An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting

Testing gravity in the new decade: Radio pulsars, astrometry and gravitational waves is a one-day meeting organised under the aegis of the Royal Astronomical Society as part of the Specialist Discussion Meeting series. The link from the Society's web page is here.


The field of experimental gravitation has now entered an era that has been termed 'the quest for strong gravity'. Although General Relativity has passed every experimental test so far with flying colours, a number of instruments and observations are promising to put the theory under intense scrutiny over the next decade. Observations of radio pulsars with the Square-Kilometre-Array and its precursors, precision astrometry with GAIA and the expected direct detection of gravitational waves with ground based instruments (Advanced LIGO and Virgo) and the future Laser Interferometer Space Antenna are likely to produce a step-change in the field. It is therefore timely to review and discuss the future of observational gravitational physics in the light of these new instruments and the scientific opportunities that they will generate.

The aim of the meeting is to bring together a broad range of experts in optical, radio and gravitational-wave astronomy as well as theoretical physics to discuss expected results, synergies and complementarity in the common quest of understanding gravity.


Morning Session


Afternoon Session

RAS Monthly A&G (Ordinary) Meeting


The meeting will be held at

A map can be found here


Making a poster contribution

The meeting provides an excellent opportunity for young researches to (briefly) show case their work and share their ideas with the experts in the field.

We encourage in particular PhD students and young post-docs who are working on relevant topics to present a poster. The meeting participants will be able to view the posters during the lunch break. If you wish to submit a poster, please send an email with title, authors and abstract to Alberto Vecchio (av[at]

The deadline for abstract submission is 18th November 2010 ; this is a hard deadline, and due to organizational reasons we won't be able to accept abstracts after this date.

Scientific Organisers

Royal Astronomical Society

For more details about the RAS go to the home page.


Free to RAS members, £ 15 for non-members (£ 5 for students), collected at the door.

Contributing a poster

For details follow this link,