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  • Title: The International Society on General Relativity & Gravitation
    Descriptive info: .. Home.. History.. Activities.. Organization.. Fellowships & Prizes.. GR news.. Conferences list.. Job Opportunities.. Membership & Dues.. Related Organizations.. Members Area.. JOIN!!.. GR20 UPDATE:.. Plenary lecture abstracts.. ,.. Plenary lecture slides.. photos.. The Society.. The International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation, ISGRG, is an international learned society.. It acts as Affiliated Commission 2 (AC.. 2) of the.. International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.. (IUPAP).. The Society's purposes are ``to promote the study of GRG and to exchange information in the interest of its members and the profession''.. It pursues these aims in several ways: it organizes a triennial conference, publishes a journal "General Relativity and Gravitation," sponsors a bulletin and website service,.. Hyperspace.. , and represents its research community in international science politics through IUPAP, acting as its responsible commission  ...   fees for the major conferences organized by the Society, reduced rate subscriptions to the Society's journal, and discount book offers.. They are able to take part in international science policy-making and in the Society's representation of our community on issues of national and international policy, ranging from the treatment of individual scientists by their governments to the funding of international space missions.. Membership is open to "All technically competent scientists who have an interest in GRG.. " Full information on benefits, eligibility and how to join are given under.. Membership and Dues.. Within IUPAP the GRG Society is one of the participants in its Working Group called the.. Gravitational Wave International Committee.. (GWIC).. Other related bodies, including national and regional GRG societies are listed under.. Related organizations.. In case of problems, contact:..

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  • Title: The International Society on General Relativity & Gravitation
    Descriptive info: GRG Society History.. The Society was founded at the 1971 GR conference in Copenhagen.. Prior to that, the conferences had been run by the self-perpetuating International Committee on General Relativity and Gravitation.. This had become Affiliated Commission 2 of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics in 1957.. For this reason the Society is also known as the International Commission on General Relativity and Gravitation.. Many prominent researchers have been officers or committee members of the Society.. A table showing all the members who have held such offices can be found.. here.. The past Presidents have been Christian Møller (1971-74), Nathan Rosen (1974-77), Peter Bergmann (1977-80), Yvonne Choquet-Bruhat (1980-83), Dennis Sciama (1983-86),.. Ted Newman.. (1986-89),.. George Ellis.. (1989-92),.. Roger Penrose.. (1992-95),.. Jürgen Ehlers.. (1995-8),.. Werner Israel.. (1998-2001),.. Robert Wald.. (2001-4),.. Clifford Will.. (2004-7),.. Abhay Ashtekar.. (2007-2010), and.. Malcolm  ...   Journal Editor from 1974 to 1995.. From 1995 to 2010,.. Malcolm MacCallum.. served as the Secretary.. Beverly Berger was elected to the position at GR-19 in July 2010.. A list of the triennial GRn conferences organized by the Society and its predecessor committee, and the details of published Proceedings and Abstracts volumes, can be found.. The bulletins issued by the Society's predecessor, the International Commission or Committee, are available at the Society's archive or the Niels Bohr library of the American Institute of Physics.. PDF copies are being posted on the Society's members web page.. The.. Albert Einstein Institute.. in Golm has kindly offered to house the Society's archives.. Material from Bern, where the Secretariat was housed from 1971-95, and material more than 5 years old from the present Secretary's files, has already been deposited and is being catalogued..

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  • Title: The International Society on General Relativity & Gravitation
    Descriptive info: GRG Society Activities.. The triennial GRn conferences.. are organized by the Society.. For information on past meetings see the.. link.. The next,.. GR21.. , will be held in New York City on July 11-15, 2016.. Those contemplating bidding to host the following meeting, in 2019, may find it useful to read the.. Advice for those considering bids.. The Society's journal.. was originally published by Plenum Press, and after changes of ownership of the publisher is now published by Springer.. It can be found online at.. General Relativity and Gravitation.. Submissions can be made online.. The public.. 'Hyperspace'.. service.. is sponsored by the Society.. It carries information for those in the field, distributed by email, WWW and FTP.. Policy issues.. The Society acts as the voice of the GRG community in international science policy, through its role with IUPAP as an Affilated Commission.. In particular it acts as the sponsor, within IUPAP, for the Marcel Grossmann and Edoardo Amaldi  ...   a number of James B.. Hartle Awards for student presentations.. In 2010, it instituted.. the Jürgen Ehlers thesis prize for classical general relativity.. and.. the Bergmann-Wheeler thesis prize for quantum gravity.. It assists the.. Gravity Research Foundation.. by publicizing its Gravity Research Essay Prizes, whose winning entries appear in the Society's journal, and assists.. GWIC.. by holding the funds for GWIC's thesis prize.. The Society has coordinated the award of the triennial.. Xanthopoulos Prize.. for research in the field, funded by the.. Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH).. Regretfully, the Xanthopoulos Prize will not be awarded at GR20 and has been discontinued until further notice.. Fellowships.. The International Society for General Relativity and Gravitation instituted Fellowships in 2010 to recognize its.. outstanding members.. Details of the criteria and process may be found.. Fellow may be nominated in the year prior to a GRn meeting.. Fellows are inducted during the ISGRG General Assembly held during the meeting..

