Journalists are invited to join the National Science Foundation as it brings together scientists from Caltech, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) this Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the National Press Club for a status report on the effort to detect gravitational waves — or ripples in the fabric of space-time — using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO).

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first publication of Albert Einstein’s prediction of the existence of gravitational waves. With interest in this topic piqued by the centennial, the group will discuss their ongoing efforts to observe gravitational waves.

LIGO, a system of two identical detectors carefully constructed to detect incredibly tiny vibrations from passing gravitational waves, was conceived and built by researchers at MIT and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), funded by the National Science Foundation, with significant contributions from other U.S. and international partners. The twin detectors are located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington. Research and analysis of data from the detectors is carried out by a global group of scientists, including the LSC, which includes the GEO600 Collaboration, and the VIRGO Collaboration.

For additional background about the project, you may be interested in these websites:

LIGO Lab: (Observatories: Livingston | Hanford)
Advanced LIGO:
LIGO Scientific Collaboration:
LIGO Partner Experiments and Collaborations:

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

10:30 a.m. US EST


The National Press Club, Holeman Lounge

529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor

Washington, DC 20045


Seating is extremely limited, but an overflow room will be available where reporters can still ask questions and have access to additional subject matter experts to interview after the press conference. Only the first 50 journalists to arrive will be seated in the main room. All interested journalists should RSVP to any of the media contacts listed below to ensure press credentials are prepared ahead of time. A mult box will be available for broadcast media, and the Press Club is equipped with wireless access.


For press not based in the Washington, D.C. area, this event will be simulcast live online, and we will try to answer some questions submitted remotely. For details about how to participate remotely, please contact anyone listed below.