British Isles Graduate Workshop V

Mathematical General Relativity

8th - 12th July 2024


The fifth installment of the British Isles Graduate Workshop will focus on Mathematical General Relativity. It will be held in Coalport near Birmingham, from the 8th to the 12th of July 2024. It is targeted at PhD students and postdocs but open for application from all. The goal is for junior researchers to work together with three experienced mentors for a week. The format of the workshop is that three mentors propose three topics, split into six talks each. Participants sign up to give the talks. The atmosphere during the workshop is supportive, encouraging, and collaborative.

The meeting is held in-person only (no online option), and we aim to have around 30 participants. We will cover for accommodation and full board at the Ironbridge Coalport Youth Hostel for all participants from Sunday afternoon to Saturday morning. Participants are expected to pay a 100 GBP registration fee as a contribution to the accomodation and sustenance expenses.

Limited travel funding might be available. If you require travel funding, please let us know during the application.

Update 12 February: The application deadline has been extended to the 1st of March.

Update 16 April: We are accepting late applications. Please fill in the form below. We aim to answer within one week.

Update 16 April: We are accepting late applications. Please fill in the form below. We aim to answer within one week.

Update 31 May: You can find the program of the workshop here. All registered participants have been sent an invitation to nominate themselves to give one of the talks from the program. If you are a participant but have not received the invitation, please reach out to the organisers as soon as possible.

Update 17 June: You can find the (tentative) schedule of the workshop here.


Applications are now closed.


The topics for the workshop will be:

  • Singularity theorems in low regularity (by Melanie Graf)
  • Notions of mass in General Relativity (by Stephen McCormick)
  • Stability and Instability of Black Holes in General Relativity (by Sam C. Collingbourne)
A full program will be published later on.


The mentors for BIGW V are

  • Melanie Graf, Professor at the University of Hamburg (Website)
  • Stephen McCormick, Senior Lecturer at Luleå University of Technology (Website)
  • Sam C. Collingbourne, Ritt Assistant Professor at Columbia University (Website)


You can also download a higher-resolution version here.



The organisers of BIGW V are:

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We gratefully acknowledge funding from the following institutions: