Invited papers from GR19 now free-to-read in Classical and Quantum Gravity

Selected articles from the 19th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation (GR19) are now published and free-to-read in Classical and Quantum Gravity (CQG). I invite you to browse the collection: http://iopscience.iop.org/0264-9381/28/11

The GR19 conference covered all of the broad range of subjects in the scope of CQG. Hyperspace readers are therefore certain to find high quality work in the issue relevant to their own interests.

I take this opportunity to thank all authors, referees and particularly the guest editors, Profs D Marolf and D Sudarsky for all of their hard work which contributed to making this outstanding special issue possible.

Yours sincerely

Adam Day
Publisher
Classical and Quantum Gravity
cqg[AT]iop.org

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to all the winners!

Prizes and Honors at the GR19 Conference in Mexico City

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

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

DR NICHOLAS YUNES

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

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

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

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

DR VICTOR TAVERAS

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

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

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

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

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THE BASILIS XANTHOPOULOS INTERNATIONAL AWARD
will be presented to

DR STEFAN HOLLANDS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abstract Submission Deadline for GR19

Dear Colleagues,

I write to remind you that the deadline for submitting abstracts for the GR19 conference is April 30. After the deadline, further submissions will be accepted only on a space-available basis. While the GR19 website (http://www.gr19.com) will continue to forward newly submitted abstracts to the parallel session chairs, the likelihood of space remaining (and thus, of it being possible to accept your abstract) will decline rapidly after this date. The parallel session chairs will begin the process of assembling the final programs May 1.

Best Regards,

Don Marolf
SOC chair for GR19

GR19: Second Announcement

This is the second announcement of the 19th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation (GR19) that will take place in Mexico City on July 5-9, 2010. The web page is already available at: http://www.gr19.com
Registration and abstract submission are already open. By March 15, 2010 the number of registered participants was 217 and we had received 68 abstracts. We invite you to register and submit your contributions as soon as possible.

We would like to remind you that the LOC is aware of security concerns, and is taking several steps to address this issue. The venue of GR19 is located in a touristic and business area in Mexico City. We will provide all the participants with information regarding cities and regions in Mexico that are not recommended for visitors at this time.

ISGRG-MEMBERS
Members of the International Society of General Relativity and Gravitation should consider that reduced registration fee (470 USD, or 420 USD before May 15) will be available only up to June 11, 2010. After this date the late registration fee (550 USD) will be applied.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Limited funds may be available to provide partial support to those who otherwise would be unable to attend GR19. Participants who can demonstrate that they require support to attend the conference should apply via e-mail to the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) at: gr19mexico[AT]nucleares.unam.mx. Partial financial aid is available in the form of reduction of registration fees, travel expenses support, or accommodation support. Applications must be received not later than April 30, and must include a brief CV, recommendation letter from the institution and, for students, copy of a valid student ID and a recommendation letter from the advisor. Applications for financial support must be well justified. Applicants should describe what other sources of funding would be available to them, since any support which can be provided by the LOC will not be sufficient by itself to cover the entire conference costs.

IMPORTANT DATES
April 30 Deadline for abstract submission
May 15 Deadline for early registration
June 11 ISGRG-members’ deadline for reduced-fee registration
July 4 Arrival of participants and registration
July 5-9 Scientific and social program of GR19

We will be honored to welcome you as guests in this great country of ours.

Sincerely,

Hernando Quevedo
On behalf of the LOC

GR19: Scientific Program Update

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I wanted to let you know that, in addition to the previously-announced plenary program, a part of the parallel session program for GR19 (July 5-9, 2010, in Mexico City) is now in place. Don’t worry if you have not yet submitted your own abstract (or if you have, but it has not yet been accepted). The deadline for abstract submission is April 30, and there is plenty of space left for additional talks. Many more abstracts will be accepted once the deadline has passed. The names below are just a teaser to show you how exciting the program will be!

