2015 marks the centennial of the General Theory of Relativity (GR), presented by Albert Einstein in 1915. Motivated by this celebration, understanding that GR is an important part of the scientific world heritage and recognizing the growing international influence of Portuguese researchers working in this area, the "Portuguese Society of Relativity and Gravitation" (SPRG) was formally established in 2015.
Within the reorganization of the Portuguese research units promoted by FCT, Gr@v will become part, from Jan 2015, of the Centre for Research and Development in Mathematics and Applications (CIDMA), a research unit based at the University of Aveiro. Gr@v will integrate CIDMA as a new research group -- Gravitational Geometry and Dynamics.
The VII Black Holes workshop took place at Aveiro University from 18-19 December 2014. With over seventy participants from fifteen countries, and a scientific program with 48 talks, this edition continued the growing participation and interest of the international community in this series of workshops, as well as a state of the art review of this exciting field of research. The next edition will take place at IST-Lisbon in December 2015.
Our group is participating in the organization of the II Physics Meeting in Amazonia, to take place at Universidade Federal do Pará, Belém, Brazil, from 24-28 November 2014. This is a joint meeting of researchers in various topics including gravitational physics and condensed matter. See a beautiful movie about the meeting here.
C. Herdeiro was the guest interviewee of Porto Canal's "Mentes que Brilham". Watch and listen to the conversation with interviewer Cláudia Fonseca about black holes and some of the research work made at Gr@v in this area.
The seventh edition of the Black Holes Workshop will be held at the University of Aveiro in 18-19 December 2014. These workshops gather researchers working on all aspects of black hole physics/mathematics, and stimulate the interaction between them. More information can be found in the VIIBHW webpage.
Living Reviews in Relativity, a most prestigious, invitation only, review journal on the topic of gravitational physics, with an impact factor of 22.333 (2012), is publishing the review article "Exploring new physics frontiers through numerical relativity", authored by V. Cardoso, L. Gualtieri, C. Herdeiro and U. Sperhake.