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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 the conference. Theoreticians will discuss the implications of the discovery. There will also be lectures on the expansion of the universe, on cosmology, on astrophysics and on particle physics. The Standard Theory of particle physics describes the electroweak and the strong interactions, but it is still unclear, how the gravitational interaction can be included.

These and related problems will be discussed, including possible new discoveries at the Large Hadron Collider in CERN.



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