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The Gravitational Physics Division of the EPS represents and provides a forum for European scientists interested in any aspect of gravitational physics.

Some of the topics to be covered by the GPD:
-  the issue of time and space in fundamental physics
-  gravitational waves (theory & experiment)
-  quantum gravity (theory & experiment)
-  gravitational astrophysics
-  gravity theories beyond General Relativity
-  cosmology
-  analogues of gravity

Board members of the GPD

 


News


The EPS GPD has now signed 4 memorandum of understanding (for cooperation)
 with the following national relativity societies:

1) Hellenic Society on Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology (Memorandum  IMG_20180407_0001.pdf):  http://www.hsrgc.gr/

2) Spanish Society of Gravitation and Relativity (Memorandum IMG_20180407_0002.pdf):  http://www.segre.es/en/presentacion.shtml

3) Polish Society on Relativity (Memorandum IMG_20180407_0004.pdf):  https://www.fuw.edu.pl/~potor/index_en.html

4) Italian Society for General Relativity and Gravitational Physics (SIGRAV) (Memorandum IMG_20180407_0003.pdf):  http://sigrav.na.infn.it/?lang=en

 


Conferences


1) The conference on the Einstein Telescope takes place from 19 to 20 April 2018
    in Cascina, see homepage

 

2)  First EPS Conference on Gravitation 19- 21 February 2019 in Rome 

The first EPS (European Physical Society)  Conference on Gravitation
will be held at the Sapienza University (Rome, Italy) from February 19th to
February 21th, 2019.

The aim of the conference is to discuss about several aspects of
Gravitation, such as measurements of the G constant, Quantum Gravity, Geodesy, General Relativity tests,
and obviously Gravitational Waves
(from the experimental, theoretical and data analysis point of views).

Registration will be opened in due time  and abstract submission will be  welcome on these  topics.
Please find further information at  

https://agenda.infn.it/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=15395

The conference will be organized in days focused around key topics introduced by invited speakers and  followed by contributed talks. There will also be a poster session, together with four Young Scientists Awards to the best poster contributions by skilled young researchers.

The deadline for abstract submission is January 7th, 2019 and the deadline for early registration and registration of students is January 11th 2019. The Local and Scientific Organizing Committees are looking forward to welcoming you in Rome.

 

 




 



Obituary (Prof. Bruno Bertotti)


Bruno Bertotti, Professor Emeritus of Astrophysics at the University of Pavia, died on 20 October 2018. His scientific work, spanning over many fields of physics, has made him one of the leading scientists of his university. Born in Mantova in 1930, he was admitted to the Ghislieri College in Pavia and completed his studies in mathematics (1953) and physics (1954) at the local university. From 1953 to 1956 he was a scholar at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, becoming one of the last students of E. Schroedinger. He then moved to the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton (1958-59), then to the Plasma Physics Laboratory as Senior Researcher (1959-61). He returned to Italy in 1961, where he worked in plasma physics as Senior Researcher at Frascati. He became full professor at the University of Messina in 1967, then at the University of Pavia in 1971, where he remained until his death. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge and at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Since his years in Dublin he developed a keen and profound interest in the physics of gravitation and cosmology. He contributed to the first volume of the “Encyclopedia of Ignorance”, a collection of writings on the unsolved problems in physics, with a chapter entitled “The Riddles of Gravitation” (Pergamon Press, 1977). He was one of the founders of the Italian Society of Gravitational Physics (SIGRAV). Among his main scientific achievements, a special mention must be given to the Bertotti-Robinson metric, a static, axisymmetric solution of the Einstein-Maxwell equations, and a precise test of General Relativity with the Cassini spacecraft. The measurement made a clever use of the Cassini radio system, otherwise designed for completely different scientific goals. Carried out in 2002, it is still the most accurate test of General Relativity to date. He later confessed his frustration with such long-lived primacy, which in his view only indicated the slow progress in experimental gravity. The late interest in space missions motivated in 1990 and 2003 the publication of “Physics of the Solar System”, an advanced textbook on planetary physics and dynamics, of which he was the lead author. He felt profoundly the societal role of science. As a member of the Union of Italian Scientists for Disarmament (USPID), he was a convinced supporter of arm control and space surveillance. Worried that space debris could severely limit the use of circumterrestial space, which he considered an essential asset for humankind, he contributed to making space agencies and international organisations aware of this potential threat. Bruno Bertotti was demanding of himself and forgiving with others. His students admired him for the depth and insight of his lectures, always stimulating and inspiring. He cared profoundly for those with whom he worked, who felt privileged of his collaboration. Some of them shared his passion for mountaineering, where they could appreciate even more his human side.

Luciano Iess

Upcoming Events
First European Physical Society Conference on Gravitation
Tuesday 19 February 2019

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Philippe Jetzer
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Renate Loll
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Fulvio Ricci
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Stefano Vitale
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David Wands
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Mairi Sakellariadou

 

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