Conference on Cosmology Gravitational Waves and Particles

(6 to 10 February 2017, Nanyang Executive Centre)

In February 2016, physicists announced the discovery of gravitational waves, which were predicted in 1916 by Albert Einstein in his theory of General Relativity. About 1.3 billion years ago, two giant black holes collided and formed one very big black hole. During this collision strong gravitational waves were emitted. They were discovered at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in the United States. Experts from the detectors will present their results at this conference. Theoreticians will discuss the implications of the discovery. There will also be lectures on the expansion of the universe, cosmology, astrophysics, and possible new discoveries at the Large Hadron Collider in CERN.

Among the distinguished speakers are 2 Nobel Laureates, Professors George Smoot and Carlo Rubbia who will be appointed as Lee Kong Chian Distinguished Professors.


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Professor George Smoot is an American astrophysicist and cosmologist, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006 for his work on the Cosmic Background Explorer with John C. Mather that led to the "discovery of the black body form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation".

He received his Ph.D. in Physics from M.I.T. in 1970 and was a post-doctoral researcher at M.I.T. before moving to UC Berkeley in 1971. His many honors include: NASA Medal for Exceptional Science Achievement, Kilby Award, Lawrence Award, Albert Einstein Medal  and Nobel Prize in Physics 2006.

He is currently a professor of physics at UC Berkeley and an active researcher in observational astrophysics and cosmology.

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Professor Carlo Rubbia is an Italian particle physicist and inventor who shared the 1984 Nobel Prize in Physics with Prof Simon van der Meer for work leading to the discovery of the W and Z particles at CERN. He was appointed to the Senate of Italy as a Senator for Life by President Giorgio Napolitano in August 2013.


His main research activities are on the problem of energy supply for the future, with particular focus on the development of new technologies for renewable energy sources. During his term as President of ENEA, Italy (1999–2005), he has promoted a novel method for concentrating solar power at high temperatures for energy production, known as the Archimede Project, which is presently being developed by industry for commercial use. Prof Rubbia was principal Scientific Adviser of CIEMAT (Spain), a member of the high-level Advisory Group on Climate Change set up by EU's President Barroso in 2007 and of the Board of Trustees at the IMDEA Energy Institute. In 2009 – 2010, he was Special Adviser for Energy to the Secretary General of ECLAC, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America, based in Santiago (Chile). In June 2010, he was appointed as the Scientific Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam (Germany). Asteroid 8398 Rubbia is named in his honour.








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