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  • Title: The International Society on General Relativity & Gravitation
    Descriptive info: Structure and organization of the GRG Society.. The Society has no permanent paid staff.. The supreme body within the Society is its General Assembly, which all members may take part in.. The General Assembly elects the three officers who form the Executive, the 24 members of the Committee, which additionally includes 4 representatives appointed by IUPAP, and the Auditors.. One third of the Committee is elected at each election, and members represent geographical regions.. The General  ...   meetings.. The General Assembly also elects a Nominating Committee whose job is to make sufficient nominations for the elections which (except those of Secretary and Auditor) must be contested.. The Committee decides three years in advance which ``regions'' will be represented at the next elections, doing so in such a way as to obtain "a reasonable representation of geographical regions where the members of the Society reside.. ".. The Society's constitution.. List of current officers and committee..

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  • Title: The International Society on General Relativity & Gravitation
    Descriptive info: Fellowships and Prizes.. The Fellowship Program.. The Society elects Fellows from among leading scientists in its membership.. The list of fellows may be found.. The next link provides.. the rules for the governance of Fellowships.. The next call for Fellowship nominations will occur in 2015.. The Society awards a number of prizes, and also administers the funds for the GWIC thesis prize.. The IUPAP General Relativity and Gravitation Young Scientist Prize.. , offered for the first time in 2013, honors an outstanding young researcher in any area of our field The deadline for nominations for the 2014 prize is 1 February 2014 with  ...   to allow prize recipients to attend the next GRn meeting.. The Xanthopoulos Prize.. for outstanding (preferably theoretical) contributions to gravitational physics.. Regretfully, this prize will not be awarded until further notice.. The Jürgen Ehlers Thesis Prize.. for an outstanding Ph.. D.. thesis in mathematical and numerical relativity.. The Bergmann-Wheeler Thesis Prize.. for a outstanding Ph.. thesis in the broad area of quantum gravity.. The GWIC thesis prize.. thesis based on research in gravitational waves.. (An award of GWIC, not the Society.. ).. S.. Chandrasekhar Post-Doctoral Awards.. for post-doc presentations at the GR conferences.. The Hartle Awards.. for student presentations at the GR conferences..

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  • Title: The International Society on General Relativity & Gravitation
    Descriptive info: Joining and renewing GRG Society membership.. Here we provide a short letter setting out reasons for joining, and forms for new members to join or current members to renew membership.. The form detailing methods of payment sets out current dues rates.. " Any person may be admitted to membership if the Secretary approves.. The Secretary automatically approves any person with three publications in reputable refereed journals.. An applicant will also  ...   students, if a supporting letter from their supervisor is received (assuming the supervisor is a "technically competent scientist" with "an interest in GRG").. Others may be admitted at the discretion of the Secretary, who will refer the matter to the Executive and/or Committee if in doubt.. A statement to prospective new members.. setting out the value and benefits of membership.. Individual membership form.. Corporate membership form.. Instructions for payment of dues..

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  • Title: The International Society on General Relativity & Gravitation
    Descriptive info: Organizations related to the GRG Society.. The GRG Society is an Affiliated Commission of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP).. It is also represented on the Gravitational Wave International Committee (GWIC), an IUPAP Working Group.. The Gravity Research Foundation (GRF) provides sponsorship to the Society's conferences, and its prize-winning essays are published in the Society's journal: the Society helps publicize the annual GRF essay competition.. On this page we give the links to these bodies and to the regional and national societies in general relativity and gravitation..  ...   Europe:.. European Physical Society Gravitational Physics section.. Australasia:.. Australasian Society for General Relativity and Gravitation.. Greece:.. Hellenic Society on Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology (HSRGC).. India:.. Indian Association for General Relativity and Gravitation (IAGRG).. Italy:.. Società Italiana di Relatività Generale e Fisica della Gravitazione (SIGRAV).. Japan:.. JGRG Workshops.. Mexico:.. Division of Gravitation and Mathematical Physics of the Mexican Physical Society.. Russia:.. Russian Gravitational Society.. Spain:.. Spanish Society of Relativity and Gravitation.. U.. K.. :.. Institute of Physics (UK) Gravitational Physics Group.. S.. A.. American Physical Society Topical Group on Gravitational Physics..

