The Karl Schwarzschild Meeting on Gravitational Physics

The Karl Schwarzschild Meeting on Gravitational Physics (KSM) has emerged as a top international conference series involving the world's leading scientific researchers in the field of black hole physics and related topics. Named in honor of the "father of black hole physics", the meetings are held every two years in Schwarzschild's native city of Frankfurt, Germany. The KSM is organized by Piero Nicolini (FIAS), Jonas Mureika (LMU), Matthias Kaminski (U. Alabama), and Marcus Bleicher (FIAS).

For each installment, a distinguished figure is invited to deliver the Karl Schwarzschild Memorial Lecture. To date, we have been honored to feature Leonard Susskind (Standford University), Juan Maldacena (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton), and 1999 Physics Nobel Laureate Gerard 't Hooft (Utrecht University).

A unique feature of the KSM is the focus on the next generation of researchers in the field of gravitation. The work of these junior scientists and students are featured in plenary sessions to highlight their work to all conference participants. A prize is awarded for the best junior and student presentation. To further foster the synergy and the collaborative spirit among the conference participants, the KSM offers a mentor program pairs these rising scientists with the keynote speakers for the duration of the meeting.

KSM 2013

KSM 2015

KSM 2017