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General Announcements

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GR23 abstracts due May 16

The , “GR23” will be be held in Liyang, China, July 3-8, 2022, as a hybrid meeting. There are relevant for LVK people to present their work, we encourage you to submit an abstract.

Important dates are listed below:


● May 16, 2022, Abstract submission deadline
● May 31, 2022, Notification of the accepted abstracts
● June 8, 2022, Registration deadline


Announcement of Iberian GW meeting 2022

12th Iberian Gravitational Waves Meeting, 6-8 June 2022
University of Minho, Campus de Gualtar, CP2 (Room B1), Braga, Portugal
Webpage of the event: https://indico.cern.ch/event/1141427/

Deadline for Abstract Submission: May 20, 2022
Registration Deadline: June 6, 2022

The Iberian Gravitational Waves Meeting is an International Conference set up
yearly since 2011 by different groups around the Iberian Peninsula with
interest in Gravitational Waves. The series of meetings have been associated
to the Spanish Network on Gravitational Waves (REDONGRA) and in 2022 the
meeting will take place, for the first time in the University of Minho, in
the city of Braga, Portugal, organized by Gr@v and Center of Physics of the
University of Minho and University of Porto.

The goal of these meetings is to bring together researchers working in
Gravitational Waves with the aim at promoting collaboration and synergies
among them, keeping track of recent advances in the Iberian Gravitational
Wave community. The meeting covers all aspects of Gravitational Waves,
including Theory, Data Analysis, Experiments and Multi-Messenger Astronomy.

The scientific program consists of plenary sessions with talks by invited
speakers and selected contributed talks by participants. You can request a
contributed talk during the registration process.

The meeting will be held in a Mixed Format (in person and online)
Registration here: https://indico.cern.ch/event/1141427/
is needed regardless of whether you attend the meeting online or in person.


Gravitational Wave Physics MSc at Cardiff University

Dear colleagues,

please share the announcement below with any undergraduate student interested in studying Gravitational-wave Physics:

The Gravity Exploration Institute (cardiffgravity.org) at Cardiff University offers an MSc program in Gravitational-wave Physics:

Gravitational-wave observations are now transforming our understanding of the universe, and the field will continue to grow in the next decades.

The Gravitational Wave Physics MSc provides broad and comprehensive training in both theory and experiment in gravitational wave (GW) physics and astronomy: techniques in laser interferometry for GW detection, general relativity, astrophysics, modelling of GW sources, and data analysis for GW detection and source interpretation. Cardiff University staff are at the forefront of world-leading research in all of these areas, which span the core topics at the heart of the field, and which make this a unique degree programme.

On completion of the programme you will have the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to begin a research career in gravitational-wave physics, and be a competitive candidate for jobs in industry.


Call for PhD candidates at the University of Padova - Deadline May 13th

Dear colleagues,

We would like to bring to the attention of the gravitational-wave community the calls for application to the PhD schools in both Physics (https://www.dfa.unipd.it/index.php?id=919) or Astronomy (ttps://www.dfa.unipd.it/didattica/dottorati-di-ricerca/corso-di-dottorato-di-ricerca-in-astronomia/english-version/admission/) at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Padova. We invite all interested candidates to apply. The call deadline is May 13th, 2022. Padova has a vibrant and long tradition in gravitational-wave related science. It is currently home to several internationally recognized groups working on many theoretical, phenomenological, computational, data analysis and hardware aspects of all major present and future GW experiments (Ligo-Virgo, Einstein Telescope, LISA). For more information and to identify possible supervisors, we invite you to contact us: Giacomo Ciani (giacomo.ciani@unipd.it): hardware R&D and data analysis for ground-based GW detectors http://www.dfa.unipd.it/en/research/research-areas-and-groups/experimental-physics-of-fundamental-interactions/astroparticle-physics/gravitational-waves/ Michela Mapelli (michela.mapelli@unipd.it): binary compact object populations, numerical models and computational astrophysics Sabino Matarrese - (sabino.matarrese@pd.infn.it): primordial gravitational waves, cosmology with GWs, stochastic backgrounds (astro & cosmo) of GWs, clustering of GW mergers, cross-correlations of GW. More info at: http://www.dfa.unipd.it/ricerca/linee-e-gruppi-di-ricerca/astronomia-astrofisica-fisica-della-terra-e-dei-pianeti/astrofisica-teorica-e-cosmologia/

8th PAX

We would like to advertise the 8th PAX workshop, in person at MIT Aug 1-3 2022 focusing on next-generation ground-based detectors science: https://indico.mit.edu/event/285/

Please notice that for practical reasons the total number of attendees is capped.


