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XIII Black Holes Workshop
Celebrating  the Nobel Prize 2020 for black holes


From astrophysics to high-energy physics, from information theory to quantum gravity, black holes have acquired an ever increasing role in fundamental physics, and are now part of the terminology of many important branches of observational, theoretical, and mathematical physics.

The Black Holes Workshops gather researchers working on physical and mathematical problems of black holes, both in its classical and quantum aspects, as well as their connections to general relativity and gravitation, string theory, cosmology, and astrophysics, and stimulate the interaction between all these issues.

The thirteenth edition of the Black Holes Workshop celebrates three decisive dates in the history of black holes: Firstly this year's Physics Nobel Prize award from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences to black holes, in the names of Roger Penrose for the theory component, and of Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez for the observational component, specifically for the observations of the supermassive black hole in the center of our galaxy; secondly, the 50th anniversary of the singularity theorems of Hawking and Penrose, a work that was published in 1970; thirdly, the 60th anniversary of the Kruskal and Szekeres maximal analytic extension of the Schwarzschild solution.

Researchers on black holes in all their aspects are invited to participate. The workshop is organized by the Center for Astrophysics and Gravitation (CENTRA) and will be held at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in Lisbon, in December 21 and 22, 2020.

We hope the Black Holes Workshop will keep on providing an inspiration towards new discoveries, as illustrated in this year's drawing by a vessel wandering through rough spacetime with a black hole in sight.  

If you are interested in attending the workshop, please register and send an abstract before November 23th.

Organizing Committee: Justin Feng (CENTRA), David Hilditch (CENTRA), José Sande Lemos (CENTRA), Miguel Zilhão (CENTRA), Pedro Cunha (Aveiro), Carlos Herdeiro (Aveiro)

Scientific Commitee: Vitor Cardoso (CENTRA), João Costa (ISCTE), Carlos Herdeiro (Aveiro), Filipe Mena (IST), José Natário (IST), José Sande Lemos (CENTRA)

Contacts: Dulce Conceição (dulce.conceicao@tecnico.ulisboa.pt) and Rita Sousa (rita.t.sousa@tecnico.ulisboa.pt)

Venue: The meeting wil be online by zoom due to the coronavirus pandemic, instructions for participants will follow soon. The meeting was previously schedule to be in the Centro de Congressos of IST.


Dates: December 21 and 22, 2020

Poster: Poster Black Holes Workshop XIII

Sponsors: The workshop is sponsored by CENTRA and FCT, and CGD.

Previous editions:

BHW I (Porto)

BHW II (Lisbon)

BHW III (Minho)

BHW IV (Aveiro)

BHW V (Lisbon)

BHW VI (Minho)

BHW VII (Aveiro)

BHW VIII (Lisbon)

BHW IX (Minho)

BHW X (Aveiro)

BHW XI (Lisbon)

BHW XII (Minho)