Gamma-ray Bursts in the Gravitational Wave Era 2019

Welcome to Yokohama GRB 2019


The first detection of gravitational waves from a neutron star binary merger, GW 170817, provided us with the clear association between gravitational wave (GW) in-spiral and a gamma-ray burst (GRB) events. New GW data from detectors such as LIGO, Virgo and KAGRA will be coming on-line in 2019. High energy observations of GRBs are continuing with the currently operating missions such as Swift, Fermi, AGILE, INTEGRAL, Konus, MAXI, CALET, AstroSAT and Insight-HXMT, and new facilities are being constructed. A large numbers of facilities to follow-up GW and GRB events are available, both from space and ground, to identify and monitor counterparts. This is an exciting time to discuss the interfaces between GW and a GRB science.

A five day conference titled "Gamma-ray Bursts in the Gravitational Wave Era" will be held at Yokohama, Japan, which is located at the west side of Tokyo Bay. The conference venue is the beautiful historical building, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse. The conference will focus particularly on GRBs as the electromagnetic (EM) counterparts of GW sources. However, the important related scientific topics of both GRBs and GW events will also be covered.

Topics of the conference will include:
- GW observations
- EM counterpart searches for GW sources
- multimessenger science of EM + GW sources
- Prompt GRB emission
- Polarization of GRBs
- GRB afterglows
- High redshift GRBs
- Host galaxies of GRBs
- Future survey missions

Confirmed invited speakers:
- M. Branchesi (Gran Sasso Sci. Inst.)
- J. Burgess (Max-Planck-Inst.)
- P. D’Avanzo (INAF)
- H. van Eerten (U. of Bath)
- K. Hotokezaka (Princeton U.)
- T. Kajita (ICRR/U. of Tokyo)
- K. Kiuchi (Kyoto U.)
- M. Kole (U. of Geneva)
- R.-Y. Liu (DESY)
- D. Perley (Liverpool John Moores U.)
- J. Selsing (U. of Copenhagen)
- D. Siegel (Columbia U.)
- K. Toma (Tohoku U.)
- T. Totani (U. of Tokyo)
- K. Wiersema (U. of Warwick)

The conference is supported by Yamada Science Foundation and Aoyama Gakuin University.

Milestone Dates

  • First announcement: December 2018
  • Registration and abstract submission open (second announcement): May 2019
  • Abstract deadline: July 2019
  • Preliminary program announcement: August 2019
  • Final program announcement: Beginning of October 2019

Latest news

  • First announcement: December 21, 2018
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