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  • Title: The International Society on General Relativity & Gravitation
    Descriptive info: GRG Society Officers and Committee.. This table shows those members who have been officers and committee members, from 1971 onwards, in alphabetical order.. The key is P=President, DP=Deputy President, S=Secretary, C=Committee, I=IUPAP Representative, A=Auditor, NC=Nominating Committee.. A "+" is used to mark members known to be deceased.. Name.. 71-74.. 74-77.. 77-80.. 80-83.. 83-86.. 86-89.. 89-92.. 92-95.. 95-97.. 97-01.. 01-04.. 04-07.. 07-10.. 10-13.. 13-16.. 16-19.. 19-22.. Marek Abramowicz.. C.. Peter Aichelburg.. A.. Miguel Alcubierre.. Jan Ambjorn.. Nils Andersson.. Neil Ashby.. I.. P.. DP.. Jacob Bekenstein.. Luis Bel.. Vladimir Belinsky.. Victor Berezin.. Beverly Berger.. NC.. Peter Bergmann +.. Emanuele Berti.. Bruno Bertotti.. Jiri Bicak.. Nigel Bishop.. David Blair.. William Bonnor.. Patrick Brady.. Vladimir Braginsky.. Dieter Brill.. Alain Brillet.. Bernd Bruegmann.. Rong-Gen Cai.. Steven Carlip.. Bernard Carr.. Brandon Carter.. Massimo Cerdonio.. Yvonne Choquet-Bruhat.. Piotr Chrusciel.. Chris Clarke.. Barrie Collins.. Alejandro Corichi.. Curt Cutler.. Ray D'Inverno.. Naresh Dadhich.. Thibault Damour.. Georg Dautcourt.. C(replaced).. Fernando de Felice.. Venzo de Sabbata.. Robert Debever.. Marek Demianski.. Nathalie Deruelle.. Stanley Deser.. Cecile DeWitt.. Jurgen Ehlers +.. Roberto Emparan.. Li Zhi Fang +.. Valeria Ferrari.. Eanna Flanagan.. David Finkelstein.. Vladimir Fock +.. Mauro Francaviglia +.. John Friedman.. Helmut Friedrich.. Takao Fujii.. C for Takeno.. David Garfinkle.. Jules Geheniau +.. V.. Ginzburg +.. Hubert Goenner..  ...   Yongge Ma.. Kei-ichi Maeda.. Nadja Magalhaes.. M.. Magnusson.. Reza Mansouri.. Don Marolf.. Bahram Mashhoon.. Richard Matzner.. Stamatia Mavrides.. David McClelland.. Ray McLenaghan.. Andre Mercier +.. R.. W.. Mishra.. Charles Misner.. Christian Moller +.. Sharon Morsink.. Takashi Nakamura.. Jeannette Nelson.. Gernot Neugebauer.. Brien Nolan.. Mario Novello.. Igor Novikov.. Yavez Nutku +.. Niall O'Murchada.. Achille Papapetrou.. Leonard Parker.. Asher Peres +.. Jerzy Plebanski +.. Eric Poisson.. Frans Pretorius.. Jorge Pullin.. Raychaudhuri +.. Robert Reasenberg.. Alan Rendall.. Oscar Reula.. Norna Robertson.. Nathan Rosen +.. C?.. Leon Rosenfeld +.. Carlo Rovelli.. Michael Ryan.. Rainer Sachs.. Misao Sasaki.. B.. Sathyaprakash.. Humitaki Sato.. Peter Saulson.. Evry Schatzman.. NC for Debever.. Alfred Schild +.. Ernst Schmutzer.. Bernard Schutz.. Dennis Sciama +.. Susan Scott.. Jose Senovilla.. Roman Sexl +.. Masaru Shibata.. Alicia Sintes.. John Stachel.. Alexei Starobinsky.. Hans Stephani +.. Norbert Straumann.. John L.. Synge +.. Hyoitiro Takeno.. resigned.. Abraham Taub +.. Claudio Teitelboim.. Walter Thirring +.. Kip Thorne.. Jayme Tiomno.. Akira Tomimatsu.. Andrzej Trautman.. Kimio Tsubono.. Claes Uggla.. Ryoyu Utiyama +.. C.. Vaidya +.. V.. Vishveshwara.. Matt Visser.. John Wainwright.. Martin Walker.. Joseph Weber +.. Chong-ming Xu.. James York.. Yakov Zeldovich +.. Key: + = deceased, P = President, DP= Deputy President, S=Secretary, C=Committee, NC= Nominating Committee, I= IUPAP nominee, A = Auditor..

