The Government and the UIB sign an agreement for the investigation in the field of gravitational waves

16 November, 2016

The Government, through the "Vicepresidencia y Conselleria de Innovación, Investigación y Turismo", and the Universiity of the Balearic Islands (UIB) have signed an agreement that will allow to finance with 175.000 euros the participation of the Relativity and Gravitation group in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

The Relativity and Gravitation group receives the Jaume II award

12 September, 2016

The Relativity and Gravitation group of the University of the Balearic Island has been awarded one of the "Premi Jaume II" by the Consell de Mallorca for their participation in the discovery of gravitational waves through the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

LIGO detects a second pair of colliding black holes

15 June, 2016

UIB participated, via the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, in the identification of a second gravitational wave event in the data of the Advanced LIGO detectors.

Two international prizes for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration

5 May, 2016

The researchers from the LIGO Scientific Collaboration have been recently awarded with two international prizes, the Gruber from cosmology and the special Breakthrough from fundamental physics, for having carried out the first direct detection of gravitational waves.

The Relativity and Gravitation Group Onda Cero award for Science and Research

26 February, 2016

The Onda Cero Mallorca 2016 award for Science and Research, sponsored by Quely, has gone to the Relativity and Gravitation Group of the University of the Balearic Islands, for being the only spanish group having participated in the first detection of gravitational waves by the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

The Relativity and Gravitation Group of the UIB will get more human resources

26 February, 2016

The vice president and conseller of Innovation, Research and Tourism of the Balearic Government, Biel Barceló, together with the general director of Innovation and Research, Pep Lluis Pons, have announced that he will assign more human resources to the LIGO section of the Relativity and Gravitation Group of the UIB that participated in the discovery of gravitational waves.

The detection of gravitational waves explained by researchers of the GRG

18 February, 2016

The researchers of the Relativity and Gravitation group of the University of the Balearic Islands shared the first detection from Advanced LIGO and the details of their experience in the first-time detection of gravitational waves with the members of the university community.

Two new articles accepted in the journal Physical Review D

12 January, 2016

Two new works written in collaboration with the relativity group at the Cardiff University have been accepted for publication by the journal Physical Review D (accessible for free at and

First observing run of LIGO's Advanced detectors begins

18 September, 2015

The first official 'observing run' (O1) of LIGO's advanced detectors in Hanford WA and Livingston LA began the 18th of September.

Better numerical methods to simulate gravitational waves

11 September, 2015

Àlex's thesis proposes improvements to numerical methods that are used to discover the presence of this fenomena that Albert Einstein predicted in the General Relativity theory.

The 2015 Spanish Relativity Meeting arrive at UIB

7 September, 2015

The Relativity and Gravitation group and the Spanish Society of Gravitation and Relativity organised the congress to coincide with the centenary of general relativity's birth and the start of the Advanced LIGO detectors.

Gravitational waves: after the symphony of black holes

30 July, 2015

Juan's thesis, defended in the UIB, studies the gravitational radiation that comes from the coalescence of two black holes.

Two PhD students have been awarded the 'Max Planck-Príncipe de Asturias' mobility grant

30 September, 2014

Xisco Jiménez Forteza and Juan Calderón Bustillo, two PhD students from our group, have been awarded the 'Max Planck-Príncipe de Asturias' mobility grant.

The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) highlights the research of the UIB Relativity and Gravitation group

15 October, 2013

The 2012 PRACE Annual Report highlights seven high-level projects that received large PRACE allocations and stood out for their novelty. The project lead by Sascha Husa from UIB 'Modeling gravitational wave signals from black hole binaries' is one of those 'Success Stories'.

Graduate student Juan Calderón Bustillo has been awarded the 'LIGO Student Poster Prize'

30 September, 2013

Juan Calderón Bustillo, a PhD student from our group, has been awarded with the 'LIGO student poster prize'. This is the prize for the best presented poster by a student in the LIGO-Virgo meeting, which took place in Hannover (Germany) from September 23rd to 27th, 2013.

The IMPRS organizes the 3rd lecture week on gravitational wave astronomy in Mallorca

27 September, 2013

The IMPRS on gravitational wave astronomy will gather in Mallorca more than 30 PhD students from all over the world. This lecture week will take place in the Iberostar Playa de Muro hotel, from October 6th to 11th, and the UIB Gravitation and Relativity Group will be a part of it.

UIB Relativity Group organizes NRDA meeting 2013

16 September, 2013

The UIB Relativity and Gravitation group organizes the sixth international "Numerical Relativity - Data Analysis" meeting (NRDA13). The meeting will take place from Wednesday 18th to Saturday 21st September 2013, at the Club Pollentia Resort, in Alcudia.

Leïla Haegel, from the University Paris-Sud XI, is doing an internship in our group

5 July, 2013

Leïla Haegel, a French female master student, arrived in May to UIB to do an internship for three months within our group. Here in our group, she is working on large scale numerical simulations of binary systems of black holes, computing the gravitational wave signal, and studying how to make these results useful for gravitational wave data analysts. She has run such simulations on MareNostrum, the most powerful supercomputer in Spain.

