence and large-scale computing to enable and accelerate scientific discovery in the big-data era.

This event will serve as a platform to create synergies between disparate communities that share similar computational challenges that may be addressed through innovative applications of artificial intelligence, and will enable the convergence of existing NSF-funded Harnessing the Data Revolution programs.

This workshop is funded through the NSF award OAC-1931561, and co-sponsored by NVIDIA and IBM.

http://www.ncsa.illinois.edu/Conferences/AcceleratedAINCSA/

With best regards, on behalf of the Scientific Organizing Committee

Eliu Huerta, chair, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Andreas Faisst, California Institute of Technology

Brad Whitmore, Space Telescope Science Institute

Brendan McGinty, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Daniel S. Katz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Elise Jennings, Irish Center for High-End Computing

Janice Lee, California Institute of Technology

Javier Duarte, University of California San Diego

Judith Hill, Oak Ridge National Lab

Margaret Johnson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Philip Harris, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Raffaella Margutti, Northwestern University

Sinan Deger, California Institute of Technology

Vlad Kindratenko, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Zhizhen Zhao, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Eliu Huerta

Director, Center for Artificial Intelligence Innovation

Head, Gravity Group

Senior Research Scientist

National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Associate Research Professor, Department of Astronomy

Associate Research Professor, Department of Physics

Faculty Affiliate, Computational Science and Engineering

Faculty Affiliate, Illinois Center for Advanced Studies of the Universe

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Save the date for virtual COEPMME meeting July 14-15, 2020

(Posted here July 12, 2020)

Compact Objects and Energetic Phenomena in the Multi-Messenger Era virtual meeting July 14-15, 2020

Dear Colleagues,


The virtual Compact Objects and Energetic Phenomena in the Multi-Messenger Era mini-conference is next week, July 14 and 15, 2020. Each day will consist of one 2 hour session, during which we will hold a series of six 15 minute talks (12 min talk + 3 min questions). Additionally, we will have virtual breakout rooms where attendees can continue their discussions around a particular subject area.

The talks will cover twelve topic areas pivotal to the future of multi-messenger astronomy, and bring together scientists with expertise in a wide range of fields to discuss current progress, future directions, and how to best utilize the suite of multi-messenger facilities for the 2020s and beyond.

Registration, as well as the schedule and invited speaker list can be found here. More information about how to access the conference will be provided after registration.

And please stay tuned for more info on our live conference, scheduled to be held next summer, June 23-25, 2021 in Saint Paul, Minnesota!

TOPIC AREAS AND SPEAKERS:
FRBs - Emily Petroff
Pulsars and magnetars - Sarah Vigeland.
Core-collapse supernovae - Kate Scholberg
Stellar-mass compact object mergers /short GRBs - Alessandra Corsi
X-ray binaries (populations and accretion) - Greg Sivakoff
Accreting WDs, Novae, Type Ia - Deanne Coppejans
Massive BHs on the move - Sarah Burke Spolaor
TDEs - Kate Alexander
SMBH Imaging -- event horizon - Jason Dexter
AGN Jets and accretion flows - Kristina Nyland
AGN Mass measurements - Jonelle Walsh
Mysteries, IMBHs - Jenny Greene


Snowmass 2021

(Posted here July 6, 2020)
Dear Colleagues,

Summary: Please fill out our Cosmic Frontier (CF5 - Dark Energy and Cosmic Acceleration: The Early Universe) survey if you intend to submit an LOI and White paper to the Snowmass Process as part of our topic: Google survey link
More information:

Over the next year, the U.S. particle physics community will be engaged in Snowmass 2021, an in-depth process to define the most important questions for our field and to identify the most promising opportunities to address these questions in a global context (Snowmass webpage for more info).

We are co-conveners for the Cosmic Frontier (CF5) ‘Dark Energy and Cosmic Acceleration: The Early Universe’, whose science case includes (but is not limited to) physics associated with inflation (eg. inflationary gravitational waves, non-Gaussianity, primordial fluctuations), the early Universe (eg. light degrees of freedom, spectral distortions, early Dark Matter), and gravitational waves from the early Universe (eg. cosmic strings, primordial black holes, phase transitions).

As part of this process, we hope you will submit Letters of Intent (submission period: now – August 31, 2020) leading to contributed white papers (submission period: now – July 31, 2021).
For now, we are gathering information for who is planning to submit within our Cosmic Frontiers CF5 topic, please fill out this (extremely brief!) survey: Google survey link

Best,
Clarence Chang, Laura Newburgh, and Deirde Shoemaker for the CF5 working group.

CF5 working group email list:
https://listserv.fnal.gov/scripts/wa.exe?SUBED1=SNOWMASS-CF-05-DE-CA-COSMIC-DAWN&A=1

CF5 working group Slack:
https://join.slack.com/share/zt-fgcg0njl-sVvOsx16MHcm~vVYVCI4Yg

CF5 working group wiki:
https://snowmass21.org/cosmic/de_first


Six-week program “Gravitational waves: a new messenger to explore the universe” at the Institut Henri Poincaré, Paris

(Posted here June 12, 2020)

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the six-week program “Gravitational waves: a new messenger to explore the universe”, taking place from March 1 to April 9 *2021* at the (IHP) in Paris [http://www.ihp.fr/en/CEB/T1B-2021].

This program is intended for scientists in the field of gravitational-wave physics and astrophysics, and especially for those who wish to start conducting research in this field. Young researchers (PhD students or postdocs) are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.

Scientific activities during the program will include a series of lectures at master/PhD level, seminars, coordinated interdisciplinary exchanges, and afternoons dedicated to junior scientists, who will have the opportunity to present their research. The program will be an occasion to interact with colleagues and students within a convenient and stimulating venue in the center of Paris. The program will also host the fourth annual meeting of the Groupement de Recherche Ondes Gravitationnelles [http://gdrgw.in2p3.fr/ <http://gdrgw.in2p3.fr/>].

The program is organized in three two-week blocks:

1) March 1-12: theoretical aspects of gravitational-wave science

2) March 15-22: astrophysics and cosmology

3) March 29-April 9 : gravitational-wave detectors and data analysis

Applications are now open and should be submitted through the program website at: https://indico.math.cnrs.fr/event/5761/overview

The deadline to apply is September 1 2020. Requests of information are to be addressed to gwmess2021@ihp.fr <mailto:gwmess2021@ihp.fr>

The minimal length of participation is one week. However, to foster collaborative interactions, we encourage participants to stay for longer if possible. Due to space and financial constraints, participation to

this event is moderated.

The IHP provides office space on-site and also provides help finding accommodation. Financial support will be available, the amount depending on the needs of the participants and availability of funds. The deadline

to apply for financial support is the same as for application to the program.

Please also inform your colleagues who you think might be interested in applying to the program.

Sincerely yours,

Chiara Caprini, Eric Chassande-Mottin, Guillaume Faye, Filippo Vernizzi, Marta Volonteri

Announcing the XIII International LISA Symposium

(Posted here May 22, 2020)

Subject: Announcing the XIII International LISA Symposium (telemeeting)

Hello All,

The 13th International LISA Symposium will take place everywhere online on three afternoons (UTC), on September 1-3, 2020.

The symposium will focus on the status of the LISA mission; on the latest developments in its design and technology; on the science (astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, and fundamental physics) of LISA's millihertz gravitational-wave sources; and on the ensuing challenges in gravitational theory and analysis.

We welcome the entire astronomical community to help define and update the unique paths to discovery that will become possible with LISA, and to discuss opportunities for multimessenger astronomy in conjunction with future space and ground facilities.

We aim at a widely accessible and inclusive symposium that will gather a diverse audience and provide learning and advancement opportunities at all levels, and especially for early career scientists. We hope to keep participation costs low (or zero).

The live program of invited and contributed presentations, panels, and townhalls will be supplemented by prerecorded talks and tutorials, which will be available on the conference website in advance of the symposium.

If you are interested in participating, please follow this link to sign up for the symposium email list and to answer a 30-second survey about how you wish to participate: https://forms.gle/swAg2pRe39wTxYkcA

We would appreciate your response by 27 May.

We have set up a website for the symposium where, in the near future, you will be able to receive more information about the event: http://lisasymposium13.lisamission.org/

A rough timeline for the 13th LISA Symposium is as follows: In early June, we will send out a call for contributed presentations with a deadline in mid-July and we will circulate the final program by early August.

Best regards,

John W. Conklin (SOC Co-Chair)

Elena Maria Rossi (SOC Co-Chair)

Michele Vallisneri (TOC Chair)

John W. Conklin

Director, Precision Space Systems Lab (Twitter @precisionspace)

Vice-Chair, NASA Astrophysics Advisory Committee

Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

University of Florida


Save the date for virtual COEPMME meeting July 14-15, 2020

(Posted here May 15, 2020)

Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to announce a virtual Compact Objects and Energetic Phenomena in the Multi-Messenger Era mini-conference this summer on July 14 and 15, 2020. Each day will consist of one 2 hour session, during which we will hold a series of six 15 minute talks (12 min talk + 3 min questions). Additionally, we will have virtual breakout rooms where attendees can continue their discussions around a particular subject area.

The talks will cover twelve topic areas pivotal to the future of multi-messenger astronomy, and bring together scientists with expertise in a wide range of fields to discuss current progress, future directions, and how to best utilize the suite of multi-messenger facilities for the 2020s and beyond.

Registration, as well as the schedule and invited speaker list can be found here. More information about how to access the conference will be provided after registration.

And please stay tuned for more info on our live conference, scheduled to be held next summer, June 23-25, 2021 in Saint Paul, Minnesota!

TOPIC AREAS AND SPEAKERS:

FRBs - Emily Petroff

Pulsars and magnetars - Sarah Vigeland.

Core-collapse supernovae - Kate Scholberg

Stellar-mass compact object mergers /short GRBs - Alessandra Corsi

X-ray binaries (populations and accretion) - Greg Sivakoff

Accreting WDs, Novae, Type Ia - Deanne Coppejans

Massive BHs on the move - Sarah Burke Spolaor

TDEs - Kate Alexander

SMBH Imaging -- event horizon - Jason Dexter

AGN Jets and accretion flows - Kristina Nyland

AGN Mass measurements - Jonelle Walsh

Mysteries, IMBHs - Jenny Greene


Snowmass Town Hall Meeting and Open Mic Session (April 18)

(Posted here April 10, 2020)

Dear colleagues,

We hope you and your family are healthy and safe.

We are writing to inform you about the next Snowmass Town Hall meeting. Your contributions and participation are critical for the success of Snowmass, and via this Town Hall meeting, we look forward to hearing many and diverse voices concerning the Snowmass process. Please see below further information.

Time and Date
  • 5:30 - 7:00 pm EDT, Saturday, April 18, 2020
Agenda
  • (30’) Status and Plan for Snowmass - Young-Kee Kim
  • (30’) Open Mic with presentations by community members (including comments or questions)
  • (30’) Answers by the Snowmass Steering Group or Snowmass Conveners
Procedure to participate in the Open Mic Session

Each speaker will have a 2 min limit. A request should be sent to ykkim@hep.uchicago.edu with (1) a subject line “Contribution to Snowmass Town Hall Meeting” and (2) a written document that you want to present at the Town Hall meeting (this document should not exceed 250 words) by 11:59 pm EDT on Wednesday, April 15. Speakers will be chosen in the order in which their request is submitted. However, we will try to avoid duplicate presentations and to produce balanced presentations between Snowmass Frontiers (https://snowmass21.org/).

Virtual Connection
  • The APS April meeting website (https://april.aps.org/) will guide you when virtual sessions are set up. This event will be open to all.
Best regards,

Young-Kee Kim

DPF Chair

Announcing release of COMPAS rapid binary population synthesis code

(Posted here April 10, 2020)

Dear colleagues:

Team COMPAS (Compact Object Mergers: Population Astrophysics and Statistics, see https://compas.science/ ) is proud to announce the first public beta release of our rapid binary population synthesis code and suite of tools for statistical analysis and model selection. The code was initially developed to explore the formation of gravitational-wave sources through isolated massive stellar binary evolution (e.g. Stevenson et al., Nature Comm. 8 14906, 2017), but has since been expanded to explore Galactic double neutron stars and radio pulsars, X-ray binaries, luminous red novae, and other consequences of massive binary evolution.

The beta release code is available for download from https://github.com/TeamCOMPAS/COMPAS/ . While all are free to use the code as described there, we particularly welcome users who wish to contribute to our ongoing efforts to enhance and improve the code, ranging from better evolutionary models to more sophisticated emulation techniques. Please feel free to contact us at compas-user@googlegroups.com with any queries.

Best wishes,

Team COMPAS

23rd Capra Meeting on Radiation Reaction in GR

(Posted here April 3, 2020)

Registration is open for the 23rd Capra meeting, from June 22-26. Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, this year's meeting will be entirely virtual. The yearly Capra meetings are small, interactive meetings focused on topics in EMRI modeling, self-force, and other topics relating to radiation reaction. Registration and further information can be found at the conference website here: https://zippy.ph.utexas.edu/relativity/capra23/


Galaxies special issue: call for submissions on GW detectors

(Posted here March 15, 2020)

The Journal 'Galaxies' is inviting submissions for their forthcoming special issue

on Gravitational-wave detectors. All accepted articles will be open access

and the submission fee will be waived.

Please visit

https://www.mdpi.com/journal/galaxies/special_issues/gravi_wave

for more information.

OSG User School 2020: Learn to harness large-scale computing for research

(Posted here March 15, 2020)

Hi HTCondor community members,

See the following opportunity: a summer school that teaches how to use HTCondor to run research work on the Open Science Grid -- feel free to share with users or colleagues who might be interested!

- Christina

ANNOUNCING THE OPEN SCIENCE GRID USER SCHOOL 2020!

If you could access hundreds or even thousands of computers for your

scholarly work or the work you support, what could you do? How could it

transform research? What discoveries might be made?

We are seeking applicants for the Open Science Grid (OSG) User School

2020, which takes place July 6-10 at the beautiful University of

Wisconsin in Madison. Participants will learn to use high throughput

computing (HTC) to harness vast amounts of computing power for research,

applicable to nearly any field of study (e.g., physics, chemistry,

engineering, life sciences, earth sciences, agricultural and animal

sciences, economics, social sciences, medicine, and more).

For more background: https://research.cs.wisc.edu/htcondor/htc.html

Using lectures, discussions, roleplays, and lots of hands-on work with

OSG experts in HTC, participants will learn how HTC systems work, how to

run and manage many jobs and huge datasets, how to implement a realistic

scientific computing workflow, and where to turn for help and more info.

Worried about costs? We pay all basic travel, hotel, and food costs for

applicants who are selected to attend. This is a valuable offer!

Ideal candidates are graduate students doing research and staff (e.g.,

facilitators, admins) supporting research that involves or could involve

large-scale computing - work that cannot be done on one laptop or a

handful of computers. Also, we accept some post-doctoral students,

faculty, research staff, and advanced undergraduates, so make a strong

case for yourself regardless of your current role!

IMPORTANT DATES

Application Period (OPEN NOW): 1–31 March 2020

OSG User School: 6-10 July 2020

MORE INFORMATION AND APPLICATIONS

Web: https://www.opensciencegrid.org/user-school-2020/

Email: user-school@opensciencegrid.org

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OSGUserSchool

Please forward this announcement to anyone who might benefit from the

OSG User School. And consider posting our flyer where appropriate:

https://opensciencegrid.org/user-school-2020/files/osg-user-school-2020-flyer.pdf

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Center for High Throughput Computing; Open Science Grid + OSG Connect

University of Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

email: ckoch5@wisc.edu // phone: (608) 316 - 4041 // calendar: https://go.wisc.edu/clk-calendar


"LIGO" at the DC Environmental Film Festival - Monday, March 16, 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm

(Posted here March 6, 2020)

From: Les Guthman <les.guthman@pipeline.com>

Date: Mon, Mar 2, 2020 at 8:03 PM

Subject: "LIGO" at the DC Environmental Film Festival - Monday, March 16, 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm

A special pleasure to have a sixth film selected for the Washington DC Environmental Film Festival, where “The Hudson Riverkeepers” premiered in 1998. And a privilege to have Dr. France Córdova, director of the National Science Foundation, join me for a discussion after the 6:00 pm showing, along with Dr. Richard Isaacson, the longtime NSF program officer who funded the LIGO project over two turbulent decades and is one of the heroes of LIGO’s success. Dr. Isaacson also will join me for a discussion after the 8:00 pm screening.

DATE: March 16, 2020, 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm

LOCATION: EATON DC Hotel

1201 K St. NW

Washington, DC 2005

Tickets are free, but reservations required - https://dceff.org/film/ligo/

JPEG image

www.lesguthman.com

Announcement of CAP2020 (Communicating Astronomy with the Public)

(Posted here March 6, 2020)

From 21 to 25 September 2020, Macquarie University in Sydney,

Australia, and the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Commission C2

— Communicating Astronomy with the Public (CAP), will host the world’s

largest conference on astronomy communication: Communicating Astronomy

with the Public 2020 (CAP2020). Professionals from science

communication, informal education, planetaria and science centres, as

well as professional and amateur astronomers, journalists and creatives,

are invited to attend the conference to exchange ideas and discuss best

practice.

Under the central theme of Communicating Astronomy for a Better World:

Environment, Culture and Peace, the Scientific Organising Committee

(SOC) invites proposals for oral presentations, posters, and workshops

to be submitted online by 15 March 2020. The topics that will be

discussed at the conference are:

- Current Challenges in Astronomy Communication

- Best Practice in Public Outreach

- Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Empathy in Communicating Astronomy

- The Media’s Role in Astronomy Communication

- Using Multimedia, Social Media, Immersive Environments and other

Technologies for Public Engagement with Astronomy

- Astronomy and Climate Change

- Astronomy Communication to Promote Peace

- The Role of Astronomy in Bridging Cultures

- Communicating Astronomy in the Asia-Pacific Region

Participants will also have the opportunity to add their own topics for

discussion during the event’s “unconference” slots. Networking

activities will encourage learning from peers, identifying potential

partners, and strengthening the links between Asia-Pacific and

international science communicators.

The link for the conference is:

https://www.communicatingastronomy.org/cap2020/

Gravitational Wave Open Data Workshop

(Posted here February 28, 2020)

Gravitational Wave Open Data Workshop #3

Silver Spring, Maryland

May 26 - 27, 2020

https://www.gw-openscience.org/s/workshop3/

Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo are now observing the gravitational-wave sky with unprecedented sensitivity. To date, there have been over 50 potential gravitational-wave transients observed, and planned detector upgrades are likely to accelerate the pace of discovery in the coming years. This new window on the universe is providing insights on a range of topics, including compact body populations, cosmology, and fundamental physics.

LIGO and Virgo strain data from past observation runs and data snippets around discoveries are made publicly available at gw-openscience.org, along with associated software libraries. The LIGO and Virgo collaborations are hosting an Open Data Workshop to facilitate working with these data products. This workshop is the third edition of a series that began in 2018. It is intended for scientists and students who wish to learn about using gravitational-wave data and software in order to conduct research of their own. The workshop will provide a mixture of lecture style presentations and hands-on programming exercises, using publicly available gravitational-wave data and specialized software tools.


GWADW 2020 Cancelled

(Posted here February 14, 2020)

Dear all,

We regret to inform you that GWADW 2020 has been cancelled for a
concern about the corona virus invasion. The SOC and LOC members
have considered the seriousness of the issue and concluded that
we cannot be sure if the situation be better by early May.

We are planning to have the GWADW 2021 in Hokkaido, shifting all
the following GWADWs for one year. The detail is not fixed yet.
It is very sad not to have this great conference this year, but
we hope to see you all in Japan next year.

In the end, we would like to express our sincere sympathies to
people in Wuhan and surrounded areas. We hope the situation get
better as soon as possible.

Best regards,

Kentaro Somiya,
On behalf of the GWADW 2020 LOC

GW-MULL : University of Glasgow GW and Machine Learning Meeting

(Posted here February 14, 2020)

The Institute for Gravitational Research at the University of Glasgow

will be hosting a retreat meeting between 4 and 6 May 2020 in Tobermory,

on the Scottish Hebridean island of Mull.

The meeting will have three major strands focussed on the use and

development of machine learning techniques for gravitational wave data

analysis:

1. ML in modelling, numerical relativity, and waveform generation

2. ML for GW detection and detector characterisation

3. ML for parameter estimation and astrophysics

If you would like to attend this event we'd be grateful if you could

fill out the form on our website:

https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/physics/gwmull2020/

as soon as possible.

The venue for the meeting is small, and we anticipate that demand will

be high, so the meeting will be by application only, however we invite

participants at all stages in their academic career, from students

upwards to register their interest, and hope to have a balanced range of

participants.

The registration for will be open until 20 February, and we hope to

start issuing invitations to register shortly after this.

We expect the meeting to have a per-person cost of no more than around

200 GBP, and hope to be able to provide a discount to students.

--

Daniel Williams [he/him/his]

IGR | Room 464 | @daniel_williams

Workshop "Cosmography via Gravitational Waves and Other Observables"

(Posted here February 14, 2020)

Please see below for the advertisement of a workshop on cosmology and gravitational wave in Norway on April 20th-23rd.

Dear All,

the University of Stavanger (Norway), with the support of the COST Action GWverse, is organizing the workshop "Cosmography via Gravitational Waves and Other Observables" in the period April 20th -- 23th, 2020:

https://indico.uis.no/e/cosmography

The workshop aims at:
  • reviewing the theoretical and experimental aspects behind the current tension in cosmography
  • forecasting the potential impact of the forthcoming measurements, and
  • discussing the most appealing solutions to the puzzle.
Three lectures will introduce the main themes of the workshop: "Early-universe measurements", "Late-universe measurements", and "Standard and dark sirens in GR and modified GR". Technical talks will follow broadly along these categories.