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  • Title: The International Society on General Relativity & Gravitation
    Descriptive info: The GRn conferences.. We list here the conferences organized under the auspices of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation and its predecessors.. Since 1980 all meetings have published both an Abstracts volume, containing information on contributed papers for use during the meeting, and a Proceedings which records the plenary lectures and summarizes the workshops.. For these we give the bibliographic information.. Earlier conferences usually did not publish abstracts and some did not publish Proceedings.. GR0:.. Bern, 11-16 July 1955.. Proceedings.. : Fünfzig Jahre Relativitätstheorie/Cinquantenaire de la Théorie de la Relativité/ Jubilee of Relativity Theory, ed.. Mercier and M.. Kervaire.. Helvetica Physica Acta, Supplementum IV, pp.. 286, Birkhauser Verlag, Basel (1956).. GR1:.. Chapel Hill, 18-23 January 1957.. : Rev.. Mod.. Phys.. 29.. , 351-546 (1957).. See also: Conference on the Role of Gravitation in Physics.. Wright Air Development Center Technical Report 57-216, ASTIA Document No.. AD 118180, Ohio (1957).. GR2:.. Royaumont, 21-27 June 1959.. : Les Théories Relativistes de la Gravitation, ed.. Lichnerowicz and M.. Tonnelat.. Colloques Internationaux du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, vol.. XCI, pp.. 475, CNRS Paris (1962).. GR3:.. Warszawa and Jablonna, 25-31 July 1962.. Conférence internationale sur les theéories relativiste de la gravitation.. : Relativistic Theories of Gravitation, ed.. L.. Infeld.. pp.. 379.. Gauthier-Villars, Paris, PWN, Warszawa and Pergamon Press, Oxford (1964).. GR4:.. London (Imperial College), 1-10 July 1965.. Abstracts/Proceedings.. : International Conference on Relativistic Theories of Gravitation, 2 volumes, ed.. Bondi et al.. King's College London (1965).. See:.. Defense Technical Information Center, Accession Number: AD0629097.. GR5:.. Tbilisi, 9-13 September 1968.. : None.. Abstracts.. : GR5, abstracts of the 5th international conference on gravitation and the theory of relativity, ed.. Fock et al.. Tbilisi University Press (1968).. GR6:.. Copenhagen, 5th-10th July 1971.. See.. Report on GR6.. by M.. Camenzind, Gen.. Rel.. Grav,.. 2.. , 387-407 (1971).. GR7:.. Tel-Aviv, 23-28 June 1974.. : General relativity and gravitation: proceedings of the seventh international conference  ...   Relativity and Gravitation, ed.. Neil Ashby, David F.. Bartlett, and Walter Wyss.. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, (1990).. ISBN 0 521 38428 1.. Local Organizing Committee (chair: N.. Ashby), University of Boulder, 1989.. GR13:.. Cordoba, Argentina, 28 June - 4 July 1992.. : Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation, edited by R.. J.. Gleiser, C.. N.. Kozameh and O.. M.. Moreschi.. IOP Publishers, Bristol (1992).. ISBN 0-7503-0261-5.. : Ed.. Lamberti and O.. E.. Ortiz, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, 1992.. GR14:.. Florence, 6-12 August 1995.. : (Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on) General Relativity and Gravitation: ed.. Francaviglia, G.. Longhi, L.. Lusanna and E.. Sorace.. World Scientific, Singapore (1997).. ISBN 981-02-2690-X.. Francaviglia and L.. Lusanna, Centro Internazionali Congressi Firenze, 1995.. GR15:.. Pune, 16-21 December 1997.. : Gravitation and Relativity: At the turn of the Millenium.. Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation, ed.. N.. Dadhich and J.. Narlikar.. IUCAA, Pune, India (1998).. ISBN 81-900378-3-8.. J.. Narlikar and N.. Dadhich, IUCAA, 1997.. GR16:.. Durban, 15-21 July 2001.. : General Relativity and Gravitation.. Proceedings of the 16th International Conference, ed.. T.. Bishop and S.. Maharaj.. World Scientific, Singapore (2002).. ISBN 981-238-171-6.. Ellis and D.. Krige, University of Natal, 2001.. GR17:.. Dublin, July 18-23, 2004.. : General Relativity and Gravitation: Proceedings of the 17th International Conference, ed.. Petros Florides, Brien Nolan and Adrian Ottewill.. World Scientific, Singapore (2005).. ISBN 981-256-424-1.. Nolan and R.. Vera, Royal Dublin Society, 2004.. GR18:.. Sydney, 8-13 July 2007 (jointly with the 7th Edoardo Amaldi conference).. : 18th International Conference On General Relativity And Gravitation.. Classical and Quantum Gravity,.. 25 (11).. , 110201-114051, ed.. Scott and D.. McClelland.. : No editor stated.. Sydney Conference and Exhibition Centre, 2007.. GR19:.. Mexico City, 5-9 July 2010.. : 19th International Conference On General Relativity And Gravitation.. 28 (11).. , 110301-114016, ed.. Marolf and D.. Sudarsky.. GR20:.. Warsaw, 8-12 July 2013.. : TBD..

