A new window to the universe: gravitational waves detected

Events in Berlin

  • Date: Feb 22, 2016
  • Time: 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Alessandra Buonanno, MPI for Gravitational Physics (Potsdam-Golm), Bruce Allen, MPI for Gravitational Physics and Leibniz Universität Hannover
  • Location: Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Markgrafenstr. 38, 10117 Berlin
  • Room: Leibniz-Saal
  • Host: Max Planck Society
  • Contact: mpgberlin@gv.mpg.de
A New Window to the Universe - Gravitational Waves Detected
For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of space-time, so-called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. The discovery confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens new possibilities for gaining a better understanding of the universe.


Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physic in Potsdam-Golm and Hannover have made crucial contributions to the discovery which is already regarded as a fundamental breakthrough in astrophysics. At the Max Planck Forum, they will be talking about the research behind this science landmark, which was achieved by a huge international collaboration network.  What is the next chapter in gravitational wave research and how will the new possibilities of gravitational detection change astronomy?  


Keynotes and Discussion:

Prof. Dr. Alessandra Buonanno, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), Potsdam-Golm

Prof. Dr. Bruce Allen, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) and Leibniz Universität, Hannover


Moderated by:

Ralf Krauter, science journalist (Deutschlandradio)

We look forward to your registration by February 21, 2016: mpgberlin@gv.mpg.de

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