GWADW2022

We have extended the abstract submission deadline for GWADW2022
for one week. The new deadline is May 7 23:59 JST. We would like
to ask invited speakers to submit an abstract as well.

The registration deadline has been set to May 15. Please complete
the payment of the registration fee by the deadline to receive the
workshop information in time.

Find the workshop webpage below.


Send an email to the LOC () or to us
directly if you have any question or suggestion.

Best Regards,

Francesco Fidecaro <>,
Kentaro Somiya <>,
on behalf of GWADW2022


Bayesian Deep Learning workshop for Cosmology and Time Domain astrophysics -- Paris, Jun 20-24 2022

We are glad to announce that the second edition of the workshop on Bayesian Deep Learning for Cosmology and Time Domain Astrophysics 2022 is open for registration < https://indico.in2p3.fr/event/26887/ >. It will be held in Paris, France the week of June 20th to 24thand a call for contributions is open until May 18th CET.

The goal of this workshop, sponsored by the LSSTC Enabling Science effort – with contributions from DESC, ISSC and TVS collaborations – is to bring together physicists and machine learning specialists to exchange recent results at the crossroads between cosmology, time-domain astrophysics (including gravitational wave astronomy) and probabilistic machine learning frameworks to leverage uncertainties. During registration, young scientists are invited to apply for grants covering lodging and part of the conference fees. Please follow the indications on the registration website for grant applications < https://indico.in2p3.fr/event/26887/page/3006-grant-application-students-postdocs >.

The first day of the workshop will be structured as a school to introduce the Bayesian framework and probabilistic machine learning concepts. The rest of the workshop will alternate between keynote talks, topical presentations, interactive tutorials and poster sessions.

We welcome in particular contributions that target, or report on, the following non-exhaustive list of topics:

• Applications of Bayesian Deep Learning in Cosmology and Time Domain Astrophysics
• Methodology for Model Uncertainty Quantification
• Anomaly and outlier detection
• Probabilistic ML frameworks and methodology
• Use of Bayesian deep learning outside of academia
• Ethical considerations of large-scale machine learning

Contributions do not necessarily need to be astrophysics-focused. Work on relevant ML methodology, or similar considerations in other scientific fields are welcome.

Confirmed keynote speakers and panelists
• Anja Butter, ITP Heidelberg, Germany
• Jean-Gabriel Ganascia, LIP6, Paris, France
• Stephen Green, MPI, Potsdam, Germany
• Alan Heavens, Imperial College, London, UK
• Tomasz Kacprzak, ETH Zurich / PSI, Switzerland
• Ashley Villar, Penn State University, USA
• Ben Wandelt, IAP, Paris, France

More information is available on the workshop website: https://astrodeep.net/workshop2022 < https://astrodeep.net/workshop2022 >and specific inquiries can be directed to workshop@astrodeep.net.

We look forward to welcoming you in Paris.

All the best,
The organizing committee
Eric Aubourg (CEA) – Federica Bianco (Univ. of Delaware) – Alexandre Boucaud (CNRS) François Lanusse (CNRS) – Cécile Roucelle (Univ. Paris Cité) – Chad Schafer (CMU)

GRASS2022 abstract submission deadline extended

We remind you that the 2022 GRAvitational-wave Science&technology Symposium (GRASS 2022), will be held on June 6 and 7 in Padova.
Abstract submission is still open as we are pleased to inform you that the deadline has been postponed to April 30th.
Kindly send us your abstract as soon as possible to help us to better organize the scientific agenda of the workshop.


