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Testing Gravity 2023

Jan 18, 2023

Testing Gravity returns to SFU Harbour Centre January 18-21, 2023, following a pause due to the COVID pandemic. Testing Gravity 2023 (TG2023) will be the 4th Testing Gravity conference hosted in-person by SFU, bringing together leading experts on various ways of testing laws of gravity. Testing Gravity remains a topical theme because of the unexplained nature of dark matter and dark energy and the long-standing failure to reconcile gravity with quantum physics.

Like the 2015, 2017 and 2019 meetings, TG2023 will feature latest updates from gravitational wave and astrophysical observatories, lab-based experiments, as well as discussions of recent theoretical advances. The conference aims to provide theorists working on extensions of General Relativity with a realistic perspective on what aspects of their theories can be tested. On the other hand, the experimentalists and observers will get a chance to learn about new ideas that their experiments can test.

Wednesday, January 18th, will feature a "school" with five review lectures given by some of the invited speakers providing background into the key topics covered by the conference. The main conference, January 19-21, will include invited and contributed talks, and a poster session.

Invited Speakers:

  • Niayesh Afshordi (Perimeter/Waterloo)
  • Emanuele Berti (John Hopkins)
  • Cliff Burgess (Perimeter)
  • Philippe Brax (Saclay)
  • Claudia de Rham (Imperial)
  • Pedro Ferreira (Oxford)
  • Ruth Gregory (Kings College)
  • Lam Hui (Columbia)
  • Karsten Jedamzik (Montpellier)
  • Mark Kasevich (Stanford)
  • Justin Khoury (U Penn)
  • Kazyua Koyama (Portsmouth)
  • Jess McIver (UBC)
  • Lia Medeiros (IAS)
  • Samaya Nissanke (Amsterdam)
  • Will Percival (Perimeter/Waterloo)
  • Frans Pretorius (Princeton)
  • Marco Raveri (Genova)
  • Jeremy Sakstein (Hawaii)
  • Misao Sasaki (Tokyo)
  • Armen Sedrakian (Frankfurt)
  • Daniele Steer (APC, Paris)
  • Andrew Tolley (Imperial)
  • Mark Trodden (UPenn)
  • Tanmay Vachaspati (ASU)

Topics on Agenda:

  • gravitational waves
  • astrophysical tests, pulsars, black holes
  • terrestrial laboratory tests, gravity on short distances
  • cosmological probes: CMB, 21 cm, redshift surveys, weak lensing
  • particle cosmology, dark matter
  • modified gravity theories
  • quantum gravity and emergent gravity

Review Lectures:

  • introduction to general relativity
  • alternative gravity theories
  • gravitational waves and their sources
  • astrophysical and cosmological tests of GR

Conference Organizers:

    Andrei Frolov (SFU)
    Makoto Fujiwara (TRIUMF)
    Levon Pogosian (SFU)
    Dimitrios Psaltis (Arizona)
    Douglas Scott (UBC)
    Alessandra Silvestri (Leiden)

Testing Gravity 2023
18-21 January 2023, SFU Harbour Center, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Please find full details and how to register on the conference website: https://www.sfu.ca/physics/cosmology/TestingGravity2023/