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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
Sep 12, 2019
2020 New Horizons in Physics Prize for Samaya Nissanke The LISA Consortium congratulates science team member Dr. Samaya Nissanke, assistant...
Dec 12, 2019
NASA Award for AEI Researchers: US space agency honors German team’s contributions to laser instrument on board GRACE Follow-On A group of 47 researchers in Germany received a NASA award for their teamwork on the...
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....
Jun 03, 2020
New movie about LISA, the first gravitational wave observatory in space On the occasion of the 236th meeting of the American Astronomical Society the LISA...
Nov 13, 2011
LISA Pathfinder takes major step in hunt for gravitational waves Sensors destined for ESA's LISA Pathfinder mission in 2014 have exceeded expectations in...

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Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topicsort ascending Image Title
Apr 30, 2009
Papers Assembly of Supermassive Black Holes at High Redshifts
Mar 21, 2017
Papers Reconstructing the dark sector interaction with LISA
Jan 29, 2018
Positions NASA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP – APPLICATION DEADLINE MARCH/JULY/NOVEMBER 1, 2020
May 04, 2018
Positions Annual ESO Studentship Programme, Europe and Chile
Feb 15, 2019
Positions New Gravitational Wave Physics MSc at Cardiff University
Jun 12, 2020
Positions PhD positions in Gravitational Waves instrumentation at VU Amsterdam and Nikhef
Sep 13, 2019
Positions PhD or Masters by Research positions – University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Jun 19, 2020
Positions PhD position in experimental Gravitational Wave research at University of Twente/Nikhef, The Netherlands
Jul 08, 2020
Positions PhD student position on instrument research for a third generation gravitational wave detector at University of Hamburg, Germany
Jul 08, 2020
Positions PhD student position "LISA interferometry - experiment for ground-support equipment and noise limitations" at University of Hamburg, Germany
Jul 08, 2020
Positions Postdoc position "LISA phase readout" at University of Hamburg, Germany
Jul 08, 2020
Positions 3-year PhD position at University of the Balearic Islands, Spain
Feb 08, 2021
Conferences CAP2021, Sydney, February 8-12 2021 (postponed CAP 2020)
Jun 23, 2021
Conferences Compact Objects and Energetic Phenomena in the Multi-Messenger Era conference June 23-25, 2021 in Saint Paul, MN
Mar 01, 2021
Conferences Gravitational waves: a new messenger to explore the universe, March 1 to April 9, 2021 at IHP Paris

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