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  • Title: The International Society on General Relativity & Gravitation
    Descriptive info: Criteria for Bids to hold a GR conference.. The following document, written by former ISGRG Secretary (and current Deputy President) Prof.. Malcolm MacCallum, outlines the basic points and criteria that he has found to be characteristic of successful bids for GRn conferences.. However, all inquiries regarding such bids should be addressed to the current secretary, Dr.. Beverly Berger, beverlyberger@me.. com.. MacCallum First draft December 1996, last updated December 2013 (by B.. Berger).. This paper sets out the points which prospective conference organizers should consider when making a bid (and when running the meeting).. It is not expected that a particular bid will necessarily fulfill every desirable feature, but bids should try to meet as many as possible.. A presentation to the committee which covered all these aspects would be very long indeed, so bid organizers are requested to submit information about these points.. in writing well in advance.. of the GR Committee and General Assembly meetings (held at the preceding conference to the one bid for).. Some of the remarks reflect aspects that were not satisfactory at some previous meetings.. Conference centers or congress bureaux interested in bidding may like to note that bids not headed by local scientists (who need not be members of the Society) are unlikely to succeed.. They should also note that it is unlikely that bids from the same geographic area would be accepted for successive meetings.. The last few meetings have been in Pune (1997), Durban (2001), Dublin (2004), Sydney (2007),Mexico City (2010), and Warsaw (2013).. The next meeting is in New York City (2016).. The next open date is for GR21 in 2019.. The advice given here has not been approved by the Committee or Executive but represents my 20 years personal experience of the Society's deliberations in this area.. Meeting rooms and other public facilities.. The conference requires a main hall for plenary lectures.. Attendances at previous conferences suggest the capacity should be about 600: we estimate that on occasions when we can combine with the conferences on experimental gravitational waves (the Amaldi and LISA series) this will rise to 800 plus.. The hall needs good acoustics, good visibility of speaker and of projection screens, and easy access to seats, including access for wheelchair users and others with limited mobility (so delegates do not waste lots of time entering and leaving the hall).. It should be equipped with equipment for video feed from computers, two overhead projectors and a good public address system for sound: video, film, and slide projection equipment should be available if speakers request it.. An extra projector for announcements might be useful.. CCTV with monitors outside the hall is a nice but unnecessary extra.. It is also important that technical support is on hand so that if the equipment fails, we can resume without significant delay.. This room is needed, if the schedule follows the usual pattern, for morning lectures and sometimes also in the afternoon, and for the GRG Society General Assembly, usually held early one evening.. It may also be used for evening events such as a musical performance.. We also need a range of seminar and lecture rooms for workshops.. There may be up to 6 simultaneous workshop sessions, requiring rooms of capacities from 30 or so up to 200 (better too large than too small: the plenary hall can be used for this purpose).. Requirements are as for the plenary hall, except that one PC projector and OHP per room is enough and it is not expected that all sessions simultaneously need all the other equipment, so it can simply be available on request.. It is very important that these rooms are close to one another, with good circulation, so that delegates can, without problems, hear talks in different sessions.. Conferences have often taken the opportunity to stage public lectures by prominent scientists in the field, to promote public understanding of science.. These are usually in an evening and may be in the plenary hall or a special venue (Penrose's lecture at Pune filled a hall of 1500 seats and had to be repeated next day from the video for those unable to get in).. The conference areas need good and prominent notice boards which can be used for announcements about the meeting and social events, and for individual delegates to contact one another.. In addition there are a number of smaller meetings that must be housed.. The main ones are the GRG Society committee meetings, but there may also be editorial board meetings of journals etc.. The conference halls should have good open lobby space which can be used for refreshments, poster sessions, exhibitions etc.. The conference usually has exhibits of books and journals, and of computer hardware and software.. These need to be easy to access during the meeting, and in a position where they are readily seen and dropped into by delegates, but also secure so that exhibits are not stolen.. The poster space should be sufficient to display at least 200 posters with good circulation (this allows for more than half the papers not selected for oral presentation to be displayed as posters at any one time: ideally all such papers should be displayed for the whole meeting).. The space for refreshments (normally tea, coffee, cold drinks - especially in hot weather - and some biscuits or small cakes, morning and afternoon) should also be near the meeting rooms, and again needs good circulation.. Delegates like to use this time to make personal contacts, and that is not helped if there are multiple rooms or inadequate space in which to walk around and look for somebody.. Many delegates will stand, but seating is desirable.. The service should be available for some time before and after the official break in the program: this relieves