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Against racism and discrimination

We have been deeply touched by the brutal and senseless killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the recent appalling episode of violence against Black Americans, which brought into relief systemic issues of racism and discrimination that pervade our communities worldwide in a variety of hidden and blatant forms. The LISA Consortium stands in strong solidarity with everyone affected by discrimination.

The LISA Consortium strives to maintain a welcoming and inclusive environment for all scientists. We strengthen our resolve to ensure that all Consortium members, present and future, can benefit from the community we build without prejudice or inequality. The Consortium is committed to a longterm fighting against discrimination in all its forms, promoting open discussions on racial discrimination in academia, and identifying actions to make our Consortium a positive agent of change within our scientific communities.

We are condemning all forms of racism and discrimination, and in challenging the assumptions and practices that impair the well being and professional development of our students and collaborators because of their personal identity.

Let us all speak as one in condemning all forms of racism and discrimination, and in challenging the assumptions and practices that impair the well being and professional development of our students and collaborators because of their personal identity.

Please be safe, be kind to yourselves and to all those around you, and let us work together in hopeful determination toward better days.


LISA & LISA Pathfinder

LISA will be a large-scale space mission designed to detect one of the most elusive phenomena in astronomy - gravitational waves. With LISA we will be able to observe the entire universe directly with gravitational waves, learning about the formation of structure and galaxies, stellar evolution, the early universe, and the structure and nature of spacetime itself.

The LISA Pathfinder Mission successfully paved the way for the LISA mission by demonstrating the key technologies for a large gravitational wave observatory in space. The results show that LISA Pathfinder is working to a precision better than required for LISA. The LISA Pathfinder mission was launched on 3rd December 2015 and ended in July 2017. 

The LISA Consortium

The LISA Consortium is committed to supporting the LISA mission. It includes all the main investigators involved in the highly successful LISA Pathfinder mission, a number of scientists who worked on the ground-based LIGO, Virgo, and GEO projects, and a number who worked on the Laser Ranging Interferometer on the GRACE Follow-On mission, thus making full use of the expertise accumulated so far. The LISA Consortium proposed and submitted the white paper The Gravitational Universe which was accepted for the ESA L3 slot.

If you are a scientist and wish to contribute to the LISA mission, use this scientist registration form.

Latest news and consortium activities

Date Title Summary
Mar 06, 2020
European Astronomical Society: LISA Pathfinder Principal Investigator Stefano Vitale awarded the 2020 Tycho Brahe Medal The European Astronomical Society (EAS) awards the 2020 Tycho Brahe Medal to Prof....
Feb 26, 2015
LISA Pathfinder takes first steps on journey to space The LISA Pathfinder spacecraft has taken the first steps on the journey that will...
Jan 22, 2016
LISA Pathfinder arrives at Lagrange Point 1! After a six-week journey, LISA Pathfinder arrived at its destination today, an orbit...
May 23, 2013
ESA’s next large mission: LISA white paper submitted We have come remarkably far using light of different spectrums as our tool for observing...
Aug 15, 2016
U.S. National Academies Report recommends NASA restore support for LISA New Worlds New Horizons: A Midterm Assessment – the National Academies released their...

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Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topic Imagesort descending Title
Oct 11, 2016
Papers Distinguishing between formation channels for binary black holes with LISA
Papers Perturbation method in the assessment of radiation reaction in the capture of stars by black holes
Jul 05, 2021
Conferences New frontiers in strong gravity at Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual, Spain, postponed to 2021 or 2022
Apr 30, 2009
Papers Assembly of Supermassive Black Holes at High Redshifts
Mar 21, 2017
Papers Reconstructing the dark sector interaction with LISA
Dec 11, 2004
Papers Brans-Dicke gravity and the capture of stars by black holes: some asymptotic results
Feb 08, 2021
Conferences CAP2021, Sydney, February 8-12 2021 (postponed CAP 2020)
Sep 30, 2012
Papers X-ray emission from high-redshift miniquasars: self-regulating the population of massive black holes through global warming
Feb 02, 2012
Papers Low-frequency gravitational wave science with LISA
Mar 28, 2017
Papers Science with the space-based interferometer LISA. V: Extreme mass-ratio inspirals
Jun 13, 2005
Papers Advanced VIRGO: detector optimization for gravitational waves by inspiralling binaries
Jun 23, 2021
Conferences Compact Objects and Energetic Phenomena in the Multi-Messenger Era conference June 23-25, 2021 in Saint Paul, MN
Oct 31, 2013
Papers The effect of baryonic streaming motions on the formation of the first supermassive black holes
Aug 11, 2012
Papers Breadboard model of the LISA phasemeter
Jan 29, 2018
Positions NASA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP – APPLICATION DEADLINE MARCH/JULY/NOVEMBER 1, 2020

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