The afternoons are planned with an informal schedule to allow participants to freely interact and start new collaborations.

We invite everybody to participate and contribute. The deadline for abstract submission is April 4th but earlier submissions are appreciated.

Participants asking for childcare should register as soon as possible and not later than March 4th.

Best Regards,

Germano Nardini on behalf of the organizers

Abstract submission - IAU Symposium 363 "NS astrophysics at the Crossroads: Magnetars and the Multimessenger Revolution", L’Aquila, Italy

(Posted here February 14, 2020)

Dear colleagues,

we kindly invite interested people to register for a contributed talk or poster at the IAU Symposium 363 "Neutron Star Astrophysics at the Crossroads: Magnetars and the Multimessenger Revolution" which will be held in L’Aquila, Italy (June 22nd - 26th, 2020).

The symposium will focus on the astrophysical implications of gravitational wave and electromagnetic observations of neutron stars. It will discuss the status, perspectives and challenges in the blossoming era of multi-messenger astronomy in order to build a complete physical picture of neutron stars, both isolated and in binary systems. It will explore the many facets of neutron stars, from magnetars to extreme astrophysical phenomena, such as giant flares, gamma-ray bursts and kilonovae. It will include discussions on next generation facilities for multi-messenger astronomy and their associated science cases.

The deadline for abstract submission is February 15th 2020.

For detailed information please visit the conference webpage

http://astromeeting.gssi.it/

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IAU Symposium 363: Neutron Star Astrophysics at the Crossroads:

Magnetars and the Multimessenger Revolution -- 1st Announcement

===============================================

June 22nd - 26th, 2020

Gran Sasso Science Institute, L'Aquila, Italy

Coordinating IAU Division: Division D High Energy Phenomena and Fundamental Physics

Supporting IAU Commission: Commission D1 Gravitational-wave astrophysics

INVITED SPEAKERS (preliminary list)

Slavko Bogdanov, Alessandra Corsi, Paolo D’Avanzo, Imma Donnarumma, Irina Dvorkin, Paolo Esposito, Chris Freyer, Ersin Gogus, Alice Harding (TBC), Jeremy Heyl, Kostas Gourgouliatos, Michael Kramer, Paola Leaci, Samaya Nissanke, George Pavlov, Luigi Piro, Sergei Popov, Andrea Possenti, Bangalore Sathyaprakash, Patricia Schmidt, Masaru Shibata, Masaomi Tanaka, Christina Thöne, Hendrik Van Eerten, Daniele Viganò, Linqing Wen.

Register here:

http://astromeeting.gssi.it/registration/registration-form/

The conference fee is 325,00 € (275,00 € for undergraduate and PhD students). It includes coffee breaks and lunches from Monday to Friday, social dinner, on-line proceedings, and childcare. The late registration fee (after April 15th) is 400,00 €.

SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Marica Branchesi (chair), Gian Luca Israel (chair), Roberto Turolla (chair), Eleonora Troja (chair), Matthew Baring, Laura Cadonati, Bala Iyer, Nobuyuki Kawai, Tara Murphy, Rosalba Perna, Nanda Rea, Stephan Rosswog, Samar Safi-Harb, Dmitry Yakovlev, Silvia Zane

PROCEEDING EDITORS:

Eleonora Troja, Silvia Zane

LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Marica Branchesi (chair), Chiara Badia, Valerio Congeduti, Eliana Di Giovanni, Marco Drago, Simone Dall’Osso, Paolo Esposito, Gor Oganesyan, Giulia Pagliaroli, Alessandro Pajewski


ICTS Summer School & Workshop on GW Astrophysics, Bangalore (11 May - 5 June)

(Posted here February 7, 2020)

Dear colleagues,

Applications are invited for the ICTS summer school on gravitational-wave astronomy 2020, which will be held at the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, TIFR, Bangalore from 11 to 22 May 2020. This year’s summer school will focus on the multimessenger modeling of compact binary mergers, involving four graduate-level courses on numerical relativity, numerical hydrodynamics, and the modeling of short gamma-ray bursts and kilonovae. The school is part of the annual ICTS summer school series on GW astronomy.

The school is meant for graduate students and young researchers working on gravitational-wave astronomy & astrophysics, and related fields. A small number of highly motivated advanced undergraduate/masters students (with the relevant background) will also be admitted. If you are interested, please apply online (deadline: Feb 28).

This year, the school will be followed by a two-week-long workshop (25 May - 5 June) that focuses on compact binary merger physics and multimessenger astrophysics. The workshop is meant for active researchers working on gravitational wave astronomy, astrophysics, and related areas. Applications are accepted through the same program portal (deadline: Feb 28).

Best wishes,

P. Ajith, K. G. Arun, Sukanta Bose, Bala R. Iyer, Resmi Lekshmi and B Satyaprakash

(Organizers of the ICTS Program on Gravitational-Wave Astrophysics 2020)

--

P. Ajith, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences,

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Survey No. 151

Shivakote, Hesaraghatta Hobli, Bangalore North 560089, India.

Tel. +91 80 4653 6210, Fax: +91 80 2360 8199

http://home.icts.res.in/~ajith http://www.icts.res.in/research/astrorel

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar

Abstracts Invited for COSPAR: GRAVITATIONAL WAVE ASTROPHYSICS, Due Feb 14

(Posted here January 31, 2020)



Abstracts are invited for the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) scientific

assembly in Sydney, Australia (15-23 August 2020). COSPAR's scientific

commission H (Fundamental Physics in Space) will host session H0.4 on

gravitational-wave astrophysics, described below.

Abstracts are due by 11:59pm AEST (1:59pm CET, 7:59am EST) on 14 February

2020, and can be submitted at https://www.cospar-assembly.org .

Questions can be directed to scientific organizers Michele Vallisneri

(michele.vallisneri@jpl.caltech.edu) and Michele Armano

(michele.armano@esa.int).

COSPAR-20-H0.4: GRAVITATIONAL WAVE ASTROPHYSICS, The LIGO/Virgo detections of

gravitational waves from coalescing binaries of stellar-mass black holes and

neutron stars marked the beginning of gravitational-wave astronomy.

Gravitational waves open a new dimension for our understanding of the

Universe, granting us access to the most dramatic astronomical events and the

most extreme astrophysical conditions. Space-based gravitational-wave

detectors such as LISA will complement ground-based programs by observing the

low-frequency band (10^-5 to 10^-1 Hz), replete with a bounty of sources:

thousands of compact binary systems, the mergers of massive black-hole

binaries out to very high redshifts, extreme-mass-ratio inspirals,

stellar-mass black-hole systems that will be seen also from the ground, and

even relic radiation from the early Universe. These sources hold precious

astrophysical insights and allow high-precision tests of Einstein's general

relativity. This session will discuss the scientific payoff, technological

implementation, and international context of space-based gravitational-wave

observatories, and it will stress the unity and complementarity of detection

efforts across all frequencies. The ground-based, space-based, pulsar-timing,

and cosmic-microwave-background programs have a strong history of

cross-fertilization in theory, data analysis, and experiments, and their

future success will depend crucially on continued productive collaborations.


9th Gulf Coast Gravity Meeting: Second Circular

(Posted here January 24, 2020)

9th Gulf Coast Gravity Meeting

After a few years hiatus, the GCGM returns! The 9th Gulf Coast Gravity Meeting will be held at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS, on March 13 and 14, 2020. In keeping with its tradition, this will be an open, relaxed, and informal conference. We are inviting researchers and students interested in all areas of gravitational physics: classical and quantum gravity, general relativistic astrophysics and cosmology, quantum cosmology, gravitational waves, and experimental gravity. Because this is a regional meeting, many attendees will be from the southeastern United States, but all are welcome.

**Please note, this meeting ends two days before the LVC march meeting. Interested participants, who are also planning to attend LVC meeting, can first come to GCGM and can take a flight from Memphis to Chicago during the weekend.**

Talks

Following the usual tradition all participants, and especially postdocs and graduate students, are encouraged to contribute short, introductory talks on their current research, with the aim of fostering communication and understanding among gravitational physicists with different backgrounds. A prize (sponsored by the APS Division of Gravitational Physics) will be awarded for the best talk given by a student at the meeting.

Deadlines

Prospective speakers should register by February 14 to receive full consideration. Late applicants will be considered at the discretion of the organizers. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Inn at Ole Miss. Reserve your room by February 11 to receive a reduced rate. See the website for details: https://www.phy.olemiss.edu/gcgm9/.

IOP Gravitational Physics Group Thesis Prize

(Posted here January 10, 2020)

Gravitational Physics Group Thesis Prize

The IOP Gravitational Physics Group invites eligible members to submit their thesis for the annual thesis prize.

The prize is awarded for excellence in research and communication skills, as demonstrated by the candidate's thesis. All members of the IOP Gravitational Physics Group who passed their viva voce exam during the period 30 September 2017 until 31 December 2019 are eligible.

Candidates should complete an application form and submit it with an electronic copy of their thesis to Dr Patricia Schmidt (pschmidt@star.sr.bham.ac.uk). All submissions should be made before 20 January 2020.

The winner will receive £500 and, furthermore, will be invited to submit a paper to Classical and Quantum Gravity based on the winning thesis which, if accepted, will be made a 'select article' in CQG. They will also be given the opportunity to present their work at one of the UK 'BritGrav' meetings.

Further details as well as a list of previous recipients can be found on the thesis prize webpage.

We are looking forward to your submission! Good luck!


CFP Special Issue on Software that Contributed to Gravitational Wave Discovery

(Posted here January 10, 2020)

This CFP is for a special issue of SoftwareX focusing on software instruments that contributed to gravitational waves discovery: both general-purpose tools that may have been created or used in other contexts, as well as software whose development was driven by the specific needs of the scientific work on gravitational-wave detection. The SoftwareX journal aims to acknowledge the impact of software on today's research practice, and on new scientific discoveries in almost all research domains. SoftwareX also aims to stress the importance of the software developers who are, in part, responsible for this impact.

<https://www.journals.elsevier.com/softwarex/news/special-issue-on-software-that-contributed-to-gravitational>. I am guest editing the issue with Frédérique Marion and Kate Keahey (CS colleague from ANL/UChicago).

--

Peter F. Couvares

LIGO Laboratory / Caltech

peter.couvares@ligo.org

Pronouns: he, him, his


GWIC-Braccini Thesis Prize for 2019: Call for Nominations

(Posted here January 3, 2020)

PLEASE NOTE: The nomination deadline is 31 January 2020.

The Gravitational Wave International Committee and the Friends of Stefano Braccini are pleased to announce the yearly prize recognising an outstanding Ph.D. thesis in the field of gravitational waves, the GWIC-Braccini Thesis Prize. Nominations for the 2019 GWIC-Braccini Thesis Prize are now open.

Members of the gravitational wave community are invited to nominate students who have performed notable research on any aspect of gravitational wave science. Theses will be judged on 1) originality and creativity of the research, 2) importance to the field of gravitational waves and gravitational wave detection, broadly interpreted, and 3) clarity of presentation. The winner will receive a certificate of recognition and a prize of US$ 1,000. We aim to award the 2019 prizes at the LISA Symposium in July 2020 in Glasgow, UK. Support for travel (up to US$ 1,000) to receive the prize is also available for the winner.

Eligibility: In this cycle, the prize will be awarded on a calendar year basis for 2019. The theses should have been accepted by their institutions between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019. It is expected that many of the nominations will come from the member projects of GWIC, but this is not a requirement. Nominated theses may be in any language. A committee selected from the gravitational wave community will evaluate the nominations and select the winner. The selection committee will make all determinations about eligibility.

Nominations: Nominations should be submitted by 31st January 2020. The nomination package consists of (i) the thesis, (ii) a letter of nomination, preferably from the thesis advisor, and (iii) a supporting letter from another scientist familiar with the work. The nomination and supporting letters should describe the importance and novelty of the research and the student’s particular contribution. Please indicate clearly which year each nomination pertains to.

Electronic submission of the thesis and letters is strongly preferred, with the thesis and the letters in separate pdf files. Electronic copies of the nomination materials may be sent to Martin Hewitson <martin.hewitson@aei.mpg.de>. All submissions will be acknowledged; if an acknowledgement is not received shortly after the deadline, please contact Martin Hewitson <martin.hewitson@aei.mpg.de>. Please also provide a contact email address, and current institution for the nominee in the nomination letter.

If electronic submission is impossible, please contact Martin Hewitson <martin.hewitson@aei.mpg.de> for instructions concerning paper submission, or for any other concerns or queries.

Bayesian Deep Learning for Cosmology and GWs - Mar 4-6, 2020, APC, Université de Paris, France

(Posted here December 27, 2019)

We are pleased to announce a workshop on Bayesian Deep Learning for Cosmology and Gravitational waves which will be held on March 4-6 2020 at Laboratoire AstroParticule et Cosmologie, Université de Paris, France.

Machine learning attracts a lot of interest in the fields of cosmology and gravitational-wave astronomy and may potentially lead to major breakthroughs. Its adoption by the scientific community is increasing dramatically but it does not yet belong to the toolbox of 'off-the-shelf' algorithms. One of the reasons is that built-in uncertainty estimation, which is core to the evaluation of any scientific measurement and analysis, is not yet common in machine learning models.

Such limitation is on the verge to be overcome by the emergence of probabilistic machine learning models and algorithms. Among them, recent models called Bayesian neural networks, which combine machine learning and Bayesian statistics, use new (deep) neural networks architectures to enable Bayesian inference, and have received a great attention from the artificial intelligence community over the past few years.

This workshop will give the participants the opportunity to learn more about these emerging methods and how to use and exploit them in their research. The workshop program includes invited lectures and tutorials from major computer science experts and contributed talk and poster sessions aimed at sharing experience between physicists on the practical applications of machine learning.

Registrations are opened.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is Feb 2nd 2020.

More information is available on the workshop website at

https://indico.in2p3.fr/e/bayesdeep-cosmogw2020

This workshop is part of the Paris Centre for Cosmological Physics

Workshop Series.

LISA Meeting Announcement

(Posted here December 27, 2019)

Announcing the first LISA Sprint

The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) is an ESA-led mission to observe gravitational waves in the mHz band. To prepare for LISA observations and its unique data products, we are organizing a meeting at the Center for Computational Astrophysics at the Flatiron Institute in New York, from Wednesday March 4 to Friday March 6, 2020.

The meeting will be modeled after the successful Gaia Sprints following Gaia data releases and its goal will be two-fold: The first goal is to connect LISA data scientists with astronomers and astrophysicists who will incorporate LISA data products into their own research. The second is to advance the broader research community’s readiness to capitalize on LISA observations.

The themes of this first meeting are Galactic Astronomy and Cosmology. LISA, among other things, will probe Milky Way structure and binary astrophysics by surveying electromagnetically faint ultra compact binaries, and track the growth and properties of supermassive black holes out to large redshifts. During the workshop small interdisciplinary teams of researchers will come together and make concrete progress on concise projects and goals related to these scientific topics. A number of project ideas and mock data and/or data products will be produced and provided by the organizers in collaboration with experts in the field. Additionally, participants are encouraged to propose ideas and contribute further material that adheres to the workshop’s format.

This will be a hands-on workshop: there will be no talks--only brief project “pitches” at the beginning of the workshop, and “show and tell” at the close of the meeting to share progress with the group.

Interested parties can apply here; the application includes a short (one paragraph) description of a potential project and/or goal of the applicant related to the workshop topics. Due to limited space (~30 participants), applications will be accepted until January 15, 2020 and participants will be notified soon after. Partial travel support will be provided.

Katerina Chatziioannou

Will Farr

Tyson Littenberg

Registration Open for Compact Objects and Energetic Phenomena in the Multi-messenger Era

(Posted here December 13, 2019)

Dear Colleagues,

Registration is open for Compact Objects and Energetic Phenomena in the Multi-Messenger Era, to be held in beautiful Saint Paul, MN July 14-16, 2020!

This meeting will cover twelve topic areas pivotal to the future of multi-messenger astronomy, bringing together scientists with expertise in a wide range of fields to discuss current progress, future directions, and how to best utilize the suite of multi-messenger facilities for the 2020s and beyond.

We are also extremely pleased to announce that Dr. Anne Kinney, head of the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences for the National Science Foundation, will be attending and giving opening remarks and perspectives on the future of multi-messenger astronomy.

Our website with links to registration can be found here.

The list of invited speakers includes:

Kate Alexander - "Tidal Disruption Events"

Sarah Burke-Spolaor - "Massive Black Holes on the Move (Pre-Merger, Mergers, Recoils, Etc); PTA, LISA"

Deanne Coppejans - "Accreting White Dwarfs, Novae, Type Ia"

Alessandra Corsi - "Stellar-Mass Compact Object Mergers / Short Gamma Ray Bursts (Ground Based GW Detectors in 2030s)"

Jason Dexter - "Supermassive Black Hole Imaging - Event Horizon"

Jenny Greene - "Intermediate Mass Black Holes / Mysteries"

Michael Kramer - "Pulsars and Magnetars"

Kristina Nyland - "Active Galactic Nuclei Jets and Accretion Flows"

Emily Petroff - "Fast Radio Bursts"

Kate Scholberg - "Core-collapse Supernovae (neutrinos, Gravitational Waves) and Long-Duration Gamma-Ray Bursts"

Greg Sivakoff - "X-ray Binaries (Populations and Accretion)"

Jonelle Walsh - "Active Galactic Nuclei Mass Measurements"

Please mark your calendars:

  • Dec. 3, 2019 - Full registration open
  • April 10, 2020 - Oral Abstract submission deadline, travel support requests due
  • April 24, 2020 - Travel offers made
  • May 1, 2020 - Final Program announced
  • May 15, 2020 - Early Bird Registration closes
  • June 12, 2020 - Registration deadline, Poster Abstract deadline, Hotel reservation deadline
  • June 22, 2020 - Cancellation/refund deadline
  • July 14-16, 2020 - Meeting!
We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

The Scientific and Local Organizing Committee


LISA Interest Survey

(Posted here December 13, 2019)

The NASA LISA Study Team is seeking input on your needs and interests in using gravitational wave data from the future Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA). The 16 question survey should take 5 or 10 min to complete; we welcome your input by Friday, January 10, 2020.

Survey link: https://forms.gle/a2JUHugfYQubiy2w6

2nd Conference of the Gravitational Division of the European Physical Society

(Posted here December 2, 2019)

Please advertise the second conference of the Gravitational Division of the European Physical Society, to take place in King's College London

https://agenda.infn.it/event/20225/

Many thanks

M Sakellariadou


Prof. Dr. Mairi Sakellariadou

Professor of Theoretical Physics, King's College London, University of London

Chair of the"Gravitational Physics" Division - European Physical Society

Address: Physics Department, Strand, London WC2R 2LS, U.K.

tel:+44(0)2078481535 - fax:+44(0)2078482420

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/nms/depts/physics/people/academicstaff/sakellariadou.aspx


IAU Symposium 363: Neutron Star Astrophysics at the Crossroads: Magnetars and the Multimessenger Revolution

(Posted here December 2, 2019)

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to announce IAU Symposium 363 in L’Aquila, Italy. Please find below some important information (including early registration process, financial support requests, and abstract submission).

For further information please visit the conference webpage

http://astromeeting.gssi.it/

Best, Marica (on behalf of the SOC)

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IAU Symposium 363: Neutron Star Astrophysics at the Crossroads:

Magnetars and the Multimessenger Revolution -- 1st Announcement

===============================================

June 22nd - 26th, 2020

Gran Sasso Science Institute, L'Aquila, Italy

PROGRAMME

The 363st International Astronomical Union (IAU) Symposium will be held in L'Aquila, Italy in June 2020.

The symposium will focus on the astrophysical implications of gravitational wave and electromagnetic observations of neutron stars. It will discuss the status, perspectives and challenges in the blossoming era of multi-messenger astronomy in order to build a complete physical picture of neutron stars, both isolated and in binary systems. It will explore the many facets of neutron stars, from magnetars to extreme astrophysical phenomena, such as giant flares, gamma-ray bursts and kilonovae. It will include discussions on next generation facilities for multi-messenger astronomy and their associated science cases.

The symposium will bring together the most prominent specialists in neutron star physics, magnetars, gamma-ray bursts, gravitational wave observations and theory. It will represent a natural avenue to present and discuss the latest transformative results of multi-messenger observations of neutron stars. The symposium will be organized around a morning plenary session and two parallel sessions in the afternoon. Plenary sessions are designed to give a broad and interdisciplinary overview of neutron stars, their gravitational wave and electromagnetic emission. The parallel sessions will instead provide a deeper insight into specific questions on the physics of magnetars on one side, and neutron stars as sources of gravitational waves, kilonovae and gamma ray burst on the other.

Coordinating IAU Division: Division D High Energy Phenomena and Fundamental Physics

Supporting IAU Commission: Commission D1 Gravitational-wave astrophysics

INVITED SPEAKERS (preliminary list)

Slavko Bogdanov, Alessandra Corsi, Paolo D’Avanzo, Imma Donnarumma, Irina Dvorkin, Paolo Esposito, Chris Freyer, Ersin Gogus, Alice Harding (TBC), Jeremy Heyl, Kostas Gourgouliatos, Michael Kramer, Paola Leaci, Samaya Nissanke, George Pavlov, Luigi Piro, Sergei Popov, Andrea Possenti, Bangalore Sathyaprakash, Masaru Shibata, Masaomi Tanaka, Christina Thöne, Hendrik Van Eerten, Daniele Viganò, Linqing Wen.

