New: abstract and poster deadlines, some financial support available
The Astrophysics of Gravitational Wave Sources Workshop
will be held at the Inn and
Conference Center of the University of Maryland University College on April 24-26,
As the 21st century begins, gravitational wave astronomy is poised to open a new
observational window on the universe. Ground-based kilometer-scale interferometers, such as
LIGO, VIRGO, and GEO600, will observe high frequency gravitational radiation, while the
space-based LISA detector will probe the low frequency regime. Taken together, these
gravitational wave detectors will provide an unprecedented look at astrophysical systems
that have previously been viewed almost exclusively through electromagnetic
A workshop on The Astrophysics of Gravitational Wave Sources will be held April 24 - 26,
2003 at the University of Maryland Conference Center. This meeting will focus on the
astrophysics of anticipated gravitational wave sources and the scenarios that surround them.
Invited papers and poster presentations will encompass theoretical studies as well as
observations of associated electromagnetic or particle signatures. Issues that need to be
clarified for a better astrophysical understanding of these sources will be emphasized.
Please check the web site for the workshop program, registration form, abstract submission, and other details:
Scientific Organizing Committee (SOC):
Barry Barish, Caltech/LIGO
Peter Bender, JILA
Joan Centrella, NASA/GSFC (Chair)
Dae-Il Choi, USRA
Neil Cornish, Montana
L. Sam Finn, Penn State
Gunther Hasinger, MPE Garching
Vicky Kalogera, Northwestern Univ.
Pablo Laguna, Penn State
Piero Madau, UCSC
Cole Miller, UMD
Richard Mushotzsky, NASA/GSFC
Thomas Prince, Caltech/JPL
Martin Rees, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge
Douglas Richstone, Univ. Michigan
B.S. Sathyaprakash, Cardiff
Robin Stebbins, NASA/GSFC
Bonnard Teegarden, NASA/GSFC
Participants are encouraged to give poster presentations of research in areas
relevant to the workshop, including gravitational wave sources, astrophysical scenarios,
numerical relativity, and gravitational wave data analysis.
Each poster presenter will have 1 minute to present a single view-graph to
"advertise" the poster, and will be asked to prepare a 4 page paper for the
Abstract text should be no more than 300 words, and must be
The Abstract deadline for posters is February 28, 2003. Due to space limitations, it may
not be possible to accomodate all requests for posters. Therefore, early registration and
submission of abstracts is encouraged.
The Abstract deadline for invited speakers is March 26, 2003.
The early registration deadline is March 26, 2003. Attendees can register for the
Workshop on line, by fax or by postal mail. Registration fee must be included with the
registration. A secure on-line registration
form is available for registration and credit card payment. If
registration is via fax, a credit card must be used; if registration is via postal mail, all
forms of payment are possible (credit cards, check or money order). The early
registration deadline is March 26, 2003. After March 26, ALL registrants will pay the
late registration fee. The complete fee schedule is as follows:
Early Registration $275
Late Registration (after March 26) $325
Banquet Fee $ 45
Registration fee includes the workshop, all-day continuous refreshment breaks (including
breakfast), 2 lunches, complimentary parking, and a copy of the proceedings.
No registration will be considered complete until payment is received. Cancellation of
a prepaid registration, minus a processing fee of $25.00 can be done any time until Friday,
April 4, 2003. After April 4, NO REFUNDS will be available.
ALL TRANSACTIONS MUST BE IN U.S. DOLLARS.
Registration and banquet fees may be remitted one of the following ways:
Checks and money orders are to be made payable to "USRA". Please make
sure attendees name and "Gravity Wave" is written on the checks. Cash
should not be sent through the mail but may be used at the on-site registration.
Please use Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. A valid card number and
expiration date must be submitted for this payment to be processed. Also include the
name exactly as it appears on the card.
A workshop banquet is being organized for Friday night, April 25. It will be held at
the Conference Center with a buffet characteristic of this area. Cost will be
Limited financial support will be available, primarily for junior scientists.
Participants interested in applying for this should send email to
Sandy Barnes with the
words "Requesting workshop support" in the subject heading. Please state your
area of research, your status (student, postdoc, ...), the name of your institution, and
whether you intend to present a poster paper. Graduate students should include the name and
email address of their advisors.
The deadline for requesting support is February 20, 2003; you will be notified of the
outcome of your request by February 24, 2003.
The Workshop will be held at The Inn and Conference Center, 3501 University Blvd. East,
Adelphi, MD 20783.
The Inn is located on the campus of University of Maryland University College. It is
12 miles from downtown Washington, D.C., 35 miles from Dulles International Airport, 30
miles from Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) and 20 miles from Ronald Reagan
Washington National Airport.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the workshop hotel below the current government per
diem. The rate, under the block, is $129.00 per night. This rate is for
both single and double room. If you want twin beds in the room, you must specify that
when making your reservation.
Participants will be required to make their own room reservations. The reservations
phone number is: 1-800-727-8622. Please refer to "Astrophysics
Gravitational Wave Sources" when you are making your reservations to obtain the
workshop rate. The room block has been reserved until March 26, 2003, so please
make your reservations by then. After that day, the rooms will be on a space and rate
For additional information please contact:
Ms. Sandy Barnes
NASA/GSFC Code 661
Greenbelt, Maryland 20771 USA
Phone: (301) 286-7780
Fax: (301) 286-1498