The 29th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, from December 3 to 8, 2017. It is organized by North-West University, Potchefstroom, in cooperation with the University of Cape Town and several other South African institutions.
The series of Texas Symposia on Relativistic Astrophysics began in 1963 and are normally held every two years. Major astrophysical discoveries have been announced and discussed in the field related to relativistic theory of gravitation and cosmology, such as black-holes, quasars, neutron stars, X-ray binaries, gamma-ray bursts, particle acceleration, the cosmic background, dark matter and dark energy. The 29th Symposium will be the first ever to be held on the African continent, emphasizing Southern Africa's role as the host of world-leading astrophysical facilities, such as the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), the High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS), and the future Square Kilometre Array SKA.
We are excited to welcome hundreds of international astrophysicists and physicists in Cape Town, to review remarkable discoveries and prospects, such as the breakthrough detection of gravitational waves by the LIGO/VIRGO collaboration. The symposium also marks the 100th anniversary of the postulation of the cosmological constant ("Einstein's Biggest Blunder"). The Symposium will include morning plenary sessions and afternoon parallel sessions which will function as mini-symposia in each sub-field. The plenary sessions will consist of 30-45 min review talks. The afternoon sessions will feature oral (about 20 min) and poster contributions.