The second workshop on “Phenomenology of Strong Gravity” will be held on June 1-4 in Nur-Sultan (formerly known as Astana), Kazakhstan. The workshop is devoted to various aspects of gravity and it aims at bringing together researchers working in relativistic astrophysics, general relativity, and quantum gravity to foster collaboration and interaction between scientists in the region with renowned scientists around the world. The workshop is organized by the Physics Department of Nazarbayev University with the support of the Energetic Cosmos Laboratory and Kazakh Physical Society.

The workshop will be held at Nazarbayev University. Founded in 2010, the University is rapidly emerging as one of the leading universities in Central Asia, providing a western style education and developing cutting-edge research in many fields of science and technology. Students and young researchers from Kazakhstan and neighboring countries with interests in astrophysics and theoretical physics are especially welcome to attend.

Plenary speakers (preliminary list):

Paul R. Anderson, Wake Forest University (US)
Bernard Carr, Queen Mary University, London (UK)
Isabel Cordero-Carrión, Virgo Collaboration and University of Valencia (ES)
Gabriele Gionti, Osservatorio Vaticano, Vatican City (VT)
Ciriaco Goddi, Event Horizon Telescope and Radboud University, Nijmegen (NL)
Pankaj S. Joshi, International Center for Cosmology, Charusat University, Anand (IN)
Jerzy Kijowski, Institute of Theoretical Physics, Warsaw (PL)
Leonardo Modesto, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen (CN)
Susan Scott, LIGO Collaboration and Australian National University, Canberra (AU)
Zdeněk Stuchlík, Silesian University, Opava (CZ)

Local Organizing Committee:

Ernazar Abdikamalov, Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan (KZ)
Michael R. R. Good, Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan (KZ)
Eric Linder, Energetic Cosmos Laboratpry, Nur-Sultan (KZ)
Daniele Malafarina, Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan (KZ)
Vasileios Zarikas, Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan (KZ)
Bobomurat Ahmedov, Ulugh Beg Astronomical Institute, Tashkent (UZ)
Kuantay Boshkayev, Al-Farabi University, Almaty (KZ)
Bobir Toshmatov, Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan (KZ)

The conference is supported by:
– Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan RK state-targeted program BR05236454
– Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan RK grant No. AP05135753
– Nazarbayev University Faculty Development grant No. 090118FD5348.
– Nazarbayev University, School of Sciences and Humanities.

– Kazakh Physical Society.

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