Asia-Pacific School and Workshop on Gravitation and Cosmology 2020

Center for Theoretical Physics of the Universe (CTPU), Institute for Basic Science (IBS),
Daejeon, Korea, Feb. 9-14, 2020.


General relativity is now recognized in cosmology and astrophysics as an indispensable theoretical framework. Most striking and brilliant triumphs, such as the expansion of the Universe, black holes, gravitational waves, and lensing are heavily indebted to general relativity. Further, the new discoveries in cosmology and astrophysics in recent days including the LIGO have opened the passage to study and test the nature of gravitation and the evolution of the Universe.

To promote research and education in gravitation and cosmology in the Asia-Pacific region, we have had a series of annual school/workshop on these topics since 2007 in Tainan, Taiwan, with the most recent version being held at the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University, Japan in Feb 2019. The school/workshop aims to promote understanding in frontier issues in gravitation and cosmology, to put forth a new idea, and to introduce and propose challenging problems to young physicists. 

This program consists of two parts. In the school, invited lecturers deliver a series of lectures from introductory to research level to help students and junior researchers to grasp the essence of the cutting-edge developments. In the workshop, participants are expected to give presentations on the recent developments in gravitation and cosmology and are encouraged to have intensive discussions and establish collaborations.

The topics to be covered by the school/workshop include

- gravitational waves

- numerical relativity

- black hole physics

- cosmic microwave background

- early universe

- dark matter and dark energy

- quantum gravity


School lecturers 

Hamann, Jan (UNSW, Australia): CMB

Kokkotas, Konstantinos (Univ. Tuebingen, Germany): Numerical Relativity

Lee, Seung Joo (CERN, Switzerland): Swampland

Nielsen, Alex (Univ. Stavanger, Norway): Gravitational Waves

Sarkar, Sudipta (IIT Gandhinagar, India): Black Hole Thermodynamics

IOC: David Blair (Univ Western Austrailia), Rong-Gen Cai (ITP-CAS), Sadakazu Haino (Academia Sinica), Bala Iyer (ICTS), Gungwon Kang (KISTI), Sang Pyo Kim (Kunsan Nat Univ), Hyung Mok Lee (KASI), Kei-ichi Maeda (Waseda Univ), Misao Sasaki (Kavli IPMU), Takahiro Tanaka (Kyoto Univ), Hoi-lai Yu (Academia Sinica)

LOC: Sanghyeon Chang (CTPU-IBS), Inyong Cho (SeoulTech), Kiwoon Choi (CTPU-IBS, chair) Jinn-Ouk Gong (KASI), Jinho Kim (KASI), Chang Sub Shin (CTPU-IBS)

Important deadlines

November 1: early registration (visa, accommodation application*)

December 20: presentation registration (oral/poster)

January 31: general registration

*Accommodation application (student only/shared room): limited number of accommodation will be provided after revision


IBS CTPU, Daejeon, Republic of Korea (location)

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Starts 9 Feb 2020 09:00
Ends 14 Feb 2020 18:00
Conference Room
Institute for Basic Science (IBS) 55, Expo-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, Korea, 34126