REGISTRATION, TRAVEL GRANTS, and ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

Registration and abstract submission open November 15th 2019

Deadline to apply for IAU Travel Grants/Financial Support January 15th 2020

Deadline for abstract submission February 15th 2020

Register here:

http://astromeeting.gssi.it/registration/registration-form/

The conference fee is 325,00 € (275,00 € for undergraduate and PhD students). It includes coffee breaks and lunches from Monday to Friday, social dinner, on-line proceedings, and childcare. The late registration fee (afterApril 15th) is 400,00 €. Please indicate when registering if you would like to be considered for financial support. Funds are provided by the IAU to support travel to the meeting to PhD students, early-career researchers, and researchers from economically less privileged countries who otherwise would be unable to attend the meeting.

SCIENTIFIC ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Marica Branchesi (chair), Gian Luca Israel (chair), Roberto Turolla (chair), Eleonora Troja (chair), Matthew Baring, Laura Cadonati, Bala Iyer, Nobuyuki Kawai, Tara Murphy, Rosalba Perna, Nanda Rea, Stephan Rosswog, Samar Safi-Harb, Dmitry Yakovlev, Silvia Zane

PROCEEDING EDITORS:

Eleonora Troja, Silvia Zane

LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Marica Branchesi (chair), Chiara Badia, Valerio Congeduti, Eliana Di Giovanni, Marco Drago, Gor Oganesyan, Giulia Pagliaroli, Alessandro Pajewski

Announcement of the 9th Gulf Coast Gravity Meeting

(Posted here November 22, 2019)

9th Gulf Coast Gravity Meeting

After a few years hiatus, the GCGM returns! The 9th Gulf Coast Gravity Meeting will be held at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS, on March 13 and 14, 2020. In keeping with its tradition, this will be an open, relaxed, and informal conference. We are inviting researchers and students interested in all areas of gravitational physics: classical and quantum gravity, general relativistic astrophysics and cosmology, quantum cosmology, gravitational waves, and experimental gravity. Because this is a regional meeting, many attendees will be from the southeastern United States, but all are welcome.

Talks

Following the usual tradition all participants, and especially postdocs and graduate students, are encouraged to contribute short, introductory talks on their current research, with the aim of fostering communication and understanding among gravitational physicists with different backgrounds. A prize (sponsored by the APS Division of Gravitational Physics) will be awarded for the best talk given by a student at the meeting.

Deadlines

Prospective speakers should register by February 14 to receive full consideration. Late applicants will be considered at the discretion of the organizers. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Inn at Ole Miss. Reserve your room by February 11 to receive a reduced rate. See the website for details: https://www.phy.olemiss.edu/gcgm9/.

GWIC-Braccini Thesis Prize for 2019: Call for Nominations

(Posted here November 22, 2019)

PLEASE NOTE: The nomination deadline is 31 January 2020.

The Gravitational Wave International Committee is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with the Friends of Stefano Braccini to award a single yearly prize recognizing an outstanding Ph.D. thesis in the field of gravitational waves, the GWIC-Braccini Thesis Prize. Nominations for the 2019 GWIC-Braccini Thesis Prizes are now open.

Members of the gravitational wave community are invited to nominate students who have performed notable research on any aspect of gravitational wave science. Theses will be judged on 1) originality and creativity of the research, 2) importance to the field of gravitational waves and gravitational wave detection, broadly interpreted, and 3) clarity of presentation. Each winner will receive a certificate of recognition and a prize of US$ 1,000. We aim to award the 2019 prizes at the LISA Symposium in July 2020 in Glasgow, UK.

Eligibility: In this edition, prizes will be awarded on a calendar year basis for 2019. Theses should have been accepted by their institutions between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019. It is expected that many of the nominations will come from the member projects of GWIC, but this is not a requirement. Nominated theses may be in any language. A committee selected from the gravitational wave community will evaluate the nominations and select the winner. The selection committee will make all determinations about eligibility.

Nominations: Nominations should be submitted by 31st January 2020. The nomination package consists of (i) the thesis, (ii) a letter of nomination, preferably from the thesis advisor, and (iii) a supporting letter from another scientist familiar with the work. The nomination and supporting letters should describe the importance and novelty of the research and the student’s particular contribution. Please indicate clearly which year each nomination pertains to.

Electronic submission of the thesis and letters is strongly preferred, with the thesis and the letters in separate pdf files. Electronic copies of the nomination materials may be sent to Martin Hewitson <martin.hewitson@aei.mpg.de>. All submissions will be acknowledged; if an acknowledgement is not received shortly after the deadline, please contact Martin Hewitson <martin.hewitson@aei.mpg.de>. Please also provide a contact email address, and current institution for the nominee in the nomination letter.

If electronic submission is impossible, please contact the Martin Hewitson <martin.hewitson@aei.mpg.de> for instructions concerning paper submission, or for any other concerns or queries.

Nominations for the 2020 IUPAP Young Scientist Prize

(Posted here November 8, 2019)

Dear DGRAV Members,

Please inform your organizations that nominations for the 2020 IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in General Relativity and Gravitation is now open. See the website.

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 1,000 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 February 1, 2020, 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 February 1, 2020. The winner will be announced on March 14, 2020 and the award made shortly thereafter. The official presentation of the award will be made at the GR23 conference in 2022.

More information may be found on the website.

Best regards,

Beverly K. Berger
Secretary, ISGRG


Joint Newton-Bhabha & Open Data Workshop at IUCAA, Pune, India

(Posted here November 1, 2019)

Dear All,

We are hosting a joint Newton-Bhabha & the Open Data Workshop at IUCAA, Pune, India in early Dec this year.

This workshop provides an opportunity for students, postdocs and other academics interested in gravitational waves and who may look forward to do science with the LIGO-India observatory.

It will feature lectures and a few hands-on tutorials by some of the leading experts on gravitational wave data analysis and detector technology.

Website: http://www.gw.iucaa.in/newtonbhabha-opendata/

Venue: IUCAA, Pune, India

Dates of the workshop: Dec 4-6, 2019

Please send an email to anupreeta@iucaa.in and li_sec@iucaa.in , if you are interested in participating. The deadline is Nov 10 beyond which we may not be able to assure acceptance.

Thanks and regards,

Anupreeta

Deadline November 4th for 2019 Submissions to the LIGO Laboratory Award for Excellence in Detector Characterization

(Posted here November 1, 2019)

The LIGO Laboratory Award for Excellence in Detector Characterization and Calibration award committee strongly encourages graduate students (Masters or PhD) and postdocs within the LIGO Scientific Collaboration working on LIGO detector characterization or calibration projects to nominate themselves for this year's award.

The award recognizes outstanding early career researchers who have made impactful contributions to gravitational wave astrophysics through LIGO detector characterization or calibration.

Awardees will receive $1000 and each awardee will also be granted a travel award to present an invited seminar on their research at one of the LIGO Laboratory sites: Caltech, MIT, LIGO Hanford, or LIGO Livingston.

Nominees can be individuals and/or small teams of 2-3 persons. Teams may include senior members, but they are not eligible for the monetary/travel award.

The self-nomination package should include a summary of a well-defined and delivered contribution to LIGO characterization or calibration efforts, written by the self-nominee(s), and a letter of support from a senior member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

The nomination deadline for this year is Monday November 4, 2019. Nomination instructions and further notes on eligibility can be found on ligo.caltech.edu: https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/page/award-excellence-detchar

Inquiries may be directed to excellence.award@ligo.org.

Reminder for INT Workshop - Deadline Oct 31

(Posted here October 25, 2019)

Link:

http://www.int.washington.edu/PROGRAMS/20-1b/

Text:

Institute for Nuclear Theory workshop on GW in Seattle, WA, March-April 2020

- apply by 31 October.

Compact Objects and Energetic Phenomena in the Multi-Messenger Era - July 14-16, 2020

(Posted here October 11, 2019)

Save the Date: Compact Objects and Energetic Phenomena in the Multi-Messenger Era July 14-16, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Pre-registration is open for Compact Objects and Energetic Phenomena in the Multi-Messenger Era, to be held in beautiful Saint Paul, MN July 14-16, 2020!

This meeting will cover twelve topic areas pivotal to the future of multi-messenger astronomy, bringing together scientists with expertise in a wide range of fields to discuss current progress, future directions, and how to best utilize the suite of multi-messenger facilities for the 2020s and beyond.

Find out more:

http://www.cvent.com/events/compact-objects-and-energetic-phenomena-in-the-multi-messenger-era/event-summary-7d584037bafd41c58bad69072788dce7.aspx?dvce=1

See the list of invited speakers: http://www.cvent.com/events/compact-objects-and-energetic-phenomena-in-the-multi-messenger-era/speakers-7d584037bafd41c58bad69072788dce7.aspx?dvce=1

Please mark your calendars:

Dec. 1, 2019 - Full registration open

April 10, 2020 - Oral Abstract Submission Deadline

May 1, 2020 - Final Program Announced

May 15, 2020 - Early Bird Registration Closes

June 12, 2020 - Registration Deadline, Poster Abstract Deadline

We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

The Scientific and Local Organizing Committee

http://www.cvent.com/events/compact-objects-and-energetic-phenomena-in-the-multi-messenger-era/staff-7d584037bafd41c58bad69072788dce7.aspx?dvce=1

TMEX-2020: Conference Announcement

(Posted here October 11, 2019)

Dear colleagues and friends,

Early next year, the "Rencontres du Vietnam" conference, entitled

"Theory meeting experiment: particle astrophysics and cosmology"

(TMEX-2020), will be devoted to topics in the field of particle

astrophysics and cosmology: http://vietnam.in2p3.fr/2020/tmex/

The conference will take place at the International Center ICISE founded

by J. Tran Thanh Van in Quy Nhon, Vietnam from January 5th to 11th 2020.

The main topics will cover:

Dark matter

Gravitational waves

Gamma rays and cosmic rays

Neutrinos

Cosmology

Time domain and multi-messenger astronomy

Future experiments and facilities

As with the Rencontres de Moriond, the conference will consist mainly of

plenary sessions, with both review and contributed talks. However,

depending on the number of contributed talks, we may organize half day

of parallel sessions to cover more specialized subjects. We are in the

process of constructing the program for the meeting, which will be soon

be available on the website below.

Registration and abstract submission are open at:

http://vietnam.in2p3.fr/2020/registration_tmex.php

http://vietnam.in2p3.fr/2020/tmex/abstracts.php

More details on the spirit of the meeting and its organization can be

found on the conference website:

http://vietnam.in2p3.fr/2020/tmex/

Apologies if you receive this announcement more than once, and hoping to

meet you in Quy Nhon early next year,

The scientific program committee:

Shin'ichiro Ando, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Réza Ansari LAL, Orsay, France

Tomasz Bulik Astrocent and CAMK, Warsaw, Poland

Ki Young Choi SKKU, Seoul, Korea

Yannick Copin IPNL, Lyon, France

Jacques Dumarchez LPNHE, Paris, France

Gérard Fontaine LLR, Palaiseau, France

Cristiano Galbiati Princeton University, USA and GSSI, L'Acquila, Italy

Berrie Giebels IN2P3, Paris, France

Noémie Globus New-York University, USA

Chris Gordon Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand

Nicolas Leroy LAL, Orsay, France

Emmanuel Moulin Irfu CEA, Saclay, France

Lara Nava INAF, Italy

Éric Nuss LUPM, Montpellier, France

Grzegorz Pietrzynski CAMK, Warsaw, Poland

Fulvio Ricci Università La Sapienza, Rome, Italy

Leszek Roszkowski Astrocent, CAMK and NCBJ, Warsaw, Poland

Carsten Rott SKKU, Seoul, Korea

Fabian Schüssler Irfu CEA, Saclay, France

Tracy Slatyer MIT, Cambridge, USA

Invitation to honor LIGO - IWARA2020 - Mexico City

(Posted here October 11, 2019)

From: "iwara2020@cesarzen.com" <iwara2020@cesarzen.com>

Subject: Invitation - to honor LIGO - IWARA2020 - Mexico City

Date: October 6, 2019 at 6:53:57 PM EDT

Reply-To: iwara2020@cesarzen.com

Dear Colleagues from LIGO

We are planning to hold a special presentation to honor LIGO at the IWARA2020 - 9th International Workshop on Astronomy and Relativistic Astrophysics.

IWARA2020 will be held in Mexico City from September 6-12, 2020. And we would be very honored with a special presentation of the more recent results from LIGO.

In the link below please find the second announcement of the event IWARA2020:

http://www.cesarzen.com/SecondAnnouncementIWARA2020.pdf

Please also find the first announcement of IWARA2020 and the SlideShowMexico in:

http://www.cesarzen.com/firstannouncementeIWARA2020.pdf

http://www.cesarzen.com/SlideShowMexico.pdf

We will be very pleased with your participation in the meeting.

To register please access:

https://indico.cern.ch/event/822124/registrations/51215/

Best regards

Prof. Peter Hess and Prof. Cesar Zen

On behalf of the Organizing Committee

IWARA2020


The 2019 LIGO Laboratory Award for Excellence in Detector Characterization and Calibration

(Posted here October 4, 2019)

Dear all,

The LIGO Laboratory Award for Excellence in Detector Characterization and Calibration award committee strongly encourages graduate students (Masters or PhD) and postdocs within the LIGO Scientific Collaboration working on LIGO detector characterization or calibration projects to nominate themselves for this year's award.

The award recognizes outstanding early career researchers who have made impactful contributions to gravitational wave astrophysics through LIGO detector characterization or calibration.

Awardees will receive $1000 and each awardee will also be granted a travel award to present an invited seminar on their research at one of the LIGO Laboratory sites: Caltech, MIT, LIGO Hanford, or LIGO Livingston.

Nominees can be individuals and/or small teams of 2-3 persons. Teams may include senior members, but they are not eligible for the monetary/travel award.

The self-nomination package should include a summary of a well-defined and delivered contribution to LIGO characterization or calibration efforts, written by the self-nominee(s), and a letter of support from a senior member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

The nomination deadline for this year is Monday November 4, 2019. Nomination instructions and further notes on eligibility can be found on ligo.caltech.edu: https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/page/award-excellence-detchar

Inquiries may be directed to excellence.award@ligo.org.

Best,

The award committee (Jess McIver, Jeff Kissel, Stan Whitcomb)


Call for papers for 'Universe' special issue

(Posted here October 4, 2019)

The journal Universe (ISSN 2218-1997) is currently running a Feature Paper Special Issue: "Universe: Feature Papers 2019 - Gravitational Physics"

Website: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/universe/special_issues/feature_papers_2019

Guest Editors: Prof. Lorenzo Iorio, Prof. Neil Turok, Prof. Mark Trodden and Prof. Orfeu Bertolami

The submission deadline is 31 December 2019. You may send your manuscript now or up until the deadline. For further details on the submission process, please see the instructions for authors at the journal website (http://www.mdpi.com/journal/universe/instructions).

30th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics: Deadline for abstract submission extended to Oct 7

(Posted here October 4, 2019)

30th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics: Deadline for abstract submission now extended to 7th October.

The 30th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics will be held Sunday 15 to Friday 20 December 2019, Portsmouth, UK.

The extended abstract submission deadline is now extended to 7th October 2019.

Early-bird registration fee payment deadline is 25th October. Registration closes 22nd of November. See the web site http://texas2019.org/ for more details.

The Texas meetings have covered topics such as black holes, gravitational waves, neutron stars, cosmic rays, dark matter and the early Universe since the first symposium, held in Dallas in 1963. Following the tradition of previous meetings, the 2019 Symposium will cover a broad range of subjects in relativistic astrophysics, including:

Gravity: Test of Gravity, Modified Gravity, Quantum Gravity, Numerical Relativity

Cosmology: CMB, Reionisation, Early Universe, LSS, Lensing, Supernovae, Dark Energy, Simulations

Gravitational Waves: Modelling, Sources, Experiments, Pulsar timing

Messengers: Cosmic Rays, Gamma Rays, X-Rays, Neutrinos

Relativity At Work: Black holes, AGN, Quasars, Neutron stars, Discs, Jets & Magnetic Fields

Participants are invited to submit abstracts for presentations in parallel sessions covering topics listed below. Participants can each submit one abstract for consideration under one or more topics, to be selected by the convenor(s) named below for each session. We may create additional parallel sessions where there is sufficient demand.

GRAVITY – TESTS OF GRAVITY – Leonardo Gualtieri

GRAVITY – MODIFIED GRAVITY – Thomas Sotiriou

GRAVITY – QUANTUM GRAVITY – Mairi Sakellariadou

GRAVITY – NUMERICAL RELATIVITY – Helvi Witek

COSMOLOGY – COSMIC MICROWAVE BACKGROUND & RE-IONIZATION – Emanuela Dimastrogiovanni

COSMOLOGY – EARLY UNIVERSE AND THE ORIGIN OF STRUCTURE – Matteo Fasiello

COSMOLOGY – LARGE SCALE STRUCTURE THEORY – Matteo Viel and Chris Clarkson

COSMOLOGY – GALAXY SURVEYS, LENSING, SUPERNOVAE – Hendrik Hildebrandt

COSMOLOGY – DARK ENERGY, COSMIC CONCORDANCE AND TENSIONS – Lucas Lombriser

COSMOLOGY – NUMERICAL COSMOLOGY AND SIMULATIONS – Christian Fidler and Jim Mertens

GRAVITATIONAL WAVES – MODELLING AND SOURCES – Kostas Kokkotas

GRAVITATIONAL WAVES – GROUND BASED EXPERIMENTS – Jess McIver

GRAVITATIONAL WAVES – SPACE BASED EXPERIMENTS, PULSAR TIMING – Carlos Sopuerta

MESSENGERS – COSMIC RAYS – Matthew Baring

MESSENGERS – GAMMA RAYS – Emma de Oña-Wilhelmi

MESSENGERS – X-RAYS – Paolo d’Avanzo

MESSENGERS – NEUTRINOS – Anna Franckowiak

RELATIVITY AT WORK – DISKS, JETS AND MAGNETIC FIELDS – Matt Middleton

RELATIVITY AT WORK – NEUTRON STARS – Vanessa Graber

RELATIVITY AT WORK – SUPERMASSIVE BLACKHOLES, AGN AND QUASARS – tba

The extended abstract submission deadline is 7th October 2019.

Please register http://texas2019.org/registration/

then submit your abstract http://texas2019.org/abstract-submission/

Deadline for payment for early-bird registration fees 25th October.

(Requests for financial support please email texas2019@port.ac.uk)

Invited Speakers

Antony Lewis (University of Sussex, UK)

Astrid Eichorn (University of Southern Denmark & Heidelberg University, Germany)

Chris Reynolds (University of Cambridge, UK)

Claudia De Rham (Imperial College London, UK)

Dany Page (National Autonomous University, Mexico)

Elena Gallo (University of Michigan, USA)

Elena Rossi (Leiden University, Netherlands)

Elisa Resconi (Technical University Munich, Germany)

Elisabeth Krause (University of Arizona, USA)

Giovanni Losurdo (INFN Pisa, Italy)

Juan Garcia-Bellido (University of Madrid, Spain)

Luciano Rezzolla (University of Frankfurt, Germany)

Martin Lemoine (IAP, France)

Raffaella Margutti (Northwestern University, USA)

Rennan Barkana (Tel Aviv University, Israel)

Takahiro Tanaka (Kyoto University, Japan)

Tanja Hinderer (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Tom Giblin (Kenyon College Ohio, USA)

Ulisses Barres de Almeida (CBPF, Brazil)

We look forward to seeing you in Portsmouth this December!

Marco Bruni and David Wands

on behalf of the Scientific and Local Organising Committees

ACGRG10: 10th Australasian Conference on GR and Gravitation

(Posted here September 20, 2019)

ACGRG10: 10TH AUSTRALASIAN CONFERENCE ON GENERAL RELATIVITY AND GRAVITATION

9-13 December 2019; Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

http://sms.victoria.ac.nz/Events/AotearoaACGRG10/

The next meeting in the biennial series of conferences organised by the

Australasian Society for General Relativity and Gravitation (ASGRG) will

be hosted by Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand in the second

week of December. There will be a welcome reception on the evening of Monday

9th December, and the scientific program will run from Tuesday 10th to Friday

13th December inclusive.

The main campus of Victoria University of Wellington is situated on a hill with

a prime view of central Wellington, New Zealand's administrative capital and a

city with a population of just over 400,000 on the north coast of the Cook Strait.

Popular tourist attractions include the Museum, Zoo, Art Gallery, the Zealandia

ecosanctuary, the iconic Cable Car that runs close to the University, and the

historic Carter Observatory in the Botanic Garden.

The deadline for registration for ACGRG10 is Tuesday 1 October 2019.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Tuesday 1 October 2019.

Apologies from the Organising Committee for the short notice.

Further details regarding registration and submission of papers can be found on

the conference website, which is here:

http://sms.victoria.ac.nz/Events/AotearoaACGRG10/

GRASS2019 Workshop

(Posted here September 13, 2019)

Dear colleagues,

The GRAvitational - wave Science&technology Symposium (GRASS 2019) is aimed at exploring the panorama of gravitational-wave related experimental science beyond the next decade, ensuring special emphasis on the varied experimental aspects and key enabling technologies at the forefront of the most advanced detection techniques. It represents an informal and unique meeting occasion for experts from different fields involved in experimental aspects of future gravitational-wave science and technology. Several topical sessions are planned, including: thermal noise in and out of thermodynamic equilibrium, advanced cryogenics, ultra low-noise optical coatings, new strategies for quantum noise reduction and low frequency noise.

The workshop will be held in Padova 17-18 October and the abstract submission deadline has been extended to September 18th.

