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Gravitational waves

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Elisabeth-Herz-Kremenak-Saal
Plenary / Keynote & Panel
english language

In 2015, for the first time researchers were able to measure a gravitational wave. The fusion of two black holes had hurled huge amounts of energy into space. All accelerated masses produce gravitational waves. The European GEO Collaboration will develop new detector technologies to further track these waves, creating completely new possibilities for space exploration.

Speakers

Professor and Director, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover Abstract
For thousands of years we have been looking at the universe with our eyes. But most of the universe is dark and will never be observable with electromagnetic waves. Since September 14th , 2015, everything is different: Gravitational waves were discovered! We have obtained a new sense and finally we can listen to the dark side of the universe. The first sounds that we heard were from unexpectedly heavy Black Holes. And nobody knows what other dark secrets are waiting for us out there.
More than 100 years ago, Einstein predicted the existence of Gravitational Waves as a consequence of his theory of General Relativity. They are minute distortions of space and time, created by rapidly accelerating large masses, and propagating at the speed of light. Until 2015, they have never been directly detected. These mysterious waves are emitted by coalescing binary stars, neutron stars, supernovae, Black Holes and the Big Bang itself, and they will permit us views of the dark ages of the universe. Their observation requires modern laser technology and measurements at the quantum mechanical detection limit. Several kilometer-size laser-interferometric gravitational wave detectors are currently operating on the earth, GEO600 near Hannover, the two LIGO observatories in the US, and the Virgo detectors in Italy; KAGRA in Japan is under construction. They will soon be joined by space detectors with armlengths of millions of kilometers. Such space missions has been under study now for over 2 decades. On June 20th of 2017, the European Space Agency ESA has selected LISA as the mission concept for the L3 mission in their Cosmic Vision program. All the technologies for LISA not testable on ground were recently demonstrated by the technology precursor mission LISA Pathfinder. The mission has been a fantastic success, surpassing all requirements for the full LISA mission by a wide margin.
Shell Professor of Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge Chair

Ph.D. Karsten DANZMANN

Professor and Director, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover

1974 Pre-Diploma in Physics, Technical University Clausthal-Zellerfeld
1977 Diploma in Physics, University of Hannover
1978-1982 Staff Scientist, University of Hannover
1980 Ph.D., University of Hannover, Germany
1982-1983 Visiting Scientist (DFG fellowship), Stanford University
1983-1986 Staff Scientist, PTB Berlin
1986-1989 Act. Ass. Professor of Physics, Stanford University
1990-1993 Project Leader Gravitational Waves, Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, Garching
since 1993 Professor, Leibniz Universität Hannover; Director of Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), Hannover
since 1993 Principal Investigator, ground-based laser interferometric gravitational wave detector GEO600
1993-2001 Head, Remote Branch Hannover, Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, Hannover
1993-2001 Speaker, LISA Laser Interferometer Space Antenna Study Team
1993-1998 Member, Fundamental Physics Advisory Group, ESA European Space Agency; Hannover
1997-2010 Member, Programmausschuss Extraterrestrische Grundlagenforschung des Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
1997-2009 Deputy Speaker, DFG Sonderforschungsbereich (Collaborative Research Center)
2001-2009 Deputy Speaker, European Graduate College GRK665
2001-2011 ESA Mission Scientist for LISA Laser Interferometer Space Antenna Study Team, LIST Co-Chair
since 2002 Director, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Hannover
since 2002 Deputy Speaker, DFG Sonderforschungsbereich (Collaborative Research Center)
2004-2005 Dean, University of Hannover, Germany
since 2004 Co-Principal Investigator, ESA Space Mission LISA Pathfinder
since 2006 Deputy Speaker, QUEST Cluster of Excellence
since 2006 Speaker, International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) on Gravitational Wave Astronomy
since 2009 Speaker, HALOSTAR Graduate College
since 2011 Consortium Lead, eLISA Space Mission Proposal
since 2013 Co-Proposer and Board Member, GRACE Follow-On Space Mission
since 2014 Deputy Speaker, DFG Sonderforschungsbereich (Collaborative Research Center)

Ph.D. Lynn Faith GLADDEN

Shell Professor of Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge

1979-1982 Chemical Physics, University of Bristol
1982-1983 Post-Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Oxford
1983-1987 Ph.D. research, Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Cambridge
1983-1986 British Petroleum Ph.D. Scholarship Award
1987 Ph.D. Thesis, Structural Studies of Inorganic Glasses
1987-1991 University Assistant Lecturer (UAL), Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge
1991-1995 University Lecturer (UL), Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge
1995-1999 Reader, Process Engineering Science, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge
1999 Professor of Chemical Engineering Science, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge
2004 Elected to the Shell Professorship of Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge
2006-2008 Head, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge
2008-2010 Head, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge
2010-2015 Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, University of Cambridge

Technology Symposium

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24.08.2017

11:00 - 11:45#ART TEC: Interfaces between art, technology, and scienceCulture
12:00 - 13:00Opening of exhibitions - Tec-Xperience RoomPartner
13:00 - 13:10OpeningPlenary
13:10 - 14:15RTI TalkPlenary
14:15 - 15:45The robots are coming. Be (not) afraid!Plenary
16:15 - 17:45New materials and autonomous systemsPlenary
20:15 - 21:15Tickets to Berlin: Falling Walls Lab Austria and Summer School on EntrepreneurshipPlenary
21:15 - 23:00Career LoungePlenary
21:30 - 23:30Evening ReceptionSocial

25.08.2017

08:30 - 09:00TU Austria Innovation Marathon: ideas made to order - 24 hours nonstopPlenary
09:00 - 18:00Junior Alpbach - Science and Technology for Young PeopleBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Ö1 Children's University Alpbach - Science and Technology for KidsBreakout
09:15 - 10:00OptogeneticsPlenary
10:30 - 12:15Designing the next digital revolution. At the crossroads of science, technology and artPlenary
12:30 - 13:00Lunch Snacks for the Participants of the Breakout SessionsSocial
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 01: Digital futures: design as key to future digital worldsBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 02: The promotion of research and innovation in Austria: governance between management and autonomyBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 03: Data-driven innovation - from resources to strategiesBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 04: Open science, dark knowledge: science in an age of ignoranceBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 05: Second machine age: learning machines - autonomous machinesBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 06: From the lab to the plate - the vegan black pudding (Blunzengröstl)Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 07: Does industry 4.0 need education and training 4.0?Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 08: Smart production and servicesBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 09: Conflict and cooperation in the era of digitisationBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 10: The Paris lifestyle - technologies and opportunities for climate protectionBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 11: Conflict, cooperation - or both: how does innovation occur?Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 12: The competition for resources as a driver of green technologiesBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 13: A new Biedermeier in Europe?Breakout
18:30 - 19:30China Manufacturing 2025: putting industrial policy ahead of market forces?Plenary

26.08.2017

09:00 - 10:30Managing complex systemsPlenary
10:50 - 12:15The second quantum revolution?Plenary
12:15 - 13:00Gravitational wavesPlenary
13:00 - 14:00Snack ReceptionSocial