Summary and Scientific Objectives

This meeting is part of the ICRANet celebrations of the International Year of Light by UNESCO, of the 100 Anniversary of the Einstein Equations and the Golden Jubilee of Relativistic Astrophysics, and is a satellite meeting of the Fourteenth Marcel Grossmann meeting (MGXIV) celebrated from 12 to 18 July in Rome.

The meeting will cover theoretical and observational aspects of neutron stars, black holes, supernovae, gravitational waves, high-energy astrophysics, and cosmology; from galactic and extragalactic sources and as far back in time to the appearance of the first structures in our Universe. In doing this, the meeting witnesses the trip of the Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, starting as a purely theoretical theory with very few observational support, and which founds the initial reluctance of a great number of recognized physicists of the time, including Julio Garavito Armero in Colombia, to become in our days one of the most successful and observationally supported of the physical theories.

The status and prospects of the ICRANet activities and scientific collaborations in Latin America, with special emphasis in Colombia, will be also discussed.