Looking forward to seeing you in Mexico City,

Don Marolf
SOC Chair for GR19

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Plenary program:

Tom Abel
Star Formation Then and Now

Patrick Brady
Global network of gravitational-wave detectors: observations and implications

Mihalis Dafermos
Recent progress in mathematical relativity

Andrea Ghez
Observing the Supermassive Black Hole at the Center of Our Galaxy

Stefan Hollands
Black hole uniqueness in diverse settings

Gary Horowitz
Surprising connections btwn gravity and condensed matter physics

Veronika Hubeny
(AdS) Black hole physics as fluid dynamics

David McClelland
Quantum technologies for gravitational wave detectors

Jeffrey McClintock
Black hole spins: observations, expectations, and implications

Slava Mukhanov
Verifying Inflation and Probing Dark Energy

Frans Pretorius
Advances in numerical relativity

Carlo Rovelli
Progress in loop gravity and spin foams

Tarun Souradeep
Standard Cosmology & Beyond with CMB

Ingrid Stairs
Testing GR with binary pulsars

Rainer Weiss
Current performance and near term prospects for ground based interferometric gravitational wave detectors

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Partial Parallel program:
(each session will accept many more talks in May (after the April 30 abstract submission deadline)

A1 Exact Solutions and their Interpretation
Chair: Harvey Reall

Partial List of speakers:
Piotr Chrusciel
Valeri Frolov
Jiri Bicak
Carlos Herdeiro
James Lucietti
Vojtech Pravda
Juan Valiente-Kroon

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

Partial List of speakers:
Robert Wald
Helmut Friedrich
Piotr T. Chrus’ciel
Jim Isenberg

A3 Modified Gravity Theories
Chair: Cedric Deffayet

Partial List of speakers:
Petr Horava
Rachael Bean

B1 Relativistic Astrophysics
Chair: Tvsi Piran

Partial List of speakers:
Pawan Kumer
William Lee
Elena Gallo
Elena Rossi.

B2 Numerical Relativity and Astrophysical Applications
Chair: Manuela Campanelli

Partial List of speakers:
Miguel Alcubierre
Harald Pfeiffer
Pablo Laguna
Christian Ott

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

Partial List of speakers:
Luc Blanchet
Leor Barack
Ajith Parameswaran
Vitor Cardoso

B4 Physical Cosmology and Gravitational Lensing
Chair: Buvnesh Jain

B5 Theoretical/Mathematical Cosmology
Chair: Robert Brandenberger

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

Partial List of speakers:
Andrzej Krolak (IMPAN) Virgo
Valery Frolov (LIGO Livingston Observatory) LIGO
Jim Hough (Glasgow) GEO
Shinji Miyoki (ICRR) CLIO/TAMA

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

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

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

Partial List of speakers:
Oliver Jennrich
Stanislav Babak
Jonathan Gair
Tomotada Akutsu
Ilya Mandel
Guido Mueller
Peter Wass

C5 Experimental gravitation
Chair: Eric Adelberger

Partial List of speakers:
Stephan Schlamminger
Stefan Baessler

D1 Loop Quantum Gravity and Spin Foams
Chair: Alejandro Corichi

Partial List of speakers:
Abhay Ashtekar
Bianca Dittrich
Laurent Freidel
Parampeet Singh

D2 Strings, branes and M-theory
Chair: Shiraz Minwalla

Partial List of speakers:
Petr Horava
Xi Yin
Wei Song

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

Partial List of speakers:
Renate Loll
David Rideout
Steve Carlip
Daniel Litim

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

GR19: First Announcement

The 19th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation (GR19) will take place at Mexico City on July 5-9, 2010. The location of GR19 will be at the Centro Banamex Convention and Exhibition Center (Centro Banamex) which is the most modern location of its type in Mexico. A professional congress organizer (Anfitriones Nacionales) will be in charge of the complete registration, accommodation, transportation, equipment, and logistics of the event.

The Local Organizing Committee is aware of security concerns and has taken several steps to address this issue. First, Centro Banamex is located in the Reforma corridor, a touristic and business area in Mexico City. Second, all the hotels proposed to the participants of GR19 are in close proximity to the venue. Finally, the conference will arrange special bus transportation between hotels and Centro Banamex which will be offered free of charge during the entire conference.

