Engaging people throughout the world in exploring the exciting field of gravitation
The mission of IGrav (the International Gravity Outreach Group) is to engage people throughout the world in exploring the exciting field of gravitation, and in particular gravitational-wave and multi-messenger astrophysics. IGrav will accomplish this mission through the creation, sharing and dissemination of a variety of educational and outreach materials.
The inaugural IGrav meeting was held in July 2019, following the Amaldi meeting in Valencia, Spain. IGrav brings together members of different collaborations and experiments from the broad field of gravity research. To learn how you can be more involved, please sign up for our mailing list at https://lists.igrav.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/igrav-announce.
If you're after resources to explore gravity and gravitational waves, you can find a collection at https://data.cardiffgravity.org/igrav-resources/. Some of these resources have been created by member organisations of IGrav, but many are from external organisations---though they all come recommended!
The next IGrav meeting will take place on Friday 16th September 2022, in conjunction with the LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA meeting taking place in Cardiff, UK. The venue will be the School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, which is located close to Cardiff city centre.
This will be a hybrid meeting, so remote participation will be possible. The meeting will take place 0900-1600 GMT (1000-1700 BST; UK time). The agenda is here: https://indico.ego-gw.it/event/491/
Register for the meeting here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfharM0wPmClWEMqU4Nek8E1D78E8JOBHaGuYx0NzgxKmyaAg/viewform. There is no registration fee.
The IGrav Formal Education & Evaluation working group gathers passionate physicists, educators, and teachers with a shared interest in formal education and evaluation of education and outreach efforts on topics of modern gravitation and gravitational waves. The group aims to create a platform to share existing resources, determine best practices, and promote formal education and evaluation efforts.
The IGrav Science Festivals working group supports outreach activities by collecting and sharing resources and supporting and connecting members sharing gravity research through science festivals and events. The working group coordinates IGrav participation in global science festival events such as the World Science Festival.
The IGrav Art and Science working group supports exhibitions and events that combine art and science, especially related to gravity. This group works with national and international associations or institutions to promote visibility for gravity research topics and benefits from established contacts with artists and designers who illustrate scientific publications with animations, figures, logos, and artistical outputs in general.
The Multi-Messenger Astronomy working group is targeting educational and outreach activities and resources that link together gravitational physics (not exclusively gravitational waves), neutrino observatories and electromagnetic astronomy.
Our working group strives to educate IGrav, the gravitational community and those we serve in our outreach efforts about the real issues inherent in STEM with regards to under-represented and under-served groups. We particularly strive to engage with members of the marginalized in order to best understand how IGrav can best serve their needs. We recognize that these groups are described in different ways across the globe and feel it is also important to educate our widespread communities about the diversity encompassed by the gravitational community.
The Communications working group focuses on disseminating information both outside and inside of IGrav. Internal communications will help IGrav working groups coordinate and share resources. External communication methods include the IGrav website, which explains the mission of IGrav and how to become involved with the organization, as well as IGrav social media accounts, which will feature news and outreach materials generated by our working groups and associated scientists. We are especially interested in using our diverse international membership to teach the public about the wide variety of activities in gravitational science, including multi-messenger astronomy, which may not be adequately promoted by current outreach efforts.
Upcoming: IGrav 2022 Meeting, September 16, 2022. Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfharM0wPmClWEMqU4Nek8E1D78E8JOBHaGuYx0NzgxKmyaAg/viewform. Agenda: https://indico.ego-gw.it/event/491/