May 29, 2024


May - June 2015
Focus Program on 100 Years of General Relativity

Organizing Committee

Spyros Alexakis, University of Toronto
Mihalis Dafermos, Princeton University
Luis Lehner, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and University of Guelph

Harald Pfeiffer, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA)
Eric Poisson, University of Guelph


On-line Registration open to June 14
also on-site during Focus Weeks
$100 registration fees, students and PDF $50

*Please note that a nominal registration fee is required of all participants for this Focus Program. Your contributions allow us to provide the Program with refreshments and social events for each of the Focus Weeks.

Application for Participant support
Deadline to apply April 30, 2015
Accommodation in Toronto Participant List Information for speakers Reimbursement information for funded participants Map to Fields


The topics to be covered in the focus weeks are:

  • Perturbation/Approximation Methods in General Relativity. These include post-Newtonian and post-Minkowskian theory, black hole perturbations, effective field theory, and numerical relativity.
  • The constraint equations on the initial data, and Mass-Momentum inequalities.
  • Black hole stability and the approach to singularity. This includes blackhole formation in asymptotically anti-de Sitter spacetime, the stability of the Kerr black hole, the formation of null singularities inside black holes, and the dynamics of spacetime near a cosmological singularity.
  • Wave equations and their numerical study. The focus here will be mostly on wave equations that are not directly tied to General Relativity, but where the techniques used are potentially relevant for Einstein's equations.


June 1-5, 2015
International Conference on Black Holes
Registration open until May 24, 2015

Abstract submission for contributed talk or poster:

Focus Weeks

May 11 - 15, 2015
Constraint equations and Mass-Momentum inequalities
Online Registration open until May 3, 2015

May 19 - 29, 2015
Perturbation methods in General Relativity
Registration open until May 10, 2015

June 8 - 12, 2015
Black Hole Stability
Registration open until May 31, 2015

June 15-19, 2015
Singularities in General Relativity
Registration open until May 31, 2015

June 22 - 26, 2015
Nonlinear Wave equations and their numerical study
Registration open until June 14, 2015

Public Lecture

June 2: Clifford Will, University of Florida



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