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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.

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IEEE Milestone Award for LIGO

(Posted here January 22, 2021)

Dear Colleagues,

The IEEE History Committee has selected LIGO and VIRGO to receive the highest award given by the IEEE, the IEEE Milestone Award. Below you will see a link for optional registration, plus program highlights. The award ceremony is an online event happening on 3 February 2021. Here’s the announcement provided by the IEEE. Anyone can participate in this event, so feel free to invite anyone with interest in such things.

An international event will be held online on Wed, 3 Feb, 8:30-10am PST, when a prestigious IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing will be dedicated for the massive Gravitational-Wave Antennas in WA state, Louisiana and Italy. They collectively confirmed Albert Einstein's 1916 General Theory of Relativity which predicted the existence of cosmic ripples that traveled at the speed of light, carrying with them information about their origins as well as clues to the nature of gravity itself.

See www.GWAMilestone.com for lots of info and interesting links about this event that will include 4 Nobel Laureates and an international crew of scientists. Register and get a link to view the event live, or at a time convenient for you.

Announcement of Opportunity opened by AHEAD2020 (Integrated Activities for High Energy, Astrophysics)

(Posted here January 22, 2021)

Dear colleagues,

We would like to attract your attention to the Announcement of

Opportunity (AO) opened the AHEAD2020 (Integrated Activities for High

Energy Astrophysics) consortium on January 11 and closing on the 22nd

of February. See below a short description of the content of the call

and the relevant links.

From the 4 calls contained in the AO of particular interest to the GW

community are:

Call 2 (Visitor Program) supporting research visits to

institutes/laboratories located in European or associated countries ,in

order to foster new or strengthen existing collaborations on

multi-Messenger astrophysics. With eligible candidates scientist or

engineers from Astrophysics institutes in both EU and non-EU

countries. Site of the call:

https://webserver.javalab.ua.es/ahead2020/visitors-programme/announcement-opportunity-1

<https://webserver.javalab.ua.es/ahead2020/visitors-programme/announcement-opportunity-1>

And

Call 4 (Trans-national access to Computational astrophysics) providing

new opportunities for European researchers to access free of charge

complex computational astrophysical simulations, models and tools to

simulate, compare, and analyse X-ray and gamma-ray data and support

analysis of multi messenger data. Site of the call:

https://www.astro.unige.ch/ahead/ <https://www.astro.unige.ch/ahead/>

Marica and Stavros

PS. The call text:

### AHEAD2020 Announcement of Opportunity Cycle 1 is now open ###

The AHEAD2020 (Integrated Activities for High Energy Astrophysics*)

calls for a program of transnational visits and remote access

activities to be performed starting April 2021. The main objectives are:

1) fostering new or strengthening existing collaborations on science and

technology topics in high energy astrophysics (visitor program);

2) providing training and/or mentoring on high energy data analysis,use

of advanced tools , computational astrophysics and multi messenger

astronomy;

3) providing free access to some of the best European ground test and

calibration facilities relevant for high-energy astrophysics.

Visitor grants include full reimbursement of travel and subsistence

expenses. To face possible restrictions to travel as effect of the

pandemic, the possibility of remote access for a number of services in

the area of data analysis, tools and computational astrophysics will be

provided.

AO-1 Calls Opening: 11 January 2021

Submission Deadline: 22 February 2021(**)

For further information and links to the AO-1 calls:

https://ahead.iaps.inaf.it/?page_id=1779

<https://ahead.iaps.inaf.it/?page_id=1779>

  • AHEAD2020 is a Research Infrastructure program funded by EU

Horizon 2020. Its main goal is to integrate and open research

infrastructures for high energy Astrophysics. For general information on

AHEAD2020: https://ahead.iaps.inaf.it/ <https://ahead.iaps.inaf.it/>

** For activities concerning access to experimental facilities,

submission will remain open and proposals can be submitted anytime

until August 2023; they will be evaluated typically within one month

from delivery.

Cosmic Explorer Consortium Calls

(Posted here January 22, 2021)

Dear Colleagues,

To: Cosmic Explorer consortium members and other interested colleagues who attended the inaugural CE conference:

Many thanks to all of you who helped to make the inaugural Cosmic Explorer Conference in October a success! The sessions explored a wide range of interesting questions posed by next-generation gravitational-wave science. To continue our momentum, we would like to hold a regular call dedicated to discussing the science potential of Cosmic Explorer. This call will be open to anyone who has signed up for the Cosmic Explorer Consortium. If you have colleagues who may be interested, but have not yet signed up please encourage them to do so. We are excited about this opportunity to engage the physics and astronomy community in the development of Cosmic Explorer.

The GWIC science case for third-generation detectors describes a broad range of science goals for third-generation gravitational wave detectors. The purpose of this call is to engage the community to these goals into the science case for Cosmic Explorer as part of the international third-generation detector network. It is also essential to engage a breadth of expertise to demonstrate that the necessary theoretical and computational methods can be created to realize the potential of signal-rich data sets from the third-generation detectors, as well as other future observatories and experiments.