Please go to https://agenda.infn.it/event/19163/page/4656-important-dates to register an abstract

Best regards,

GRASS 2019 organising committee

Texas Symposium 2nd Circular

(Posted here September 13, 2019)

30th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics

Sunday 15 to Friday 20 December 2019

Portsmouth, UK

http://texas2019.org

The Texas meetings have covered topics such as black holes, gravitational waves, neutron stars, cosmic rays, dark matter and the early Universe since the first symposium, held in Dallas in 1963. Following the tradition of previous meetings, the 2019 Symposium will cover a broad range of subjects in relativistic astrophysics.

Participants are invited to submit abstracts for presentations in parallel sessions covering topics listed below. Participants can each submit one abstract for consideration under one or more topics, to be selected by the convenor(s) named below for each session. We may create additional parallel sessions where there is sufficient demand.

GRAVITY – TESTS OF GRAVITY – Leonardo Gualtieri

GRAVITY – MODIFIED GRAVITY – Thomas Sotiriou

GRAVITY – QUANTUM GRAVITY – Mairi Sakellariadou

GRAVITY – NUMERICAL RELATIVITY – Helvi Witek

COSMOLOGY – COSMIC MICROWAVE BACKGROUND & RE-IONIZATION – Emanuela Dimastrogiovanni

COSMOLOGY – EARLY UNIVERSE AND THE ORIGIN OF STRUCTURE – Matteo Fasiello

COSMOLOGY – LARGE SCALE STRUCTURE THEORY – Matteo Viel

COSMOLOGY – GALAXY SURVEYS, LENSING, SUPERNOVAE – Hendrik Hildebrandt

COSMOLOGY – DARK ENERGY, COSMIC CONCORDANCE AND TENSIONS – Lucas Lombriser

COSMOLOGY – NUMERICAL COSMOLOGY AND SIMULATIONS – Christian Fidler and Jim Mertens

GRAVITATIONAL WAVES – MODELLING AND SOURCES – tba

GRAVITATIONAL WAVES – GROUND BASED EXPERIMENTS – Jess McIver

GRAVITATIONAL WAVES – SPACE BASED EXPERIMENTS, PULSAR TIMING – Carlos Sopuerta

MESSENGERS – COSMIC RAYS – tba

MESSENGERS – GAMMA RAYS – Emma de Oña-Wilhelmi

MESSENGERS – X-RAYS – Paolo d’Avanzo

MESSENGERS – NEUTRINOS – Anna Franckowiak

RELATIVITY AT WORK – DISKS, JETS AND MAGNETIC FIELDS – Matt Middleton

RELATIVITY AT WORK – NEUTRON STARS – Vanessa Graber

RELATIVITY AT WORK – SUPERMASSIVE BLACKHOLES, AGN AND QUASARS – tba

Deadline for submission of abstracts is 27th September.

Please register http://texas2019.org/registration/ then submit your abstract http://texas2019.org/abstract-submission/

Deadline for payment for early-bird registration fees 25th October.

(Requests for financial support please email texas2019@port.ac.uk)

We look forward to seeing you in Portsmouth this December!

Marco Bruni and David Wands

on behalf of the Scientific and Local Organising Committees

Workshop with Session on Nonequilibrium Thermal Noise: GRASS 2019, Padova

(Posted here August 30, 2019)

Dear colleagues,

We would like to invite you to the 2nd GRAvitational - wave

Science&technology Symposium (GRASS 2019) which is aimed at exploring

the panorama of gravitational-wave related experimental science beyond

the next decade, ensuring special emphasis on the varied experimental

aspects and key enabling technologies at the forefront of the most

advanced detection techniques. GRASS 2019 will be held in Padova (Italy)

between October 17th and 18th, 2019.

This year several topical sessions are foreseen including: thermal noise

in and out of thermodynamic equilibrium, advanced cryogenics, ultra

low-noise optical coatings and new strategies for quantum noise

reduction. Contributions are welcome in particular from researchers

whose work is related with these topical sessions, and from communities

not yet deeply involved in the gravitational-wave science.

Participation by young researchers is strongly encouraged and financial

support may be available upon request.

The deadline for abstract submission to the 2nd GRAvitational - wave

Science&technology Symposium (GRASS 2019) is September 9th, 2019.

The web page of the symposium is: https://agenda.infn.it/event/19163/

Looking forward to seeing you in Padova.

With kind regards,

The organizers of GRASS2019

Midwest Workshop on Supernovae and Transients

(Posted here August 22, 2019)

Midwest Workshop on Supernovae and Transients will be held 26--27th September 2019 in Columbus, Ohio.

The workshop will cover all aspects of transients, including progenitor evolution, mechanism of explosion, remnants, nucleosynthesis, compact objects, and multimessenger astronomy. Our keynote speaker is Lars Bildsten from KITP/UCSB.

All participants, including students, are encouraged to give talks or posters. As the discussion sessions at the last meeting, in Chicago, were quire lively, we will also leave substantial time for this.

There is no registration fee. In addition, we may be able to provide some limited lodging assistance, with preference for students.

The registration form is at: https://forms.gle/6TSXURigMBsK19dL9 . The deadline is Sunday 1 September 2019.

We encourage you to share this email and the attached poster with colleagues through emails and social media.

Best regards,

Tuguldur Sukhbold

for the Local Organizing Committee (John Beacom, Lisa Colarosa, Laura Lopez, Kris Stanek)


JSI Conference on "The New Faces of Black Holes" Nov 11-13, 2019, Annapolis MD

(Posted here August 16, 2019)

JSI conference on "The New Faces of Black Holes", Nov 11-13, 2019, Annapolis

We are happy to announce that registration and abstract submission for the 2019 JSI Workshop: “The New Faces of Black Holes” (Nov 11-13, 2019, Annapolis, Maryland) is now open at our website: https://jsi.astro.umd.edu/conferences/2019-jsi-workshop

Accommodations at The Hotel, Annapolis can be booked through the registration page. To be considered for a contributed talk, abstracts must be submitted by September 13, 2019. Please spread the word!

Workshop topics will include:

GRAVITATIONAL WAVES FROM BLACK HOLES

* Ground-based; LIGO/Virgo/KAGRA O3 and beyond

* Space-based; LISA

* Pulsar timing arrays

TIME DOMAIN ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS

* Tidal Disruption Events

* Reverberation Mapping

* LISA EM Counterparts, evidence for binary SMBHs

* AGN Variability (changing-look quasars, QPOs, etc.)

EVENT HORIZON TELESCOPE AND HIGH-RESOLUTION IMAGING

* What have we learned from current EHT analysis?

* What will we learn from EHT in the future?

* Gravity VLT results on SgrA* and 3C273

* Dynamical Black Hole Mass Measurements

CONFIRMED INVITED SPEAKERS:

* Aaron Barth (UC Irvine)

* Misty Bentz (Georgia State)

* Emanuele Berti (JHU)

* Laura Blecha (Florida)

* Jason Dexter (CU Boulder)

* Frank Eisenhauer (MPE)

* Mike Eracleous (Penn State)

* Ben Farr (Oregon)

* Vincent Fish (MIT/Haystack)

* Evan Hall (MIT)

* Michael Johnson (CfA)

* Chelsea MacLeod (CfA)

* Maura McLaughlin (WVU)

* Lia Medeiros (Princeton)

* Krista Smith (Stanford)

* Nick Stone (Hebrew U.)

* Sjoert van Velzen (NYU/UMD)

SOC:

Suvi Gezari (co-chair), Jeremy Schnittman (co-chair), John Baker, Lindy Blackburn, Alessandra Buonanno, Cole Miller, Richard Mushotzky, Scott Noble, Chris Reynolds, Alberto Sesana, Peter Shawhan

Workshop Announcement: GRASS 2019, Padova

(Posted here August 1, 2019)

From: Giacomo Ciani <giacomo.ciani@unipd.it>

Subject: [et-loi] Workshop announcement: GRASS 2019, Padova

Date: 2019-07-31 at 09:23:17 EDT

To: et-loi@lists.infn.it

Reply-To: et-loi@lists.infn.it

Dear colleagues,

We would like to invite you to the 2nd GRAvitational - wave

Science&technology Symposium (GRASS 2019) which is aimed at exploring

the panorama of gravitational-wave related experimental science beyond

the next decade, ensuring special emphasis on the varied experimental

aspects and key enabling technologies at the forefront of the most

advanced detection techniques. GRASS 2019 will be held in Padova (Italy)

between October 17th and 18th, 2019.

This year several topical sessions are foreseen including: thermal noise

in and out of thermodynamic equilibrium, advanced cryogenics, ultra

low-noise optical coatings and new strategies for quantum noise

reduction. Contributions are welcome in particular from researchers

whose work is related with these topical sessions, and from communities

not yet deeply involved in the gravitational-wave science.

Participation by young researchers is strongly encouraged and financial

support may be available upon request.

The deadline for abstract submission to the 2nd GRAvitational - wave

Science&technology Symposium (GRASS 2019) is September 9th, 2019.

The web page of the symposium is: https://agenda.infn.it/event/19163/

Looking forward to seeing you in Padova.

With kind regards


GWADW 2020

(Posted here August 1, 2019)

GWADW 2020 will be held in Hokkaido,Japan.

May 11(Monday) - May 17(Saturday).

The co-chairs are: Francesco Fidecaro, Sydney Meshkov, Kentaro Somiya.

The name of the hotel is

Hoshino Resort TOMAMU

Its location is Naka-Tomamu Shimukappu Yufutsu Hokkaido JAPAN.

WorkShop Announcement: Challenges & Opportunities of High Frequency GW Detection

(Posted here July 26, 2019)

We would like to announce our workshop on Challenges and Opportunities of High Frequency Gravitational Wave Detection, to be held 14/10/2019 to 16/10/2019 at ICTP, Trieste (Italy).

The goal of this workshop is an open-minded discussion on the experimental and theoretical prospects of HFGWs. What are the possible sources and how well are they theoretically understood? What are the challenges faced in experimental setups and what are possible ideas to go beyond current technology? What can we learn about our Universe within the expected sensitivity of these proposals in the next decade? Our goal is to tackle these open questions by gathering a selected sample of people who are interested in these questions both from the theoretical and the experimental points of view. A few dedicated talks aim at introducing the key aspects and questions and bridging the gap between the different communities, while leaving ample time for discussions.

Please see the web page for details and registration: http://indico.ictp.it/event/9006/

The organisers:

Valerie Domcke,

Francesco Muia,

Fernando Quevedo,

Jessica Steinlechner,

Sebastian Steinlechner.

LISA Symposium 2020, Glasgow

(Posted here July 25, 2019)

Greetings from Glasgow!

We would like to announce that we have now reached t-1 year to the 13th International LISA Symposium. Next year the Symposium will encompass the LISA Consortium meeting (LISA Con #6) and will run from Sunday 19th July until Friday 24th July, 2020. Please note the dates in your diaries and look out for subsequent emails with further details.

As a taster of what you will find in our fair city you may wish to view the following links:

https://www.visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/glasgow/

https://peoplemakeglasgow.com/

We look forward to welcoming you in Glasgow next Summer!

Best wishes,

Mike Perreur-Lloyd, on behalf of the University of Glasgow LISA team.

www.glasgow.ac.uk/igr

www.lisamission.org

30th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics

(Posted here July 18, 2019)

30th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics

Sunday 15 to Friday 20 December 2019

Portsmouth, UK

/Registration and Call for Abstracts is now open/

http://texas2019.org/

The Texas meetings have covered topics such as black holes, gravitational waves, neutron stars, cosmic rays, dark matter and the early Universe since the first symposium, held in Dallas in 1963. Following the tradition of previous meetings, the 2019 Symposium will cover a broad range of subjects in relativistic astrophysics, including:

/Gravity/: Test of Gravity, Modified Gravity, Quantum Gravity, Numerical Relativity

/Cosmology/: CMB, Reionisation, Early Universe, LSS, Lensing, Supernovae, Dark Energy, Simulations

/Gravitational Waves/: Modelling, Sources, Experiments, Pulsar timing

/Messengers/: Cosmic Rays, Gamma Rays, X-Rays, Neutrinos

/Relativity At Work/: Black holes, AGN, Quasars, Neutron stars, Discs, Jets & Magnetic Fields

/Invited Speakers/

Antony Lewis (University of Sussex, UK)

Astrid Eichorn (University of Southern Denmark & Heidelberg

University, Germany)

Chris Reynolds (University of Cambridge, UK)

Claudia De Rham (Imperial College London, UK)

Dany Page (National Autonomous University, Mexico)

Elena Gallo (University of Michigan, USA)

Elena Rossi (Leiden University, Netherlands)

Elisa Resconi (Technical University Munich, Germany)

Elisabeth Krause (University of Arizona, USA)

Giovanni Losurdo (INFN Pisa, Italy)

Juan Garcia-Bellido (University of Madrid, Spain)

Luciano Rezzolla (University of Frankfurt, Germany)

Martin Lemoine (IAP, France)

Rennan Barkana (Tel Aviv University, Israel)

Takahiro Tanaka (Kyoto University, Japan)

Tanja Hinderer (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Tom Giblin (Kenyon College Ohio, USA)

Ulisses Barres de Almeida (CBPF, Brazil)

We look forward to seeing you in Portsmouth this December!

Marco Bruni and David Wands

on behalf of the Scientific and Local Organising Committees

Announcement of GWPAW2019

(Posted here July 12, 2019)

Dear colleagues:

We are pleased to announce that the Research Center for the Early Universe (RESCEU) is going to host this year’s Gravitational Wave Physics and Astronomy Workshop GWPAW2019 at the main campus of the University of Tokyo from October 14 to 17.

Please register from the website

http://www.resceu.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/symposium/GWPAW2019/index.php

The deadline with reduced fare is July 31 and full fare is September 5.

Those who need a document issued by us to obtain an entry visa to Japan are requested to contact us by July 20.

We look forward to meeting you in Tokyo in October!

Best wishes,

Daichi Tsuna (on behalf of LOC chair Kipp Cannon)

Karpacz 2020 Winter School in Theoretical Physics

(Posted here June 20, 2019)

Subject: [PHAROS] Karpacz 2020 Winter School in Theoretical Physics

Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2019 17:16:48 +0200

From: Armen Sedrakian <sedrakian@fias.uni-frankfurt.de>

To: pharos@ice.csic.es

Dear Colleagues:

We are pleased to announce the Ph. D. school "Superfluidity and transport

for multimessenger physics of compact stars" which will take place in Karpacz,

Poland, February 23- 29, 2020. The school is supported by the PHAROS COST

action.

The link to the school web page is here:

https://indico.cern.ch/event/823088/

Understanding the multimessenger physics of neutron stars requires a good

knowledge not only the equation of state of their interiors but in addition

an array of quantities and phenomena associated with the transport in their

interiors and effects of superfluidity. These include:

1. The oscillation spectrum of neutron stars, their damping, and emission

of gravitational waves, that can be potentially observed in the near future.

2. The phenomena of glitches and their relaxations and other dynamical

transient phenomena in rotational behavior of pulsars and accreting neutron

stars.

3. Long-term cooling of neutron stars, the short-term thermal evolution in

accreting systems, and the post-merger phase of neutron star coalescence.

4. Magnetic field evolution of isolated neutron stars and neutron star

binaries, the dissipative MHD description of short-time-scale phenomena

such as neutron star mergers.

These and related topics will be addressed from the perspective of

understanding of transport and superfluidity in various contexts related to

neutron stars.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Karpacz!

The Organizers

___________________________________________

PHAROS mailing list

PHAROS@ice.csic.es

http://www.ice.csic.es/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/pharos


3rd Announcement of the Sexten Workshop 2019: Multimessenger Data Analysis in the era of CTA

(Posted here May 24, 2019)

Subject:

[Virgo-l] Third Announcement of the Sexten Workshop 2019 : Multimessenger data analysis in the era of CTA

Date:

Wed, 22 May 2019 13:06:37 +0200

From:

Massimiliano Razzano <massimiliano.razzano@pi.infn.it>

To:

virgo-l@ego-gw.it
Dear colleagues,

this is the third announcement of the 2019 edition of the Sexten Gamma-ray Astrophysics workshop to be held in Sexten (Italy) from June 24 to June 28, 2019.

In the web page

http://www.sexten-cfa.eu/event/multimessenger-data-analysis-in-the-era-of-cta/

you will soon find the updated preliminary program of our school.

In the web page you will find also the registration form.

Please register to the workshop at your earliest convenience, indicating dates of arrival and departure.

We kindly remind you that the registration fee will be of 250 Euro until May 26 and it will increase to 300 Euro if you register afterwards.

The registration will be open till June 16, 2019.

The fee will cover also the Social Dinner and the Social Excursion.

Since Sexten is a well known summer location and the period of the workshop is during the summer season, it is advisable to make your reservation as soon as possible using the Hotel list you can find at the web page:

http://www.sexten-cfa.eu/accomodation-2/

where Sexten Center rates are available for participants, but you have to add a comment specifying that you will attend the workshop.

Do not forget to read the hotel reservation policy, particularly the cancellation rules.

We are looking forward to see you in Sexten.

Massimiliano for the organisers of the workshop

--


Massimiliano Razzano

Department of Physics"E. Fermi", University of Pisa & INFN-Pisa

Building C, Largo B. Pontecorvo, 3

56127 Pisa - Italy

Office: +39 050 2214400

ICQ: 270757292

Twitter: @maxrazzano



Reminder: June 3 is the deadline for APS Fellow Nominations for DGRAV

(Posted here May 24, 2019)

Dear DGRAV members,

I am writing to remind you to nominate colleagues who have made significant contributions to our field to become APS Fellows through the Division of Gravitational Physics (DGRAV).

Becoming an APS Fellow is a distinct honor, as the selection is conducted by one's professional peers, and newly elected Fellows can number no more than 0.5% of Society membership. Please take this opportunity to honor your colleagues and to highlight the many ways in which our science is advancing.

Any current APS member can initiate a nomination. The membership of APS is diverse and global, and the Fellows of the APS should reflect that diversity. Fellowship nominations of women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and scientists from outside the United States are especially encouraged.

For information on how to nominate, and a list of current Fellows, please see the APS honors webpage.

Please take a minute to think of a colleague who has substantially advanced gravitation research in some way—perhaps recently, perhaps through a long track record of contributions—and should join the list.

The deadline for submitting fellowship nominations for review by the DGRAVFellowship Committee using the online form is Monday, June 3. If you have any questions or would like assistance getting a nomination together, please feel free to contact me at horowitz@ucsb.edu

Regards,

Gary Horowitz
DGRAV Chair

Call for Abstracts: Graduate Student Physics Conference

(Posted here May 24, 2019)

Canadian-American-Mexican Graduate Student Physics Conference
July 24-27, 2019 in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Abstract Deadline: June 1, 2019
Travel Support Available


The APS Forum on Graduate Student Affairs (FGSA) invites all physics graduate students at U.S. institutions to submit abstracts for this year’s Canadian-American-Mexican Graduate Student Physics Conference (CAM 2019).

TAUP 2019 in Toyama, Japan

(Posted here May 16, 2019)

From: Stefan Ballmer <sballmer@syr.edu>

Date: Wed, May 15, 2019 at 9:24 AM

Subject: [lsc-all] TAUP 2019 in Toyama, Japan

To: lsc-all@ligo.org <lsc-all@ligo.org>

Dear colleagues,

The extended deadline for submitting the abstracts to the TAUP 2019 conference (Toyama, Japan) is approaching (31th of May). We have very few abstracts for the gravitational-wave session. Please consider attending.

http://taup2019.icrr.u-tokyo.ac.jp/

PS: If you have never visited KAGRA, this might be your opportunity - Toyama is the closed city to the KAGRA site.

Regards

Stefan

Stefan W. Ballmer

Dept. of Physics

Syracuse University

(315)443-3882

Dawn V Registration Wrapping Up Soon!

(Posted here May 9, 2019)

Dawn V meeting on Global Strategies for Gravitational-Wave Astronomy

Cascina, Italy

26-27 May 2019

The next Dawn meeting to assess and develop world-wide coordination for the

next generation of ground-based gravitational-wave observatories will be held

at the Virgo/EGO Observatory. It follows the GWADW meeting in Elba, Italy,

and the PAX VI meeting (starting immediately after Dawn, in Cascina).

The one and one-half day program of this meeting will have a focus on the

recently completed Gravitational-Wave International Committee (GWIC) study of

third generation detectors (3G), and seeking the next significant steps for

the community to realize the future network. Of particular interest is the

proper coordination between the European effort proposing to build an

observatory detailed by the 'Einstein Telescope' design study, and the U.S.

proposal of a similar class observatory, named 'Cosmic Explorer’.

The meeting locale can manage participation of 100 persons.

Registration is at https://indico.ego-gw.it/event/20/ where a draft agenda is

also given; a modest participation fee will be charged.

David Shoemaker

Stavros Katsenevas

Summer School on Super-Computing and Distributed Systems

(Posted here May 9, 2019)

Resent-From: <couvares@wisc.edu>

From: Xavier Besseron via hpc-announce <hpc-announce@mcs.anl.gov>

Date: April 30, 2019 at 10:27:37 AM EDT

To: hpc-announce@lists.mcs.anl.gov

Subject: [hpc-announce] Summer School on Super-Computing and Distributed Systems, SC-Camp 2019, June 10-14, Madrid, Spain

Reply-To: Xavier Besseron <xavier.besseron@uni.lu>

# Call for Participation: Summer School on Super-Computing and

Distributed Systems

# SC-Camp 2019

*10th International SuperComputing Camp 2019*

CIEMAT, Madrid, Spain

June 10-14, 2019

http://www.sc-camp.org/2019/

## About the School

SC-Camp is a school and non-profit event about Super Computing and

Distributed Systems. It targets *Master and PhD students* in the

field of *Computer Science*, *Engineering* and any other fields

that could benefit from High Performance Computing (**Physics &

Material Sciences**, *Biology/Bioinformatics*, *Finance*, etc.).

