Symposium S5 3 – 6 April 2018 (TBD)

Relativistic astrophysics

Aims and scope

During the last 50 years General Relativity has become the main theoretical concept of modern astrophysics and has seen many breakthroughs in the last few years. The session aims to discuss the current theoretical understanding and observational frontiers as well as the developments of new observational facilities.


  • Topic 1: Classical and new test of general relativity
  • Topic 2: Relativistic compact objects: observation of their direct environment and event horizon measurements
  • Topic 3: Accretion onto compact objects and tidal disruption events
  • Topic 4: Merging compact objects and gravitational waves
  • Topic 5: Instrumental developments

Invited speakers

  • M. Kramer (Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Bonn, Germany): Tests of General Relativity with Neutron Stars Binaries
  • H. Falcke (Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands): Event Horizon Measurement of Sgr A*
  • C. Reynolds (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom): Observing Black Hole Environments through Reverberation mapping

Scientific organisers
Norbert Schartel (ESA, Spain); Stefanie Komossa (QNUN, China & MPIfR, Germany)

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Updated on Sat Sep 23 15:06:11 CEST 2017