WG11: Gravitational Wave International Committee (GWIC)

WG11: Gravitational Wave International Committee (GWIC)

The Gravitational Wave International Committee, GWIC, was formed in 1997 to facilitate international collaboration and cooperation in the construction, operation and use of the major gravitational wave detection facilities world-wide. It is associated with the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics as its Working Group 11. Through this association, GWIC is connected with IUPAP AC2, the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation, IUPAP C19, and IUPAP WG10 APPIC.

Charge to Working Group

  • promote international cooperation in all phases of construction and scientific exploitation of gravitational-wave detectors,
  • coordinate and support long-range planning for new instrument proposals, or proposals for instrument upgrades,
  • promote the development of gravitational-wave detection as an astronomical tool, exploiting especially the potential for multi-messenger astrophysics,
  • organise regular, world-inclusive meetings and workshops for the study of problems related to the development and exploitation of new or enhanced gravitational-wave detectors, and foster research and development of new technology,
  • represent the gravitational-wave detection community internationally, acting as its advocate,
  • provide a forum for project leaders to regularly meet, discuss, and jointly plan the operations and direction of their detectors and experimental gravitational-wave physics generally.


Chair: Eugenio Coccia
Peter Veitch
Massimo Cerdonio
Michele Punturo
Michael Kramer
Karsten Danzmann
Sheila Rowan
Bala Iyer
Seiji Kawamura
Takaaki Kajita
Dave Reitze
Gabriela Gonzalez
Neil Cornish
Bernard Schutz
Robin Stebbins
Stefano Vitale
Frederick Jenet
George Hobbs
Odylio D. Aguiar
Francesco Fidecaro
Jean-Yves Vinet
Clifford Will
Beverly Berger
Stan Whitcomb