SC-Camp 2019 covers the following topics:

- Distributed Systems: Grid/Cluster/Cloud/Volunteer Computing

- Distributed parallel programming with MPI

- Shared Memory parallel programming with OpenMP

- Accelerators: GPUs with CUDA, XeonPhi

- Debugging and Performance Optimization

- Data Analysis with R

- Resource/Job Management & Scheduling

- Big Data

An important focus is given to *practical sessions* to offer the

students a significant experience in using distributed platforms.

Please check the detailed program at http://www.sc-camp.org/2019/program.html.

## Application

- Limited to 40 participants

- Application Deadline: *10th of May 2019*

- Acceptance notification: 1 week after the candidate application

- Cost: *250 euros* (or less if additional sponsors give their support)

Application procedure is detailed at

http://www.sc-camp.org/2019/application.html.

--

Dr Xavier BESSERON

Research Scientist

FSTC, University of Luxembourg

Campus Belval, Office MNO E04 0415-040

Phone: +352 46 66 44 5418

http://luxdem.uni.lu/team/xbesseron/

Workshop on GW Bayesian Parameter Estimation with PyCBC Inference

(Posted here April 26, 2019)

I wanted to advertise that we will be holding a workshop on gravitational-wave parameter inference, with a focus towards (but not limited to) PyCBC Inference, in May in Portsmouth:

http://www.icg.port.ac.uk/2019/04/workshop-on-gravitational-wave-bayesian-parameter-estimation-with-pycbc-inference/

Collin Capano will be organizing the scientific content (details in the link). This would be a great opportunity to send your students/post-docs to learn about inference in general and to get hands-on experience in a friendly atmosphere. Please do let me know (and use the registration link), if you and/or your students/postdocs are interested in coming!

Ian Harry

Registration Open for the 22nd Eastern Gravity Meeting

(Posted here April 26, 2019)

The 22nd Eastern Gravity Meeting, hosted by UMass Dartmouth, will be held May 31 (Friday) and June 1 (Saturday). The deadline for abstract submission and registration is May 20, 2019. Hotel rates will expire prior to May 20 (some as soon as May 1). For further information, registration and abstract submission, see the meeting website.

This annual regional meeting is open to researchers of all levels, from undergraduate students to faculty, in all areas of gravitational physics, including classical, quantum, theory, observation, and computation. The purpose of the conference is to encourage the interaction of researchers in the Northeastern region, although participants from all regions are welcomed.

The format of the meeting will follow the format of previous regional meetings where all participants may present a talk of approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Abstracts will be selected according to the order in which they are submitted. Therefore, to maximize the chances of acceptance, it would be best to submit an abstract early. There is no registration fee but, for an accurate headcount, registration is mandatory.

In addition to the regular EGM talks, this year we are delighted to host Rainer Weiss who will give a public talk after Friday's scientific session has concluded.

We look forward to seeing you at the 22nd Eastern Gravity Meeting!

The Organizing Committee,
Scott Field, Dana Fine, Robert Fisher, Sigal Gottlieb, Gaurav Khanna, Richard Price

ESA Voyage 2050

(Posted here April 26, 2019)

From: Alessandra Buonanno <alessandra.buonanno@aei.mpg.de>

Date: Tue, Apr 23, 2019 at 9:47 AM

Subject: ESA Voyage 2050

To: Patrick Brady <patrick.brady@ligo.org>, Jo van den Brand <jo@nikhef.nl>

Dear All,

The current long term scientific plan of the European Space Agency, Cosmic Vision, extends up to 2035. Although this seems far ahead, ESA is already starting its next planning cycle: Voyage 2050!

For this exercise, ESA is asking for contributions from the community through two calls:

- White Papers proposing science themes (Deadline Aug. 5th, details here)

- Applications for topical team membership (Deadline May. 6th, details here)

You may find all the information here (https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/voyage-2050), but I would like to highlight a few important points:

- It has been made clear by ESA that unlike Cosmic Vision, for Voyage 2050, the science themes of the 3 Large Class missions of the programme will be selected on the basis of those White Papers and the recommandations of the topical teams. Although there will be calls to select specific mission designs and consortia later on, the themes will be decided during the current planning exercise.

- Although some emphasis may have been put on the call for White Papers, it is equally important that we have many applications from the gravitational-wave community to be part of the topical teams. This is the only way to represent the wide diversity of our field.

- Young career scientists and postdocs are especially encouraged to apply. An expertise in observational methods is not required and researcher with a more theoretical background are equally welcome. Applying for topical teams does not prevent you to co-sign a White Paper.

Although the schedule is tight, this is an important window if we want to make sure that the gravitational-wave community is fairly represented in the next ESA science programme.

Feel free to contact me for any further information,

Alessandra Buonanno, for the ESA Voyage 2050 senior committee.

First Announcement for ADASS XXIX, 6-10 October 2019, Groningen, The Netherlands

(Posted here April 19, 2019)

From: Nuria Lorente <nuria.lorente@mq.edu.au>

Date: Thu, Apr 18, 2019 at 7:37 PM

Subject: [Adass-announce] First announcement for ADASS XXIX, 6-10 October 2019, Groningen, The Netherlands

To: adass-announce@adass.org <adass-announce@adass.org>

Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems (ADASS) Conference Series

6 - 10 October 2019

MartiniPlaza, Groningen, The Netherlands

https://www.adass2019.nl

Mark your calendars for the 29th annual conference on Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems (http://adass.org).

The conference will be held on 6-10 October 2019, hosted by ASTRON, JIVE, the ALMA European Regional Centre, University of Groningen, Universiteit Leiden, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Radboud University, and SRON.

This annual conference, held in a different location each year, is a forum for astronomers, computer scientists, software engineers, faculty members and students working in areas related to algorithms, software and systems for the acquisition, reduction, analysis, and dissemination of astronomical data.

The ADASS XXIX program will include invited talks, contributed papers, display sessions, tutorials, computer demonstrations, and special interest ("Birds of a Feather" or BoF) meetings, as well as a community-based Hackathon preceeding the meeting.

These activities aim to encourage communication between software specialists and scientists, and to stimulate further development of software and systems to meet the data science challenges of astronomy.

Key themes for ADASS XXIX are:

* Multi-wavelength astronomy

* Open data access and provisioning

* Data processing pipelines

* Data science challenges: tools from statistics to machine learning

* Data visualisation from line plots to augmented and virtual reality

* Delivering accessible and science-ready radio data

* Local and global cloud infrastructure for processing and storage

* Data discovery across heterogeneous datasets

* Telescope operations and scheduling: from classical to autonomous

* Evolution of software development and management

Registration and abstract submissions are now open. The list of invited speakers will be posted with the second announcement. Inquiries can be sent using the contact forms given at https://www.adass2019.nl/email-contact

The International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA) meeting will be held immediately after ADASS, on 11-13 October, at a nearby venue.

Program Organising Committee (POC)

Christophe Arviset (ESA-ESAC)

Pascal Ballester (ESO)

Sébastien Derrière (CDS)

Kimberly DuPrie (STScI)

Mike Fitzpatrick (NOAO)

Stephen Gwyn (CADC)

Jorge Ibsen (ALMA)

Kathleen Labrie (Gemini)

Brian Kent (NRAO)

Nuria Lorente, POC Chair (AAO-MQ)

Jessica Mink (SAO)

Fabio Pasian (INAF)

Francesco Pierfederici (IRAM)

Roberto Pizzo (ASTRON)

Keith Shortridge (K&V)

Yuji Shirasaki (NAOJ)

Mark Taylor (Bristol)

Peter Teuben (UMD)

Rees Williams (RUG - CIT)

Xiuqin Wu (IPAC)

Local Organising Committee (LOC)

Roberto Pizzo, LOC chair (ASTRON)

Liesbet Elpenhof (ASTRON)

Yan Grange (ASTRON)

Jan David Mol (ASTRON)

Emanuela Orru’ (ASTRON)

Marjan Tibbe (ASTRON)

Jet de Vries (ASTRON)

Remo Tilanus (ALMA ARC)

Rees Williams (RUG - CIT)

Arpad Szomoru (JIVE)

Harro Verkouter (JIVE)

Gijs Verdoes Kleijn (RUG - Kapteyn Institute)

Erik Deul (Leiden University)

Steven Bloemen (RU Nijmegen)

Antonia Rowlinson (UvA)

Jelle de Plaa (SRON)

Best regards,

Nuria Lorente on behalf of the ADASS POC,

Roberto Pizzo on behalf of the ADASS XXIX LOC.

--


Nuria P. F. Lorente

Senior Software & Systems Engineer

AAO - MQ

Faculty of Science & Engineering

Macquarie University

e: nuria.lorente@mq.edu.au

t: +61 2 9372 4897

w: http://www.aao.gov.au


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Adass-announce mailing list

Adass-announce@adass.org

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IGC@25 Multimessenger Universe June 24-27, 2019

(Posted here April 19, 2019)

Conference link: http://gravity.psu.edu/events/igc25/registration.shtml

Abstracts deadline: April 21, 2019

Registration deadline: May 24, 2019


PAX-VI Workshop, 27-29 May 2019, Cascina, Italy

(Posted here April 19, 2019)

Dear Colleagues,

The next edition of the Physics and Astrophysics at the eXtreme workshop (PAX-VI) will take place at Cascina (at the site of Virgo), Italy, during May 27-29, 2019, immediately after the Dawn V meeting from May 26-27 at the same site.

LIGO and Virgo have begun a new era in astronomy. Gravitational and Classical Astronomy will together observe highly energetic and transient phenomena in the Universe. The goal of this workshop is two-fold: (a) to explore how upcoming observations of such processes can help us understand the physics of at the extreme - strong gravitational fields, ultra-high densities, temperatures and magnetic fields and (b) to discuss the ultimate science goals for this emerging, synergistic field and what future detectors and telescopes would be needed to make a step change in the scientific questions we can answer with such observations.

The workshop will consist of panel discussions organized around a small number of presentations to identify important areas for research and foster new collaborations based on the deliberations of the workshop. Please visit <http://gravity.psu.edu/events/physics_extreme/index_extreme.shtml> for a brief description of the workshop series.

If you are able to attend the workshop we ask that you register and let us know your interest in taking part in various panel discussions at:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf6Nw09CTapUYjRDuYKfBIZ7hEa3yqH9Pyozb3ovr2p4nN9bw/viewform?usp=pp_url

This will greatly help us to plan the program. However, we have a strict capacity of 100 or less, so please fill the google form by April 25 at the latest.

Best regards,

Josh/Jocelyn/Salvo/Sathya/Walter

GWAlert APP for Android: Looking for a Developer

(Posted here April 19, 2019)

From: David Shoemaker <dhs@mit.edu>

Date: Fri, Apr 12, 2019, 12:18 PM

Subject: GWAlert app for Android: looking for a developer

To: Patrick Brady <prbrady@uwm.edu>, Jo van den Brand <jo@nikhef.nl>

Patrick, Jo, could you send this to the two Collaborations?

thanks —

David

=========

We would like to have a Gravitational Wave Alert application for Android that delivers the functionality of the IOS application "Gravitational Wave Events" (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gravitational-wave-events/id1441897107) that Peter Kramer developed. Peter would be pleased to work with someone to transfer knowledge.

Please email David Shoemaker if interested.

David

Dawn V Meeting on Global Strategies for GW Astronomy

(Posted here April 12, 2019)

Dawn V meeting on Global Strategies for Gravitational-Wave Astronomy

Cascina, Italy

26-27 May 2019

The next Dawn meeting to assess and develop world-wide coordination for the

next generation of ground-based gravitational-wave observatories will be held

at the Virgo/EGO Observatory. It follows the GWADW meeting in Elba, Italy,

and the PAX VI meeting (starting immediately after Dawn, in Cascina).

The one and one-half day program of this meeting will have a focus on the

recently completed Gravitational-Wave International Committee (GWIC) study of

third generation detectors (3G), and seeking the next significant steps for

the community to realize the future network. Of particular interest is the

proper coordination between the European effort proposing to build an

observatory detailed by the 'Einstein Telescope' design study, and the U.S.

proposal of a similar class observatory, named 'Cosmic Explorer’.

The meeting locale can manage participation of 100 persons.

Registration is at https://indico.ego-gw.it/event/20/ where a draft agenda is

also given; a modest participation fee will be charged.

David Shoemaker

Stavros Katsenevas

DOE-INFN Summer Students Exchange Programme

(Posted here April 12, 2019)

DOE-INFN Summer Students Exchange Programme

2019 Edition

The US Department of Energy (DOE) and the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica

Nucleare of Italy (INFN) announce the 2019 edition of the Summer Exchange

Program dedicated to promote the exchange of students in science between the

two countries.

INFN (http://www.infn.it) is one of the leading organizations worldwide

promoting basic scientific research and has tight connections with DOE

activities in many areas of interest: Particle Physics, Astroparticle Physics,

Nuclear Physics, Theoretical Physics and Detector Physics.

We call for applications of US students willing to join a INFN research team

in Italy for a two-month period between June 1st and October 31st, 2019. There

are a total of 11 positions available, and students can choose among 18

different INFN sites (Bari, Bologna, Cagliari, Catania, Ferrara,

Frascatiattachment:1.2?place=body National Laboratory, Genova, Gran Sasso

National Laboratory, Lecce, Legnaro National Laboratory, Milano, Padova,

Pavia, Pisa, Roma, Roma Tor Vergata, South National Laboratory, Trieste).

Applications can be submitted through the INFN online recruitment web page at

the following address:

https://reclutamento.infn.it/ReclutamentoOnline/

choosing "Starting Fellowships" (Borse), Call number: 14945.

In the "Attachments" section you will find the description of student

requirements,

info on coverage of travel and living expenses, and the description of the

available

activities for each site.

Deadline for application is April 10th, 2019 at 23:59 CEST

Please, spread out the information to your site as soon as possible.

Feel free to contact us for any further information.

Best regards,

Sandra Leone

INFN Scientific Coordinator

for the DOE-INFN Summer Students Exchange Programme


Dr. Sandra Leone

INFN-Pisa (Italy)

+39 050 2214219

sandra.leone@pi.infn.it



Machine Learning in Science and Engineering Conference at Georgia Tech

(Posted here April 12, 2019)

From: Shoemaker, Deirdre M <deirdre.shoemaker@physics.gatech.edu>

Date: Fri, Apr 5, 2019, 9:38 AM

Subject: Machine Learning n Science and Engineering Conference at Georgia Tech

To: Patrick Brady <prbrady@uwm.edu>

We would love to have a strong LIGO presence with many submitted abstracts.

On June 10-12, 2019 at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, we will host the second-annual Machine Learning in Science and Engineering (MLSE) conference. MLSE highlights advances in research that utilize methods of artificial intelligence, the development of new machine learning algorithms designed for science and engineering problems, and the ways these methods lead to innovations across various fields. Researchers from academia, government, and industry will gather to explore the future of research in science and engineering. On June 9 we will have a Women in Data Science Workshop!

http://dsf.ideas.gatech.edu/

Thanks

Deirdre


Deirdre Shoemaker

Dunn Family Professor of Physics

Center for Relativistic Astrophysics

Georgia Tech

Last Reminder for CTA Science Symposium

(Posted here April 5, 2019)

Dear all,

The programme for the 1st CTA Science Symposium is finally ready. All invited speakers are confirmed and contributed talks have been assigned. Have a look at the exhaustive agenda on https://www.cta-symposium.com/agenda

The deadlines have been slightly postponed:

Early bird fee: April 10

Final registration deadline: April 25

Notice that the poster session will take place on Tuesday, May 7 preceding the dinner at the Palazzo Re Enzo (Sala degli Atti).

To register go to http://www.cta-symposium.com/registration.

We look forward to seeing you in Bologna in May!

With best regards,

Stefan Funk on behalf of the Scientific Organizing Committee

IGC@25 - Multimessenger Universe Conference, Penn State

(Posted here April 5, 2019)

IGC@25: Multimessenger Universe, Penn State, USA (3rd announcement)

This international conference will be held at the University Park campus of Penn State from Monday, June 24 through Thursday, June 27, 2019 in celebration of the Silver Jubilee of the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos (IGC).

Registration is now open (See the external link given at the top of the page)

It will close on May 24th, 2019, or earlier if the limited capacity of the main auditorium is reached. (In the past we have had to close registration early). The deadline for submitting abstracts is April 21st, 2019, we especially encourage recent results from LIGO/Virgo and the science case for future detectors.

Plenary Program: Speakers and Topics

France Cordova : After Banquet speaker

Nima Arkani-Hamed: Scattering Amplitudes and Their Applications

Eugenio Bianchi: Loop Quantum Gravity

Alessandra Buonanno: Gravitational Wave Source Modeling and Tests of GR

Kipp Cannon: Gravitational Waves from Neutron Star Coalescences

Tom Gaisser: Cosmic Rays and Neutrinos

Gabriela Gonzalez: Gravitational Wave Detectors and Observations

Donghui Jeong: Cosmic Microwave Background: Theoretical Aspects

Marc Kamionkowski The Early Universe

Badri Krishnan: Numerical and Analytical Approaches to Gravitational Waves

Miguel Mostafa: Multimessenger Astrophysics

David Weinberg: Galaxy Surveys

Panel: Anne Kinney (Chair), Sheila Rowan, Bernard Schutz, Rainer Weiss

Gravitational Wave Astronomy: Future Prospects

Invited Panels: Chairs and Topics

John Beacom: MMA at the TeV Frontier: Gamma Rays, Cosmic Rays, and Neutrinos

Bernd Bruegmann: Numerical and Analytical Approaches to Gravitational Waves

Caryl Gronwall: Multiwavelength Observations of Galaxies

Zeljko Ivesic: Cosmological Surveys

Mansi Kasiwal: Multimessenger Observations

Kumiko Kotera: UHE Cosmic Rays and Neutrinos

Charles Lawrence: Cosmic Microwave Background: Observational Aspects

David Reitze: Next Generation Gravitational Wave Detectors

Luciano Rezzolla: Theory and Simulations of Binary Neutrons Stars

Mark Trodden: The Early Universe: Theoretical Aspects

Parallel Sessions: Contributed Talks

Loop Quantum Gravity: Foundations and Mathematical Aspects

Loop Quantum Cosmology, Quantum Black Holes and Quantum Gravity Phenomenology

Scattering Amplitudes and Applications

Cosmology: Observational Aspects

Cosmology: Theoretical Aspects

Multimessenger Astrophysics

Gravitational Waves: Observations

Next Generation of Gravitational Wave Detectors

The scientific program has a dual goal: to assess the current status of our field in broad terms, and to discuss future directions. The plenary talks 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 talks and panels will set the stage for more specialized invited and contributed parallel sessions.

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 the biannual Loops’19 conference on Loop Quantum Gravity, which is scheduled for the week of the 17th to 21st June 2019, also at Penn State.

Gravitational Wave Challenges and Cosmology Workshop

https://www.iip.ufrn.br/eventsdetail.php?inf===QTUFVM)

(Posted here April 5, 2019)

Monday, June 3, 2019 - Friday, June 14, 2019

International Institute of Physics

Federal University of Rio Grade do Norte, Brazil

The program will have a mixed school/workshop format, with the goal to create a community that can start research lines related to gravitational wave physics, keeping in touch with the broader and more experience community outside Brazil.

The school topics will cover the basic of the gravitational wave physics and detection, paving the way for understanding the recent observational results and for discussing the impact of the gravitational wave detection in cosmology. Another goal of the program is to have mini-courses and a round-table discussion about gravitational wave detector design, aiming at arising the interest of researchers to join the experimental effort of gravitational wave detection and igniting the discussion about a future detector to be built in Latin America.

Iberian GW Meeting 3-5 June

(Posted here March 29, 2019)

The IX Iberian Gravitational Waves Meeting will be held in Santiago de Compostela on 3-5 June 2019 :

http://igfae.usc.es/~iberianGW19/

Note that the deadline for abstract submission has been extended to 10th April. We encourage you and other researchers from your group to come to Santiago and participate in this meeting and to spread this announcement with other potentially interested institutions.

Keep in mind that we are entering an exciting period for gravitational waves; the O3 run of LIGO/Virgo is about to start and many discoveries can be anticipated with the improved sensitivity in the near future.

Contact for the LOC : <iberiangw19@igfae.usc.es>

Kavli RISE Summer School on Gravitational Waves

(Posted here March 29, 2019)

Kavli RISE Summer School on Gravitational Waves

September 23-27, 2019

Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK

The Kavli Institute of Cosmology at Cambridge, together with support

from the EU's RISE project "Strong Gravity and High-Energy Physics",

will hold a summer school on gravitational waves at the Centre for

Mathematical Sciences from Sep 23-27, 2019. This school is dedicated

to introduce young scientists to the cutting edge methods and

technology to explore our universe through gravitational wave

observations.

Topics covered include the modeling of sources of gravitational

waves with analytic and computational methods, gravitational

wave detection and data analysis, testing alternatives to

general relativity and black holes, dark matter candidates,

electromagnetic counter parts and cosmological sources of

gravitational waves. Each topic will be covered with 1 or 2

lectures of 90 minutes each.

The school is addressed at young researchers and students with

background knowledge in general relativity.

Further details, including registration and accommodation options,

can be found on the below URL.

http://www.ctc.cam.ac.uk/activities/rise/



Astroparticle Physics and GWs @European Physics Society Conference

(Posted here March 21, 2019)

From: Tania Regimbau <tania.regimbau@lapp.in2p3.fr>

Subject: [pulgroup] Astroparticle Physics and Gravitational Waves @European Physics Society conference on High Energy Physics

Date: 2019-03-21 at 09:42:16 CDT

To: stochastic@ligo.org, pulgroup@ligo.org, cbc@ligo.org, burst@ligo.org

Reply-To: pulgroup@ligo.org

Dear all,

For those who have missed it there is a nice conference in Ghent in July. It overlaps a little with Amaldi but the program can be adapted to account for it.

