OCTOBER 8-12, 2018




With the detection of the binary black hole merger GW150914, we have entered the era of Gravitational Wave Astronomy, while the detection of the binary neutron star merger GW170817 was the first example of Gravitational Wave Multi-messenger observations. In the coming years, additional science runs with the LIGO and VIRGO detectors are expected to lead to exciting new discoveries, with KAGRA and LIGO-India subsequently joining the existing detectors and forming a global network. In parallel, new upgrades and new detectors are planned, whereas space-born gravitational wave detectors, such as LISA, are under intense development.

    The main goal of this school is to provide an introduction to the foundations of Gravitational Waves, including theory, numerical simulations, principles of detection and astrophysical implications. Neutron Stars will be discussed in detail as one of the prime sources of gravitational waves, emphasizing the key role that gravitational wave astronomy can play in constraining the theory of gravity observationally.

    The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki will welcome around 30 MSc and PhD students to attend the summer school, which will introduce them to key concepts in this exciting field as well as provide them with an opportunity to interact with experts. Advanced undergraduate students that are engaged in research projects related to the theme of the summer school may also apply.

     The program of the summer school will consist of several 90’ minutes lectures on each morning, with additional exercise-style lectures and talks by members of the DAAD collaboration on each afternoon. Indicative titles for the lectures are:

1)    Theory of gravitational waves
2)    Compact object oscillations and GW asteroseismology
3)    Constraints on the neutron star equation of state
4)    Compact objects in alternative theories of gravity
5)    GW detectors: LIGO/VIRGO and planned 3rd generation detectors
6)    LISA mission and science

    The school will take place at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Partial grants for local expenses to a limited number of participants are provided by the Hellenic Astronomical Society (HEL.A.S.). The school is supported by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, by the Department of Physics and by the Section of Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics. The school is also supported by a DAAD grant for the academic collaboration between the relativity groups of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the University of Tuebingen.


Pau Amaro-Seoane (Barcelona)

Theocharis Apostolatos (Athens)

Andreas Bauswein (HITS-Heidelberg / Darmstadt)

Katerina Chatziioannou (CITA Toronto)

Michael Gabler (MPA-Garching)

Theodoros Gaitanos (Thessaloniki)

Stavros Katsanevas (EGO Director)

Kostas Kokkotas (Tuebingen)

Georgios Lalazisis (Thessaloniki)

Charalampos Moustakidis (Thessaloniki)

Nikolaos Stergioulas (Thessaloniki)

Scientific Advisory Committee / Council of HEL.A.S.

Georgakakis, Antonios (National Observatory of Athens)
Gontikakis, Constantinos (RCAAM of the Academy of Athens)
Apostolos Mastichiadis (University of Athens)
Patsis, Panagiotis (RCAAM of the Academy of Athens)
Patsourakos, Spiros (University of Ioannina)
Pavlidou, Vasiliki (University of Crete)
Vlahakis, Nektarios (University of Athens)

The workshop is partially supported by