DPG - Physics School "General Relativity @ 99"

General Relativity @ 99

Su, 14.09.2014 18:00  –   Fr, 19.09.2014 16:15
Gerhard Schäfer (University of Jena) and Clifford M. Will (University of Florida)
Physikzentrum Bad Honnef
Hauptstr. 5, 53604 Bad Honnef, Germany

Event partner:
Wilhelm and Else Heraeus-Foundation
Contact person:
apl. Professor Dr. Gerhard Schäfer,
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General Relativity @ 99

supported by the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus - Foundation
14 - 19 September, 2014, Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, Germany
Organized by
Gerhard Schäfer (University of Jena) and
Clifford M. Will (University of Florida and Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris)


General relativity (GR) is coming of age. The year 2015 will be its 100th anniversary.
Just on the eve of this anniversary, the school aims at teaching GR with specific emphasis on its physical and astrophysical implications. The school is intended for graduate students in physics and astrophysics as well as for postdocs and scientists with some background in GR and astrophysics who are looking for more advanced treatments of the current problems in GR.
The single lectures, pedagogical in nature, will be coordinated in order to give a coherent and exciting learning experience. Enough time will be reserved for questions and discussions among students and lecturers. During breaks the organizers welcome suggestions, oral or written, for additional material or explanations.
Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, is a delightful venue, housed in a 19th Century mansion on the Rhine river just south of Bonn and Cologne.
Posters by the participants are welcome and discussions with the lecturers will be encouraged.
Lecturers & Topics
• Nils Andersson (University of Southampton, UK): Relativistic thermodynamics
• Emanuele Berti (University of Mississippi, USA): Theory of black holes , see also lecture notes
• Luc Blanchet (Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris, France): Analytical approximation methods
• Bernd Brügmann (University of Jena, Germany): Numerical relativity
• Alessandra Buonanno (MPI for Gravitational Physics (AEI) Potsdam, Germany): The analytical/numerical relativity Interface
• Karsten Danzmann (University of Hanover and AEI Hanover, Germany): The bright future of gravitational wave astronomy
• Pedro Ferreira (University of Oxford, UK): Big bang cosmology
• Sergei Klioner (University of Dresden, Germany): Reference frames, astrometry and geodesy
• Michael Kramer (MPI for Radioastronomy Bonn, Germany): Pulsar timing and GR
• Claus Lämmerzahl (ZARM, University of Bremen, Germany): GR importance for space missions
• Cole Miller (University of Maryland, USA): Black hole astrophysics
• Ekkehard Peik (PTB Braunschweig, Germany): High precision clocks, timekeeping and GPS
• Roberto Peron (IAPS-INAF Rome, Italy): Solar-system tests of GR
• Eric Poisson (University of Guelph, Canada): Introduction to GR: Post-Newtonian Theory
• Jürgen Renn (MPI for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany): The Genesis of GR
• Sheila Rowan (University of Glasgow, UK): Gravitational wave detection
• Xavier Siemens (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA): Tests of gravity in the strong-field dynamical regimes
• Norbert Wex (MPI for Radioastronomy Bonn, Germany): Binary pulsars and GR
• Clifford Will (University of Florida and Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris): Introduction to GR: Newtonian Gravity