Preliminary Program

September 17
Location: Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei

Palazzo Corsini - Via della Lungara, 10 - 00165 Roma

Welcome address

  • Saluti della presidenza dell'Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei
  • Ignazio Ciufolini (Workshop chairman and Principal Investigator of LARES)
  • Antonio Paolozzi (Workshop co-chairman)
  • Hour:9:30
    News on the LARES experiment

    Press Conference/Round Table.
    Moderator: Giovanni Caprara (Corriere della Sera)
    Participants (in alfabetical order):

  • Giovanni Bignami (President of INAF, COSPAR and member of Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei);to be confirmed;
  • Ignazio Ciufolini (Principal Investigator of LARES);
  • Francesco De Pasquale (Chief Executive Officer of ELV);
  • Domenico La Forgia (Rettore Salento University) - to be confirmed;
  • Giuliano Lasagni (Senior Vice President of AVIO Space Division);
  • Nazzareno Mandolesi (Principal Investigator of PLANCK and consigliere di amministrazione ASI);
  • Roger Penrose (Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at University of Oxford);
  • On.le Walter Tocci (Member of Italian Parliament);
  • Hour:11:00
    Coffee break

    Lectio Magistralis by Sir Roger Penrose (Oxford University - UK)
    On the Detection of Pre-Big-Bang Events: Current Observations and Future Experiments.

    Opening lectures of Workshop
    Giovanni Bignami (President of INAF, COSPAR and member of Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei)
    Nazzareno Mandolesi (Principal Investigator of PLANCK and consigliere di amministrazione ASI)


    14:30 Award cerimony

    Hour:15:00 Sessions chairman: Ignazio Ciufolini
    15:00 Enrico Saggese (President of Italian Space Agency): Preparation of ESA Ministerial and NASA-ASI collaborations for Space Exploration
    15:30 Pier Giuliano Lasagni (Senior Vice President of AVIO Space Division) and Paolo Bellomi (Technical director of ELV): The successful experience of the first qualification flight of Vega, having in parallel the worth mission to lift Lares
    16:00 Erricos Pavlis (University of Maryland and NASA Goddard): The contribution of LARES in future ITRF developments
    16:30 Rolf Koenig (GFZ - Germany): Some aspects and perspectives of measuring Lense-Thirring with GNSS and geodetic satellites
    17:00 Coffee Break

    Hour17:30 Sessions chairman: Gaetano Vilasi
    17:30 Reinhart Neubert (GFZ - Potzdam (Germany)): Precise estimate of the centre of mass correction for LARES and LAGEOS using laser data from Potsdam station
    18:00 Ignazio Ciufolini (Salento University): Testing General Relativity and Fundamental Physics using LARES and LAGEOS satellites
    18:30 Angelo Tartaglia (politecnico di Torino): Light as a probe of fundamental physics in space
    19:00 - 19:30 LARES team meeting

    September 18
    Location: Hotel Donna Camilla Savelli (Sala Papi)

    Via Garibaldi 27 - 00153 Roma
    Tel (+39) 06 588861

    Hour:9:00 Sessions chairman: Vahe Gurzadyan - Co-chair Ignazio Ciufolini
    9:00 Vahe Gurzadyan (Center for Cosmology and Astrophysics Alikhanian National Laboratory, Yerevan (Armenia)): Separation of signals: correlations vs randomness
    9:30 Vladimir Lukash (Lebedev Physical Institute - Moscow (Russia)): General Relativity-singularities and cosmogenesis
    10:00 Gaetano Vilasi (Dept. of Physics - University of Salerno and INFN (Italy)): On the gravitational interaction of light and may gravity be repulsive?
    10:30 Slava Turyshev (JPL and NASA): Science Investigations with Laser Ranging to the Moon and Mars/Phobos
    11:00 Coffee Break

    Hour:11:30 Sessions chairman: Erricos Pavlis - Co-chair Antonio Paolozzi
    11:30 Stefano Bianchi (ESA's Vega programme manager ESA-ESRIN (Italy)):
    12:00 Francesco Depasquale (Chief Executive Officer of ELV):
    12:30 Antonio Paolozzi (Sapienza University) e Francesco Passeggio (OMPM): LARES the satellite of records
    13:00 Enrico Flamini (Chief Scientist of (ASI) and PM of LARES), Elio Mangraviti (PM of LARES (CGS))
    13:30 Launch

    Hour:14:30 - 16:30 Lares team meeting
    16:30 Sergej Kopeikin (Dept of Physics and Astronomy - University of Missouri (USA)
    17:00 - 19:00 Lares team meeting

    September 19
    Social Event
    (guided tour to the archaeological sites of Ercolano-Oplontis-Pompei) and Closing Round Table.