Gravity beyond Einstein: Quo vadimus?

24.01.2018 to 25.01.2018
Matteo Cataneo, Catherine Heymans, Lucas Lombriser, Baojiu Li, Vasiliy Demchenko, Ben Giblin

The Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics


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The first simultaneous detection of gravitational waves and electromagnetic radiation from two merging neutron stars (GW170817 and GRB 170817A) poses new challenges to theories of gravity specifically designed to explain the late time accelerated expansion of the universe. Nevertheless, tensions in the data and the so far unsolved cosmological constant problem make infrared modifications to General Relativity (GR) an attractive alternative to dark energy, both theoretically and observationally. By bringing together experts on different aspects of modified gravity, this workshop is designed to discuss the current status of modified gravity cosmology, and most importantly encourage structured discussions aimed to setting the stage for crucial steps forward in the search for signatures beyond GR


PhD and Early Researchers talks

We are inviting applications for 10 minute talks, plus 2 minutes for questions, from PhD students and Early Researchers. If you would like to apply to give a talk, please provide a title and abstract using the registration form.

The deadline for applications is 5th January with talks being selected and advised on the 10th January.


Invited speakers and discussion leaders (click "list of participants" above for a full list of those registered):

  • Lucas Lombriser (University of Geneva)
  • Christian Arnold (Durham University)
  • Tessa Baker (Oxford University)
  • Baojiu Li (Durham University)
  • Hans Winther (Oxford University)
  • Andy Taylor (University of Edinburgh)
  • Catherine Heymans (University of Edinburgh)
  • Clare Burrage (University of Nottingham)



  • The meeting will take place in the James Clerk Maxwell Building, Kings Buildings. 15 minutes by bus from city centre.
  • Edinburgh is well served by trains and planes.
  • Details on getting from the City Centre to JCMB here.
  • A map of the Kings Buildings campus here.

Suggested accommodation

  • There are several good Bed and Breakfasts near the University (5-10 minutes walk) details. They offer University rates.
  • If you prefer a hotel: details.


  • Lunch plus tea and coffee will be provided. These will be served near the meeting room.


Gravity beyond Einstein: quo vadimus? - Registration Form

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