Please do not hesitate to submit abstracts.

Best Regards,

Tania

http://eps-hep2019.eu

OSG User School 2019

(Posted here March 21, 2019)



From: Couvares, Peter <pcouvare@caltech.edu>

Date: Fri, Mar 15, 2019 at 3:11 PM

Subject: [DASWG] [announce] Fwd: OSG User School 2019: learn to harness large-scale computing for research

To: daswg+announce@ligo.org <daswg+announce@ligo.org>

FYI -

This is an all-expenses-paid offer, and has been very useful for past LIGO participants.

It's is a great way to train up on the basic infrastructure and skills needed to port and run data analysis pipelines on LVC shared resources beyond the LIGO Data Grid.

Please feel free to forward widely, and encourage any interested students, postdocs, and DA computing staff to apply.

-Peter

Begin forwarded message:

From: OSG User Support <user-support@opensciencegrid.org>

Subject: OSG User School 2019: learn to harness large-scale computing for research

Date: March 15, 2019 at 10:57:05 AM EDT

Reply-To: OSG User Support <user-support@opensciencegrid.org>

OSG Campus Research

View this email in your browser

ANNOUNCING THE OPEN SCIENCE GRID USER SCHOOL 2019!

If you could access hundreds or even thousands of computers for your scholarly work or the work you support, what could you do? How could it transform research? What discoveries might be made?

We are seeking applicants for the Open Science Grid (OSG) User School 2019, which takes place July 15-19 at the beautiful University of Wisconsin in Madison. Participants will learn to use high throughput computing (HTC) to harness vast amounts of computing power for research, applicable to nearly any field of study (e.g., physics, chemistry, engineering, life sciences, earth sciences, agricultural and animal sciences, economics, social sciences, medicine, and more).

For more background: https://research.cs.wisc.edu/htcondor/htc.html

Using lectures, discussions, roleplays, and lots of hands-on work with OSG experts in HTC, participants will learn how HTC systems work, how to run and manage many jobs and huge datasets, how to implement a realistic scientific computing workflow, and where to turn for help and more info.

Worried about costs? We pay all basic travel, hotel, and food costs for applicants who are selected to attend. This is a valuable offer!

Ideal candidates are graduate students doing research and staff (e.g., facilitators, admins) supporting research that involves or could involve large-scale computing - work that cannot be done on one laptop or a handful of computers. Also, we accept some post-doctoral students, faculty, research staff, and advanced undergraduates, so make a strong case for yourself regardless of your current role!

IMPORTANT DATES

Application Period (OPEN NOW): 11 March - 12 April 2019

OSG User School: 15-19 July 2019

MORE INFORMATION AND APPLICATIONS

Web: https://www.opensciencegrid.org/UserSchool

Email: user-school@opensciencegrid.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OSGUserSchool

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OSGUserSchool

Please forward this announcement to anyone who might benefit from the OSG User School. And consider posting our flyer where appropriate:

https://opensciencegrid.org/user-school-2019/files/osg-user-school-2019-flyer.pdf

Copyright © 2019 Open Science Grid User Support, All rights reserved.

combined list of osgconnect, xd, duke and uchicago

--

Peter F. Couvares

LIGO Laboratory / Caltech

peter.couvares@ligo.org

PCOS at the April APS

(Posted here March 21, 2019)

At April APS, we will also have 4 PCOS-sponsored sessions, all with remote connection: a PCOS & PhysPAG Town Hall and Cosmic Ray, Gamma-ray, and Gravitational Wave SIG sessions. Check back on our meeting page for more details on those!
We'll also have a PCOS table w hardware and other material for you to check out!

As ever, if you have questions, thoughts, concerns, etc, please come (in person or via remote connection) to our Town Hall Monday, drop me an email, or find me at these or other meetings (eg Landscape 2020)!

Wishing you all the best,
-Terri Brandt
Chief Scientist, NASA's Physics of the Cosmos Program

KITP Conference

(Posted here March 21, 2019)

KITP Merging Visions conference

We invite you to attend "Merging Visions: Exploring Compact-Object Binaries with Gravity and Light", a conference to be held at the KITP in Santa Barbara, CA on June 24--27, 2019.

The conference will bring together theorists and observers to discuss progress across the full gravitational-wave and electromagnetic spectra. We expect a highly interactive meeting, taking advantage of the cozy and informal atmosphere of the KITP to foster interaction and lively discussions.

The program has been finalized, with an excellent line-up of invited speakers. Topics will include:

-GW sources and detectors across the frequency band (LIGO/Virgo, LISA, PTAs)

-astrophysical modeling of GW source progenitors

-population models and rates

-origin and evolution of supermassive black holes

-implications for the theory of gravity

-the physics of gamma ray bursts and kilonovae

-the equation of state of ultra dense matter

-cosmology with standard sirens

More information, including registration, is available at:

https://www.kitp.ucsb.edu/activities/gravast-c19

We look forward to seeing you in Santa Barbara.

Duncan Brown, Daniel Holz, Brian Metzger, and Alberto Sesana


Gamma-Ray Bursts in the Gravitational Wave Era 2019, Yokohama, Japan

(Posted here March 15, 2019)

From: Takanori Sakamoto <tsakamoto@phys.aoyama.ac.jp>

Subject: [lsc-spokesperson] Conference announcement

Date: 2019-03-14 at 23:34:17 EDT

*** First announcement ***

"Gamma-ray Bursts in the Gravitational Wave Era 2019"

Date: Oct 28 - Nov 1, 2019

Location: Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Yokohama, Japan

URL: http://yokohamagrb2019.wikidot.com

* Scope

The first detection of gravitational waves from a neutron star binary merger, GW 170817,

provided us with the clear association between gravitational wave (GW) in-spiral and

a gamma-ray burst (GRB) events. New GW data from detectors such as LIGO, Virgo and

KAGRA will be coming on-line in 2019. High energy observations of GRBs are continuing

with the currently operating missions such as Swift, Fermi, AGILE, INTEGRAL, Konus, MAXI,

CALET, AstroSAT and Insight-HXMT, and new facilities are being constructed. A large numbers

of facilities to follow-up GW and GRB events are available, both from space and ground,

to identify and monitor counterparts. This is an exciting time to discuss the interfaces

between GW and a GRB science.

A five day conference titled "Gamma-ray Bursts in the Gravitational Wave Era" will be held

at Yokohama, Japan, which is located at the west side of Tokyo Bay. The conference

venue is the beautiful historical building, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse. The conference

will focus particularly on GRBs as the electromagnetic (EM) counterparts of GW sources.

However, the important related scientific topics of both GRBs and GW events will

also be covered.

Topics of the conference will include:

- GW observations

- EM counterpart searches for GW sources

- multimessenger science of EM + GW sources

- Prompt GRB emission

- Polarization of GRBs

- GRB afterglows

- High redshift GRBs

- Host galaxies of GRBs

- Future survey missions

* Confirmed invited speakers:

M. Branchesi (Gran Sasso Sci. Inst.)

J. Burgess (Max-Planck-Inst.)

E. Burns (NASA/GSFC/USRA)

P. D’Avanzo (INAF)

H. van Eerten (U. of Bath)

K. Hotokezaka (Princeton U.)

T. Kajita (ICRR/U. of Tokyo)

K. Kiuchi (Kyoto U.)

M. Kole (U. of Geneva)

R.-Y. Liu (DESY)

D. Perley (Liverpool John Moores U.)

J. Selsing (U. of Copenhagen)

D. Siegel (Columbia U.)

K. Toma (Tohoku U.)

T. Totani (U. of Tokyo)

E. Troja (NASA/GSFC/UMCP)

K. Wiersema (U. of Warwick)

* Milestone dates

- First announcement: Dec 21, 2018

- Registration and abstract submission open (second announcement): May 2019

- Abstract deadline: July 2019

- Preliminary program announcement: August 2019

- Final program announcement: Beginning of October 2019

* Sponsor

The conference is supported by Yamada Science Foundation and

Aoyama Gakuin University.

* SOC/LOC

- SOC

L. Amati (INAF)

K. Asano (ICRR/U. of Tokyo)

J.-L. Atteia (IRAP/OMP)

B. Cenko (NASA/GSFC)

V. Connaughton (NASA)

Y. Fukazawa (Hiroshima U.)

J. Greiner (Max-Planck-Inst.)

K. Ioka (Kyoto U.)

N. Kanda (Osaka City U.)

N. Kawai (Tokyo Tech.)

P. Meszaros (Penn State U.)

K. Murase (Penn State U.)

P. O’Brien (U. of Leicester)

T. Piran (Hebrew U.)

J. Racusin (NASA/GSFC)

L. Singer (NASA/GSFC)

N. Tanvir (U. of Leicester)

K. Toma (Tohoku U.)

E. Troja (NASA/GSFC/UMCP)

X.-Y. Wang (Nanjig U.)

R. Yamazaki (Aoyama Gakuin U.)

D. Yonetoku (Kanazawa U.)

M. Yoshida (NAOJ)

B. Zhang (U. of Nevada, Las Vegas)

- LOC

S. Kisaka (Aoyama Gakuin U.)

T. Sakamoto (Aoyama Gakuin U.; Chair)

M. Serino (Aoyama Gakuin U.)

S. Sugita (Aoyama Gakuin U.)

ICTS Summer School on GW Astronomy (Bangalore, 15-26 July 2019)

(Posted here March 15, 2019)

Dear colleagues,

This year's ICTS summer school on gravitational-wave astronomy will be held from 15 to 26 July 2019 at the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Bangalore. Applications for the school are now open. This year’s school will focus on the theoretical modeling of some of the promising astrophysical and cosmological sources of gravitational radiation.

Courses
  • Advanced course in general relativity (Sudipta Sarkar, IIT Gandhinagar)
  • Primordial black holes and gravitational wave astronomy (Teruaki Suyama, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
  • Gravitational radiation from post-Newtonian sources and inspiralling compact binaries (Luc Blanchet, Institute of Astrophysics of Paris)
  • Self-force and radiation reaction in general relativity (Adam Pound, University of Southampton)

Each course will feature 5 lectures and 5 tutorials, 90 mins each. The school is primarily meant for graduate students and postdocs in gravitational physics and related fields. A small number of highly motivated senior undergraduates can also be considered. Basic understanding of general relativity is a prerequisite for the courses. ICTS will cover the accommodation and meals for selected participants, and domestic travel by train.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 15 April 2019

URL: https://www.icts.res.in/program/gws2019

Best regards,

P. Ajith, K. G. Arun, Bala Iyer (organizers)

--

P. Ajith, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences,

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Survey No. 151

Shivakote, Hesaraghatta Hobli, Bangalore North 560089, India.

Tel. +91 80 4653 6210, Fax: +91 80 2360 8199

http://home.icts.res.in/~ajith http://www.icts.res.in/research/astrorel

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar

Endorsement of the Dawn IV Report

(Posted here March 15, 2019)

Endorsement of the Dawn IV report

We are currently collecting endorsements from the GW community for the Dawn IV report, 'Global strategies for gravitational wave astronomy'. The report summarizes outcomes from the Dawn IV workshop in Amsterdam, and outlines the current status of the field, a global vision for a network of 3G detectors, and a roadmap to next generation GW detectors.

We welcome all interested to read the report. If you are supportive of its messages, please add your name to the list of endorsers by filling out this google form.

If you have any questions, please contact Jess McIver (jlmciver@caltech.edu) and/or David Shoemaker (dhs@mit.edu).

Bard Summer School on Quantum Gravity

(Posted here March 15, 2019)

Dear Colleagues,

This is the first announcement of the Bard Summer School on Quantum Gravity. The school will be held on the Annandale campus of Bard College from Sunday, June 9 through Sunday, June 16, 2019. The scientific program features canonical and covariant approaches to quantum gravity and quantum cosmology. A unique feature of this school will be an afternoon computing lab where students will compute either a cosmological or quantum gravitational phenomenon from scratch. View the website for the summer school.

The school will be followed by the Loops'19 Conference and the IGC@25 Multimessenger Universe Conference, both held at Pennsylvania State University on June 17-21 and June 24-27, 2019, respectively. Free transport from the school to these conferences will be provided.

The application procedure for the school is available on the website and applications are due March 29, 2019.

Please notify any graduate students that you think would be interested and encourage them to apply.

Very best,

Hal Haggard
Assistant Professor of Physics,
Bard College
haggard@bard.edu

LISA Waveform Meeting

(Posted here March 15, 2019)

The first stand-alone meeting of the LISA Waveform working group (WavWG) will take place at the AEI Potsdam from May 13-15, 2019.

The WavWG is dedicated to the development of waveform templates for the LISA mission and connects the broader scientific community to the LISA Consortium. As such, the WavWG coordinates efforts to model a broad spectrum of gravitational wave sources, establishing links with LISA’s astrophysics, cosmology, fundamental physics and simulation working groups, and bridge between communities employing different methodologies to prepare waveforms.

This meeting is the first stand-alone meeting of the WavWG and aims at getting together leading international experts and young scientists to identify pressing tasks concerning LISA waveform modeling in its broadest sense and to foster new international collaborations. The meeting will have a few talks per day and provide ample time for discussions.

While the WavWG is part of the LISA Consortium, you do not need to be in the Consortium to attend.

You can find additional information here:
Workshop website
Hyperspace@gu website

The registration will end on April 30, 2019.

We have limited funds available to support Ph.D. students. Should you require financial support, please follow the instructions on our website and apply until March 30, 2019.

Best wishes,

Deirdre Shoemaker, Maarten van de Meent, Niels Warburton, Helvi Witek
(Co-chairs LISA Waveform Working Group)

Deirdre Shoemaker
Dunn Family Professor of Physics.
Georgia Tech

Summer AAS Meeting Abstract Deadline

(Posted here March 1, 2019)

234th Meeting of the
American Astronomical Society

9-13 June 2019

We may have interesting results by the time of the summer AAS meeting. Would be good to have a few general talk abstracts submitted for persons who would like to attend this conference.

https://aas.org/meetings/aas234

Regular Abstract Deadline: 9:00 pm ET, 19 March 2019

First Workshop on "Vacuum fluctuations at nanoscale and Gravitation"

(Posted here March 1, 2019)

From: <calloni@na.infn.it>

Subject: First workshop on "Vacuum fluctuations at nanoscale and Gravitation.."

Date: 2019-02-26 at 01:33:46 EST

Dear Colleagues,

its a pleasure to inform you about the first workshop

"Vacuum Fluctuations at Nanoscale and Gravitation: theory and experiments"

to be held in Orosei, Sardinia, Italy, from April 28th to May 3rd.

The workshop is devoted to both the theory and experiments related to vacuum

fluctuations and gravitation and to high precision gravitational experiments

working underground or in environments in which seismic noise needs to be

reduced.

It will be located on the seaside of Sardinia at half an hour by car to the

Sos-Enattos mine, where an underground laboratory is in construction.

The workshop will be also an occasion to give the community the knowledge of

the laboratory and to promote future collaborations that can benefit of a

low seismic site.

The website is:

https://agenda.infn.it/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=17248

Best regards,

Enrico Calloni

On behalf of the Organizers


GR22 and Amaldi13 in Valencia, Spain

(Posted here March 1, 2019)

From: "Beverly K. Berger" <beverlyberger@me.com>

Subject: GR22 and Amaldi13 in Valencia, Spain

Date: 2019-02-25 at 14:54:58 EST

To: dhs@mit.edu

Resent-From: <dhs@mit.edu>

Dear colleagues,

It is a great pleasure to invite you to the 22nd International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation (GR22) and the 13th Amaldi Conference on Gravitational Waves (Amaldi13) which takes place from 7th – 12th July 2019 at the University of Valencia, Spain.

http://gr22amaldi13.com

GR22 is the latest in the series of triennial international conferences held under the auspices of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation. This conference series constitutes the principal international meetings for scientists working in all areas of relativity and gravitation.

The Amaldi conferences are held under the auspices of the Gravitational Wave International Committee. Since 1997, they have been held every two years and are regarded as the most important international conferences for the gravitational-wave detection community. In Valencia, GR22 and Amaldi13 are

organized as a joint event.

The program of the conference, among many topics, includes a celebration of the Eddington expedition, a public talk on gravitational waves, an award ceremony for the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize, and a tribute to Stephen Hawking.

The conference venue is the Valencia Conference Centre (2010 World’s Best Convention Centre) designed by internationally renowned architect Norman Foster. Public transportation access is straightforward from all parts of the city by either bus, metro, or tram, or even using the environmentally friendly

bicycles of Valenbisi. The venue is only ten minutes away from the city’s airport and from the high-speed train station, and it is surrounded by hotels, with circa 1,000 hotel rooms within two minutes’ walking distance. The venue is well connected with the Old Town where the visitor can enjoy a large monumental heritage comprising buildings dating to Roman and Arabic times and UNESCO heritage sites.

Early registration closes on April 12.

We look forward to welcoming you to Valencia 2019!

Vitor Cardoso – Chair, GR22 Scientific Organizing Committee

Sheila Rowan – Chair, Amaldi 13 Scientific Organizing Committee

Toni Font – Chair, GR22/ Amaldi13 Local Organizing Committee

Eric Poisson - ISGRG President

TAUP 2019 - Registrations Open

(Posted here February 22, 2019)

> From: taup2019-sec@km.icrr.u-tokyo.ac.jp

> <taup2019-sec@km.icrr.u-tokyo.ac.jp>

> Sent: Friday, February 22, 2019 12:45 PM

>

>

> Dear colleagues,

>

> We are happy to announce that registration and abstract submission for the

> "16th International Conference on Topics in Astroparticle and Underground

> Physics" (TAUP2019) are now open.

>

> The conference will be held at the Toyama International Conference Center,

> Toyama, Japan, on September 9-13. For more information, please go to the

> website

>

>http://taup2019.icrr.u-tokyo.ac.jp/

> (REMARK: please push the "Triple bar icon" at the top-right corner if menus

> are not shown in your window.)

>

> You are invited to visit the online registration and payment webpage, which

> will be open until August 8. Early registration with a reduced fee is only

> available for registrations completed by June 30. Hotel accommodations,

> banquet tickets, and Kamioka tour reservations are also available on the

> registration page (all of these are optional).

>

> For abstract submission, you will need to create a local INDICO account.

> Please follow the instructions found at

>

>http://taup2019.icrr.u-tokyo.ac.jp/abstract.html

>

> The deadline for abstract submission is May 15. Note that abstract

> submission and registration are independent: you will not be registered as a

> participant by just submitting an abstract, and registration will only be

> completed once the conference fee has been paid. Also be aware that all the

> above deadlines are at midnight at the end of that day in Japan (23:59 JST).

>

> If you have any questions, please feel free to send email to

>

> taup2019-sec@km.icrr.u-tokyo.ac.jp

>

> We would appreciate your distributing this information to any other

> interested parties you might know.

>

> We are looking forward to seeing you at Toyama in September!

>

> Sincerely,

> Masayuki Nakahata and Masatake Ohashi

> (co-chairs of TAUP2019)

>

The International School on Gravity from Earth to Space - Urbino

(Posted here February 22, 2019)

From: "Guidi, Gianluca maria" <gianluca.guidi@uniurb.it>

Subject: The International School on Gravity from Earth to Space - Urbino

Date: 2019-02-21 at 02:26:58 EST

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The International School on Gravity from Earth to Space will be held in Urbino, Italy on May 21-23, 2019.

The participants will have the possibility to follow a series of lectures on modern topics of gravity,

gravitational waves with a focus on detectors, data analysis techniques and astrophysical source

science including electromagnetic and astroparticle observations for both Earth and Space

experiments.

Hands-on sections (G. Greco) and short participant presentations are planned.

Scientific directors: Catia Grimani, Gianluca M. Guidi, Fumiko Kawazoe, Andrea Viceré

Invited Speakers: Stanislav Babak, Karsten Danzmann, Antonio Capone, Monica Colpi, Vitali Mueller, Giulia Stratta, Stefano Vitale

Website: https://eventi.uniurb.it/isges/

The maximum number of participants is limited to 50.

Astroinformatics 2019: June 24-27 in Pasadena

(Posted here February 22, 2019)

Astroinformatics 2019: June 24-27 in Pasadena

The scientific organizing committee is pleased to announce the Astroinformatics 2019 conference, to be held June 24-27, 2019 at Caltech in Pasadena, California.

This is the tenth in the series of the annual Astroinformatics conferences focused on the data-rich, computationally enabled astrophysics of the 21st century. Our goals are to assemble researchers working in this field, in order to describe their latest work in this arena, exchange ideas with the other participants, and discuss the future prospects for the field.

Topics to be covered include: machine learning and other methods of advanced data analytics, processing, handling, and distribution of large data sets, data visualization, methodology transfer in data science, etc. A special emphasis will be given to the examples of new results obtained through the use of astroinformatics tools.

For more information and to register, please visit the conference website: http://astroinformatics2019.org/

Amaldi Conference, Abstract Deadline March 1

(Posted here February 15, 2019)

The next Amaldi Conference will be held in Valencia, Spain, July 7-12 2019. It is in parallel with GR 22, the International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation. This reminder is sent with an alert that the Abstract deadline is March 1.

The Amaldi conferences are held under the auspices of the Gravitational Wave International Committee (GWIC). Since 1997, they have been held every two years and are regarded as the most important international conferences for the gravitational-wave detection community. GR22 is the latest in the series of triennial international conferences held under the auspices of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation (ISGRG). In Valencia, GR22 and Amaldi13 are organized as a joint event.

