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Gravity claims a central role in theoretical physics. Almost every grand challenge in astrophysics, cosmology and fundamental physics – dark matter, dark energy, vacuum energy, inflation and early universe cosmology, singularities and the hierarchy problem - includes gravity as one of its key ingredients. Gravity represents the link between fundamental physics on the one hand and cosmology and astrophysics on the other, becoming a subject of strong interdisciplinary character. The recent breakthrough detection by the LIGO interferometers marks the dawn of the era of GW astronomy, and the opening of a new window onto the hitherto invisible landscape of the “Gravitational Universe”.

The Strong Gravity Universe meeting brings together experts in the various aspects of strong-field gravity, to discuss the status of the field and future directions. The meeting is also a focal point for the European RISE action, which brings together nodes from Aveiro, Cambridge, Lisbon, Paris, Rome, Mississippi, Osaka and Perimeter.

The meeting will be held in São Miguel, the main island of the Azores archipelago, in the North Atlantic Ocean, 3-8 July 2017.


Scientific Commitee: Enrico Barausse, Vitor Cardoso, Leonardo Gualtieri, Carlos Herdeiro, Ulrich Sperhake


Organizers: Vitor Cardoso, Rita Flávio, Manuel Torrinha


Acknowledgements: We thank Ana Sousa for designing the poster and banners, inspired by the marine wildlife of Azores.


 Venue: Terra Nostra Garden Hotel, Açores


 Date: 3 - 8 July 2017





Support: We acknowledge financial support provided under the European Union’s H2020 ERC Consolidator
Grant Matter and strong-field gravity: New frontiers in Einstein’s theory, grant agreement no. MaGRaTh–
646597. This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska Curie grant agreement No 690904.


Media: A collection of photos from the meeting, taken by Luis Ferreira, are available here.