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For Italian National Space Day, on Monday December 11 the Embassy of Italy in Romania and the National University of Science and Technology Politehnica Bucharest are organizing an event dedicated to the research on gravitational waves, entitled “Gravitational waves: the frontier of research on the cosmos. The Italian scientific and technological contribution”. The project Einstein Telescope and the Sos Enattos Italian candidacy will be on stage, with a talk by the INFN Cagliari director Alessandro Cardini.

The event will start at 3 p.m. and take place at the University Politehnica Bucharest, presented by Luca Perri (astrophysicist and science communicator). Here is the detailed program (all talks will be in English):

  • Marica Branchesi (Gran Sasso Science Institute, remotely): The physics of gravitational waves: what they are, how they originate, why they are valuable. Considerations on gravitational and multi-messenger astronomy and on an Italian success: the LIGO/Virgo collaboration.
  • Alessandro Cardini (INFN Cagliari): Einstein Telescope: the third generation of ground-based detectors. Its features and potential. The strengths of the Italian bid.
  • Fulvio De Persio (Italian Space Agency) and Laurențiu-Ioan Caramete (Institute of Space Science): The European Space Agency’s LISA Pathfinder and LISA missions: cutting-edge scientific research and technology.
  • Andrea Possenti (INAF): Pulsar Timing Array collaborations: echoes of supermassive black hole mergers or new physics from the early stages of the universe.
  • Q&A


Pictures (credits: Embassy of Italy in Romania)