Geometric Analysis and General Relativity (10w5011)


Lars Andersson (Max-Planck-Institut fur Gravitationsphysik)

(University of Cambridge)

Greg Galloway (University of Miami)

(University of Washington)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Geometric Analysis and General Relativity" workshop from June 20 to 25, 2010.

General Relativity has been a cornerstone of our understanding of the physical universe in which we live for the better part of the last century. The study of the mathematical problems of general relativity brings together many important areas of research in partial differential equations, differential geometry, dynamical systems and analysis. Despite the centrality of the subject in modern physics a number of fundamental mathematical questions concerning general relativity remain unanswered and it is clear that their future resolution will be of great interest in understanding the physical limitations of the theory.

This workshop will provide an opportunity for leading researchers from around the world to come together in Banff to report on the most important recent advances in the field and to lay the course for future developments. The inclusion of junior mathematicians working in the field will help spur the future progress toward resolving some of the most enticing geometric and analytical questions present in mathematics and physics today.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the US National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologí­a (CONACYT).