Dec 11 – 15, 2023
Tsung-Dao Lee Institute
Asia/Shanghai timezone

Science Program

The science program will consist of invited plenary talks and a number of parallel mini-symposia, each will have its own invited/solicited talks and contributed talks, as well as poster presentations throughout the meeting.

On Monday through Thursday, there will be plenary talks in the morning, and one or two sessions of parallel mini-symposia in the afternoon (see below). The Wednesday afternoon parallel sessions will be truncated, to allow for a visit/reception at TDLI and conference dinner.

The duration of a mini-symposium will range from two to five 100 mins sessions, depending on the number of participants and submitted abstracts.  At a given time, there are at most 4 parallel mini-symposia ongoing. 

The organized mini-symposia (each with conveners) include:

#1. Gravitational wave astrophysics: from LIGO to PTA (GW)

#2. Astroparticle physics: high-energy cosmic rays, gamma-rays and neutrinos (PART)

#3. Accretion processes around compact objects: from stellar-mass black holes and neutron stars to supermassive black holes (ACC)

#4. Cosmic explosions and EM transients: SNe, GRBs, FBOTs, TDEs, etc. (EXP)

#5. Neutron Stars: from theory to observations, from pulsars to FRBs (NS)

#6. Dark Matter: from WIMP to axions/ALP, from laboratory search to astrophysical constraints (DM)

#7. Cosmology with Large-scale structure (LSS)

#8. Gravitational Lensing (LENS)

#9. Plasma Astrophysics: From Laboratory to the Cosmos (PLAS)

#10. Near-Term High-Energy Astrophysics Missions in China and Beyond (MIS)


Videos for plenary sessions:

*** Sunday:

5:30-8:30 pm: Registration and Reception (light dinner) at main conference hotel

*** Monday:


Session 1 (Chair:  Dong Lai)

  • 8:40 am: Jie Zhang (TDLI director) welcome video
  • 8:45 am: Kip Thorne (Caltech, online):  The First Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics: A Historic Perspective, Sixty Years Later  video
  • 9:10 am: Roy Kerr (U.Canterbury, online):  The Kerr Solution, Black Holes, Quasars and Beyond video
  • 9:30 am: Alessandra Buonanno (AEI): Advances and challenges in solving the two-body problem in General Relativity slides video
  • 10:20 am: Coffee Break

Session 2 (Chair: Ue-Li Pen)

  • 10:50 am: Charles Gammie (UIUC): The Future of Black Hole Imaging slides video
  • 11:40 am:  Matthew Bailes (Swinburne): The Discovery of Fast Radio Bursts slides video
  • 12:30 pm: Lunch (provided)


  • 1:40 - 3:20 pm: parallel sessions:  GW, PART, NS, DM
  • Coffee Break
  • 3:50 - 5:30 pm: parallel sessions:  ACC, LSS, EXP

*** Tuesday:


Session 1 (Chair: Jane Dai)

  • 8:40 am: Chung-Pei Ma (Berkeley): Supermassive Black Holes at the Centers of Galaxies slides video
  • 9:30 am: Nicholas Stone (Hebrew U.): Applied Black Hole Dynamics: Transients from Galactic Nuclei slides video
  • 10:20 am:  Coffee break

Session 2 (Chair: Dong Lai)

  • 10:50 am:  Elias Most (Caltech): Neutron Star Mergers: New Frontiers in Computational Relativistic Astrophysics slides video
  • 11:40 am: Stephen Taylor (Vabderbilt): The First Evidence for Nanohertz-frequency Gravitational Waves slides video
  • 12:15 pm: Kejia Lee (PKU): CPTA progress and DR1.0 slides video
  • 12:35 pm: Lunch (on your own)


  • 1:40 - 3:20  pm: parallel sessions: GW, PART, LENS, MIS
  • Coffee Break
  • 3:50 - 5:30 pm: parallel sessions:  ACC, DM, NS, PLAS

*** Wednesday:


Session 1 (Chair: Bing Zhang)

  • 8:40 am: Anna Ho (Cornell): The Landscape of Relativistic Stellar Explosions video
  • 9:30 am: Anatoly Spitkovsky (Princeton): Plasma astrophysics of high-energy environments slides video
  • 10:20 am: Coffee break

Session 2 (Chair: Hui Li)

  • 10:50 am: Zhen Cao (IHEP): Cosmic-ray super-PeVatron and other discoveries by LHAASO slides video
  • 11:40 am: Felix Aharonian (MPIK): Particle acceleration: theory versus observations slides video
  • 12:30 pm: Lunch (provided)


  • 1:40 - 3:20  pm: parallel sessions: ACC, PART, EXP, PLAS 
  • 3:30 pm: Bus leave for T.-D. Lee Institute for reception
  • 6 pm: Conference Dinner

*** Thursday:


Session 1 (Chair: Pengjie Zhang)

  • 8:40 am: Simon White (MPA): Cosmic Structure and the Nature of Dark Matter slides video
  • 9:30 am: Henk Hoekstra (Leiden): Cosmology with large-scale structure slides video
  • 10:20 am: Coffee break

Session 2 (Chair: Chung-Pei Ma)

  • 10:50 am: Jianglai Liu (TDLI): Dark matter laboratory search overview slides video
  • 11:40 am:  Neil Turok (Edinburgh): A minimal SM/LCDM cosmology slides video
  • 12:30 pm: Lunch (on your own)


  • 1:40 - 3:20  pm: parallel sessions:  GW, LSS, NS, MIS
  • Coffee Break
  • 3:50 - 5:30 pm: parallel sessions: ACC, DM, EXP, LENS

*** Friday:


  • 8:40 - 10:20  am: parallel sessions: GW, PART, NS, LSS
  • Coffee Break
  • 10:50 am - 12:30 pm: parallel sessions: ACC, LENS, PLAS
  • 12:30 pm: Lunch (provided)


plenary session (Chair: Dong Lai)

  • 1:30 pm: Reports on mini-symposia by conveners (2 min each) slides video
  • 1:50 pm: Roger Blandford (Stanford): Relativistic Astrophysics: Progress, Promise and Prospects slides video

Conference ends by 2:45 pm


Schedule for Parallel Sessions (Mini-Symposia)

** Monday afternoon:

Hall #            10           1        8          9      

session 1:    GW      PART    NS      DM

session 2:    ACC     LSS     EXP    

** Tuesday afternoon:

session 1:    GW      PART   LENS    MIS

session 2:    ACC     DM      NS       PLAS

** Wednesday afternoon

session 1:    ACC     PART   EXP      PLAS   

** Thursday afternoon

session 1:    GW      LSS     NS        MIS

session 2:    ACC     DM     EXP       LENS

** Friday Morning:

session 1:    GW      PART     NS       LSS     

session 2:    ACC                 LENS     PLAS


For participants registered for the poster session, kindly note that you are required to prepare your posters in A0 size (841 x 1189mm)

Additionally, if you are scheduled for oral presentations, please ensure your prepared presentations are in either PDF or PPT format. The specifications for PPT presentations are recommended to be in 16:9 aspect ratio.