The meeting will consist of panel discussions with overview talks. The goal is to involve the participants in a lively discussion on current topics and future challenges in gravitational-wave physics and astronomy (broadly defined). 




  1. GW source modeling using analytical methods

    • Chair: K. G. Arun 

    • Overview: Guillaume Faye 

    • Panelists: Piotr Jaranowski, Ryuchi Fujita 

  2. GW source modeling using numerical relativity

    • Chair: Rajesh Nayak 

    • Overview: Larry Kidder

    • Panelists: Prayush Kumar, Nathan Johnson-McDaniel 

  3. New approaches to GW source modeling

    • Chair: Siddharth G Prabhu

    • Overview: Alessandra Buonanno

    • Panelists: Riccardo Sturani, Ashoke Sen, Shiraz Minwalla

  4. Tests of GR and strong gravity

    • Chair: Yanbei Chen   

    • Overview: Chris Van den Broeck 

    • Panelists:, Sumanta Chakraborty, Badri Krishnan

  5. State of dense nuclear matter from GW observations

    • Chair:  Sukanta Bose

    • Overview: Wolfgang Kastaun

    • Panelists: Debades Bandopadhyay, Sudip Bhattacharyya 

  6. Cosmology using gravitational waves

    • Chair: Chris Messenger 

    • Overview: Archisman Ghosh 

    • Panelists: Tirthankar Roy Choudhury, L. Sriramkumar, Suhrud More

  7. Multi-messenger astronomy

    • Chair: G. C. Anupama 

    • Overview: Kenta Hotakezaka

    • Panel: Varun Bhalerao, Poonam Chandra 

  8. GW Astrophysics

    • Chair: Dipankar Bhattacharya, 

    • Overview: B. S. Sathyaprakash  

    • Panel: Tejaswi Venumadhav, Sourav Chatterjee 

  9. Future GW detectors

    • Chair: Stan Whitcomb

    • Overview: David McClelland

    • Panelists: Rana Adhikari, Jo van den Brand, Yanbei Chen, Suresh Doravari

  10. Future of GW data analysis

    • Chair: Sanjeev Dhurandhar 

    • Overview: Anand Sengupta

    • Panel: Archana Pai, Sanjit Mitra 

  11. LIGO-India: Opportunities and challenges

    • Chair: Somak Raychaudhury 

    • Overview: Tarun Souradeep

    • Panel: Ajit Kembhavi, Fred Raab, P. Sreekumar 

  12. Open discussion: The future of GW physics & astronomy 

    • Lead by Abhay Ashtekar and Stan Whitcomb​​​



Aug 20 (Tue) 18:15 - 19:30 hrs 

  • Chair: G. Srinivasan 
  • Sanjeev Dhurandhar: Early days of gravitational-wave research in India (Special lecture) 
  • Felicitations​ of Bala Iyer. 

Banquet (19:30 - 21:30 hrs) at foyer area (Ramanujan LH)



Aug 19 at 9.20 am: Overview and welcome remarks by Prof. Rajesh Gopakumar


9:30 - 11:00 

11:30- 13:00 

14:00 - 15:30 

16:00 - 17:30

Aug 19 (Mon)

Gravitational-wave source modelling using analytical methods

Gravitational-wave source modelling using numerical relativity

New approaches to gravitational-wave source modeling

ICTS distinguished lecture (Alessandra Buonanno)

(16:30 - 18:00) 

Aug 20 (Tue) 

Tests of general relativity and strong gravity

State of dense nuclear matter from gravitational-wave observations

Cosmology using gravitational waves 

Future gravitational-wave detectors

(16:00 - 18:00) 

Aug 21 (Wed)

Gravitational-wave data analysis

Gravitational-wave Astrophysics

Multi-messenger astronomy

Public lecture (Abhay Ashtekar) 

Aug 22 (Thu)


Open discussion: Future of gravitational-wave astronomy 

(11:30 - 13:30)