The fourth detection of gravitational waves at the most important scientific congress in Valencia

  • Fundació Universitat-Empresa
  • September 29th, 2017

One hundred years after Einstein completed the Theory of Relativity that predicts the existence of gravitational radiation, the VIRGO detector announced the first triple detection of a gravitational signal which opens "a new window into the universe that offers a new richer and more fascinating vision "With this progress in the investigation of the detection of gravitational waves, the most important congress in this field is presented in Valencia in July 2019, the 22nd International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation and the Edoardo Amaldi Conference on Gravitational Waves .

For a week, Valencia will be the scene in which topics such as gravitational wave astronomy and all its new developments will be debated together with cosmology, relativistic astrophysics, numerical and mathematical relativity, string theory or quantum gravity. This congress is co-chaired by the professor of the Faculty of Physics of the Universitat de València José Antonio Font and the professor of the University of València and researcher at the Institute of Corpuscular Physics (IFIC), José Navarro.

These two meetings, the 22nd International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation and the Edoardo Amaldi Conference on Gravitational Waves, of great relevance in their respective fields, will gather for the first time in Spain. These forums coincide every six years (the first is held every two years, the other is every three years) and Valencia is the city that has won the candidacy to host this event that will gather around a thousand people in July 2019 and which will be managed through ADEIT and will be held in the facilities of the Palacio de Congresos de Valencia.

Revolution of the knowledge that we have of the Universe
In this event there will be plenary sessions where topics of general interest in this area will be reviewed, as well as parallel sessions where more specific topics will be analyzed. All this linked to the present since the direct detections of gravitational waves by the detectors LIGO and VIRGO "are causing real revolution in the knowledge that we have of the universe", in words of Font. In addition, professionals from the scientific field and specifically from the field of gravitation, as well as the directors of the detectors LIGO, VIRGO, KAGRA and LIGO-India, will have access to this 'triple' detection.

"The fact of winning this candidacy - prepared with the help of the ADEIT Foundation and the Valencia Convention Bureau program of the Turismo València Foundation - demonstrates the important specific weight that the Valencian and Spanish Comunitat has reached in the international panorama in the area of ​​knowledge of gravitation, "notes Font.

In this way, Valencia will become the world center of scientific and technological effort in the study and development of gravitation, general relativity and gravitational wave astronomy for a week.


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