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14th Capra Meeting on Radiation Reaction in General Relativity

4th-8th July, 2011

University of Southampton

Since the inaugural meeting of 1998 (held at Caltech's Capra ranch near San Diego) Capra meetings have been bringing together relativists interested in the problem of radiation reaction in relativity and its application to extreme-mass-ratio inspirals (EMRIs) as astrophysical sources of gravitational waves. The meetings address an important open problem in gravitational theory, made particularly relevant by the exciting prospect of directly observing gravitational waves from EMRIs in the near future.

The 2011 Capra meeting will be hosted by the School of Mathematics at the University of Southampton. As usual, the programme will focus on aspects of the self-force in general relativity, but will also seek to explore the promise of a synergy with other approaches to the two-body problem. Following the Capra tradition, the meeting will be informal. There will be no registration fee and no proceedings. The programme will include a few invited review talks , short contributed presentations (20-30 minutes slots) and open discussion sessions. Contributed talks on all aspects of the radiation reaction problem (including related topics such as EMRI astrophysics or data analysis) are welcome.

Interested colleagues are encouraged to register online at their earliest convenience.


Invited Review talks 


The 2011 Capra conference will be hosted on level 4 of the School of Mathematics (Building 54) at the University of Southampton, UK

Travel to Southampton

By Air

Southampton airport is a smallish airport, located close to the University campus, that offers short-haul flights to/from the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe. Airlines operating from here include Flybe and Air France. The airport is connected by good public transport links: the UniLink bus goes from outside arrivals to the Highfield campus, and the train goes from Southampton Airport Parkway to the city centre. Of course, there is also a taxi rank, and car hire is available.

London Heathrow airport is the largest and busiest in the UK. It serves as a hub for long-haul flights from around the world. There are several options for onwards travel to Southampton via public transport: (i) take the National Express coach from Heathrow coach station to Southampton coach station [journey time 2hr 15mins, approx. £15 one-way], (ii) take a bus to Woking, and then an onwards train to Southampton, or (iii) take the train into central London [see below], and then take a mainline train from London Waterloo to Southampton Central (see here).

Note that there are three ways to travel by train from Heathrow Airport into central London: (1) Heathrow Express [£18, ~15 mins] (2) Heathrow Connect [£8.50 one-way, ~25 mins], and (3) London Underground [£2.40 with an Oyster card, 50 mins]. For more info, see here.

London Gatwick airport is situated south of London, about two hours East of Southampton. Its airlines include budget operator EasyJet. A direct train between Southampton and Gatwick runs every hour, and the journey takes 1hr 56 mins. See national rail timetables.

Bournemouth airport is a small airport ~25 miles to the west of Southampton. Budget operator Ryanair fly from here. Unfortunately, public transport links to the airport are not great: an airport shuttle goes to Bournemouth central every hour between 7am and 7pm [£4, 30 mins], then from Bournemouth you can reach Southampton on the train.

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By Rail

Direct trains from London Waterloo to Southampton Central run every half-hour during the day. The journey takes approximately 1hr 30mins. Be warned that, thanks to botched privatization of the rail network, ticket pricing in the UK is now an expensive, complicated mess. In particular, peak-time tickets (for travel before 9.30am) bought on the day at the ticket-office can be eye-wateringly expensive. To get cheaper tickets, travel off-peak if possible (i.e. after 9.30am and avoiding commuter trains). If you are certain you know which train you require, book in advance on the web at national rail or thetrainline.com. Limited numbers of very cheap tickets are available at megatrain.com.

Mainland Europe is accessible by rail on the Eurostar. In the UK, the service starts at London St Pancras International (station in central London), and connects at Ashford and Ebbsfleet in the East of England. Across the channel, the Eurostar serves Paris, Lille and Brussels, and connects with the extensive rail network of mainland Europe (see here for European timetables).

By Car

Please see here for a quick guide. Parking near the campus is extremely limited. If you need to bring a car onto campus please let us know as soon as possible so we can try to reserve a parking space.

If you have any questions about travel, please contact us.


A range of accommodation options are available in the vicinity of the University campus [map].

We ask conference guests to make their own accommodation arrangements. Below is a list of hotels which will offer special rates for conference guests (typically in the range £50--£80 per night). To obtain conference rates, please contact the hotels directly by telephone or email (rather than via the web), making it clear that you are attending the Capra conference at Southampton University.

To ensure sufficient accommodation is available, we have reserved blocks of rooms at the Highfield House Hotel and at Chilworth Manor for conference guests. These rooms can only be held up to a month before the start of the conference (i.e. early June), so early booking is advised!

If you have any questions about accommodation, please contact us.

Hotel Contact

Highfield House Hotel +44 (0) 2380 554223


Chilworth Manor +44 (0) 2380 767333


Elizabeth House Hotel [website] +44 (0) 2380 224327


Hilton [website] +44 (0) 2380 702700

Devere Grand Harbour [website] +44 (0) 2380 633033

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Highfield House Hotel

The Highfield House Hotel is a three-star hotel situated close to the University campus. It is a ten-minute walk from the HHH to the conference venue. The hotel is also close to numerous restaurants and pubs on nearby Portswood Road. A block of 20 rooms at the HHH has been reserved for Capra conference guests. Provisional rates are in the region of £65 per night for a double room with single occupancy, and £75 per night for twin room with double occupancy [i.e. £37.50 per person]. Singles or triples may also be available upon request. This price (should) include breakfast and free Wi-Fi. To reserve a room, please call the hotel directly on +44 (0)2380 554223, quoting the Group Reference "Capra", or enquire by email on res[at] highfieldhousehotel.co.uk. Note that booking online (e.g. on the website) is not advised by the hotel (for conference guests). The deadline for booking is 7th June; after this date the rooms will no longer be held for our conference. Advance booking advised.

Chilworth Manor

Chilworth Manor is a hotel and conference centre set in an old country house, in 12 acres of landscaped grounds, in Chilworth, which is a short (10 min) car or taxi journey from the University campus. According to the website, they offer "quality service within breathtaking natural surroundings, culinary excellence and superb facilities including complimentary WiFi and use of our state-of-the-art Health Club and Spa". Ten rooms have been reserved for conference guests, at the rate of (circa) £73 per night, which includes breakfast. To make a reservation, please email reservations[at]chilworth-manor.co.uk, or call +44 02380 767333, quoting "Capra".

Special Dinner aboard HMS Warrior

On Wednesday afternoon we offer conference guests the chance to explore the Historical Dockyard in Portsmouth, and enjoy a special dinner on board the HMS Warrior (1860). Transportation from/to Southampton will be provided. 


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