March 11, 2021

Astro-GR@Cuba 2021



Organised by Pau Amaro Seoane (UPV, DESY), Armando Bermúdez Martínez (DESY), Fernando Guzmán (InSTEC), Hannes Jung (DESY), Leonel Morejón (DESY) and Giorgos Vretinaris (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) at the Instituto Superior de Tecnologías y Ciencias Aplicadas (InSTEC) de la Universidad de La Habana, from 18-29 May 2021.

The idea of this meeting is to broaden the knowledge of topics that Cuban students of the InSTEC and other research institutes of Cuba as a way to choose their future interests. Obviously, this is not only restricted to them, so that if you are interested in the topics, please drop us an e-mail to let us know. Depending on the connection limits, we will have to select the number of attendees. We will give preference to students, then postdocs and finally professors, in that order.

The talks will not be classical talks, but “constantly-interrupted-ones“, in the sense that the speakers will have to address as many questions as the students see fit to ask to understand the topic being presented, instead of just hearing a talk. There is a difference.

Because we want to share this opportunity with any interested student, we will open the participation also to non-Cuban students. However, only Cuban students will be allowed to interrupt the speaker during the talk. The reason for this is two-fold: First, the very reason of the workshop is that they have this chance and, second, we cannot have any given number of people connecting to the talk due to the limit of attendees that jitsi has.

Non-Cubans will be able to ask questions after the conclusion of the talk.


Pau Amaro Seoane, Hannes Jung, Stamatis Vretinaris, Verónica Vázquez Aceves, Carlos Barceló, Leor Barack, Alejandro Torres Orjuela, Kostas Tzanavaris, James E. Peebles, Rainer Schödel, Reinhard Genzel, Monica Colpi, Mar Bastero Gil, Kostas Kokkotas, Xian Chen, Leonel Morejón, Badri Krishnan, Andrew Taylor, Pablo Laguna, Simon Portegies Zwart, Carlos Sopuerta, Hannes Jung, Michelangelo Mangano, Oris Suarez Eng, Miguel David Fernández Moreira, Alejandro Orue León, Mauricio Batista, Fernando Guzmán, Reiner Ramos Blázquez, Solné Reyes Peña, A. A. Castro, Miguel A. Gutiérrez, César García, Joel Gironés Domínguez, José Angel Lesteiro Tejeda, Diana Jiménez Martí, Benny Rodríguez Saenz, Mihalis Dafermos, Zoltan Haiman


Leor Barack: “Self-force approach to the two body problem in GR “ (slides)

Neil Turok: “The quantum Universe” (slides)

Rainer Schödel: “Our Galactic Centre” (no slides)

Pablo Laguna: “Numerical Relativity as a Tool of Astrophysical Discoveries” (slides)

Xian Chen: “Gravitational waves sources in the LISA band” (no slides)

Zoltan Haiman: “The origin of massive black holes” (no slides)

Simon Portegies Zwart: “Chaos in Newton’s dynamics and the origin or the arrow of time” (no slides)

Michelangelo Mangano: “High Energy Physics: the future beyond the Higgs discovery” (no slides)

Mar Bastero Gil: “Inflation and inflation model building, observational constraints and reheating” (slides)

Kostas Kokkotas: “Neutron stars and gravitational waves” (slides)

Alejandro Torres: “Gravitational Wave modes” (no slides)

Mihalis Dafermos and Kostas Tzanavaris: “Topics in mathematical physics (GR and Quantum Physics)” (slides Mihalis, exercises Kostas, slides Kostas)

Carlos F. Sopuerta: “Gravitational Collapse in General Relativity” (slides)

Andrew Taylor: “Non-thermal particles in the Universe- what are they good for?” (slides)

Carlos Barceló: “Gravity as an emerging property of condensed-matter systems” (no slides)

James Peebles and Nikos Chatzarakis: “The Large-Scale Nature of the Universe” (no slides)

Monica Colpi: “The origins of massive black holes and the gravitational wave sky” (slides)

Badri Krishnan: “Does LIGO really observe black holes?” (slides)