Thanks for your cooperation. Best Regards,
The GRASS LOC Gacomo Ciani Livia Conti Andrea Grimaldi Claudia Lazzaro


TDAMM Meeting announcement

NASA workshop on Time Domain and Multi-Messenger Astrophysics, August 22-24 in Maryland, USA

The NASA Physics of the Cosmos (PCOS) Program Office is organizing a TDAMM Initiative Workshop. The goal of the 3-day workshop, to be held August 22–24, 2022, in the Annapolis (Maryland) area, is to identify and prioritize the top science questions for Time Domain and Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (TDAMM) that need to be addressed to implement the recommendations of the Astro 2020 Decadal Report. NASA invites US and international members of the ground and space science community and of the astronomy and physics communities to attend the workshop and contribute to its final product, a publicly available report with findings for the NASA Headquarters Astrophysics Division.

Example questions the workshop will address include:
* What are or will be the most pressing scientific questions for TDAMM in the next several years?
* Which capabilities (top level) are needed to address them?
* How well does the current mission fleet address them?
* Which avenues of inquiry will be most ripe for discovery in the next few years?
* What collaboration between the ground and space can be done to maximize the science?

Note that this workshop is focusing on sources and science, not on specific proposed missions or experiments.

For more information, see https://pcos.gsfc.nasa.gov/TDAMM/ . Registration is open now and abstracts for contributed talks are due by May 16th.

KAGRA international workshop

Every year, KAGRA has been organizing an international conference
called KAGRA International Workshop KIW in Asian countries outside Japan
to attract more people from nearby countries. This time, due to Covid,
it will be held as a fully online conference hosted by our colleagues
in Beijing. Since it is open to everybody and colleagues of LIGO and
Virgo are especially welcome to join, could you circulate the information
attached to LIGO and Virgo communities?
Thank you for your help.

Best wishes,

Jun'ichi

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GRASS2022 - GRAvitational-wave Science&technology Symposium, Padova, Italy

Dear colleagues (on behalf of Giacomo Ciani and the GRASS LOC),

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 3rd GRAvitational-wave Science&technology Symposium (GRASS 2022), which will be held in Padova (Italy) on June 6th and 7th, 2022. With the easing of covid restrictions, we are happy to announce that the symposium will be in person only.

The GRASS is a series of meetings aimed at exploring the experimental science related to the gravitational-wave panorama. The symposium will emphasize open issues 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.

This year four topical sessions are foreseen:

  1. Optical coatings New materials, crystalline, cryogenic, new ideas, higher-order modes applications

  2. Stray light modelling, characterisation, monitoring, and mitigation

  3. Wavefront sensing and control Sensing and control, mode matching, aberrations, application to higher-order modes interferometry

  4. Data analysis Overlapping signals identification, multi-detector, multi-messenger

A general session to discuss any other open issue is foreseen as well. All sessions will be plenary, with both invited and contributed talks.

The deadline for abstract submission to the 3rd GRAvitational-wave Science&technology Symposium (GRASS 2022) is April 26th, 2022.

Contributions are particularly welcome from communities not yet deeply involved in gravitational-wave science and from researchers whose work is related to these topical sessions.

Participation by young researchers is strongly encouraged, and financial support may be available upon request.

The International Scientific Advisory Committee is composed by:

  • MarieAnne Bizouard - Observatoire de la Cote d’Azur, France

  • Paola Leaci - Università di Roma “La Sapienza” and INFN Rome, Italy

  • Peter Veitch - University of Adelaide, Australia

  • Stefan Ballmer - Syracuse University, USA

  • Massimo Granata - Laboratoire des Matériaux Avancés - IP2I, CNRS, France

  • Jessica Steinlechner - Maastricht University and Nikhef, Netherlands

  • Michal Was - Laboratoire d'Annecy de Physique des Particules, France

  • Mario Martínez Pérez - Institut de Fisica d'Altes Energies and ICREA, Spain

  • Harald Lück - Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik, Germany

  • Keiko Kokeyama - Cardiff University, United Kingdom

You can find more information on the symposium web page https://agenda.infn.it/event/30681/ .