the pressure on time during the break by allowing those who miss one or other session to be served outside the official break period, and promotes the informal and friendly side of the meeting.. It is desirable if at times other than the official breaks a cafe/bar is available for delegates to purchase further refreshments, throughout the meeting.. Very rapid service at coffee breaks is essential - delegates should not have to waste large parts of the limited time by standing in line for coffee.. There should be multiple coffee stations so that non-intersecting lines can be served at once, and e.. g.. coffee could be poured into lines of cups that delegates pick up, rather than serving each delegate individually - most care more about getting a quick shot of caffeine (in order to wake up) than about how refined the service is.. Delegates nowadays expect access to computing facilities with a reasonably fast connection to the Internet, so that they can connect to their home machines and read email etc.. A suitable wireless network may be the best way to achieve this, since most delegates will have their own laptops, and a good backup is wired Ethernet to which delegates' own machines can be plugged in, but workstations will also be needed.. The service should be available outside the main meeting hours, and must have sufficient capacity to cope with the demand, though clearly we do not expect large numbers of workstations to be provided only for them to sit idle most of the day.. It is desirable to supply instructions on how to reset local machines so the keyboard is read as one's usual type (QWERTY, AZERTY, US, etc) and how to specify settings to remote hosts so that the local screen is treated as better than a dumb terminal, provided these will automatically revert to the default when a user finishes.. Technical support to help with any difficulty in getting connected to the network should be provided.. Accommodation.. Delegates have quite a wide range of expectations that could range from 5-star hotels to shared accommodations in a dormitory.. Of course, even the cheapest accommodation should be clean and secure.. Organizers therefore need to have a good range of accommodation available for booking.. As meetings are often in university towns, the main part of the need at the cheaper end can often be met by using student residences (and some conferences have been almost wholly in such accommodation).. Some accommodation with access for wheelchair users may be needed (as an example, GR14 had a plenary speaker and a student delegate in wheelchairs: note that meeting rooms must be accessible for wheelchair users, as well as the main hall).. In addition to the delegates themselves, a minority will bring accompanying persons so some accommodation for couples and/or families will be required.. The accommodation should if possible be within easy walking distance of the meeting halls, so delegates can go between the two quickly.. If this is not possible, a frequent, fast and reliable transport service covering the whole period of the day and evening meetings, and, if necessary, later evenings, is required.. Accommodation in an outlying area with a long or infrequent bus ride to the conference site is highly undesirable, no matter how pleasant the distant place may be (e.. resort, spa, etc).. The transport service could be public transport (e.. a metro) or a special service, but should not be expensive for delegates.. It is acceptable for delegates at the more expensive hotels to have to look after themselves or have a lesser service.. A small number may wish to use cars (their own or hired) so parking space for them will be needed.. The conference normally offers free accommodation to plenary speakers, workshop chairs, and some others (Chair of the Scientific Organizing Committee, etc) and the GRG Society officers should be offered accommodation at the same venue (not necessarily free!).. The level depends somewhat on local custom (e.. there are places where use of less than the most luxurious hotel for this purpose would entail a loss of prestige for the whole meeting, with possibly undesirable consequences for local sponsorship and so on).. In general modest but comfortable accommodation will suffice, though people should each have their own room with en suite facilities and the food should be pleasant: a 3-star or good 2-star hotel should be enough.. (Note however that standards of such hotels are not the same in all countries: I am going by European standards.. If possible (e.. if all the accommodation is close together, as in a campus-based bid) some focus for socializing in the evening is desirable, e.. a bar or social club.. Delegates also like to eat  ...   Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) requirement for all conferences it sponsors, and, since the GRG Society is Affiliated Commission AC.. 2 of IUPAP, is strictly adhered to by GRG.. On some occasions special arrangements have been made with host government agencies (e.. to enable South Africans to travel to Sweden at a period when there was a general boycott).. The conference venue should have easy and frequent local and international travel connections.. It is an advantage to be in a location with reasonably-priced air links, especially to North America (the largest single group of delegates).. Services must be sufficient to easily absorb the extra load of the delegates, so delegates do not have problem finding a booking at a reasonable price.. Arrangements for connection to/from airports and, if appropriate, principal railway stations are needed.. At a minimum, delegates need clear and comprehensive instructions in advance, preferably giving ways of contacting the organizers quickly in case of emergency.. In some cases, the conference has manned reception booths at the main points of entry for international travellers (available if needed to help delegates who encounter border control problems).. It may be necessary to