BritGrav 12

BritGrav 12, Southampton, 3/4 April 2012

Second announcement

The 12th BritGrav (British Gravity) Meeting will be held on 3/4 April 2012 in the School of Mathematics, University of Southampton. The programme begins with coffee at 10.30 on Tuesday, with the first talk at 11, and ends at 4.30 on Wednesday. The meeting covers all areas of classical and quantum gravity including astrophysics, cosmology and experiments, and is intended to further collaborations and allow young researchers to showcase their work.

There is no registration fee, and participants are responsible for their own accommodation, meals and travel. All PhD students and postdocs will be able to give a talk, others if time allows. Current planning is for all talks to last 20 minutes including questions.

Tea and coffee will be provided in breaks, lunch can be bought on campus, and there will be a wine reception sponsored by Classical and Quantum Gravity on Tuesday after the end of the talks programme. A small prize, also sponsored by CQG, will be awarded for the best talk by a PhD student.

If you plan to participate, please email Carsten Gundlach, If you want to give a talk, please send a title and abstract (which can be amended later). A list of the talks submitted so far can be found on

A limited amount of funding will be available from the Gravitational Physics Group of the Institute of Physics to assist PhD students with travel and accommodation costs. If you want to apply for this, please let us know as soon as possible.

Carsten Gundlach and Nils Andersson (University of Southampton)

Abstracts of talks and list of other participants

(in order of registration)

Complete schedule

Slides of talks

(in alphabetical order)

Talks and slides

All talks last 20 minutes including time for questions. The lecture theatre has large blackboards and a data projector. If you use slides, please email us your PowerPoint or PDF slides in advance, and bring them on a memory stick as backup: using your own laptop for giving a talk is possible but discouraged.

Slides will be put up online after the meeting unless you do not want your slides to be published in this way.


If you arrive by train from London, get off either at Southampton Airport Parkway or Southampton Central. All trains from London and all Cross Country trains stop at Southampton Airport Parkway, and we recommend you get off there. Taxis are available outside either station, and there is a good bus connection from either station. From Southampton Airport Parkway take the Unilink U1A bus to Highfield Interchange. From Southampton Central, take the Unilink U1C bus also to Highfield Interchange. Timetables here. Ask a taxi to take you to Building 54 on the Highfield Campus (Salisbury Road).

Southampton Airport is right next to Southampton Airport Parkway train station: travel directions as from there.

If you arrive at Heathrow Airport, there is a direct National Express coach from the Central Bus Station there to the University. Booking is necessary.

Parking on campus is limited and expensive, and we are unable to reserve parking for participants. A pay and display car park is near Buildings 1 and 16 on the campus map.

Conference venue

The meeting will take place in the Mathematics building, Building 54, located approximately in the northwest corner of the Highfield Campus (main campus) of the University of Southampton. The campus is directly east of Southampton Common. Campus Map. Google Maps link.

Coffee will be served in the "Senior Reading Room" on level 4. All talks will be in Lecture Theatre 4A, also on level 4.

There is wireless internet access in the building and elsewhere on campus. You need an eduroam account to access this. If you have not used eduroam before, please check with your own university if you have an account automatically or how to set one up before you come. If you have no access to eduroam, please ask one of the organisers to register your laptop for you when you arrive.


A variety of lunch options can be found in the Staff Social Centre, Building 38 on the campus map.

Options for dinner in walking distance to campus include pubs The Crown (Highfield Lane) and The Cowherds (The Avenue): both are nice. The Stile (University Road) and The Highfield (Highfield Lane) are also close but less recommended. There are two reasonable Indian restaurants on Portswood High Street, Gandhi and Kohinoor (go south on University Road, turn left into Highfield Lane, turn right into Portswood High Street). Student-style fast food places can also be found in Portswood Road, and in Burgess Road (go north on University Road, turn right into Burgess Road).

A number of nicer restaurants are in Oxford Street downtown. We recommend The Oxford Brasserie, Poppadom Express, The Olive Tree and Pizza Express. Take the U1C or U6C bus, ask the driver for Oxford Street, very short walk from Queen's Terrace.


The accommodation nearest to campus is Cheaper accommodation can be found in a large number of Bed and Breakfast hotels in the Shirley area of Southampton, just west of Southampton Common. Walking from these across the common should also be possible. We have no particular recommendations or de-recommendations: please search on the web.