To begin with, we propose to have a monthly consortium meeting but the frequency can be revised depending on demand. Also, in order to make the meetings to be globally accessible we suggest that the meetings alternate each month between 11 am ET and 5 pm ET on the first Wednesday of each month. The first meeting will be at 11 am ET on February 3, 2021. The second meeting will be at 5 pm ET on March 3 and so on.

Best regards,
Sathya for the Cosmic Explorer Team

GWIC-Braccini Thesis Prize for 2020: Call for Nominations

(Posted here January 15, 2021)

PLEASE NOTE: The nomination deadline is 31 January 2021.

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 2020 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 2020 prizes at the Amaldi conference in June 2021. The in-person meeting is planned to be held in Melbourne, Australia with support for travel (up to US$ 1,000) to receive the prize in person; if necessary, Amaldi will be a telemeeting with the award given in that medium.

Eligibility: In this cycle, the prize will be awarded on a calendar year basis for 2020. The theses should have been accepted by their institutions between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020. 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 2021. 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, and iv) an 1-2 page abstract of the thesis written by the nominee. The nomination and supporting letters should describe the importance and novelty of the research and the student’s particular contribution.

Electronic submission of the thesis and letters is strongly preferred, with the thesis, abstract and the letters in separate pdf files (4 files in total). 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.

Finally, we are aware that due to COVID, it is highly possible that thesis plans could be delayed, and in some cases formal extensions to thesis submissions may be in place in certain institutions. Please let us know if such delays and extensions affect any students you would otherwise nominate. Our preference at the moment is to continue with the normal schedule for the prize, but if there is significant evidence that a delay to the process would be appropriate, we will consider it.

Simulations for Multi-Messenger Astronomy (S4MMA) Workshop

(Posted here December 11, 2020)



Simulations for Multi-Messenger Astronomy (S4MMA): an NSF-supported Project Scoping Workshop

Spring/Summer 2021 Oak Ridge National Labs. Planning Activities to start in December 2020.

Workshop: https://s4mma.github.io/index.html

Sign in Page: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e44a4af2ca6fd0-s4mma

GWIC-Braccini Thesis Prize for 2020: Call for Nominations

(Posted here December 4, 2020)

PLEASE NOTE: The nomination deadline is 31 January 2021.

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 2020 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 2020 prizes at the Amaldi conference in June 2021. The in-person meeting is planned to be held in Melbourne, Australia with support for travel (up to US$ 1,000) to receive the prize in person; if necessary, Amaldi will be a telemeeting with the award given in that medium.

Eligibility: In this cycle, the prize will be awarded on a calendar year basis for 2020. The theses should have been accepted by their institutions between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020. 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 2021. 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, and iv) an 1-2 page abstract of the thesis written by the nominee. The nomination and supporting letters should describe the importance and novelty of the research and the student’s particular contribution.

Electronic submission of the thesis and letters is strongly preferred, with the thesis, abstract and the letters in separate pdf files (4 files in total). 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.

Finally, we are aware that due to COVID, it is highly possible that thesis plans could be delayed, and in some cases formal extensions to thesis submissions may be in place in certain institutions. Please let us know if such delays and extensions affect any students you would otherwise nominate. Our preference at the moment is to continue with the normal schedule for the prize, but if there is significant evidence that a delay to the process would be appropriate, we will consider it.


Symmetry 2020 Young Investigator Award (2000 CHF)—Deadline 31 December 2020

(Posted here November 27, 2020)

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to remind you that Symmetry is inviting nominations for the Symmetry 2020 Young Investigator Award by 31 December 2020. This prize will be given to one young investigator in recognition of their excellence in the field of symmetry. All nominations will be assessed by an Evaluation Committee led by the Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Dr. Sergei D. Odintsov.

The Prize:
  • 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs);
  • An offer of a free paper published in the Feature Paper Special Issue series of Symmetry.
  • A certificate.
Eligibility and Requirements:
  • The nominee has contributed outstanding research in the fields covered by , see details at https://www.mdpi.com/journal/symmetry/about.
  • The nominee should have received their Ph.D. within the last eight years (by 31 December 2020), and not yet hold a permanent professorship.
  • The nominee should be 40 years of age or under (by 31 December 2020).
List of Documents for Nomination:
  • CV (including the date on which the Ph.D. degree was awarded and a list of publications).
  • Research description (up to two pages).
  • Nomination letter from his/her supervisor, research director, or department head.
Schedule:

Nomination deadline: 31 December 2020

Winners announced: 28 February 2021

How to submit nominations?

Nominations must be submitted online.

Researchers are also always welcome to publish their scientific work in our journal and disseminate their findings to the scientific community, as well as the general public. All submissions are peer-reviewed, and accepted papers are published immediately. A first decision is provided to authors approximately 12.2 days after submission. Acceptance to publication takes approximately 7.2 days.

For more details and to submit your paper, please visit the Symmetry website: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/symmetry

For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to receiving your nominations.

Kind regards,

Symmetry Editorial Office

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

--

Christina Koch - Research Computing Facilitator (she/her)

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/

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

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).

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Peter F. Couvares

LIGO Laboratory / Caltech

peter.couvares@ligo.org

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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.


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