arrange special transport from those points to the meeting (e.. a special bus service).. Some delegates may want car hire.. Costs and Budget.. The budget has to cover the following items: hire of meeting rooms, local expenses of plenary speakers and workshop chairs (who are also not charged the registration fee), refreshments during breaks (not including lunch), publicity material (posters, circulars), reception and other non-volunteer staff, the abstracts book and other program material distributed to delegates, and postage.. If at all possible, the conference should cover the full travel costs of plenary speakers also (note that paying direct for tickets may be more expensive than asking speakers to look for good local deals themselves).. Another factor may be the need to give guarantees or deposits for accommodation and/or meals to those providing these services.. There are many small items, such as badges and poster materials.. The GRG Society will provide some support from its own money and from the Rosenblum Fund (in recent years, about US $ 11-12K in total) intended to be used to help delegates who cannot otherwise afford to come.. All recent meetings have also attracted support from IUPAP normally used for similar purposes: at GR18 this was US $ 12K conference grant and a travel grant of US $ 5K for scientists coming from developing countries.. It is hoped that the local budget will include some additional funds for the same purposes.. A procedure for awarding the resulting bursaries has to be implemented by the local organizers.. Another smaller source of sponsorship is the Gravity Research Foundation which has given US $ 5-6K to recent meetings to mount special sesssions with speakers working in cognate areas who might not otherwise be likely to attend.. Conference organizers are encouraged to seek other sponsorship from local or national scientific or cultural organizations, from exhibitors, and from local or national businesses.. Those costs which are not met directly by delegates (such as individual accommodation and meals, including the banquet), or covered by sponsorship, must of course be covered by the registration fee.. This has to be kept to a reasonable level.. IUPAP imposes a maximum which is increased annually, and for 2006 was 425 Euros.. The Society's members have expressed the wish to see this held down rather than pay for frills, and to see meals etc.. nbsp;charged separately so that students or those from developing countries can seek cheap provision.. GRG members, students, and those who book early are usually offered a discount.. The discount to GRG members additional to those the same individual would otherwise obtain should be at least equal to one year's GRG subscription (currently 35 US dollars).. Note that extra charges at the meeting for small items (e.. poster pins) arouse very strong feelings.. It would probably be wise for local organizers to contact the organizers of the last 2 or 3 meetings for information before making up their budget.. GRG Society funds are not sufficient to enable us to offer financial guarantees to meetings.. Correspondingly, if the meeting makes a profit, it has not in the past been the practice for GRG to receive the profit, though it is expected that the profit will be used for suitable scientific purposes and if possible for the benefit of delegates (e.. by offering them a free copy of the proceedings when published).. However, GRG Society funds are sufficently small that a boost from a share of profits, if any, would be welcome and would help to secure future meetings.. Schedule and organization of the meeting.. The meetings are normally held every 3 years: the date is usually the second or third week in July, which is convenient for both Northern and Southern hemisphere participants.. (This cycle was amended for the Pune meeting, to avoid the heat of Indian summers.. ) First circulars and posters should go out at least one year before the meeting itself.. The long lead time provided by the 3-year cycle should be fully utilized for planning the meeting in detail: this may imply staff costs for the local organizers.. The program is in the hands of the Scientific Organizing Committee.. The SOC is appointed by the Executive of the GRG Society, following consultation with the Society's Committee and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC for short - see below), and is chaired by an eminent scientist, not necessarily or normally from the host country (and not a member of the LOC).. The Chair is usually appointed by the Society's Committee at the time the bid is accepted, i.. at the preceding conference, and has considerable influence in selection of the rest of the SOC, who include, ex-officio, the President and Secretary of the Society.. The SOC will usually include a larger number of scientists from the host country or region than if the meeting were held elsewhere, but they will not be a majority.. Although the SOC, once appointed, is free to discharge its duties as it sees fit, it is expected, unless there are strong reasons for change, to adhere to the general pattern of previous meetings.. These have usually lasted 5 or 5 and one-half days, including a possible half-day excursion.. The mornings (0900-1230 say) are usually taken up with plenary talks and the afternoons (1400-1830 or so) with parallel workshop sessions, with 30 min breaks morning and afternoon.. There has to be a GRG General Assembly on the 3rd or 4th day of the meeting, with meetings of the old and new GRG Society Committee before and after the General Assembly (2 before and 1 after), plus a social program as mentioned above (the content of the social program is not a SOC responsibility, but they must coordinate timetabling).. The workshops should cover the whole field of the meeting, and delegates are invited to contribute abstracts which are printed in book form and distributed to all delegates on arrival.. The number of abstracts submitted is usually