Please see http://www.gr22amaldi13.com for more information.

ALSO — if you are a member of the ISGRG you receive a discount in the registration and support an important interface of our community to the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). If you are not a member, please consider joining — Please see http://www.isgrg.org.

Sheila Rowan, GWIC Chair

David Shoemaker, GWIC Secretary

ESA/ESO SCIOPS 2019 Workshop: Cross Facilities Collaboration in the Multi Messenger Era

(Posted here February 15, 2019)

From: Peter Kretschmar <peter.kretschmar@esa.int>

Subject: [Vovisobs] ESA/ESO SCIOPS 2019 workshop : Cross Facilities Collaboration in the Multi Messenger Era, 19-22 Nov 2019, ESAC, Madrid

Date: 2019-02-12 at 05:19:46 EST

* F I R S T A N N O U N C E M E N T *

ESA/ESO SCIOPS WORKSHOP 2019

Working together in support of Science

Cross Facilities Collaboration

in the Multi Messenger Era

ESAC, Madrid, Spain

19-22 November 2019

twitter: #sciops2019

Please note in your agenda the dates for the upcoming ESA/ESO SCIOPS

2019 Workshop, with the main theme of "Cross Facilities Collaboration in

the Multi Messenger Era", addressing the main discussion areas:

* *Collaboration between large scientific teams *in the

multi-messenger era (scientific drivers, challenges, lessons

learned, feedback from experience, ...)

* *How space- and ground-based observatories *communicate their

transient and observational capabilities, and *potentially prepare

and/or adapt *them to provide scientists with access to time and

data for multi-messenger programs (i.e. use of follow up facilities

and data including access and support to science ready data products

and facilities for which researchers are not necessarily experts, …)

* *Cultural and policy changes needed *to enable multi facilities time

allocation, prioritization of observations, publishing of

information on upcoming observations and data sharing

* *Tools, services and standards to support coordination between

facilities*, for selection and publication of targets by survey

facilities, coordination and publication of follow-up (fast)

observations among observatories as well as for publishing,

searching, analysing and visualizing data

* Tools and services to support collaboration between teams

The workshop will take place at ESAC, Villanueva de la Canada, Madrid on

19-22 November 2019.

All information can be found on the web page at :

https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/sciops-2019/home and feel free to contact

the LOC by email at sciops2019@sciops.esa.int, if you have any questions.

Registration and abstract submission for this workshop will be open

early March.

--

Thanks in advance

Cheers

Christophe Arviset for the Programme Organizing Committee


Christophe ARVISET Christophe.Arviset@esa.int

Head of the Data and Engineering Division

Operations Department, Directorate of Science

European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC)

European Space Agency (ESA)

Camino Bajo del Castillo s/n

Urb. Villafranca del Castillo

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Dawn and PAX Meetings

(Posted here February 15, 2019)

Dear Colleagues —

We wish to announce two meetings to be held at the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) in Cascina, Italy.

The Fifth Dawn Meeting on Global Strategies for Gravitational Wave Astronomy will be from the Morning of May 26th to mid-day on May 27th. The report from the GWIC Subcommittee on 3rd Generation ground-based gravitational-wave observatories will be the main focus, and mapping the development strategy for the coming years.

The Sixth Physics and Astrophysics at the Extreme (PAX) meeting will be from mid-day on May 27th to the end of May 29th, focussing on the detailed science case for the next generation of gravitational-wave detectors.

More details will be forthcoming soon on registration, agenda, and logistics. Please be aware that each of these meetings can accommodate a maximum of 100 persons. Also note that these meetings follow after the GWADW meeting ( https://agenda.infn.it/e/GWADW2019) on the Island of Elba, 19-25 May.

Sathya and Chad Hanna for PAX

David Shoemaker and Stavros Katsanevas for Dawn

GWADW 2019 Announcement

(Posted here February 8, 2019)

From: Syd Meshkov <syd@ligo.caltech.edu>

Subject: GWADW 2019 Announcement

Date: 2019-02-07 at 12:12:44 EST

Dear colleagues,

Registration for the 2019 edition of the GWADW is now open.

Gravitational Wave Advanced Detector Workshop Discussing instrumentation

developments for present and future infrastructures in view of gravitational

wave astronomy.

La Biodola, Elba Island, 18-25 May 2019

Web site: https://agenda.infn.it/e/GWADW2019

Email: gwadw2019@pi.infn.it

Registration deadline: April 22, 2019.

NEW: Daytime "Miniclub" available for youngest workshop guests, details on

web site

Best regards,

Syd Meshkov

Francesco Fidecaro

GWIC-Braccini Thesis Prize for 2017 and 2018: Call for Nominations

(Posted here February 8, 2019)

GWIC-Braccini Thesis Prize for 2017 and 2018: Call for Nominations

PLEASE NOTE: The nomination deadline is 28 February 2019.

The Gravitational Wave International Committee is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with the Friends of Stefano Braccini to award a single yearly prize recognizing an outstanding Ph.D. thesis in the field of gravitational waves, the GWIC-Braccini Thesis Prize. Celebrating an extraordinary 2017, which changed the plans of many Ph.D. theses, this year’s edition will recognize two outstanding Ph.D. theses, one from each of the last two years. Nominations for the 2017 and 2018 GWIC-Braccini Thesis Prizes are now open.

Members of the gravitational wave community are invited to nominate students who have performed notable research on any aspect of gravitational wave science. Theses will be judged on 1) originality and creativity of the research, 2) importance to the field of gravitational waves and gravitational wave detection, broadly interpreted, and 3) clarity of presentation. Each winner will receive a certificate of recognition and a prize of US$ 1,000 and some travel support to the meeting where the prize will be awarded. The 2017 and 2018 prizes will be awarded at the GR22 and 13th Amaldi conference in Valencia, Spain, this July.

Eligibility: In this edition, prizes will be awarded on a calendar year basis for 2017 and 2018. Theses for the 2017 Prize should have been accepted by their institutions between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017, or, for the 2018 Prize, between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018. It is expected that many of the nominations will come from the member projects of GWIC, but this is not a requirement. Nominated theses may be in any language. A committee selected from the gravitational wave community will evaluate the nominations and select the winner. The selection committee will make all determinations about eligibility.

Nominations: Nominations should be submitted by 28 February 2019. The nomination package consists of (i) the thesis, (ii) a letter of nomination, preferably from the thesis advisor, and (iii) a supporting letter from another scientist familiar with the work. The nomination and supporting letters should describe the importance and novelty of the research and the student’s particular contribution. Please indicate clearly which year each nomination pertains to.

Electronic submission of the thesis and letters is strongly preferred, with the thesis and the letters in separate pdf files. Electronic copies of (or links to) the nomination materials may be sent to Martin Hewitson <martin.hewitson@aei.mpg.de>. All submissions will be acknowledged; if an acknowledgement is not received shortly after the deadline, please contact Martin Hewitson <martin.hewitson@aei.mpg.de>.

If electronic submission is impossible, please contact Martin Hewitson <martin.hewitson@aei.mpg.de> for instructions concerning paper submission.

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Dr. Martin Hewitson, Staff Scientist

Institut für Gravitationsphysik der Leibniz Universität Hannover

Callinstraße 38

D-30167 Hannover, Germany

Tel: +49 511 762 17121

Fax: +49 511 762 5861

Email: hewitson@aei.mpg.de

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Registration for CTA Symposium Open, Deadlines Extended

(Posted here February 8, 2019)

From: Federico Ferrini <federico.ferrini@cta-observatory.org>

Subject: Fwd: Registration for CTA Symposium is open / call for contributions - Registration and Abstract deadlines extended

Date: 2019-02-06 at 12:32:54 GMT+1

Dear colleagues,

(Apologies if you receive this message more than once)

Registration for the First CTA symposium is now open. Participants can register online at http://www.cta-symposium.com/registration. Your registration will be confirmed by the workshop secretary as soon as the registration fee has been received. The workshop registration fee is 300 euros before 5 April, 2019 and 350 euros after this date. A special rate of 200 (250 after 5 April) euros is available for students.

The theme for the First CTA Symposium is “Science opportunities with CTA” and will take place at the historical Teatro Duse in Bologna 6-9 May 2019 (https://www.cta-symposium.com). Through a combination of invited and contributed talks, as well as poster sessions, the meeting aims to gather the larger Multi-wavelength and Multi-messenger communities and set up new channels of communications and synergies among them and their results (preliminary programme available on the website). The call for contributed talks to this First CTA Symposium in now open, and covers the following areas of the field:

- Cosmic particle acceleration

- Compact objects and relativistic shocks

- Role of cosmic particles in galaxy evolution and star-forming systems

- Gamma rays as cosmic probes

- Fundamental physics

- Multi-wavelength and multi-messenger observations

- Additionally, any topic connected to the scientific possibilities of CTA

Submit your abstract by sending your contribution to symposium-abstracts@cta-observatory.org - please make your submissions comprehensible to a broad astrophysical audience as some of the attendees may be unfamiliar with the specifics of your field.

The deadline to submit abstracts has been extended to March 10, 2019. The scientific organising committee (SOC) will consider the submission for inclusion in the preliminary programme and will notify the authors whether their contribution has been selected for an oral/poster presentation by March 29, 2019.

Confirmed invited speakers include

Marco Ajello

Xavier Barcons

Roger Blandford

Catherine Cesarsky

Roland Crocker

Anne Decourchelle

Chris Done

Federico Fiuza

Reinhard Genzel

Giancarlo Ghirlanda

Gabriele Ghiselini

Francis Halzen

Werner Hofmann

Jamie Holder

Petra Hüntemeyer

Takaaki Kajita

Robert Laing

Julie McEnery

Kirpal Nandra

Andrii Neronov

Rene Ong

Subir Sarkar

Anatoly Spitkovsky

Volker Springel

Matthias Steinmetz

Rai Weiss

Wolfgang Wild

We look forward to seeing you in Bologna in May.

With best regards

Stefan Funk

on behalf of the SOC:

Roger Blandford, Kavli Institute of Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, Stanford University, USA

Catherine Cesarsky, CEA, France

Andrea Comastri, INAF, Italy

Emma de Oña Wilhelmi, IEEC-CSIC, Spain, and DESY, Germany

Stefan Funk, University of Erlangen, Germany

Jim Hinton, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Germany Giovanni Pareschi, INAF, Italy

David Reitze, California Institute of Technology, USA

Richard Schilizzi, University of Manchester, UK

Christian Spiering, DESY, Germany

Matthias Steinmetz, AIP, Germany Wolfgang Wild, CTAO, Italy

Iberian Gravitational Wave Meting 2019

(Posted here February 8, 2019)

9th Iberian Gravitational Wave meeting, June 3-5 2019, Santiago de Compostela

- 1st announcement

http://igfae.usc.es/~iberianGW19/

Contact : iberianGW19@igfae.usc.es

The Iberian Gravitational Waves Meeting (IberianGW2019) is an international

conference organised yearly by different members of the Red Temática de Ondas

Gravitacionales (REDONGRA). In 2019 it will take place in Santiago de

Compostela, organized by the Instituto Galego de Física de Altas Enerxías,

IGFAE.

The target is to bring together researchers with interest in Gravitational

Waves in its different facets, including both theoretical and experimental.

Another target aims at keeping track of the main developments achieved since

the last meeting within the context of the Iberian GW community, in

instrumentation, data analysis and theory.

The conference will take place in the Hospedería del Monasterio de San Martín

Pinario, a massive baroque building next to the Cathedral of Santiago de

Compostela, at the heart of the city.

Registration will be open from 30th January until 15th April 2019. Abstracts

for contributed talks may be submitted until the deadline. Please see the

conference website for more details on plenary speakers, travel,

accommodation and schedule. We hope to see you in Santiago!

GR22/Amaldi 13 Abstracts Due 1 March

(Posted here February 1, 2019)

Short form: Amaldi this summer is accepting Abstracts until 1 March. See

https://www.gr22amaldi13.com/key-dates-and-deadlines.php

Longer form: GR22 and Amaldi13 in Valencia, Spain. ¡Bienvenidos!

VALENCIA, SPAIN JULY 7-12, 2019

Welcome to the 22nd edition of the International Conference on General

Relativity and Gravitation, "GR22", and the 13th edition of the Edoardo

Amaldi Conference on Gravitational Waves, "Amaldi13".

GR22 is the latest in the series of triennial international conferences held

under the auspices of the International Society on General Relativity and

Gravitation. This conference series constitutes the principal international

meetings for scientists working in all areas of relativity and gravitation.

The Amaldi conferences are held under the auspices of the Gravitational Wave

International Committee. Since 1997, they have been held every two years and

are regarded as the most important international conferences for the

gravitational-wave detection community. In Valencia, GR22 and Amaldi13 are

organized as a joint event. The organization is coordinated by Drs. José

Antonio Font and José Navarro-Salas, from the University of Valencia (UV) /

Instituto de Física Corpuscular (CSIC), on behalf of a large national

committee. Organisational support is provided by the Fundación Universidad

Empresa UV - ADEIT.

For more information, Registration, etc., please see

https://www.gr22amaldi13.com

Sheila Rowan, GWIC Chair

David Shoemaker, GWIC Secretary

EWASS 2019 Special Session: Neutron Stars as Multi-Messenger Laboratories for Dense Matter Physics

(Posted here February 1, 2019)




Forwarded message ---------

From: Szabolcs Marka <sm2375@columbia.edu>

Date: Mon, Jan 28, 2019 at 9:34 AM

Subject: Fwd: [Everyone] Announcement EWASS 2019 Special Session: Neutron stars as multi-messenger laboratories for dense matter physics

To: David Shoemaker <dhs@ligo.mit.edu>, tiffany.summerscales@gmail.com <tiffany.summerscales@gmail.com>

FYI


Forwarded Message --------

Subject: [Everyone] Announcement EWASS 2019 Special Session: Neutron

stars as multi-messenger laboratories for dense matter physics

Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2019 12:35:27 +0100

From: Sebastien Guillot <sebastien.guillot@irap.omp.eu>

...

*EWASS 2019: Neutron stars as multi-messenger laboratories for dense

matter physics*

EWASS 2019.

26 June, 2019. Lyon, France.

Information and contacts:

https://eas.unige.ch/EWASS2019/session.jsp?id=SS26

Understanding the interior composition of neutron stars is an important

goal of astrophysics and fundamental physics. By mid-2019, the promising

results of the Neutron Star Interior Composition ExploreR mission

(NICER) on the dense matter equation of state will be available. Around

that time, run O3 of the LIGO/Virgo collaboration will be in progress

(or completed) with several expected new NS-NS mergers discoveries.

This Special Session aims at discussing recent results of the various

observational methods giving access to the dense matter properties:

gravitational waves from neutron star mergers (LIGO/Virgo), the NICER

mission, thermal emission from the surface of neutron stars, and other

existing methods. The theoretical modelling of the dense matter equation

of state can also be discussed in light of these new results. Finally,

some time will be dedicated for the future of the field, in particular

how future missions/experiments will provide the next generations

constraints for the better understanding of the dense matter equation of

state.

Programme:

We solicit contributions on the following methods providing constraints

on the dense matter equation of state:

- Gravitational waves signals from NS-NS mergers

- Results from the NICER Mission and other light-curve modelling

techniques.

- Thermal emission from neutron stars (Quiescent LMXBs, INSs, CCOs)

- Type I X-ray bursts

- Mass measurements of neutron stars

- Moment of inertia measurements

- Experimental measurements

as well as expected constraints from future experiments and observatories.

Invited Speakers:

/To be announced/

Registrations:

Registrations are already open (early-bird deadline on Feb. 10th)

and the online form can be found on the EWASS2019 webpage:

https://eas.unige.ch//EWASS/registration.jsp

Abstract submission:

The deadline for abstract submission is 3 March 2019

https://eas.unige.ch//EWASS/abstract_submission.jsp

Scientific organisers:

Sebastien Guillot (IRAP), Fiorella Burgio (INFN Catania), Alessandro

Drago (U Ferrara), Mark Alford (U Wash. St. Louis), Luciano Rezzolla

(ITP Frankfurt), Jérôme Margueron (IPNL), Laura Tolos (ICE), Sebastiano

Bernuzzi (TPI Jena), Veronica Dexheimer (Kent U.), Adrianna Raduta

(NIPNE), Pierre Pizzochero (INFN Milano), Morgane Fortin (CAMK),

Dipankar Bhattacharya (IUCAA), Nanda Rea (ICE), Tanja Hinderer (UvA),

Anna Watts (UvA).

—————————

Sebastien GUILLOT

CNES Post-doctoral Fellow

Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (IRAP - CNRS)

http://userpages.irap.omp.eu/~sguillot/


Announcement of STARS2019 and SMFNS2019, Havana, Varadero, Cuba

(Posted here January 25, 2019)

From: Cesar Zen <cesarzen@cesarzen.com>

Subject: Announcement of STARS2019 and SMFNS2019, Havana, Varadero, Cuba - Message to Spokepersons

Date: January 24, 2019 at 5:22:45 AM CST

We are pleased to announce the meetings:

STARS2019 - 5th Caribbean Symposium on Cosmology, Gravitation, Nuclear and Astroparticle Physics and SMFNS2019 - 6th International Symposium on Strong Electromagnetic Fields and Neutron Stars, to be held from May 6 to 12, 2019, in Havana and Varadero (Cuba), respectively

The events are the fifth and sixth in a series of meetings gathering scientists working on astroparticle physics, cosmology, gravitation, nuclear physics, and related fields. As in previous years, the meeting sessions will consist of invited and contributed talks and will cover recent developments in the following topics:

STARS2019 New phenomena and new states of matter in the Universe, general relativity, gravitation, cosmology, heavy ion collisions and the formation of the quark-gluon plasma, white dwarfs, neutron stars and pulsars, black holes, gamma-ray emission in the Universe, high energy cosmic rays, gravitational waves, dark energy and dark matter, strange matter and strange stars, antimatter in the Universe, and topics related to these.

SMFNS2019 Strong magnetic fields in the Universe, strong magnetic fields in compact stars and in galaxies, ultra-strong magnetic fields in neutron star mergers, quark stars and magnetars, strong magnetic fields and the cosmic microwave background, and topics related to these.

We are in particular organizing a session entitled: laboratories, observatories, telescopes and scientific projects that will shape 21st century physics. We will be very honored to have your presence or a representative of your project in our meetings STARS2019 and SMFNS2019.

Professor Walter Greiner Award will be granted to the best three posters presented by students at the conferences.

For more details (registration, registration fees, call for abstracts, proceedings, travel information and accommodation) please visit https://indico.cern.ch/event/721602/overview.

We count on your participation.

Best Regards

Loc – STARS2019SMFNS

16th Baksan School on Astroparticle Physics

(Posted here January 25, 2019)



From: Baksan School <school@ms2.inr.ac.ru>

Subject: Particles and Cosmology: the 16th Baksan School on Astroparticle Physics

Date: 2019-01-22 at 07:50:44 GMT-5


Within this letter we would like to draw your attention to a forthcoming 16th Baksan School on Astroparticle Physics co-organized by Institute for Nuclear Research (Moscow), Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Dubna) and APPEC, to be held in a pictorial National Park close to Elburs mountain on April 10-18. 2019.

The deadline for registration to Particles and Cosmology: the 16th Baksan School on Astroparticle Physics (April 10-18) was extended till February 1 to fill remaining vacant places for graduate students, advanced undergraduates and young postdocs. The unique features of the school are:

  • Three 6-lecture courses by leading experts on neutrino detection, machine learning and multimessenger astrophysics, supplemented by tutorials, practical work, highlight lectures and short reports by the participants.
  • Excursion to Baksan Neutrino Observatory underground labs (4800 mwe).
  • Location in a national park close to Mt. Elbrus (5642), one of the "Seven Summits" of the World, with possibilities for skiing and hiking during long mid-day breaks.
  • There are 10 fellowships for European students and 5 fellowships for students from Russia covering full-board lodging, airport transfer, banquet and excursion.

The registration fee is 325 EUR which includes full-board lodging, airport transfer, banquet and excursion.

More information on the School website http://www.inr.ac.ru/~school .

The Space Astrophysics Landscape for the 2020s and Beyond Meeting

(Posted here January 25, 2019)

From: HEAD Secretary <headsec@aas.org>

Subject: [HEAD Members] The Space Astrophysics Landscpe for the 2020s and Beyond: Abstract Deadline January 24

Date: 2019-01-20 at 17:09:53 GMT-5

Dear HEAD members,

please see the announcement for "The Space Astrophysics Landscape for the 2020s and Beyond" Meeting, April 1-3 2019. Please note the abstract deadline is Thursday January 24, and see the meeting website

https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/landscape2019/

for more information

cheers

Mike

First European Physical Society Conference on Gravitation

(Posted here January 25, 2019)

From: riccif <fulvio.ricci@roma1.infn.it>

Subject: Re: [GWIC] Announcements for the week ending 19 January 2019

Date: 2019-01-20 at 05:41:51 GMT-5

First EPS (European Physical Society) Conference on Gravitation

https://agenda.infn.it/event/15395/

The first EPS (European Physical Society) Conference on Gravitation to be held at the Sapienza University (Rome, Italy) from February 19th to February 21th, 2019. The aim of the conference is to discuss aspects of Classical and Quantum Gravity, including General Relativity tests, measurements of the G constant, Geodesy, and obviously Gravitational Waves from the experimental, theoretical and data analysis point of views. Details about registration will be communicated in the next announcement. The conference is organised in days focused around key topics introduced by invited speakers and followed by contributed talks. There will also be a poster session, together with four Young Scientist Awards to the best poster contributions by skilled young researchers . The scientific program will be finalised in the upcoming days. The Local and Scientific Organising Committees are looking forward to welcoming you in Rome.