We are looking forward to seeing you in Padova.

Kind regards, the GRASS LOC

Giacomo Ciani, Livia Conti, Andrea Grimaldi and Claudia Lazzaro


ICTS summer school on GW astronomy

Applications are invited for the ICTS summer school on GW astronomy. This school is part of the annual ICTS summer schools on gravitational-wave (GW) physics and astronomy. Recent observations of nearly a hundred GW signals from coalescing binaries of compact objects have firmly established the field of GW astronomy. Physicists and astrophysicists are using these observations to not only study the properties of individual GW signals but also of the populations of these compact binaries as well as their progenitor stellar population. Recognizing this, this year's summer school will focus on foundational lectures on the astrophysics of GW sources, including the structure and evolution of stars that form progenitors of compact objects; and the evolutionary history of compact binaries and their population statistics. These lectures are organized into two graduate-level courses:

  • Stellar structure, evolution, collapse and supernovae: Anthony Mezzacappa (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA)
  • Compact binary evolution, rates and population modelling: Christopher Berry (University of Glasgow, UK)

The school is primarily meant for graduate students and postdocs in GW astrophysics and related fields. A small number of highly motivated senior undergraduates can also be considered. A basic understanding of general relativity and statistics is a prerequisite for the courses.

Lectures will be held online. Depending on the pandemic situations, we will consider the possibility of accommodating some of the participants at the ICTS campus so that the tutorials are conducted in person.

DATES: 30 May 2022 to 10 June 2022

LOCATION: ICTS, Bangalore + Online
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 15 April 2022
CONTACT US: gwschool@icts.res.in
PROGRAM LINK: https://www.icts.res.in/program/gws2022


Institute for Nuclear Theory Workshop on r-process nucleosynthesis workshop

The workshop “The r-process and the nuclear EOS after aLIGO's third observing run” (INT 20R-1b) will be held as a hybrid event consisting of both virtual participants and in-person participants visiting the national Institute for Nuclear Theory (INT) at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, from May 23 - 27, 2022. The scientific goal of the 2022 workshop is to bring together experts in galactic chemical evolution, numerical relativity, nuclear physics, and both gravitational wave and electromagnetic astronomy to understand the contribution of merger events to r-process nucleosynthesis. We aim to lay the foundations needed to interpret upcoming results from the next LIGO/Virgo/KAGRA observation run. Details of the program can be found at: . The organizers of the program encourage you to apply by April 1, 2022 for full consideration. The online application link can be found on the webpage.


UK National Astronomy Meeting 2022 (NAM2022)

We are pleased to announce that abstract submission for the UK National Astronomy Meeting 2022 is now open – please see for details.

We welcome abstracts from all members of the community who wish to contribute to one of the many parallel sessions at the conference. A full list of the sessions is available on the NAM2022 website and there is a session on gravitational-wave astronomy. We welcome abstracts for both in-person and remote presentation (in keeping with the hybrid nature of our conference).

The deadline for abstracts is 23:59 on Thursday 14th April 2022. Late abstracts will not be accepted.

All the best,

Greg Ashton


Gravitational Wave Open Data Workshop

Gravitational Wave Open Data Workshop
May 23 - 25, 2022
https://www.gw-openscience.org/odw/odw2022/

This Open Data Workshop is the 5th in a that began in 2018. Participants will receive a crash-course in gravitational wave data analysis. The workshop includes lectures by data analysis experts, hands on experience with software tutorials, and a data challenge designed to test your new skill in GW data analysis. Workshop registration will open on March 23.

Gravitational Wave Physics and Astronomy Workshop (GWPAW) 2022 first announcement

On behalf of the Local and Scientific Organising Committees, this is the first announcement of the Gravitational Wave Physics and Astronomy Workshop (GWPAW).

The conference will be an in-person event taking place in Melbourne Australia, 5-9 December 2022. Hybrid participation will be possible for those who are unable to attend in person. Further details including registration and the exact conference venue will be finalised shortly.

Preliminary information can be found on the GWPAW2022 website , and we will be regularly updating this with event details.

