The Spanish Relativity Meetings (Encuentros Relativistas Españoles, ERE) are annual gatherings organized by Gravitation, Relativity and Cosmology groups linked to the SEGRE ---generally spanish groups, but this is not necessary---, held in cities chosen by the organizing group ---usually spanish, but also from other countries. Many spanish researchers on Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology usually attend the meetings, but not only them. The idea is that each active group working on gravitation and related matters explains their main interests and achievements while interacting with other groups and colleagues, at an international level, in a friendly and usually very pleasant atmosphere. These meetings are also an invaluable place where young students can learn the latest developments and the worth-exploring lines of investigation. Thay can also train themselves in the english language at the same time that they present their own research progress and results.
The meetings are held in September by tradition, unless in exceptional cases, and are organized by the different research or university groups related somehow to the SEGRE in succession. Hitherto, there have been more than thirty-five meetings (see the full list below), and sometimes they have been held within other series of meetings, such as the Summer School at El Escorial or Santander, or the Scientific Meetings of the Mediterranean Sea (Trobades Científiques de la Mediterrània), among others.
It all started with a course given by Prof. Lluís Bel at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (where Lluís Mas and his students were) in 1976, in which people with interest in Gravitation and Relativity (very few at that time!) had the opportunity to meet and got to know each other. In 1976 (just after dictator's death), those researchers were concentrated mainly ---but not only--- in Barcelona and Madrid. Following the leadership by Bel, the wish to continue the contacts and the collaborations immediately appeared, and the idea of holding meetings where everyone could explain and discuss the ongoing work emerged. Thus, there was a first gathering* organized by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (where Jesús Martín and students were in 1977) to which a substancial number of people from Barcelona, both from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (with Lluís Mas and his students) and from the Universitat de Barcelona (where Ramon Lapiedra, his students and colleagues were then) attended.
The first editions of the meetings gathered many of these spanish researchers, who were scarce in number and without much financial support from the institutions at that time. Nevertheless, those pioneers (led essentially by Prof. Lluís Bel and his mentioned collaborators, mainly Ramon Lapiedra, Jesús Martín and Lluís Mas) persevered with the efforts of maintaining alive the meetings and the relativity field in Spain. Thanks to them, the relativistic community grew very much during the 80's. Today there are many relatively big groups of an excellent quality around the country, and the international connections and collaborations are numerous, fruitful and intense nowadays.
In this sense, there were several important turning points for the
structure of the ERE, such as the Spanish Relativity Meetings
held in Bilbao in 1982, in Salamanca in 1988, again in Salamanca in
1998 and 2008, in Oviedo in 2005, in Bilbao in 2009, Granada in 2010
and Guimarães in 2012. The ERE1982 proceedings were
published for the first time, as have been ever since. In ERE1988, the
organizers chose a monographic subject of interest and relevance
(namely, Gravitational Wave Detection) and split the meeting in two
different parts: the first having plenary lectures by international
invited speakers and contributions related with the monographic matter;
the second following the tradition and containing several workshops
where the interaction between groups was kept. This pattern was
followed by all the organizers of the subsequent meetings until today.
The ERE1998 included a deserved
Bel-fest on the occasion of his official retirement, while the ERE2009
did the same in honour of Jesús Martín, Chus, when he became 65. The
ERE2005, ERE2008 and ERE2010 achieved the record of attendancies, with
150 participants from all over the world. Finally, the ERE2012 achieved
the breakage of political and national barriers and was held in the
beatiful city of Guimarães, the cradle of Portugal, organized by the
Universidade do Minho.
Nowadays, the Spanish Relativity Meetings are deservely well-known and enjoy a good reputation around the world. Many relativists from all possible geographic origins have attended some of the latest editions.
The full list of the ERE editions together with those to come in the near future are given in what follows, including the organizing group and the place where the meeting took place.
|ERE1977*||Universidad Autónoma de Madrid||Madrid|
|ERE1978||Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona||Barcelona|
|ERE1979||Universidad de Granada||Granada|
|ERE1980||Universidad de Santander||Santander|
|ERE1981||Universidad de Salamanca||Salamanca|
|ERE1982||Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea||Bilbao|
|ERE1983||Universitat de les Illes Balears||Palma de Mallorca|
|ERE1984||Universidad de Santander||Santander|
|ERE1985||Universitat de Barcelona||Maó, Menorca|
|ERE1986||Universitat de València||València|
|ERE1987||Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias||La Laguna, Tenerife|
|ERE1988||Universidad de Salamanca||Salamanca|
|ERE1989||Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona||Barcelona|
|ERE1990||Universitat de les Illes Balears||Palma de Mallorca|
|ERE1991||Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea||Bilbao|
|ERE1992||Universidad Complutense de Madrid||El Escorial, Madrid|
|ERE1993||Universidad de Oviedo||Salas, Asturias|
|ERE1994||Universitat de Barcelona||Maó, Menorca|
|ERE1995||Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias||La Laguna, Tenerife|
|ERE1996||Universitat de València||València|
|ERE1997||Universitat de les Illes Balears||Palma de Mallorca|
|ERE1998||Universidad de Salamanca||Salamanca|
|ERE1999||Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea||Bilbao|
|ERE2000||Universidad de Valladolid||Valladolid|
|ERE2001||U. Complutense y U. Politécnica Madrid||Madrid|
|ERE2002||Universitat de Barcelona||Maó, Menorca|
|ERE2003||Universitats d'Alacant i València||Alacant|
|ERE2004||Universidad Autónoma de Madrid - CSIC||Madrid|
|ERE2005||Universidad de Oviedo||Oviedo|
|ERE2006||Universitat de les Illes Balears||Palma de Mallorca|
|ERE2007||Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias||Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife|
|ERE2008||Universidad de Salamanca||Salamanca|
|ERE2009||Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea||Bilbao|
|ERE2010||Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía - CSIC||Granada|
|ERE2011||Universidad Complutense de Madrid||Madrid|
|ERE2012||Universidade do Minho||Guimarães, Portugal|
|ERE2013||Universitat de Barcelona||Benasque, Huesca|
|ERE2014||Universitat de Valencia (ADEIT)||Valencia|
|ERE2015||Universitat de les Illes Balears||Palma de Mallorca|