University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

26 - 28, August, 2004

News: Now that the Symposium is over a number of photographs of the events have been placed online. Click on Photos to see more.

A number of presentations (but unfortunately not all) are now available on the web: under the "Programme" button click on individual titles to see if the presentation is available.

2004 marks the year of Professor Roy Kerr's 70th birthday. We are planning a symposium in Christchurch, New Zealand, to celebrate Roy's birthday and his main achievement: the Kerr solution.

Over the 41 years since its discovery the Kerr solution has played a pivotal role both in astrophysics and in fundamental areas of general relativity and quantum gravity. There is now strong astrophysical evidence for the existence of Kerr black holes, including the observations that the supermassive black hole in the centre of our own galaxy is rotating at roughly half of the maximum allowed rate.

The meeting is planned to take place on 26-28 August, which is actually a few months after Roy's birthday (May 16). The timeframe is, however, we hope more practical for those travelling from the northern hemisphere, given the distance involved in travelling to New Zealand. Roy Kerr will present a historical talk.

Invited Speakers

Organising committee:
  • David Wiltshire (U Canterbury, Christchurch)
  • Matt Visser (VUW, Wellington)
  • Susan Scott (ANU, Canberra)
  • Rod Gover (U Auckland)