Starts 19 Feb 2019, 08:00

Ends 21 Feb 2019, 18:00

Europe/Rome

"Sapienza" Rome University

Aula Amaldi

3rd ASTERICS-OBELICS International School on Computing for Astrophysics and Astroparticle Physics

(Posted here January 18, 2019)

From: Eric Chassande-Mottin <ecm@apc.in2p3.fr>

Subject: 3rd ASTERICS-OBELICS international school on computing for astrophysics and astroparticle physics, 8-12 April 2019, Annecy, France

Date: 2019-01-17 at 08:20:05 GMT-5

We are pleased to announce the third ASTERICS-OBELICS International School <https://indico.in2p3.fr/event/18333/> that will be held at LAPP, Annecy from 8 to 12 April 2019. Registration to attend the school is now open on: https://indico.in2p3.fr/event/18333/page/2036-registration-guidelines with registration deadline 28 February 2019.

This school is organized in the framework of OBELICS <https://www.asterics2020.eu/obelics> (Observatory E-environments LINked by common ChallengeS) work package of H2020 – ASTERICS <https://www.asterics2020.eu/home> project. The school is specifically intended for a large audience including PhD students, postdocs, senior researchers from the domain of astrophysics and astroparticle physics. It will provide theoretical and hands-on training to physicists to acquire efficient and fast computer programming techniques, as well as skills for improvingtheir scientific data analysis software.

The school will include theory and hands-on sessions on following subjects by reputed international tutors:

· Project management

· Python libraries for science

· Machine learning

· C & C++ for Python

The reference programming languages for this school will be Python and C++

To ensure organizational effectiveness we will be allowing maximum 60 registrations therefore we request interested participants to register <https://indico.in2p3.fr/event/18333/page/2036-registration-guidelines> as soon as possible. An attractive registration fee of *€150*will be charged to confirm participation. This fee will include course fee, social events, accommodation arrangements, lunch and coffee breaks during the school.

Should you have any question please do not hesitate to write us at obelics_school@lapp.in2p3.fr <mailto:obelics_school@lapp.in2p3.fr>

First Cerenkov Telescope Array Symposium

(Posted here January 18, 2019)

Dear Colleagues,

Registration for the First Cerenkov Telescope Array symposium is now open. Participants can register online at http://www.cta-symposium.com/registration. Your registration will be confirmed by the workshop secretary as soon as the registration fee has been received.

The workshop registration fee is 300 Euros before 20 March, 2019 and 350 Euros after this date. A special rate of 200 (250 after 20 March) euros is available for students.

The theme for the First CTA Symposium is “Science opportunities with CTA” and will take place at the historical Teatro Duse in Bologna 6-9 May 2019 (https://www.cta-symposium.com). The meeting specifically addresses the larger MWL/MM communities and aims to set up new channels of communications with those communities. It will feature a combination of invited and contributed talks. The preliminary programme is available on the symposium webpage.

We are also opening a call for contributions to the First CTA Symposium in the following areas:

- Cosmic particle acceleration

- Compact objects and relativistic shocks

- Role of cosmic particles in galaxy evolution and star-forming systems

- Gamma rays as cosmic probes

- Fundamental physics

- Multi-wavelength and multi-messenger observations

Or any other topic connected to the scientific possibilities of CTA.

Submit your abstract on http://www.cta-symposium.com/abstract-submission/ - please make your submissions comprehensible to a broad astrophysical audience as some of the attendees may be unfamiliar with the specifics of your field.

The deadline to submit abstracts is February 20, 2019. The scientific organising committee (SOC) will consider the submission for inclusion in the preliminary programme and will notify the authors whether their contribution has been selected for an oral/poster presentation by March 15, 2019.

Confirmed invited speakers include

Marco Ajello

Roger Blandford

Catherine Cesarsky

Federico Fiuza

Giancarlo Ghirlanda

Gabriele Ghiselini

Francis Halzen

Werner Hofmann

Jamie Holder

Takaaki Kajita

Robert Laing

Julie McEnery

Andrii Neronov

Subir Sarkar

Anatoly Spitkovsky

Rai Weiss

Wolfgang Wild

We look forward to seeing you in Bologna in May.

With best regards

Stefan Funk

on behalf of the SOC:

Roger Blandford, Kavli Institute of Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, Stanford University, USA

Catherine Cesarsky, CEA, France

Andrea Comastri, INAF, Italy

Emma de Oña Wilhelmi, University of Barcelona, Spain

Stefan Funk, University of Erlangen, Germany

Jim Hinton, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Germany

Giovanni Pareschi, INAF, Italy

David Reitze, California Institute of Technology, USA

Richard Schilizzi, University of Manchester, UK

Christian Spiering, DESY, Germany

Matthias Steinmetz, IAP, Germany

Wolfgang Wild, CTAO, Italy

GWEOS-2019 Pisa Workshop

(Posted here January 18, 2019)

From: Giancarlo Cella <giancarlo.cella@pi.infn.it>

Subject: Announcement: GWEOS-2019 Pisa workshop

Date: 2019-01-15 at 09:12:33 GMT-5

To: David Shoemaker <dhs@ligo.mit.edu>

Dear David,

could you please circulate this inside the LSC/VIRGO community?

Thanks a lot,

Giancarlo


Dear colleagues,

this is the announcement of a workshop that will be held in Pisa at the end of

february. Feel free to propagate the information to whom may be interested

Regards,

Giancarlo

Annoucement link: http://virgopisa.df.unipi.it/tiki-read_article.php?

articleId=78

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Constraining the equation of state of matter at extreme densities with

gravitational wave observations

February 25-26, 2019

INFN Sez. Pisa, Dipartimento di Fisica dell'Università di Pisa, European

Gravitational Observatory

On-line Registration Deadline: February 22, 2019

https://agenda.infn.it/e/GWEOS2019

The idea of the workshop is to put together physicists with competences in

gravitational waves, nuclear physics and neutron star physics to create a

bridge between these communities and to foster future collaborations.

A large amount of time is allocated for discussions, and the style of the

communications should be open to dialogue. Here is a list of issues we aim to

discuss:

What kind of constraints on the equation of state (EOS) of matter at very high

densities are allowed by the present and future GW detector sensitivities?

What are the most up to date theoretical models for the EOS?

Can neutron stars sustain long-lived large quadrupolar deformations?

What is the current state of the art for numerical simulations?

What are the more urgent theoretical challenges?

What are the most relevant analysis limitations?

How can we bring together GW and EM constraints?

What we are expected to gain with third-generation GW observatories for

fundamental physics of matter at extreme densities?

The second day of the workshop will be hosted by the European Gravitational

Observatory. A free service transport from Pisa to EGO and back will be

available. At the end of the workshop it will be possible to visit VIRGO.

Abstract Submission

Foreseen talks are on invitation only, but registration is open to everyone

interested. Registrants are welcome to participate to the discussions.

Registration and Fees

There is no registration fee, but the number of registrations is limited (50).

To register for this workshop, please go to this site:

https://agenda.infn.it/e/GWEOS2019

Workshop Organizing Committee

Ignazio Bombaci (Dipartimento di Fisica dell'Università di Pisa)

ignazio.bombaci@unipi.it

Giancarlo Cella (INFN Pisa) giancarlo.cella@pi.infn.it

Cristiano Palomba (INFN Roma) cristiano.palomba@roma1.infn.it

Jim Hartle Birthday Celebration Conference, Santa Barbara, CA

(Posted here January 18, 2019)

Jim Hartle: A man with no boundaries

We are pleased to invite you to attend a one-day celebration of Jim Hartle’s 80th birthday, which will be held at the KITP in Santa Barbara, California on June 7, 2019. Details can be found on the website.

This conference will include talks from distinguished speakers covering many aspects of Jim’s remarkable career. The deadline for registration is May 1, 2019. Unfortunately, we cannot reimburse (local or travel) expenses.

We hope to see you in Santa Barbara on June 7.

Best regards,

Gary Horowitz, University of California
Thomas Hertog, University of Leuven



Amaldi Conference

(Posted here January 18, 2019)

The next Amaldi Conference will be held in Valencia, Spain, July 7-12 2019.

It is in parallel with GR 22, the International Conference on General

Relativity and Gravitation.

The Amaldi conferences are held under the auspices of the Gravitational Wave

International Committee (GWIC). Since 1997, they have been held every two

years and are regarded as the most important international conferences for

the gravitational-wave detection community. GR22 is the latest in the series

of triennial international conferences held under the auspices of the

International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation (ISGRG). In

Valencia, GR22 and Amaldi13 are organized as a joint event.

Please see http://www.gr22amaldi13.com for more information.

ALSO — if you are a member of the ISGRG you receive a discount in the

registration and support an important interface of our community to the

International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). If you are not a

member, please consider joining — Please see http://www.isgrg.org.

Sheila Rowan, GWIC Chair

David Shoemaker, GWIC Secretary

Pioneering Cardiff Professor Wins Eddington Medal

(Posted here January 18, 2019)

Pioneering professor wins Eddington Medal

Royal Astronomical Society prize for Professor Bernard Schutz

News release from Cardiff University

Embargoed 16:00hrs Friday 11 January 2019

A Cardiff University professor who discovered how to measure the expansion of the universe has been honoured by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS).

Bernard Schutz will receive the Eddington Medal for ‘an investigation of outstanding merit in theoretical astrophysics.’

His pioneering work paved the way for analysis pipelines that are at now at the heart of searches for gravitational waves through the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the VIRGO interferometer.

In a 1986 paper, Professor Schutz, School of Physics and Astronomy, showed how gravitational waves can be used to measure the cosmic expansion rate.

He argued that gravitational waves from collisions (mergers) of two neutron stars or black holes are “standard sirens” carrying information about their distance to Earth.

Thirty years later, his theory was realised when both gravitational and electromagnetic waves were detected by LIGO. In 2017, Professor Schutz travelled to Stockholm to watch his former PhD supervisor and mentor, Kip Thorne, share a Nobel Prize for his work on LIGO.

The landmark discovery was made possible thanks to the significant contribution of a team of researchers at Cardiff University’s School of Physics and Astronomy.

Professor Schutz said: “I am delighted to be receiving the Eddington Medal. It is wonderful to have this recognition from my fellow astronomers and astrophysicists of the importance that work I did over 30 years ago has achieved today.

“When I realised in 1986 that gravitational waves could help us measure distances across the Universe, its rate of expansion, and its age, I became convinced that detectors for these waves had to be built and brought into operation. I have worked for that ever since.”

Professor Schutz joins an illustrious body of astrophysicists including Professors Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose (1975) in receiving the accolade, named after English astronomer and mathematician Sir Arthur Eddington who made the first empirical test of Einstein’s theory. It was first awarded in 1953 to the cosmologist Georges Lemaître who proposed the expansion of the Universe on theoretical grounds.

“The Medal is more than a recognition of work done 30 years ago,” said Professor Schutz, who will receive the award at the National Astronomical Meeting in July.

“The pleasure of achieving this recognition is a reward for having dedicated much of my career to reaching the goal of opening the field of gravitational wave astronomy. Receiving the medal 100 years after Eddington himself provided crucial proof of the validity of Einstein’s theory makes it a special honour indeed.”

Born and educated in the USA, Professor Schutz earned his PhD in Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1971. After postdoctoral work in Cambridge with Stephen Hawking and Martin Rees, and further work at Yale University, he became a lecturer at what was University College Cardiff in 1974. In 1995, by then a Professor, he moved to Germany as one of two founding directors of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute).

Retiring from that post in 2014, he returned to Cardiff University as a Professor in Physics and Astronomy and the first director of the University’s Data Innovation Research Institute. He serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the USA.

Professor Schutz’ body of work over 40 years continues to influence the future study of astrophysics.

“The observations we have made so far are just the beginning,” he added.

“As detectors improve, and as we go into space with European Space Agency’s Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission, we will use this tool to answer many questions about the history of the Universe.”

Athro arloesol yn ennill Medal Eddington

Yr Athro Bernard Schutz yn cael gwobr gan y Gymdeithas Seryddol Frenhinol

Datganiad I’r Wasg gan Prifysgol Caerdydd

Embargo 16:00 Dydd Gwener 11 Ionawr 2019

Mae Athro o Brifysgol Caerdydd wnaeth ddarganfod sut i fesur ehangiad y bydysawd wedi'i anrhydeddu gan y Gymdeithas Seryddol Frenhinol (RAS).

Bydd Bernard Schutz yn cael Medal Eddington am 'archwiliad â theilyngdod rhagorol mewn astroffiseg ddamcaniaethol.'

Bu'r Athro Schutz yn arloesi'r arfer o astudio data o synwyryddion tonnau disgyrchiant ymyriadurol, a gosododd y llwybr ar gyfer piblinellau dadansoddi sydd bellach wrth wraidd y broses o chwilio am donnau disgyrchiant drwy Arsyllfa Tonnau Disgyrchol yr Ymyriadur Laser (LIGO) ac ymyriadur VIRGO.

Mewn papur ym 1986, dangosodd yr Athro Schutz, o'r Ysgol Ffiseg a Seryddiaeth sut y gellir defnyddio tonnau disgyrchiant i fesur y gyfradd ehangiad cosmig.

Ei ddadl oedd bod tonnau disgyrchiant yn sgîl gwrthdrawiad (uno) rhwng dwy seren niwtron neu dyllau du yn "seirenau safonol" sy'n cynnwys gwybodaeth am eu pellter o'r Ddaear.

Ddeng mlynedd yn ddiweddarach, gwireddwyd ei ddamcaniaeth pan gafodd tonnau disgyrchiant ac electromagnetig eu canfod gan LIGO. Yn 2017, teithiodd yr Athro Schutz i Stockholm i wylio ei fentor a chyn-oruchwyliwr PhD, Kip Thorne, yn rhannu Gwobr Nobel am ei waith ar LIGO.

Cafodd y canfyddiad nodedig ei wneud o ganlyniad i gyfraniad sylweddol tîm o ymchwilwyr yn Ysgol Ffiseg a Seryddiaeth Prifysgol Caerdydd.

Yn ôl yr Athro Schutz: "Rydw i wrth fy modd o gael y fedal Eddington. Mae'n hyfryd cael y gydnabyddiaeth hon gan fy nghyd-seryddwyr ac astroffisegwyr am y pwysigrwydd y mae'r gwaith a wnes dros 30 mlynedd yn ôl wedi ei gyflawni heddiw.

"Pan sylweddolais ym 1986 y gallai tonnau disgyrchiant ein helpu i fesur pellteroedd ar draws y bydysawd, cyfradd ei ehangiad a'i oed, cefais fy argyhoeddi bod yn rhaid adeiladu'r synwyryddion ar gyfer y tonnau hynny, a'u rhoi ar waith. Bûm yn gweithio tuag at y nod hwnnw byth ers hynny.

Mae'r Athro Schutz yn ymuno â chorff disglair o astroffisegwyr gafodd yr un clod, gan gynnwys yr Athrawon Stephen Hawking a Roger Penrose (1975). Enwyd y wobr ar ôl y seryddwr a'r mathemategydd o Loegr, Syr Arthur Eddington, wnaeth gynnal y prawf empirig cyntaf o theori Einstein. Fe'i dyfarnwyd yn gyntaf ym 1953 i'r cosmolegydd Georges Lemaître, wnaeth gynnig y syniad bod y bydysawd yn ehangu ar sail ddamcaniaethol.

"Mae'r fedal yn fwy na chydnabyddiaeth am waith a gynhaliwyd 30 mlynedd yn ôl," meddai'r Athro Schutz, fydd yn cael y wobr yn y Cyfarfod Seryddol Cenedlaethol ym mis Gorffennaf.

"Mae'r pleser o gael y gydnabyddiaeth hon yn wobr am dreulio'r rhan helaeth o'm gyrfa'n cyrraedd y nod o agor maes seryddiaeth tonnau disgyrchiant. Mae cael y fedal 100 mlynedd ar ôl i Eddington ei hun roi prawf hollbwysig o ddilysrwydd damcaniaeth Einstein yn golygu bod hon yn anrhydedd arbennig yn wir."

Cafodd yr Athro Schutz ei eni a'i addysgu yn UDA, a chafodd ei PhD mewn Ffiseg o Sefydliad Technoleg Califfornia ym 1971. Yn dilyn gwaith ôl-ddoethurol yng Nghaergrawnt gyda Stephen Hawking a Martin Rees, a gwaith pellach ym Mhrifysgol Yale, daeth yn ddarlithydd yn yr hyn oedd yn Goleg Prifysgol Caerdydd ym 1974. Ym 1995, ac yntau'n Athro erbyn hynny, symudodd i'r Almaen fel un o'r ddau gyfarwyddwr oedd yn sylfaenwyr ar Sefydliad Max Planck ar gyfer Ffiseg Ddisgyrchol (Sefydliad Albert Einstein).

Ar ôl ymddeol o'r swydd honno yn 2014, dychwelodd i Brifysgol Caerdydd fel Athro Ffiseg a Seryddiaeth, a daeth yn gyfarwyddwr cyntaf Sefydliad Ymchwil Arloesedd Data y Brifysgol. Mae'n Athro Cynorthwyol yn Sefydliad Technoleg Georgia yn UDA.

Mae corff gwaith yr Athro Schutz dros 40 mlynedd yn parhau i ddylanwadu ar gyfeiriad astudiaethau astroffiseg at y dyfodol.

"Dim ond y dechrau yw'r arsylwadau rydym wedi eu gwneud hyd yn hyn", ychwanegodd.

"Wrth i synwyryddion wella, ac wrth i ni fynd i'r gofod gyda thaith Antenna Gofod Ymyriadur Laser (LISA) Asiantaeth Gofod Ewrop, byddwn yn defnyddio'r teclyn hwn i ateb llawer o gwestiynau am hanes y bydysawd."

Contact/Cyswllt

Bernard F Schutz

+44(0)29 2087 6962 / +44(0)29 2023 0799/ +49(0)7535 650477

AEI: +49(0)331 567 7220
@bernardfschutz
Skype:
UK/DU: +44(0)29 2125 6890
Germany/Yr Almaen: +49(0)33203 269015
USA/UDA: +1 516 324 2322


Rencontres de Moriond and GRAM Colloquium on Gravitation

(Posted here January 18, 2019)

From: Jacques Dumarchez <jacques.dumarchez@lpnhe.in2p3.fr>

Subject: Moriond Gravitation 2019

Date: 2019-01-11 at 20:30:48 GMT-5

Dear colleague,

Let us remind you that the Rencontres de Moriond

and GRAM Colloquium on Gravitation will take place

from March 23-30 in La Thuile (Italy).

It will review the subject 2 years after the last edition

and in particular after many exciting recent results

(GW observations, MICROSCOPE results, observation of

GR-effects at the galactic centre, new searches for

dark matter, ...)

The main topics of the conference will be:

* Gravitational waves: sources, searches and observations

* Space borne detectors

* Strong field tests of General Relativity (Pulsars, Black holes,...)

* Quantum sensors

* Pulsar timing

* Fundamental physics with gravitational waves

* Tests of the equivalence principle

* Astrometry, solar system ephemerides and observational gravity tests

* Space geodesy, Earth and Planetary Gravity, Navigation

* Clocks, lasers and fundamental constants

* Tests of GR and alternative theories (CPT and Lorentz violation,...)

* Modified gravity theories

* Short range gravity and Casimir effect: classical, atom and neutron tests

* Long range gravity, dark matter, dark energy

The conference will include both review and

contributed talks and will be organized only

in plenary sessions.

Registration is open as well as abstract submission.

Abstract deadline: January 31, 2019.

More details can be found on the web site of the conference:

http://moriond.in2p3.fr/2019/Gravitation/

best regards,

the organizing committee



Applications Open for Rising Stars in Physics Workshop at Stanford

(Posted here January 11, 2019)



*From: *Jenifer Conan Tice <tice@stanford.edu <mailto:tice@stanford.edu>>

Subject: **Of interest: Applications open for Rising Stars in Physics Workshop at Stanford

*Date: *November 20, 2018 at 12:42:33 PM EST

*To: *Jenifer Conan Tice <tice@stanford.edu <mailto:tice@stanford.edu>>

/The following email is being sent on behalf of Prof. Shamit Kachru, Chair of the Stanford University Physics Department. Please share with potentially interested women postdocs and senior graduate students:/

The Department of Physics at Stanford invites top early career women (postdocs and last-year PhD students) in Physics and Astronomy who are interested in careers in academia toapply <https://physicsrisingstars2019.sites.stanford.edu/>for an expenses-paid, two-day workshop (Apr 10-11, 2019). Participants will have an opportunity to present their research, as well as attend panel discussions with faculty focused on issues related to navigating the early stages of an academic career. The goal of theRising Stars in Physics <https://physicsrisingstars2019.sites.stanford.edu/> workshops is to foster a new generation of women in academia and promote diversity in the faculty ranks. This year’s workshop at Stanford is co-sponsored by MIT, building upon the success of events held there in 2016 and 2018.

Further information regarding eligibility and the application process can be found on the event website <https://physicsrisingstars2019.sites.stanford.edu/>. Applications are due by Jan 25, 2019.

Please distribute this announcement among your faculty and encourage the very top early career women in your department who might be interested in academic careers to apply. The workshop is being coordinated by Prof. Monika Schleier-Smith (Stanford) and Prof. Pablo Jarillo-Herrero (MIT), with support provided by the Heising-Simons Foundation. Any questions that you or the applicants may have can be directed to us via email (schleier@stanford.edu<mailto:schleier@stanford.edu>, pjarillo@mit.edu <mailto:pjarillo@mit.edu>).


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