GR19 will include five days of conference talks, a public lecture to be presented by Prof. George Smoot, and an optional half-day excursion. The Scientific Organizing Committee, chaired by Prof. Don Marolf, is organizing a very exciting scientific program with a broad array of plenary speakers and parallel sessions. This information is available on the GR19 website at http://www.gr19.com/ . Abstract submission for the parallel sessions will begin on December 1, 2009. To solidify an initial program, a small number of abstracts will be accepted in January, 2010. Other acceptances will occur after the admissions process has closed.

About Mexico
Mexico receives more than twenty million international visitors every year, in part due to its ancient culture, the warm and friendly atmosphere of the Mexican people, its renowned cuisine, and to its wonderful climate year round. Mexico City, the oldest metropolis in the Americas, is overlooked by the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes and is noted for having gentle weather with an average annual temperature of 22°C. Mexico City is an exciting place in which history, art, culture, tradition and modernity mix to form a constant effervescent ambience. There are neverending opportunities to experience and enjoy the region. There are innumerable tourist services, such as accommodation, fine dining, travel agencies, car rental services, tourist information booths, tourist transportation services and complementary services.

Visa information
Nationals of most countries do not require a visa to enter Mexico for visits of up to 90 days. For more information on visa requirements please visit: http://www.inami.gob.mx/EN/index.php The conference will provide supporting documentation for visa applications upon request during registration online. In the unlikely event of a visa problem, the participants should feel free to contact us at:

Local Organizing Committee
Institute of Nuclear Sciences,
UNAM A.P. 70-543,
04510 Mexico D.F.
MEXICO
Fax: +52 55 56224693
E-mail: gr19mexico_AT_nucleares.unam.mx

Travel information
Mexico City can be reached by diverse means of transportation from all over the world. The city has a world-class international airport, four long-distance bus terminals, and a central railroad station. Visitors can fly to Mexico City from 104 airports around the world. Mexico City’s International Airport (IATA: MEX) offers 650 flights a day and serves 6 national and 41 international airlines. There is also a new airport located in the city of Toluca (IATA: TLC) which is 50 minutes away from Mexico City.

Accommodation
Mexico City has more than 120 tourist-standard hotels with more than 47,000 rooms. Mexico Congress City (MCC) is an alliance headed by Centro Banamex, that involves the seven of the most important hotels in Mexico City in order to offer special benefits to the attendees of conferences at Centro Banamex. All the MCC hotels are within a 7 km radius of the Convention Center and from 15 to 30 minutes away (bus transportation during rush hour). Low-cost hotels will be offered to students at special rates. Additional information will be given soon on the GR19 website where you will be able to make your own reservations.

Conference fees

Early registration – Non-student (500 USD); ISGRG-Member (420 USD); Student (300 USD)
Late registration – Non-student (550 USD); ISGRG-Member (470 USD); Student (350 USD)

The conference fees include a welcome reception, admission to all plenary and parallel sessions, admission to the public lecture, all refreshment breaks, delegate pack and conference information, bus transportation between hotels and Centro Banamex, and participation on a half-day excursion in Mexico City.

Important dates

December 1, 2009: Online registration begins / Abstract submission begins
April 30, 2010: Deadline for abstract submission
May 15, 2010: Deadline for early registration
July 4, 2010: Arrival of participants and registration
July 5-9, 2010: Scientific and social program of GR19

We will be honored to welcome you, your families and friends, and the entire International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation as guests in this great country of ours.

GR19: Scientific Program

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

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

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

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

Plenary Speakers:

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

Expected List of Parallel Sessions:

A1 Exact Solutions and their Interpretation
Chair: Harvey Reall

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

A3 Modified Gravity Theories
Chair: To Be Announced

B1 Relativistic Astrophysics
Chair: Tsvi Piran

B2 Numerical Relativity and Astrophysical Applications
Chair: Manuela Campanelli

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

B4 Physical Cosmology and Gravitational Lensing
Chair: Buvnesh Jain

B5 Theoretical/Mathematical Cosmology
Chair: Robert Brandenberger

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

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

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

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

C5 Experimental gravitation
Chair: Eric Adelberger

D1 Loop Quantum Gravity and Spin Foams
Chair: Alejandro Corichi

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

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

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