We look forward to seeing you in Melbourne in December.

Kind regards

Erin O'Grady & Ilya Mandel
On behalf of the Local & Scientific Organising Committees


New astronomy graduate student mentorship program with NASA Hubble Fellows

Dear colleagues,

A group of postdoctoral fellows from the NASA Hubble Fellowship Program are initiating a virtual mentorship program designed to provide professional and academic advice to PhD students who are conducting astronomy-related research and planning to apply for postdoctoral positions in the near future. The goals of this mentorship program are to 1) make the process of launching a scientific career more transparent and equitable and 2) to foster the kinds of cross-institutional interactions that many students have been lacking during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A full description of the program and instructions on how students can apply are available at . Please forward to graduate students who might be interested. We particularly encourage applications from students with backgrounds traditionally underrepresented among professional astronomers. (Note that this program is not sponsored or managed by the NASA Hubble Fellowship Program, and participation in it does not influence the review process for the NASA Hubble Fellowships.)

Thank you for your time.

Regards,

Jane Huang & David Jones

On behalf of the NHFP Mentoring and Outreach Working Group

New doctoral thesis Prize in Classical Gravity and Applications

Please distribute this announcement to interested candidates and/or advisors. This prize recognizes doctoral thesis research of outstanding quality and achievement in the area of classical gravity and its applications in gravitational wave physics, astrophysics and cosmology. Nominations (normally by the thesis advisor) will be accepted for any doctoral student (present or past) in any country in Latin America for work performed as part of the requirements for a doctoral degree. Nominees must have passed their thesis defense not more than 18 months before the nomination deadline of April 30 (i.e. defended their thesis after October 31, 2020 and before April 30, 2022).

Welcome to LISA Symposium 14, July 25-29 2022

Registration is now open for the 14th International LISA Symposium, which will take place July 25 – 29 2022. This Symposium is the main biennial gathering for the worldwide LISA community and it promises to be an excellent meeting.

LISA Symposium 14 is being hosted by the University of Glasgow and the UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh. The meeting is fully online and there is no registration fee. Participation is welcomed from LISA enthusiasts across the globe and at all career stages. Note that abstract submission will open on April 1st 2022.

For more information, and links to the registration page, see .


Third EPS (European Physical Society) Conference on Gravitation will be held in person in Nice (France) on May 23-25, 2022

(Posted here March 4, 2022)

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to call you attention to -

The Third EPS (European Physical Society) Conference on Gravitation will be held in person in Nice (France) on May 23-25, 2022.

You can register and submit an abstract (talk or poster) here:

https://3epsgpd.sciencesconf.org/

The topics for third EPS Conference on Gravitation: from foundation to observation, are:

• Mathematical relativity/Quantum gravity/Strings

• Quantum gravity phenomenology/Foundations of gravity

• Quantum properties of BHs/Tests of gravity with cosmological probes

If you have any questions they can be directed to:

3epsgpd@sciencesconf.org

We hope to see you in Nice!

Thanks,

Nelson Christensen for the organizers

IAU Symposium 368 - Machine Learning in Astronomy: Possibilities and Pitfalls

(Posted here March 4, 2022)

This IAU symposium, held August 2-4 2022 in Busan, South Korea, is under the broad umbrella of astroinformatics and astrostatistics but with an emphasis on the dissemination and demystification of deep learning techniques. We hope to encourage fusion of large datasets to enable exploration of combined parameter spaces that have so far remained unexplored. Using such diverse types as images, time series, spectra, and astrophysical simulations, one of our aims is to establish a list of reproducible "best-practices" solutions for astronomy data.

The symposium will also have sessions on more traditional machine learning, such as random forests, especially elucidating areas where deep learning is an overkill (and also sometimes ill-advised). We will supplement this with other astroinformatics sessions including those on methodology transfer to and from other science (e.g. Earth science, medical sciences etc.), visualization, simulations, astrostatistics and so on.

As things stand the symposium will be in-person and part of the IAU General Assembly in Busan.

