VESF School, Gravitational waves, neutrinos and multiwavelenght observations: the new frontier of astronomy, Rome, Italy

Dear Colleagues,

the Virgo-EGO Science Forum (VESF) is organizing the 2013 School on “Gravitational waves, neutrinos and multiwavelenght observations: the new frontier of astronomy”, to be held on April 15-18, 2013 at the Astronomical Observatory of Rome in Monteporzio Catone (Rome, Italy). In this year’s program more emphasis is devoted to the search for the astrophysical counterparts of candidate gravitational wave events detected by Advanced Virgo and LIGO. The goal is to stimulate the interest and foster the collaboration of students and young researchers from both the GW and astrophysical communities in the one of the most challenging and exciting scientific enterprises of the 2010′s.

The deadline for application is March 10th, 2013.
At the school website:

http://www.roma1.infn.it/teongrav/VESF/SCHOOL2013_WEBSITE/Vesf_School.html

you can find the application form, the school program (also attached to this message), a list of hotels and directions on how to reach the observatory and the hotel.

VESF will provide lunches and transportation from the center of Frascati to the Observatory and back every day.

Travel, lodging and dinner expenses should be covered by the applicant or by his/her home institution. Participants are requested to make their own hotel reservation (please see the School web site), by March 10th, 2013 (mention that you are participating in the school).

Please note that April is high season, and late reservations may be difficult.

For any further assistance please contact

Dr. Giuliana Giobbi
e-mail: Giuliana.giobbi[AT]oa-roma.inaf.it
INAF -Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma
Via Frascati, 33
00040 Monte Porzio Catone (Roma)
Italy

With our best wishes

Valeria Ferrari and Luigi Stella (School directors)

2012 VESF fellowships for theoretical research on Gravitational Wave Detection

2012 Call for VESF Fellowships for theoretical research on Gravitational Wave Detection

The Virgo EGO Scientific Forum (VESF) is glad to announce the following call for fellowship applications to work on theoretical research relevant to the physics of the Virgo experiment. Mostly contemplated topics will be: potentially detectable gravitational wave sources, emitted waveforms, rates, data analysis algorithms and strategies and any other topic of interest for Virgo.

This call is open to individual candidates (PhD holders or students) and to groups as well, that are members of VESF. Applications from individuals are encouraged.

The VESF shall fund four one-year fellowships, each at the cost of 25.000 euros. However, proposals of particular interest for Virgo and which may need two years of activity may be considered as well. VESF will not consider positions having a yearly cost higher than 25 KE, unless co-sponsorship is foreseen by the proponent.

Basic criteria to assess the applications will be:

- The relevance of the proposal with respect to the Virgo detector. In particular, a direct impact on the data analysis will be considered as an additional credit;
- Proposals for funding postdoctoral positions will be preferred although VESF will try to keep a balance; Applications must be sent electronically to: severine.perus[AT]ego-gw.it

The documents required for submitting the application are:

- the VESF application form available at: http://www.roma1.infn.it/teongrav/VESF/

- For individual applications:

* curriculum vitae of the proponent;
* two letters of reference
* a letter of endorsement by the hosting Institution, providing hospitality as well as logistic and scientific support for the proposed research activity.

VESF encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, and women. The deadline for submitting applications is June 30th 2012

First VESF School on Advanced Detectors of Gravitational Waves, Cascina, (Italy)

June 18 – 22, 2012
Cascina, (Italy)

The Virgo EGO Scientific Forum (VESF) is launching a new program in the year when Earth-based GW detectors – Virgo and LIGO – are gearing up towards second-generation Interferometers.

The program will include topical courses focused on GW Advanced Detectors. It will offer a unique opportunity for young scientists already active or planning to work in that field, to get an in-depth training on specialized and state-of-the-art topics related to this research, like: science case, interferometer configuration, suspensions, thermal compensation, sensing and control, squeezing, lasers and more.


5th VESF School on Gravitational Waves

This is the annual school on Gravitational Waves, now in its 10th edition (5th under the VESF auspices. This year, for the first time, the school will take place in the summer and in the Dolomites village of Sesto Val Pusteria (Sexten in German).

Topics taught in the school will be:
* Introduction to GR and sources of GW: isolated (burst and periodic) binaries and stochastic background
* Interferometers, present and future facilities
* Data Analysis
* LISA space interferometer
* Related astrophysical searches: neutrinos, gamma and X ray, pulsar timing etc.

1st VESF School on Gravitational-Wave Data Analysis

The Virgo EGO Scientific Forum (VESF) is glad to announce the 1st edition of the VESF School on Gravitational Waves Data Analysis, which will take place from February 10th to February 13th, 2010 at the site of EGO in Cascina (Italy).

The purpose of this VESF school is to complement the traditional VESF School on Gravitational Waves, which will take place in the Summer of 2010, providing a practical, hands-on introduction to the methodologies and techniques for data analysis.

The school welcomes young physicists and engineers; they will be introduced to the main characteristics of the data produced by interferometric detectors like Virgo, and will learn about basics of signal processing and GW data analysis. The school comprises short theoretical lessons and long training sessions, allowing the students to apply Virgo analysis software to real data with embedded test signals.

The deadline for applications is Jan. 15th, 2010 and further information can be found on the VESF website

http://www.roma1.infn.it/teongrav/VESF/

VESF fellowship for theoretical research on gravitational wave detection

The Virgo Ego Scientific Forum (VESF) is glad to announce the call for applications for one fellowship at postdoctoral level for up to two years, to work on theoretical research relevant to the physics of the Virgo experiment: potentially detectable gravitational wave sources, emitted waveforms, rates, data analysis algorithms and strategies and any other topic of interest for Virgo.

A direct impact on data analysis will be considered as an additional credit in the evaluation of proposed researches. The present call is open to groups that are member of VESF, as well as to individuals. In this latter case, the proposed research must take place at one of the groups which are members of VESF and the application will have to contain a letter of endorsement of the hosting Institution, assuring hospitality as well as logistic and scientific support for the proposed research activity. Applications from individuals are encouraged.

The application forms and the list of eligible groups can be found on the VESF webpage: http://www.roma1.infn.it/teongrav/VESF

Applications should be sent electronically to: severine.perus_at_ego-gw.it

The deadline for submitting applications is January 10th 2010, and the selection will take place by January 30th, 2010. The position should be filled by the end of June 2010 and the extension to a second year will be subject to positive evaluation of the scientific activity by the Executive Board

VESF encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, and women.