Events in 2016

Event to celebrate the detection of gravitational waves

Public Event
Keynotes and Discussion: Prof. Dr. Alessandra Buonanno, Prof. Dr. Bruce Allen. Moderated by: Ralf Krauter, science journalist (Deutschlandradio) [more]

Potsdam Science Day

Potsdam Science Day
The AEI participates in the 4th Potsdam Science Day. [more]

Conference: The first observation of a binary black hole merger: Status and future prospects

For the first time, gravitational waves from a black hole merger have been observed. This conference organized by the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics takes place in Hanover. It will cover the current developments in searching for these signals and their relevance to astrophysics and fundamental physics. [more]

LISA Pathfinder Press Conference

Press Conference
Media representatives are cordially invited to a press conference in Hanover about the first results from the LISA Pathfinder mission. LISA Pathfinder is an ESA satellite mission which tests core elements of a gravitational-wave observatory in space. [more]

IMPRS Lecture Week No 2.

IMPRS Lecture Week
Karsten Danzmann gives a Saturday Morning Lecture in Hannover. [more]

Public talk: Seeing two black holes merge (with gravitational waves!)

Public talk
Bruce Allen gives a public talk at Genf University on September 14, 2016. [more]

IMPRS Lecture Week No 3

The workshop will bring together theoretical physicists working on different approaches to quantum gravity (with an interest in early universe cosmology) and cosmologists studying fundamental aspects of cosmological models (and interested in quantum gravity effects in the early universe). [more]

Public talk: Sounds of Silence: Listening to the Universe with Gravitational Waves

Public talk
Alessandra Buonanno gives plenary lecture at "Passion for Knowledge 2016" [more]
Seit ewigen Zeiten haben wir das Universum nur sehen und nicht hören können. Das ist schade, denn über 99% des Universums sind dunkel und werden wohl nie mit Licht oder irgendeiner Art von elektromagnetischen Wellen beobachtbar sein. Seit dem 14. September 2015 ist alles anders: Die erste direkte Beobachtung der von zwei verschmelzenden Schwarzen Löchern abgestrahlten Gravitationswellen eröffnet das Zeitalter der Gravitationswellenastronomie. Wir haben ein neues Sinnesorgan bekommen und werden ab jetzt das Universum hören können. [more]

Presentation training

Panel discussion: A Celebration of Gravitational Waves

Panel discussion
Prof. Buonanno at a panel discussion about the detection of gravitational waves honoring the University of Maryland pioneers and the dawn of gravitational wave astronomy. [more]

Public talk: The Discovery of Gravitational Waves

Public talk
Gravitational waves were predicted by Albert Einstein one hundred years ago, but in spite of many attempts during the past fifty years, had never been directly observed. This talk follows announcements earlier this year by the LIGO and Virgo Scientific Collaborations, based on data from the first four-month observing run the advanced LIGO gravitational wave detectors (aLIGO). In two instances, on 14.9.2015 and on 26.12.2015, we have directly detected the gravitational waves emitted by the final orbits and merger of massive black hole binary systems. I describe the main results and the basic physics of these systems, as well as some of the "behind the scenes" details of the discovery and subsequent analysis. As the aLIGO detectors improve during the coming few years, the prospects for further exciting discoveries are outstanding. [more]

November der Wissenschaft 2016: „Einsteins Relativitätstheorie im Universum und im Alltag“

Series of talks
How does Einstein's theory determine influence in the universe and our lives? Time dilation, black holes and gravitational waves are consequences of Einstein's theory of relativity. Dr. Benjamin Knispel talks about where these and other relativistic effects occur in the universe, but also how they affect us in our daily lives. [more]

Karsten Danzmann at the Falling Walls Conference

Vortrag von Karsten Danzmann auf der Falling-Walls-Konferenz 2016. [more]
Artists have looked over the shoulders of scientists from the geo-Q Collaborative Research Center and developed exciting exhibits. [more]

Die Nacht, die Wissen schafft 2016

Open Day
On November 12, 2016, the Albert Einstein Institute, together with many other institutes in Hannover, opens its doors for the public from 6 pm until midnight. [more]

November der Wissenschaft 2016: „Reise ans Ende des Universums“

Series of talks
Visit star crests, supernova explosions, and massive galaxies. Travel with Benjamin Knispel from our earthly home into the depths of space. Passing by stellar crests, exploding suns, and supermassive black holes in galaxy centers, you will explore the universe and the current state of knowledge. [more]

November der Wissenschaft 2016: „Licht – von der Sonne bis zum Laserpointer“

Series of talks
An expedition into the physics of light for everyone from the age of 12. We encounter light every day: the sun is shining, the smartphone's display is lit and lamps illuminate our rooms. But what is light actually? And what exciting physics is behind it? Together, we will find out about these questions. [more]
Lecture by Benno Willke at the FutureLab "Invisible Universe" in Aachen. [more]

November der Wissenschaft 2016: „Gravitationswellen – eine Jahrhundert-Entdeckung“

Series of talks
History and research behind the scientific sensation: In September 2015, an international team of more than 1000 researchers detected gravitational waves for the first time. Prof. Dr. Michèle Heurs explains this breakthrough and the Hannover contributions to it. [more]

Public talk (in German): Der Klang des Universums

Public talk
The detection of gravitational waves hit the headlines this year. Prof. Dr. Karsten Danzmann explains how this opened an ear to the universe. [more]
Prof. Buonanno talks about "Sounds of Silent: Listening to the Universe with Gravitational Waves" at University of Pennsylvania. [more]
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