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Published on Wed, Jan 17, 2018

The biennial Conference of the Italian Society for General Relativity and Gravitation (SIGRAV) is devoted to all aspects of gravitational physics, such as Classical and Quantum Gravity, Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology, as well as Experimental Gravity.

The six-day conference will host about twenty invited plenary talks and shorter invited and contributed talks in three parallel sessions. A science popularisation/outreach session will also be hosted during the Conference.

The 2018 edition of the conference will be dedicated to black holes. Einstein’s gravitational theory predicts the existence of black holes, objects so compact that light cannot escape their gravitational field. Several types of black hole may exist: mini black holes, stellar black holes, and supermassive black holes with millions of solar masses. Experimental evidence for the existence of stellar and supermassive black holes continues to mount, so what was once considered to be science fiction, has now become reality.

In this conference, an overview on all aspects of black-hole physics will be given. In particular, we will discuss observations of black holes in galactic centers, gravitational waves and electromagnetic counterparts from binary systems of black holes and neutron stars, black-hole formation from gravitational collapse and from the merger of neutron stars, theory and phenomenology of accretion flows onto black holes, black holes in general relativity and in alternative theories of gravity, as well as the thermodynamics of black holes and Hawking radiation.

The official registration will be announced in early 2018. There will be a registration fee which will cover: participation in the conference, the welcome party, conference materials, coffee breaks, excursion, proceedings volume.

Please note that the period in which the conference will take place is still high season in Sardinia. If you want to get an accommodation and flight tickets at a reasonable price be prepared to register at the conference, reserve a room at the hotel Flamingo and book your flight to Sardinia with significative advance (deadline around March 2018). Details will be given in a second announcement in the next few months.

Looking forward to hearing from you!