Ever since Einstein had proposed general relativity in 1915, a lot of effort was put into research on space-time and gravity. However, for the initial half century it was largely done from a mathematical or purely theoretical point of view. The situation changed drastically after the discovery of 3K cosmic microwave background radiation in 1965 and of a pulsar in 1967. After these discoveries, the importance of general relativity in the study of astrophysics was widely recognized, and research in the areas of cosmology, relativistic astrophysics, and gravity had bloomed. As such, a variety of workshops have been held over recent years focussing on each sub-field in gravitational physics and their recent developments. However few broad based programs have existed, where this workshop would seek to ameliorate this by providing a more general basis for researchers and students starting out in this field of research. This research field shall be particularly timely given the increase of large-scale astronomical experiments, such as the SKA, in and around South Africa. All of which has led to more research on gravitation itself attracting more attention, with the importance of research in gravitational physics in general being recognized from new perspectives; from precision observation of compact and ultra-compact objects such as black holes, pulsars and neutron stars, and from progress in numerical relativity, cosmology, and particle astrophysics. As such, this workshop will discuss the major physics issues in the field of gravitational studies. Focusing on several research directions, such as the study of black hole quasi-normal modes, the gauge-gravity correspondence, and possible high-energy dark matter interactions among many. As such, the goal of this workshop is to help the South African groups interested in gravitation and astrophysics to find the best strategies to approach these research directions, as well as develop capacity by training students interested in this field, where the workshop will combine talks and working sessions, with the idea of initiating specific projects in these areas.
The workshop link is here