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Gravitational waves and the Einstein Telescope project will be on stage at Galileo, the science and innovation festival taking place in Padova from May 2nd to May 5th. Particularly on Friday, May 3rd, at 9:00 PM in the Sala Paladin of Palazzo Moroni, there will be a meeting entitled “The edge of gravitational waves”. Speakers will include Roberto Ragazzoni, the newly appointed president of the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF), Marco Tavani, professor of space physics at the University of “Tor Vergata” in Rome and former president of INAF, and Antonio Zoccoli, president of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN). The discussion will be moderated by journalist Giovanni Caprara, the festival’s scientific director.

The edge of gravitational waves
Italy proposes to build the new European observatory for gravitational wave detection in Sardinia. The challenge is with the Netherlands and is a significant one because the establishment of the new center will become an international hub attracting scientists, similarly to what happens with CERN in Geneva. The Italian government supports the endeavor, and Italian physicists and astrophysicists, through the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) and the Italian Institute of Astrophysics (INAF), with their experience with the Virgo station near Pisa, have the authority and expertise to lead the establishment of the new European center.