This is a message from Nils Andersson, past president of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation, to advertise an upcoming ISGRG online event celebrating the first 50 years (or so) of the Society. The event will be hosted by the ISGRG President Emanuele Berti, taking place (via zoom) on Friday 18 November 2022, almost exactly half a century after Andre Mercier’s famous letter to colleagues around the world updating them on the decision to form a democratic gravity society.
We have planned a (roughly) 2-hour event, starting at 5:30pm CET (8:30am Pacific) with two live talks and a pre-recorded contribution. The speakers are:
Roberto Lalli: How it all began: The construction of the GRG community during the Cold War.
Virginia Trimble: Finding, Founding, and Funding a Home for GR, or, Through the Copenhagen Looking Glass and What we Found there.
Stan Deser: Recollections going back to Bern in 1955 (pre-recorded).
There will be opportunities for a few questions after the live presentations.
This promises to be very interesting – a unique opportunity to engage with the rich history of our wonderful subject.
Make sure you put the zoom link in your diary right away: https://zoom.us/j/3317968804
The event will be recorded for the benefit of anyone that cannot join us live on the day.