UIB Relativity and Gravity Group will put Eintein's Relativity Theory to the test with the fastest supercomputers in Europe

29 January, 2013

An international team of researchers led by Sascha Husa has been selected to access SuperMUC, the second fastest supercomputer in Europe. This computer will be used to simulate one of the most violent phenomena in the universe: black holes mergers. And which is the ultimate goal? Put Einstein's general relativity to the test under extreme conditions.

Graduate Student Xisco Jiménez awarded a FPI-CAIB grant

17 January, 2013

Xisco Jiménez Forteza, a new member of our group, has just been awarded one of only 14 FPI-CAIB grants for PhD students. This competitive grant, co-financed by the European Union, provides funding for four years and its aim is to turn graduate students into researchers.

UIB Relativity and Gravity Group awarded CPAN Prize for best science outreach website

30 November, 2012

“The Symphony of the Universe”, our outreach website, has won the III Science Outreach Contestorganized by the National Center for Particle, Astroparticle and Nuclear Physics (CPAN) for the best website. The award was announced last 28th of November in Granada, during the IV CPAN Days.

UIB Relativity Group organizes CoCoNut Meeting 2012

8 October, 2012

How can we study the physics behind extreme situations such as the collapse of rapidly rotating stars or the evolution of neutron stars? To discuss it, over 40 international experts will meet in Palma de Mallorca. CoCoNut Meeting 2012 will be held from 24 to 26 October at the campus of the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB).

UIB Relativity Group leads REDONGRA, a new gravitational waves network in Spain

25 July, 2012

The UIB Relativity and Gravitation Group leads the gravitational waves thematic network REDONGRA, which will coordinate gravitational waves research groups in Spain. Carles Bona, a member of the UIB group, is the principal investigator of this new network, integrated by 38 Spanish researchers engaged in research in this field.

Graduate student Juan Calderon graduates from prestigious Cambridge Master

25 July, 2012

Juan Calderón, one of the group´s FPI (“Formación del Personal Investigador”) students, has recently graduated from the Cambridge Master of Advanced Study in Mathematics achieving honors with Merit. This is a one year Masters-level taught course in mathematics and theoretical physics offered at Queens' College in the University of Cambridge.

Playing at being Einstein

May 20, 2012

Street Science Alicante was held in Alicante from May 10 to May 12 and it brought together scientists and science popularizers of many scientific disciplines. The aim was to bring science closer to the people in a much more fun and lighthearted way than it is usually done. Our group wanted to be there and we decided to set up a video games stand called "Playing at being Einstein."

Triple Excellence

January 17, 2012

The Physics, Computation and Applications Group, which includes the UIB Relativity Group, has obtained the classification of “excellence” in research given by the Government of the Balearic Islands. This classification is part of an ongoing effort by the local administration to economically support research groups according to their competitiveness. Only 6 out of 71 research groups that applied to this call have attained this excellence award.

Graduate Student Alex Vañó awarded a FPU grant

December 15, 2011

Alex Vañó, one of the group´s graduate students, has been awarded a FPU grant (“Formación del Profesorado Universitario”). This grant, awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Education, is one of the most prestigious at the graduate level. It is also highly competitive - there are only 30 grants for Physics students from all over the country.

UIB Scientists will research black holes with the fastest supercomputers in Europe

November 18, 2011

An international research project lead by Sascha Husa has been awarded time at the biggest network of world-class supercomputers in Europe. These computers will be used to simulate the most violent processes in the Universe since the Big Bang: collisions of black holes. The ultimate goal? To look for gravitational waves, ripples in space and time predicted by Einstein almost 100 years ago, but not yet directly detected.

Space-Time Quest, a very spacial game

November 17, 2011

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be the leader of an international science project? One that could change astronomy forever and would get you a Nobel Prize in case of success? Here is your chance! Space-Time Quest is a computer game where the challenge is to design the most sensitive gravitational waves detector in the world.

UIB hosts International Workshop Astro-GR

September 3, 2011

Astro-GR is a yearly international meeting which attend worlwide experts on gravitational waves astronomy. The meeting will be from Monday 5th to Friday September 9th, 2011. More than 80 scientists will attend, including ESAS's representatives. The focus of the meeting will be the impact and scientific potential of the future space intereferometer.

Relativity Group researchers develop new method to facilitate black holes detection

June 21, 2011

The method focuses on the detection of systems of two black holes through the gravitational waves generated by them. It has been devised by Sascha Husa and Denis Pollney along with collaborators from the CalTech, University of Vienna, Cardiff University, Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena and the Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik in Potsdam.

Sascha Husa named spokesperson of international project NINJA 2

June 11, 2011

Sascha Husa has been recently appointed one of the two spokespersons for the international collaboration "Ninja II". This project aims to combine the solutions to Einstein's equations with the data collected by gravitational wave detectors to develop the best techniques to search for these faint signals from distant regions of the universe.