Gravitation @ Aveiro University

Interview to Porto Canal

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. 

VII Black Holes Workshop

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

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.

Permanent position for Juan Carlos Degollado

Juan Carlos Degollado Daza, who has been a post-doctoral research at Gr@v since 2012, working on numerical relativity, has accepted a permanent professor position at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. Congratulations Juan Carlos, well done!

III Amazonian workshop on black holes

The III Amazonian workshop on black holes and analogue models of gravity will take place in UFP, Belém do Pará, Brazil, from 4-7 August 2014. This is a satellite workshop of the IRSES Marie Curie action on "Numerical Relativity and High Energy Physics", of which the U. Aveiro and UFP are both partners.

99 years of black holes

The COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) action "Black holes in a violent Universe", in which our group participated, closed with an interdisciplinary conference in Potsdam: "99 years of black holes: from Astronomy to quantum gravity", showing the extraordinary transversality of black holes physics.

Honorable Mention in 2014 GRF Essay Competition

The Essay "A new spin on black hole hair", by C. Herdeiro and E. Radu, was selected for an "Honorable Mention" in the Gravity Research Foundation 2014 Awards for Essays on Gravitation. The first prize was awarded to M. Krauss and (Nobel Laureate) F. Wilczek, for the essay "From B-modes to Quantum Gravity and Unification of Forces".

Kerr black holes with scalar hair

"Black holes have no hair" - is a famous `mantra' coined by John Wheeler in 1971, to express that astrophysical black holes should all have very similar physical properties. In a paper to appear in Physical Review Letters, however, Gr@v researchers C. Herdeiro and E. Radu showed that actually astrophysical black holes need not be bald!

Award for Mengjie Wang

Mengjie Wang, Ph.D. student at Gr@v, has received a "Chinese Government Award for outstanding self-financed students abroad", granted by the Ministry of Education of China. Congratulations Mengjie!


The Iberian Cosmology Meeting 2014 took place at Aveiro, from the 28th to the 30th of April 2014. Thank you to all the participants for a stimulating meeting! Next IBERICOS will take place in Madrid, in the Spring of 2015.

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