Sponsorship & Exhibition

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.

We invite all organisations who is involved with astrophysics research and supply of equipment and publications to participate as a sponsor and exhibitor. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the African continent’s work in relativistic astrophysics.

For more information and the Sponsorship and Exhibition Prospectus please contact:

Tammy Maart
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Tel: +27 (0)21 422 2402


Confirmed Sponsor





IUPAP – International Union of Pure and Applied Physics IUPAP assists in the worldwide development of physics, foster international cooperation in physics, and help in the application of physics toward solving problems of concern to humanity”
· to stimulate and promote international cooperation in physics;
· to sponsor suitable international meetings and to assist organizing committees;
· to promote international agreements on other use of symbols, units, nomenclature and standards;
· to foster free circulation of scientists; to encourage research and education.


Confirmed Exhibitors





SALT is the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere and seeks to pursue the exploration of the cosmos through a state of the art optical astronomy facility, driven by scientific curiosity and a desire to inspire and motivate future generations to appreciate the significance and benefits of pursuing the frontiers of knowledge through astronomy




The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is a global initiative to build the world’s largest and most sensitive high-energy gamma-ray observatory. More than 32 countries participate in its construction and scientific development. CTA will detect high-energy radiation with unprecedented accuracy, providing novel insights into the most extreme events in the Universe.


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