much too great for all to be presented orally: those not presented orally are usually offered poster presentation.. More detailed advice on past experience and practice will be available to the SOC from its ex-officio members.. The workshop chairs will be invited to nominate the best student presentations for Hartle Awards.. The SOC or the LOC (see below) should arrange publication of a proceedings volume containing plenary talks and workshop reports (but not contributed abstracts or papers): this should be with a reputable international publisher, willing to offer delegates who order during the meeting (and GRG Society members later, ideally) a fixed, discounted price.. (The economics of such volumes mean that they rarely provide large royalties, and it is acceptable for any small sum offered to go to the proceedings editor(s) personally.. ) If the Proceedings are published as a special number of a journal, it is strongly desirable that it should be the Society's own journal, "General Relativity and Gravitation".. The other aspects of the meeting will be run by a Local Organizing Committee (LOC) who will have responsibility for all practical and financial matters.. The size and structure of this committee is variable, depending on local conditions.. It is usually headed by a scientist from the host institution or country: it is expected that the names of at least the Chair and 2 or 3 LOC members will form part of a bid, and that the Chair or another proposed LOC member will attend the preceding GR meeting to present the bid.. It is normal for at least one LOC member (usually 2 or 3) to also be on the SOC, and good communication between the two Committees is obviously essential (e.. in dealing with abstracts, invited speakers' expenses etc).. Previous conferences have varied from those organized by and at a university, with a large local committee who did all the work, to one with a LOC of 3 people at which all other work was handled by a commercial Congress bureau.. There will need to be people clearly responsible for handling registration, finance, meal and hotel bookings, the social program, the support for the scientific program, publicity and so on.. It is acceptable for other committees, such as an Honorary Committee of distinguished host country scientists or other public figures or sponsors, to be created as local custom and need dictates.. Presentation of bids.. Bids are presented to the outgoing GRG Committee at a meeting early in the preceding conference.. It is helpful, as mentioned above, if written details of bids are circulated in advance, so that the Committee does not waste large amounts of time in extracting details: this also enables minor points to be clarified before the Committee meets.. One or more representatives of the proposed LOC should attend the GRG Committee, to present the bid and answer questions.. The Committee then makes a recommendation to the GRG General Assembly, which makes the final decision.. An LOC representative of the recommended bid may be asked to make a brief presentation and answer questions at the Assembly: sometimes the Assembly has also wished to have details of the less-favoured bids.. People considering or preparing bids are welcome to contact the Secretary of the GRG Society, at any time for additional advice or information (however, for reasons of members' privacy and data protection legislation this will not normally include GRG membership lists).. 8 December 1996, 30 January 2008..

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  • Title: The International Society on General Relativity & Gravitation
    Descriptive info: Nomination Deadline: 1 February 2014.. As an affiliated commission (AC2) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation (ISGRG) offers an annual IUPAP Young Scientist Prize.. IUPAP Young Scientist Prizes.. recognize outstanding achievements of scientists at early stages of their career.. Each prize consists of a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient, a medal and 1000 euros.. The conditions for the prize are:.. The IUPAP General Relativity and Gravitation Young Scientist Prize can be for work in any area of relativity and gravitation, theoretical or experimental.. On 1 February 2014, nominees must have a maximum of eight years of research experience (excluding career interruptions) following the Ph.. (or equivalent) degree.. They are expected to have displayed significant achievement and exceptional promise for future achievements in relativity and gravitation.. The primary nominator must be a member of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation.. Nominations may be made by any member of ISGRG (other than the nominee) and should be accompanied by a CV,  ...   winner will be announced on 14 March 2014 and the award made shortly thereafter.. The official presentation of the award will be made at the GR21 conference in 2016.. Through the generosity of Prof.. Abhay Ashtekar (Penn State U), an Ashtekar Travel Award of $1000 will be presented to the winner as partial support for travel to GR21.. It is important that the selection committee has specific information that allows it to determine what the nominee has contributed and how this will impact the subject.. Therefore it will be extremely helpful to the selection committee to receive at least two additional letters supporting the nomination that detail the expected significance of the contributions of the nominee.. It is also appropriate to submit additional materials such as published articles.. In the case of co-authored or multi-authored publications, it is essential for nominators and supporters to discuss the nominee's precise contributions, if known, in addition to the work's overall significance.. IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in General Relativity and Gravitation Recipients.. 2013, Lisa Barsotti , Massachusetts Institute of Technology..

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