Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual

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New frontiers in strong gravity

2020, Jul 05 -- Jul 18

D. Blas (King's College London)
P. Figueras (Queen Mary University of London)
E. Lim (King's College London)
L. Stein (University of Mississippi)
H. Witek (KCL / UIUC)
S. Nissanke (University of Amsterdam)

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.

With our workshop 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 foster new research collaborations.

Invited speakers include:

- Samaya Nissanke
- Tessa Baker
- Roberto Emparan
- Katy Clough
- Enrico Barausse
- Deirdre Shoemaker
- Will East
- Aaron Zimmerman
- Thomas Sotiriou
- Mihalis Dafermos
- Maria Okounkova
- David Mateos
- Anne Davis
- Rachel Rosen
- Niels Warburton
- Laura Bernard
- Harald Pfeiffer

The number of participants is limited.

- PhD, postdoc and research fellow should send a CV during the registration process with a list of publications and the name of the supervisor.
(* add the names of other references if you want)

We gratefully acknowledge generous funding support from:

National Science Fundation:


COST Actions:

CA18108 “Quantum gravity phenomenology in the multi-messenger approach” (QGMM)

CA16104 “GWVerse”.

Funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union

Registration fee information

The registration fee for this conference is:

Regular fee: 250 eur.
PhD Students fee: 100 eur.

Pay by bank transfer

The registration fee must be paid to the account of the Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual after your application has been accepted.

Ibercaja (account number): 2085 2310 3803 3004 4193
IBAN: ES44 2085 2310 3803 3004 4193

Remember that your registration is complete only after the payment is made.

* Please, pay after your application has been accepted.
* Please, send a confirmation by e-mail to info@benasque.org.
* Please pay all bank charges
* Include as a subject in the transfer '2020relativity Your_Surname'
* In the comments section include:
      Full name of the conference and your name.

Pay by credit card

Senior: Pay by credit card
Student: Pay by credit card

* You have to be registered.
* Please, pay after your application has been accepted.

*Cancellation Policy*
A 5 euro charge will be applied for cancellations made up to 10 days before the conference start date.
A no refund policy will be applied to cancellations made after this date.

Bus Transportation

The center provides free buses:
From Barcelona, Universitat de Barcelona, Diagonal 686, Metro: L3 Palau Reial at 15:00h (Note that the bus stops opposite University of Barcelona, Facultat de Física i Química)

From Barcelona airport ('El Prat', Terminal T2A: on leaving exit, turn left and you will find a police building called 'Mossos d'Esquadra') at 15:30h.

Return buses:
From Benasque to Barcelona airport and then university, departure at 9:00h.
The trip by bus to Barcelona takes 4-5h. approximately. The trip by car only takes 3h 30m.

Bus trajectories and dates:
- Barcelona-Benasque, Jul 05.
- Benasque-Barcelona, Jul 18.

Registration & accommodation

Application deadline is May 25

Further Information.

  • List of participants.
  • Scientific program.
  • Pictures

This session has received financial support from the following institutions:

  • Ministerio de ciencia, innovación y universidades
  • Gobierno de Aragón
  • logo CSIC
  • DPH
  • Universidad de Zaragoza
  • Ayuntamiento de Benasque


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