For more information and registration: https://sites.astro.caltech.edu/IAUS368/

2022 North American Einstein Toolkit School

(Posted here March 4, 2022)

We are pleased to announce that the 2022 North American Einstein Toolkit School will be held at the University of Idaho June 13-17, 2022. This will be a hybrid meeting, with both in-person and virtual attendees welcome to participate. The school will provide an opportunity for researchers and students to gather and learn about the Einstein Toolkit.

The Einstein Toolkit provides a community-driven software platform of computational tools to advance and support research in relativistic astrophysics and gravitational physics. As such, the Workshop will offer a mixture of talks and tutorials designed to build a community around this important research and the software that helps sustain it. The talks will report on both the latest developments in numerical relativity, as well as new applications of the Einstein Toolkit to generate interesting science.

This year, a special field trip will be offered for in-person participants to nearby LIGO Hanford, whose direct observation of the gravitational waves from a coalescing pair of black holes led to the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics. During the visit, LIGO Hanford will be gearing up for the start of O4 (Observing Run 4), due to start at the end of this year. On the same day, virtual participants will have the opportunity to attend an Einstein Toolkit hackathon.

Event dates: June 13-17, 2022.

Registration and abstract submission: Opens March 1, and will remain open through May 1. To register or learn more, please visit our webpage: https://einsteintoolkit.github.io/et2022uidaho/

If you have any questions, please contact the organizers at
workshop@einsteintoolkit.org

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Scientific Organizing Committee


Host a Study Hub for the Open Data Workshop

(Posted here Feb 25, 2022)

HOST STUDY HUB FOR OPEN DATA WORKSHOP: The LVK Open Data Working Group is currently planning the next GW Open Data Workshop for May 23-26, 2022. This innovative workshop will include both online lectures and “Study Hubs” around the world for participants to meet in person and work on tutorials. We are looking for volunteers to host Study Hubs, and/or help as workshop mentors. A Study Hub can be as simple as 5-15 workshop participants in a conference room. Some travel funding is available to support this activity. If interested, please contact Jonah Kanner (jonah@caltech.edu). Additional information at https://openscience-dev.ligo.caltech.edu/odw/odw2022/


GWADW2022

(Posted here Feb 25, 2022)

Dear all,

We would like to announce the date and the program of the remote-style

GWADW2022. The date has been shifted for 1 week to avoid concentrations

of meetings in June. The new dates are

May 23 (mon) - May 27 (fri), 2022

The meeting style will be updated from GWADW2021. There will be two

sessions per day. No parallel sessions. The poster session is divided

into three sessions. One big difference from 2021 is that we set up a

central subject of the meeting; we focus on the improvement of the

sensitivity at low frequencies.

We are going to ask each participant to pay 25 USD as the registration

fee. It mainly covers the fee to use GatherTown. The registration page

will open from Apr 1 through May 15, and the abstract submission page

will open from Mar 15 through Apr 30. Please note that the schedule may

be changed according to the readiness.

Please find below a link to the GWADW2022 webpage:

https://indico.icrr.u-tokyo.ac.jp/event/255/

Send an email to the LOC (gwadw2022@gw.phys.titech.ac.jp) or to me if

you have any question or suggestion.

We hope to see many of you online in May, hoping to see you in person

after one year.

Cheers,

Kentaro Somiya,

on behalf of the LOC GWADW2022

Low Latency Integrated Testing Webinar

(Posted here Feb 11, 2022)

This webinar will focus on the Low-Latency Integrated Test Suite developed by the group at PSU. This software is being developed for the purpose of performing pipeline consistency checks in low-latency. Use of the Test Suite can improve the ability to monitor the scientific reliability of low-latency searches as well as streamline review of code development. Our goal is for this software to be useful for any and all of the low-latency searches in the LVK leading up to and during O4.

The full announcement and registration info is on this wiki page here: https://git.ligo.org/rebecca.ewing/low-latency-integrated-test-suite/-/wikis/Home/Low-Latency-Integrated-Testing-Webinar.


Special Session on GW and MMA Astronomy at the European Astronomical Society Annual Meeting

(Posted here Feb 11, 2022)

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the special session SS14 about

“Gravitational Wave and Multi-messenger Astronomy: current results and future perspectives”

at the European Astronomical Society (EAS) Annual Meeting which will take place on 27 June – 1st July, in Valencia Spain.

