Gravitational wave fiesta 29Feb/01Mar

This is the first of the Gravity! workshops for the learners of Gravity!, all their friends and all those interesting in getting a better understanding of the mysteries of our Universe.

The workshop will of course focus on the topic of gravitational waves, with the historic event of their discovery.
What is a gravitational wave? How were they observed? What have we learnt about black holes from their discovery? What comes next? What is the present status of  LISAPathfinder? So many questions to cover with specialists of the field, with a programme of lab visits in small groups, a social event and a hangout live with the rest of the world.


To reserve your participation, please go to this website  (we ask for a modest participation of 10€ in order not to cover the expenses but to have a better idea of the number of participants).

The event takes place from Monday February 29 at 9.30am till Tuesday March 1 at 4pm.

Language: English and French
Venue: University Paris Diderot, Amphitheater Buffon, 15, rue Hélène Brion (13th arrondissement)

Metro and RER stop: Bibliothèque François Mitterrand

Programme: see below

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A questionnaire has been distributed to all participants to stimulate their curiosity. You may have access to it here.

Monday 29 February/Lundi 29 février

Amphitéâtre Buffon

9h30-11h00 : Gravitational waves and their discovery, an overview/Les ondes gravitationnelles et leur découverte, une introduction (P. Binétruy)

11h00-11h30 : Coffee break/Pause café

11h30-12h30 : What do you expect from MOOCs, a discussion led by P. Binétruy

12h30-14h00 : Buffet lunch/Déjeuner buffet

  • Amphithéâtre Buffon (en français)

14h00-14h30 L’histoire de la découverte de GW150914 (E. Chassande-Mottin)

14h45-15h15 Les détecteurs LIGO et Virgo (M. Barsuglia)

15h30-15h50 Les nouvelles de LISAPathfinder (E. Plagnol)

16h00-16h20 Comment va-t-on analyser les données de LISAPathfinder (A. Petiteau)

  • Bâtiment Condorcet, Salle Luc Valentin (4th floor, 454A) (in English)

14h00-14h30 The LIGO and Virgo detectors (M. Barsuglia)

14h45-15h15 Story of GW150914 discovery (E. Chassande-Mottin)

15h30-15h50 How to analyze the LISAPathfinder data (A. Petiteau)

16h00-16h20 LISAPathfinder news (E. Plagnol)

  • Amphitéâtre Buffon

16h30-17h30 Coffee break/Pause café

17h30-18h30 Hangout with the whole Gravity! community (in English)


Tuesday 1 March/Mardi 1er mars

  • Bâtiment Condorcet

9h00-10h30 : Group visits/Visites par groupe

10h30-11h00 : Coffee break/Pause café (4th floor/4ème étage)

11h00-12h30 : Group visits/Visites par groupe

12h30-14h00 : Free time for lunch/Temps libre pour déjeuner

  • Amphithéâtre Buffon

14h00-14h40 : The Microscope mission and the equivalence principle/La mission Microscope et le principe d’équivalence (J. Bergé)

14h40-16h00 : Discussion session, future actions, wrap up/Session de discussion, actions futures, conclusions (P. Binétruy)


  • Catherine

    So sorry not to be able to attend the first Gravity! workshop.
    Unfortunately a visit to Paris is not feasible at the moment but I do hope the weekend is a huge success and that all the many participants have a totally brilliant time.

  • Filippo

    I’d like to come but to get to Paris I have to book planes and hotel. I think it’s a great opportunity for everyone interested in physics. Please when are we going to know if it will be confirmed or not?

  • Anna Skornyakova

    I am not sure where to write this, but I would love to give many, many thanks to Pierre and his colleagues for the amazing Gravitational Wave Fiesta. The workshop was perfectly organized, very interesting and informative, I felt almost involved to the great recent discovery and future astonishing projects. Look forward to getting an access to the slides and videos of the lectures; it would be useful and interesting to study them again.
    I also was happy to meet the Gravity! team in person and have an opportunity to thank Pierre, Valerie and Volker for answering my ridiculous questions during the course.
    And, by the way, I would like to contribute to the discussion about media coverage of such events and Gravity! course and activity as a whole. News about 70,000 registered participants was not scientific, but educational (and maybe even social) one, so it should have been sent to the educational, not scientific, publications, journalists and sources. I am sure it would have been an interesting phenomenon for them. If the FutureLearn and your French learning platform have press-offices, they might be able to recommend you particular media and journalists. As for interaction with scientific journalists, why not invite them to your workshops? It would be very useful for them, and perhaps in this case they will write something on (or at least mention) the very event.
    Merci beaucoup!
    Best wishes,

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