Plenary Program (preliminary)

Plenary Session Speaker Date Grid:

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Monday, July 13th

09:00 - 10:00 Inaugural Session


Welcoming addresses
Remo Ruffini (ICRANet), Yvonne Choquet-Bruhat (French Académie des Sciences), Jose’ Funes (Vatican City), Ricardo Neiva Tavares (Ambassador of Brazil), Sargis Ghazaryan (Ambassador of Armenia), Francis Everitt (Stanford University) and Chris Fryer (University of Arizona)
Marcel Grossmann Awards
Yakov Sinai, Martin Rees, Sachiko Tsuruta, Ken’Ichi Nomoto, ESA (acceptance speech by Johann-Dietrich Woerner, ESA Director General)
Lectiones Magistrales
10:00 - 10:35 Yakov Sinai (Princeton University):

Deterministic chaos
10:35 - 11:10 Martin Rees (University of Cambridge):

How our understanding of cosmology and black holes has been revolutionised since the 1960s
11:10 - 11:35 Coffee Break
11:35 - 12:10 Gerard 't Hooft (University of Utrecht):

Local Conformal Symmetry in Black Holes, Standard Model, and Quantum Gravity
Plenary Session: Mathematics and GR
12:10 - 12:40 Katarzyna Rejzner (University of York):

Effective quantum gravity observables and locally covariant QFT
12:40 - 13:10 Zvi Bern (UCLA Physics & Astronomy):

Ultraviolet surprises in quantum gravity
13:00 Group Picture
14:30 - 18:00 Parallel Session
18:45 - 20:00
Public Lecture
Stephen Hawking (teleconference) (University of Cambridge):

Fire in the Equations

Tuesday, July 14th

Quantum and Gravity

Chair: VENEZIANO Gabriele

09:00 - 09:35 Abhay Ashtekar (Institute for Gravitation & the Cosmos):

Recent Conceptual and Phenomenological Advances in Loop Quantum Gravity
09:35 - 10:10 Sergio Ferrara (PH-TH CERN - INFN, Frascati National Laboratories):

Supersymmetry and Inflation
10:10 - 10:45 Chris Hull (Imperial College London):

A review of generalized geometries in string theory
10:45 - 11:05 Coffee Break
11:05 - 11:40 John Ellis (King's College London):

No-Scale Inflation: a Bridge between String Theory and Particle Physics?
11:40 - 12:15 Andrew Strominger (Harvard University):

Conformal Symmetry in the Sky
12:15 - 12:50 Samir Mathur (The Ohio State University):

Fuzzballs, Firewalls and all that
14:30 - 18:00 Parallel Session
18:45 - 20:00
Public Lecture
Rashid Sunyaev (Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics):

Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation: In the Directions to Clusters of Galaxies, Recombination of Hydrogen in the Universe and Black-body Photosphere of our Universe

Wednesday, July 15th

Precision test of GR

Chair: Hansjoerg Dittus

09:00 - 09:35 Claus Lammerzahl (ZARM - Center Of Applied Space Technology And Microgravity):

Experimental gravitation
09:35 - 10:10 Francis Everitt (Stanford University):

Overview and Completion of Gravity Probe B
10:10 - 10:45 Thibault Damour (IHES):

Gravitational Radiation and the Problem of Motion: A Centenary Assessment
10:45 - 11:05 Coffee Break
11:05 - 11:40 Michael Kramer (Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy):

Probing gravity and fundamental physics with pulsars
11:40 - 12:15 Jorge Rueda (ICRANet):

The binary systems associated to short and long GRBs and their detectability
12:15 - 12:50 David Shoemaker (MIT LIGO Laboratory):

LIGO and the network of terrestrial gravitational wave detectors
14:30 - 18:00 Free afternoon and Besso Foundation
19:30 Official Banquet  

Thursday, July 16th

GRBs and galactic center black hole

Chair: Massimo Della Valle

09:00 - 09:35 Tsvi Piran (Hebrew University of Jerusalem):

Neutron Star Mergers, Gravitaional Waves, Gamma-Ray Bursts and the origin of Gold
09:35 - 10:10 Neil Gehrels (NASA):

Explosions Throughout the Universe
10:10 - 10:45 Marco Tavani (University of Rome Tor Vergata):

Gamma-ray Astrophysics from Space
10:45 - 11:05 Coffee Break
11:05 - 11:40 Remo Ruffini (ICRANet):

Cosmic Matrix in the Jubilee of Relativistic Astrophysics
11:40 - 12:15 Chris Fryer (University of Arizona):

Using Observations to Constrain the GRB Engine: Lessons from Core-Collapse Supernovae
12:15 - 12:50 Stefan Gillessen (Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics):

The Galactic Center: A stellar Ballet and a gaseous Scherzo
14:30 - 18:00 Parallel Session
18:45 - 20:00
Public Lecture

Ken'ichi Nomoto (University of Tokyo):

First Stars, Hypernovae, and Faint Supernovae in the early Universe

Sachiko Tsuruta (Montana State University):

Temperature of Neutron Stars

Friday, July 17th

Cosmology and Space Science

Chair: David Blair

09:00 - 09:35 Marco Bersanelli (Universita' degli Studi di Milano):

The astrophysical results of the Low Frequency Instrument of Planck satellite
09:35 - 10:10 Jean-Loup Puget (Université Paris XI):

The astrophysical results of the High Frequency Instrument of Planck satellite
10:10 - 10:45 Viatcheslav Mukhanov (LMU Munich):

Quantum Universe
10:45 - 11:05 Coffee Break
11:05 - 11:40 Samuel C. C. Ting:

The Lastest Results from AMS on the International Space Station
11:40 - 12:15 Francis Halzen (University of Wisconsin-Madison):

IceCube and the Discovery of High-Energy Cosmic Neutrinos
12:15 - 12:50 Katherine Freese (University of Michigan):

Dark Matter in the Universe
14:30 - 18:00 Parallel Session
18:45 - 20:00
Public Lecture
Samuel C. C. Ting (Massachusetts Institute of Technology):

Encounters with Modern Physics

Saturday, July 18th

The frontiers

Chair: Felix Aharonian

09:00 - 09:35 Karl Heinz Kampert (Bergische Universitat Wuppertal):

Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays: What has been learned and where will we go?
09:35 - 10:10 Christian Stegmann (DESY):

High energy gamma-rays
10:10 - 10:45 Werner Hofmann (Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics):

Perspectives from CTA in Relativistic Astrophysics
10:45 - 11:05 coffee break
11:05 - 11:40 Paolo Giommi (ASDC):

Multi-frequency and Multi-messenger Astrophysics With Blazars: Recent Results and Predictions for Future Observations with VHE gamma-ray and Neutrino Detectors
11:40 - 12:15 Rita Bernabei (University of Rome Tor Vergata):

Direct detection of Dark Matter particles
12:15 - 12:50 Stefano Vitale (University of Trento):

LISA Pathfinder
12:50 Remo Ruffini (ICRANet):

Concluding Remarks