Modified Gravity Theories: Beyond Einstein's Legacy

Gravity Theories extending  General Relativity have attracted a great deal of interest since the advent of Einstein's theory. The first attempts sought to unify Gravitation and Electromagnetism and were followed by the search for a grand unified theory that would also merge the weak and strong nuclear forces.  More recently, the previous endeavor has been augmented with the possibility that Modified Gravity might explain the current accelerated expansion of the Universe.

Indeed, relatively simple extensions to Einstein's General Relativity can deliver an accelerated Universe without resorting to the inclusion of exotic matter such as the cosmological constant or, in general terms, dark energy.

Numerous studies  have been devoted to the investigation of issues such as extra-dimensions, variations of constants, …

The meeting stems from an International Doctorate Network in Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology -- IDPASC and aims at 

  1. Training Phd Students and Young Researchers
  2. Setting an appropriate atmosphere for an open and constructive discussion on
    topical areas of research beyond Einstein's legacy.

In this framework, the meeting will consist of a mix of invited lectures presented by specialists in the various fields, supplemented by tutorials, and short communications delivered by the young researchers and students.

It will take place at the campus of the Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon on the 16th, 17th and 18th of September of 2013. (see Venue)

16, 17 and 18 of September 2013

FCUL - Lisboa - Portugal

Invited Lecturers

  • (I) Prof. John Parsons (Universidade de Columbia, EUA)
    "Collider searches for evidence of extra dimensions - (Parts I and II)"

  • (II) Prof. Jan Hamann (CERN, Planck)
    "The Cosmic Microwave Background and Results from Planck"

  • (III) Prof. Paulo Freire (Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy)
    "Pulsars, binary pulsars, pulsar timing and historical tests of general relativity"
    "Current pulsar tests of general relativity and alternative theories of gravity"

  • (IV) Prof. Francisco Lobo (CAAUL, U. Lisboa)
    "Extended Theories of Gravity and the Acceleration of the Universe"

  • (V) Prof. Fernando Barão (IST, AMS)
    "AMS, a cosmic ray experiment on the ISS: first data results"

  • (VI) Prof. Ilídio Lopes (Universidade de Évora, Centra-IST)
    "The Standard Solar Model and Helioseismology - A diagnostic tool of fundamental physics"

  • (VII) Profª Sofia Andringa (LIP)
    "Neutrino Observations for Astrophysics"

Support for the attendance of Students

A limited number of grants are available to support traveling expenses and accommodation of students and young researchers.

Important Dates

Registration deadline: 09 August
Submission of abstracts: 09 August
Application for financial support: 09 August