The topic of the 73rd Scottish Universities Summer School in Physics will be gravitational wave astronomy.  The School will be held in St Andrews, Scotland, from 23rd July to 5th August 2017.  SUSSP was established in 1960  to "contribute to the dissemination of advanced knowledge (in Physics) and the formation of contacts among scientists from different countries" through annual summer schools of the highest international standard.

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All meals activities, accommodation at St Salvator's Hall and the School Banquet are included in the cost. Please send any enquiries to (subject: SUSSP73) ( (link sends e-mail))

The themes to be covered during the School are:
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  • General Relativity and gravitational waves;
  • Astrophysical sources;
  • Gravitational wave detection (ground and space based);
  • Data analysis;
  • Multi-messenger astrophysics.

We have assembled world-renowned experts in these fields to provide content on these themes, building up to the very latest understanding in gravitational wave science at this incredibly exciting time.

We have attracted an excellent international list of speakers for the School including: Martin Hendry, Bangalore Sathyaprakash, Nils Andersson, Mark Hannam, Peter Saulson, Nergis Mavalvala, Oliver Jennrich, Andreas Freise, Giles Hammond, Alicia Sintes, Chris Van Den Broeck, Maria Alessandra Papa, Marie Anne Bizouard, Nial Tanvir and Stephen Smartt. Additionally, we will have a public lecture from Joan Centrella, NASA Director of Astrophysics Science Division, and a talk to the School by Sheila Rowan, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Scottish Government.

The aim of the School is to provide a congenial setting for early career scientists to learn from the foremost experts in the field on the latest advances in astronomy using gravitational wave observations, and to hold discussions on the future directions of the field.  There will be a mix of lectures and interactive discussion/problem solving sessions.  These will provide stimulating content covering the broad field of gravitational waves: from theoretical description to details of detectors, and analysis of data.  Each topic will be delivered starting at an intermediate level and finishing at the very latest understanding.

The School will be held in the historic coastal town of St Andrews, Scotland, and will include excursions to help refocus the minds.
There will be sessions on general interest topics such as influencing government policy, performing effective outreach and generating impact from your research which will be led by engaging and expert presenters.  These will be tailored to be particularly relevant to those working in the field of gravitational waves.
Cost for the School will be £1300. This includes:
  • Accommodation at St Salvator's Hall (link is external)
  • All meals and tea/coffee breaks (packed lunch for the weekend excursions)
  • All excursions
  • Conference dinner, to be held in the Lower College Hall
  • Conference Ceilidh, to be held in the Upper College Hall
The School is being organised by a Local Organising Committee (LOC), with scientific direction provided by an International Scientific Advisory Committee (ISAC):
  Surname Christian name Title Institution Role
LOC Gair Jonathan Dr University of Edinburgh Member
Heng Siong Dr University of Glasgow Secretary
Killow Christian Dr University of Glasgow Director
Messenger Chris Dr University of Glasgow Treasurer
Reid Stuart Prof University of the West of Scotland Member

ISAC Allen Bruce Prof AEI Hannover, Germany  
Branchesi Marica Dr Urbino University, Italy  
Danzmann Karsten Prof AEI Hannover, Germany  
Hough James Prof University of Glasgow, UK  
Rowan Sheila Prof University of Glasgow, UK  
Shawhan Peter Prof University of Maryland, USA  
Shibata Masaru Prof Kyoto University, Japan  
Tanvir Niall Prof University of Leicester, UK  
Vecchio Alberto Prof University of Birmingham, UK  

 Lecture Schedule