Scientific community gathering at UNESCO for “Albert Einstein Century” International ConferenceAlain Connes (Fields Medal, 1983), Marc Henneaux (Francqui Prize, 2000), Gerard t’Hooft (Nobel Prize, 1999), Vitaly Melnikov (VNIIMS*) and Hubert Reeves (CNRS**) are among the eminent international scientists who will meet at UNESCO Headquarters to participate in the “Albert Einstein Century” conference, comprising a colloquium for the general public from June 11 to 15 (in French) and a scientific colloquium from July 18 to 22 (in English).
The colloquium for the general public will focus on Albert Einstein’s theories and their present and future impact on our daily lives (Room 12). On the agenda: theories of gravitation, the nature of space-time, the theory of unification of the laws of physics, black holes, cosmology, the nature of the quantum world and Brownian motion. Round tables on such themes as time, reality, matter, language and science will follow the colloquium.
Are there extra dimensions of space? What is the role of the elusive neutrino? What are the "dark energy" and "dark matter" that make up 95% of the universe? Why is the 5% we can see made only of matter, with no trace of antimatter? These are among the questions that will inspire discussion at the scientific colloquium (Plenary Session, Room 12), which aims to put into perspective Einstein’s discoveries and recent developments in related scientific and philosophical fields.
An exhibition, depicting places where Einstein lived and worked and illustrating the ongoing research inspired by his theories, will be held during the conference. A multimedia space will also be available to visitors (Ramp to Room 10).
The conference is organized within the framework of the World Year of Physics by Laboratory Universe and Theories (LUTH), in partnership with the CNRS, the Paris Observatory and the Commissariat à l’énergie atomique (CEA), with the support of UNESCO, the Ile-de-France Region, the magazine La Recherche, the RATP and the Louis de Broglie Foundation.
In the context of the World Year of Physics, the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, will participate, with Swiss President Samuel Schmid, in the International Celebration Day ceremonies marking the Einstein Centenary in Bern.
* Centre for Gravitation and Fundamental Metrology, Moscow
** Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris