Feb 9 – 14, 2020
IBS Science and Culture Center
Asia/Seoul timezone

Asia-Pacific School and Workshop on Gravitation and Cosmology 2020

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

Lectures and Workshops Link on Youtube

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): The Cosmic Microwave Background

Kokkotas, Konstantinos (Univ. Tuebingen, Germany): Numerical studies of neutron star and black hole dynamics

Lee, Seung Joo (CERN, Switzerland): Quantum gravity constraints and their stringy realization

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

Sarkar, Sudipta (IIT Gandhinagar, India): Black Hole Thermodynamics: General Relativity & Beyond

IOC: David Blair (Univ Western Australia), 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 (IBS-CTPU), Inyong Cho (SeoulTech), Kiwoon Choi (IBS-CTPU, chair) Jinn-Ouk Gong (KASI), Jinho Kim (KASI), Chang Sub Shin (IBS-CTPU)


Asia-Pacific School and Workshop will be broadcasted through youtube.com. Search for a keyword, APSW2020 in Youtube search box.

Important deadlines

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

December 31: presentation registration (oral/poster) : CLOSED

January 31: general registration


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