Social Programme

WELCOME COCKTAIL - CLASSICAL FLAMENCO DANCE PERFORMANCE
Sunday, July 7, 2019 at the Palacio de Congresos de Valencia (Conference Venue)

The welcome reception to participants and accompanying persons will take place at the Conference venue, the Palacio de Congresos de Valencia, designed by Sir Norman Foster and chosen as the World’s Best Convention Centre in 2010. The event will include a welcome cocktail reception and a classical Flamenco Dance Performance.

Gravitation is the scientific topic of inspiration of the classical Flamenco Dance Performance. The show will consist on a series of multi-space, open-air performances on various small wooden platforms distributed around the welcome reception area. Several disconnected performances will take place, based and inspired on flamenco and Spanish dancing. A guitar player on one platform, a woman dancer on another one ... interacting in random ways. Meeting participants will be surrounded by several styles of mesmerizing classical flamenco music and performances.

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF EDDINGTON’S 1919 EXPEDITION – PUBLIC ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATION
Monday, July 8, 2019 at the Plaza de la Virgen de Valencia

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF EDDINGTON’S 1919 EXPEDITION. A public performance will celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the Eddington observation of the solar eclipse of May 29 1919 from Príncipe Island in the west coast of Africa. According to Einstein’s General Relativity, light rays from distant stars passing near the Sun would bend because of the curvature of the space-time due to the presence of the Sun. Eddington’s expedition was the first to measure the deflection of light by massive bodies and to prove the correctness of General Relativity.

An open public space as the Plaza de la Virgen in Valencia is the perfect location for a show about Eddington’s expedition of 1919 executed by a number of contemporary-style-dressed performers. The duration of this performance will be around 20 minutes. Before the show itself, professional scientists will explain the experiment to the general public in a simple and understandable manner. Then, in a spontaneous way the performance will start accompanied by music.

DIVERSITY LUNCH - ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION ABOUT WOMEN IN THE FIELDS OF STEM
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Diversity Lunch. The GR22 and Amaldi13 conferences will host a Diversity and Inclusion Lunch. It is intended as a social-peer platform to celebrate diversity, discuss challenges, and collaborate on strategies to bolster diversity and inclusion. Lunch attendees will have the opportunity to share their personal views and life experiences on specific issues. Those include (but are not limited to) race, ethnicity and culture; age and professional experience; gender identity and sexual orientation; (dis)ability and impairments; religious beliefs; work-life-balance and needs of parents. For participation in the Diversity and Inclusion Lunch please contact the Code-of-Conduct Committee.

Round-table discussion about women in the fields of STEM.
Information on the event will be provided shortly.

PUBLIC CONFERENCE BY DR. GABRIELA GONZÁLEZ – CONTEMPORARY DANCE PERFORMANCE INSPIRED BY THE DETECTION OF GRAVITATIONAL WAVES FROM BINARY NEUTRON STAR MERGERS
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at the Santiago Grisolía Auditorium (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias)

Gabriela González is a professor of physics and astronomy at Louisiana State University searching for gravitational waves with the LIGO team. She was born in Córdoba, Argentina, studied at the University of Córdoba, and pursued her Ph.D. in Syracuse University, obtained in 1995. She was a staff scientist in the LIGO group at MIT, joined the faculty at Penn State in 1997 and moved to LSU. She received awards from the American Physical Society, the American Astronomical Society and the National Academy of Sciences, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the US National Academy of Sciences. She has been a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration since 1997, serving as spokesperson in 2011-2017, and participated in the announcement of the discovery of gravitational waves in 2016. Her group works on LIGO instrument development, reducing noise sources and tuning alignment systems, and data diagnostics.

Conference, will be located at the Santiago Grisolía Auditorium, located at the heart of the Museu de les Ciències Príncep Felipe (how to get there).

Contemporary dance performance inspired by the detection of gravitational waves from binary neutron star merger GW170817. The public talk of Prof. Gabriela González will be followed by a dancing performance in the Santiago Grisolía auditorium. This performance will be inspired by the multi-instrument detection of GW170817, the result of the merger of two neutron stars which took place around 130 million light-years from us. The show will include references to all the processes involved in the merger and to all the important discoveries that followed, through background images linked with the dancing performance itself. The performers will be students of the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Valencia and the Conservatorio Superior de Danza de Valencia.

GALA DINNER – TRIBUTE TO STEPHEN HAWKING
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Gala Dinner and Tribute to Stephen Hawking.
Information on the event will be provided shortly.

Three scenes from Archimedes – A Planetarium Opera.
Friday, July 12, 2019 at the Hemisfèric (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias)

Three scenes from Archimedes – A Planetarium Opera by James Dashow. Libretto by Cary Plotkin with Ted Weiss, based on the composer’s idea.

Archimedes is an opera in which electro-acoustic music reproduced with spatial effects is combined by a set of loudspeakers, solo singers and choir, and the suggestive video images made by well-known artists, which fluctuate in perfect synchronization with music. The opera describes the life of the multifaceted Archimedes (physicist, mathematician and engineer) from his childhood until the end of his life. It uses familiar aspects that the Greek historian Plutarch included in his biography of the Roman general Marcelo. Dashow adds some artistic licenses towards the end: shortly before dying, Archimedes imagines present-day physics, mathematics and cosmology (Feynman diagrams, string theory, the Big Bang, the multiverse, etc.). This part can be seen in: video.

James Dashow (1944, Chicago, USA) is a composer of electroacoustic music, instrumental music and opera. One of the first composers for digital audio synthesis, he studied with Arthur Berger and Goffredo Petrassi (Fullbright scholarship), and was invited by G. Tisato to work at the computer center of the University of Padua, where he created the first computer-based compositions. He has lectured at MIT and Princeton University and continues to teach master classes and concerts in Europe and North America. He has been vice-president of the "International Computer Music Association". He is the author of the MUSIC30 language for digital sound synthesis and inventor of the Dyad system. For several years, he co-produced a weekly program of contemporary music for RAI in collaboration with Riccardo Bianchini. The most important awards and prizes he has received include the "Prix Magistere" de Bourges (2000), the Guggenheim Foundation (1989) the Koussevitzky Foundation (1998), and in 2011 the CEMAT Foundation awarded him the prize for his entire career in recognition for his exceptional contributions to electro-acoustic music.
James Dashow's website

The Planetarium Opera, will be celebrated at the Hemisfèric (how to get there). Hemisferic, was the first element to be built at the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències. The Hemisfèric, opened on April 10th 1998, is a unique and spectacular building designed by Santiago Calatrava and represents a large human eye, surrounded by water to enhance its beauty. It houses the planetarium and the largest IMAX Dome cinema in Spain.

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