The session (SS14) will focus on the emerging field of gravitational-wave and multi-messenger astronomy which has demonstrated a transformative potential for astrophysics and fundamental physics. An enormous amount of information has been gathered by the gravitational-wave detections made by the Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo interferometers. The next generation gravitational-wave detector Einstein Telescope (ET), thanks to its improved design, will explore the Universe through gravitational-waves along its cosmic history up to the cosmological dark ages. The session will cover i) the capabilities of present and future gravitational-wave and electromagnetic observatories, ii) the current observational results and iii) the science perspectives for the next generation gravitational-wave observatories; the theoretical challenges that need to be undertaken from now to the ET era.

For more details please visit the SS14 website:

The EAS 2022 registration has opened:

https://eas.unige.ch/EAS2022/registration.jsp

We kindly invite your contributions. In addition to 7 invited talks our session will include about 10 contributed talks as well as ePosters.

To submit an abstract for an oral contribution or a poster:

https://eas.unige.ch/EAS2022/abstract_submission.jsp

(deadline 1st March)

Please circulate this announcement to all colleagues you may think could be interested

Looking forward to seeing you in Valencia!

Best,

Marica Branchesi and Toni Font

on behalf of the SOC:

Marica Branchesi (Chair), José Antonio Font (Chair), Andreas Freise (co-Chair), Pablo Cerdá-Durán (co-chair), Giancarlo Ghirlanda (co-Chair), Susanna Vergani (co-Chair), Marie-Anne Bizouard, Sarah Caudill, Selma de Mink, Michele Maggiore, Raffaella Margutti, Ornella Piccini, Ed Porter, Mairi Sakellaridou, Stephen Smartt

“New frontiers in strong gravity”, Benasque, Spain, Jul 03–16, 2022

(Posted here Feb 11, 2022)

Dear colleagues,

We would like to announce the two-week workshop “New frontiers in strong gravity” taking place in Benasque, Spain from Jul 03–16, 2022; please see the announcement below and the website

http://benasque.org/general/cgi-bin/years.pl?ano=2022

for further information. Limited travel funds are available, with priority given to PhD students and participants from underrepresented groups. To help us create a safe environment, we ask that all participants are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

We would appreciate it if you could forward the announcement to interested researchers in our field.

We look forward to welcoming you in Benasque.

Samaya on behalf of the organizers (D. Blas, P. Figueras, S. Nissanke, L. Stein, H. Witek)

New frontiers in strong gravity

The highly nonlinear, strong-field regime of gravity holds the key to address long-standing puzzles in modern physics. These range from deeply theoretical questions concerning a consistent theory of quantum gravity and resulting modifications to general relativity, over the stability properties of black holes in traditional general relativity, to new insight into nuclear matter under extreme conditions in the context of neutron star and multimessenger astronomy.

In this two-week workshop (Jul 03–16, 2022) we will bring together leading experts as well as junior scientists and PhD students in these diverse research areas, to encourage communication and training across the fields and to foster new research collaborations.

Invited speakers include:

Masha Baryaktar • Laura Bernard • Beatrice Bonga • Katerina Chatziioannou • Katy Clough • Mihalis Dafermos • Will East • Roberto Emparan • Tanja Hinderer • Aaron Kovacs • Macarena Lagos • Luis Lehner • Lionel London • David Mateos • Maria Okounkova • Carlos Palenzuela • Paolo Pani • Patricia Schmidt • Thomas Sotiriou • Rita Teixeira • Toby Wiseman • Nicolas Yunes

The number of participants is limited. We ask students to upload a short CV (maximal 2 pages). Limited travel support will be available, with priority given to students and participants from underrepresented groups. To apply for travel support please include some text justifying your request for support on the registration page. Registration will close on May 31, 2022. Registration will open shortly.

