Gr@v is a team of researchers, based at the Mathematics and Physics Department of Aveiro University, Portugal, working on strong gravity, astrophysics and high energy physics. The group was established in 2010. In January 2015 Gr@v integrated the FCT funded CIDMA research unit (UIDB/04106/2020 and UIDP/04106/2020), as the Gravitational Geometry and Dynamics research group. The group scientific coordinator is C. Herdeiro.
Alexandre Correia, Professor at Coimbra University, ended his term as scientific coordinator of the Gravitational Geometry and Dynamics Group (informally dubbed Gr@v) of CIDMA on 16 December 2019. Prof. Correia will cease to be a full member of CIDMA at the end of 2019 by virtue of his move to Coimbra University. The group is very grateful for his leadership. The new elected scientific coordinator is Carlos Herdeiro.
Gr@v members C. Herdeiro and A. Morais and collaborator N. Sanchis-Gual participated in the public presentation of the group's FCT-CERN research grant, on December 9th 2019, at FCT in Lisbon. The project was funded!
Professor Péter Forgács from the University of Tours (France) visited Gr@v and presented a seminar on "Non-linear eigenmodes of asymptotically Anti-de-Sitter space".
Alexandre Correia, Gr@v member and Professor at Coimbra University, gave an outreach talk on the part of the 2019 Nobel Physics Prize awarded for the discovery of the first exoplanets. Not only Professor Correia is a working scientist on the field, but he also worked, as a post-doc, in the group of the two laureates, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz. A knowledgeable and entertaining account!
Gr@v and MAP-PDMA Ph.D. student João Oliveira was awareded an "Outstanding Presentation Award - Gold Prize" for his scientific presentation at the 29th workshop on General Relativity and Gravitation, in Japan, at the University of Kobe.
More than 200 researchers participated in this conference, of which 66 were selected to deliver oral presentations. Of these, 56 were nominated for the outstanding presentation award, but only 4 were awarded this distinction, including João Oliveira.
The V Amazonian Symposium on Physics was held in Belém, Brazil, from 18-22 November 2019. This meeting was co-sponsored by the Marie Curie RISE FunFiCO network and co-organised by Gr@v members. The invited speakers included Bill Unruh, Bob Wald, John Friedman, Jorge Zanelli and Mirjam Cvetic, amongst others.
Gra@v members C. Herdeiro and E. Radu, together with Nuno Santos from IST-Lisbon, visited Universidade Federal do Pará (UFPa), Brazil, in Amazonia, during November 2019, within the Marie Curie RISE FunFiCO partnership. In the photon in the river Guamá, with Carolina Benone, a former UFPa/Aveiro PhD student, now staff at UFPa.