University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
June 5-9, 2017

The detection of the first gravitational wave signal in 2015 has put a new cornerstone on the exploration of the Universe. For the first time in recent history, astronomers have access to a completely new window of non-photonic radiation. After more than 30 years of technological challenges and theoretical speculations, gravitational signals have been directly detected and the Universe has provided us with new exciting possibilities.

The main goal of this workshop is to bring together the current "explorers of the GW Universe" and the future generation of scientists who will use this new observational window and carry the torch for the incoming decades. Specifically, the workshop on June 5 to 9, 2017 will address the following fundamental questions related to the field of gravitational research:

This workshop will target early career faculty, postdocs, and PhD students. Invited speakers will be selected among the best representatives for each of the active instruments, follow-up teams, and theorists. We aim to broaden the research horizon of all involved, and particularly to entice PhD students towards a gravitational research career.

Participation of members of underrepresented minorities, and from minority serving institutions are particularly encouraged. We will be able to waive the registration cost for a small number of participants to support participation of undergraduate and graduate students.

Abstract submission will begin on December 1st, 2016 and continue through February 15th, 2017 (EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 22ND) at the registration page.  For more information, please send an email to

Download the conference poster here.

Registration fee:

In order to encourage students participation and to provide financial support for attendees the registration of $300 will include all coffee breaks (Tuesday through Friday), the cocktail reception (Monday evening), and the social dinner (Wednesday evening). In order to request financial support, please motivate your request in the abstract submission page .

A. Cucchiara (Chair)
D. Morris 
N. Orange (OWIS)D. Smith J. StaffL. Wentlent     
L. Cadonati (GAtech)
P. Evans (Leicester)    
A. Goldstein (USRA)  
E. Howell (UWA)
T. Regimbau (Artemis)
 L. Singer (NASA)
J. Slutsky (NASA)
G. Stratta (Urbino)
D. Talukder (Oregon)
M. Volonteri (IAP)