To help us create a safe and healthy environment, we ask that all participants are fully vaccinated against Covid-19

GWADW2022 moved to online

(Posted here Feb 4, 2022)

Dear all,

Due to the continuation of a severe entry condition to Japan, we have to
cancel the GWADW 2022 at Hokkaido. It is quite unfortunate not being
able to have an in-person meeting at the venue surrounded by the
beautiful nature of Hokkaido. We hope to have a meeting there in the
near future.

We will plan to have an online meeting like the one we had in 2021.
The date is not fixed yet but we are hoping to have it in the same week
as was planned for the in-person meeting (May 30- Jun 3).

Cheers,

Kentaro Somiya.
on behalf of the GWADW2022 LOC


BritGrav 22, online, April 2022

(Posted here Jan 28, 2022)

The 22nd British Gravity (BritGrav) Meeting will be held online on 4–5 April 2022, hosted by the University of Glasgow.

https://www.gla.ac.uk/events/conferences/britgrav22/

The meeting covers all areas of gravity, classical and quantum, including astrophysics, cosmology, mathematical general relativity, gravitational-wave data analysis and instrumentation. It is intended to bring together the entire UK/Ireland gravitational research community to further collaboration and allow early-career researchers to showcase their work.

In keeping with BritGrav tradition, the meeting will consist of short talks with priority given to PhD students and early-career researchers. There will be a prize for the best student talk awarded at the end of the meeting.

Registration is free. The abstract submission deadline is 28 February, and the registration deadline is 31 March.

For further information, email britgrav22@glasgow.ac.uk or follow @BritGrav22 on Twitter.

Conference at KITP "Storming the Gravitational Wave Frontier"

(Posted here Jan 21, 2022)

Dear All,

some of you may be interested in attending the conference at KITP on April 19-23, 2022:

Storming the Gravitational Wave Frontier

The detection of gravitational waves by Advanced LIGO/Virgo has opened a new frontier in physics, with impact on areas ranging from field theory through stellar evolution and cosmology. It has also seeded new connections between theoretical communities, especially between field theorists and classical relativists. An even brighter future lies ahead, with more sensitive ground-based detectors and, eventually, a space-based observatory. Current and future experiments demand precision modeling of gravitational-wave signals in order to interpret the strongest gravitational-wave events and to enable sensitive searches for new physics which may be embedded in these signals. The conference will bring together experts from three communities: classical relativity, effective field theory, and scattering amplitudes. Building on the current state of the art, we will discuss the needs of the next generation of gravitational-wave experiments; identify which challenges theory must overcome; highlight recent advances in gravitational wave modeling for more detailed study; and uncover the most promising emerging tools and techniques from classical and quantum field theory for further development.

which is part of the 4-month KITP program: High-Precision Gravitational Waves (https://www.kitp.ucsb.edu/activities/gwaves22)

The deadline for registration is March 20, 2022. Please register here: https://www.kitp.ucsb.edu/activities/gwaves-c22

On behalf of the organizers,

Alessandra Buonanno, Donal O'Connell, Ira Rothstein, Mikhail Solon, and Aaron Zimmerman

IMBH Meeting in Puerto Rico

(Posted here Jan 21, 2022)

INTERMEDIATE-MASS BLACK HOLES: NEW SCIENCE FROM STELLAR EVOLUTION TO COSMOLOGY

From Saturday 30 April through Tuesday 3 May 2022 – San Juan, Puerto Rico

Application and abstract deadline: January 23, 2022

Website: https://sites.northwestern.edu/imbh/

GWIC-Braccini thesis Prize deadline soon

(Posted here Jan 7, 2022)

GWIC-Braccini Thesis Prize for 2021: Call for Nominations

PLEASE NOTE: The nomination deadline is 31 January 2022.

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 2021 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 2021 prize at a relevant conference in 2022. Depending on the situation, we may be able to offer support for travel (up to US$ 1,000) to receive the prize in person.

Eligibility: In this cycle, the prize will be awarded on a calendar year basis for 2021. The theses should have been accepted by their institutions between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021. 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 2022. 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 <>. All submissions will be acknowledged; if an acknowledgement is not received shortly after the deadline, please contact Martin Hewitson <>. 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 <> 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.


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