FEBRUARY 14-28, 2015

AT JOHANNES KEPLER UNIVERSITY, LINZ/AUSTRIA

A full immersion course from the basics to the research frontier

Heraeus

Aim

In order to understand physics, one must understand the structure of spacetime.

This is because both, our most advanced theory of gravity and the description of matter
— general relativity and the standard model of elementary particle physics —
employ the spacetime structure in a pivotal way.

Required background of students

Background knowledge minimally required of students is what one normally would have acquired after the second year of university courses in physics and/or mathematics.

The course aims at graduate students (roughly year 4 to 5) at universities but will be accessible to advanced undergraduates and still very rewarding to beginning postgraduate students.

Philosophy of the School

A group of dedicated lecturers and distiguished experts in the field
will explain the entire mathematical and physical foundations required for a state-of-the-art command of spacetime concepts,
and thus take you on a seamless journey from your current knowledge to contemporary research highlights.

Linz

Lecturers

Speaker

Frederic P. Schuller

Institute for Quantum Gravity, Erlangen

since 2012Interim Associate Professor and Chair, Institute for Quantum Gravity,
Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
2008—2012Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Germany
2006—2008Professor of Mathematical Physics, UNAM, Mexico
2005Visting Research Fellow, The Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, UK
2004—2006Research Fellow, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Canada
2004PhD, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, UK

Bernard F. Schutz

Director emiritus, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics

since 1995Director, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Germany
since 1985 Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, Wales, UK
1976—1985Reader in Applied Mathematics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, Wales, UK
1974—1976Lecturer in Applied Mathematics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, Wales, UK
1973—1974Instructor in Physics, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
1972—1973Postdoctoral research assistant at Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
1971—1972National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Cambridge University, Cambridge, England (Institute of Astronomy and Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics).

Speaker

Domenico Giulini

Professor for Theoretical Physics

since 2014Chair of the Gravitation and Relativity Section of the German Physical Society
since 2013Member of the Board of Directors, Riemann Center for Geometry and Physics, Hannover, Germany
since 2009Professor, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Hannover, Germany
2007—2009Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Theoretical Physics, Germany
1997—2007Research and Teaching, Universities Zurich, Freiburg, Karlsruhe
1996Habilitation and venia legendi, University of Freiburg, Germany
1990PhD, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, UK

Speaker

Marcus C. Werner

Yukawa Institute Japan and Cambridge University

from 2015Assistant Professor, Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Japan
since 2012Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Duke University, USA
since 2011Research Fellow Kavli Institute for the Physics and the Mathematics of the Universe, Japan
2009—2011Visiting Assistant Professor Department of Mathematics, Duke University, USA
2005—2009PhD University of Cambridge, UK

Speaker

Valeria Pettorino

ITP Heidelberg

Junior Research Group Leader for HGSFP and ITP Cosmology Group, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Marie Curie Fellow, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Postdoctoral Fellow, SISSA Trieste, Italy
Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Postdoctoral Fellow, Torino, Italy
PhD, University of Naples, Italy

Schedule

First Week Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
9-10.15am Mathematical Revision Course Main Lecture on Gravity and Light Workshop Main Lecture on Gravity and Light Excursion: Ars Electronica Center Workshop Main Lecture on Gravity and Light
10.15-10.45am Coffee Break Coffee Break
10.45-12am Mathematical Revision Course Main Lecture on Gravity and Light Workshop Main Lecture on Gravity and Light Workshop Main Lecture on Gravity and Light
12-2pm Lunch Lunch
2-4pm Mathematical Revision Course Tutorial Classic Journal Club Tutorial Classic Journal Club Tutorial
4-4.30pm Coffee break
4.30-6pm Mathematical Revision Course Excursion 1 Excursion 2 Satellite
Lecture
Satellite
Lecture
6-8pm Dinner Dinner
8-9pm Opera Evening Lecture
Second Week Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
9-10.15am Main Lecture on Gravity and Light Workshop Main Lecture on Gravity and Light Workshop Main Lecture on Gravity and Light Presentation of Workshop Results
10.15-10.45am Coffee Break
10.45-12am Main Lecture on Gravity and Light Workshop Main Lecture on Gravity and Light Workshop Main Lecture on Gravity and Light Presentation of Workshop Results
12-2pm Lunch
2-4pm Tutorial Classic Journal Club Tutorial Classic Journal Club Tutorial Final Meeting
4-4.30pm Coffee break
4.30-6pm Satellite
Lecture
Satellite
Lecture
Satellite
Lecture
Satellite
Lecture
6-8pm Dinner
8-9pm Evening Lecture Evening Lecture

Modules

The aim of the school is achieved by way of three well-balanced pillars:

  • A 15-hour online course on differential geometry (held and made available two weeks before the school)
  • A 15-hour lecture course (coherently introducing the theories of general relativity and light)
  • A 12-hour satellite lecture program by four different experts (taking you to the research frontier)

  • A 12-hour series of tutorials by excellent teaching assistants (to practice the basics)
  • A 10-hour series of workshops (where more advanced problems are solved in teams)
  • An 8-hour classical papers journal club (linking the modern theory to its historical and philosophical roots)

  • Keynote evening lectures on gravitational waves, lensing, the microwave background and quantum gravity
  • Tour and practical observations at the Kepler observatory in Linz
  • Cinema viewing of the Kepler Opera (providing a window into Kepler's life and time)

50 Places Including a Full* Scholarship

With the generous financial support of the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation, we will provide the 50 successful applicants with

  • A full Scholarship covering
    • Participation in the School (all three pillars)
    • Accommodation in modernly equipped double rooms in the Julius Raab Heim
    • Full board (all meals)
  • A ten-headed team of committed lecturers and teaching assistants throughout the duration of the school
  • A well-balanced schedule interrupting intense periods of learning with manifold extracurricular events
  • A letter of support to your department or university recommending you for a bursary covering your travel costs
  • An optional examination carrying 10 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) points

* In order to prevent careless application and acceptance of a scholarship, it is standard policy that participants must pay a small fraction towards the total costs when accepting the offer of a place. For details, see below.

Your commitment when being offered a place

With international interest and competition for the 50 Scholarships certain to be high,
serious participants will understand the need to make their own commitment in order for the school to function

  • You agree to participate in all parts of the program, by being present at the school and following the online course beforehand. In order to testify to such seriousness of your application, you will declare acceptence of an offer for a full scholarship (if any can be made to you) by payment of a contribution of 200 EUR towards the full costs.
  • Due to the widely varying travel costs for participants from all over the world, the regulations of the Heraeus Foundation exclude the possibility to reimburse you for any travel costs. You therefore must ensure before acceptance of an offer that you can provide for your own travel costs, which however your university or department may often help you with.
  • Any large community working and living together for two weeks must adhere to certain rules and standards of conduct. With your application you agree to understand that with a culturally diverse group these are to be widely interpreted, but must be finally limited. In order to ensure a splendid experience for everyone throughout the School, you agree that your continued participation in the School is subject to the discretion of the Organizers, who will try to resolve any misunderstandings but not tolerate behaviour in conflict with the interests of the School or its participants.

Application and Acceptance in Three Easy Steps

  1. Apply by filling in and submitting the form below (cv and transcript of records to be attached as PDF) no later than 15 December 2014
  2. Check your email regularly after 15 December 2014 since you may receive an offer any time afterwards, which you MUST accept within 7 days by making a secure online payment of your 200 EUR contribution towards the total cost covered by the scholarship via PayPal
  3. Within very few days after your acceptance, we will send you the full information package for participants

In case you have any questions concerning the school or the application, please do not hesitate to contact

contact@gravity-and-light.org

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