The Virgo Collaboration and the CNRS/INFN EGO Consortium have set-up a Forum where participating astrophysicists and theorists would contribute to the further development of scientific knowledge around Virgo.

It is the purpose of the Virgo–EGO Scientific Forum (VESF) to enlarge the research community around the present Virgo collaboration by providing individual participants and institutions interested with scientific opportunities of stimulating research, publications, and all other scientific activities.

The VESF includes the members of the Virgo Collaboration and all the scientists interested in gravitational wave research from other laboratories and institutions.
Click here to see all the groups that so far are VESF Council members.

The VESF scope, functions and organization are detailed in its Charter.
As foreseen in the Charter, the VESF governing body is its Council.
The Council elects the members of the Executive Board that chooses the VESF Coordinator among the people proposed by the Council.

The Executive Board (EB) is currently formed by:
  • Valeria Ferrari, VESF Coordinator, chairs the EB
  • Massimo Bassan, Member
  • Toni Font, Member
  • Luigi Stella, Member
  • Nikolaos Stergioulas, Member
  • Virgo spokesperson (Jean-Yves Vinet), Member
  • EGO Director (Federico Ferrini), Member

VESF core activities are the funding of fellowships and the organization of schools on gravitational waves.

For more information go to the VESF home page.

Latest News:
The first VESF School on Advanced Detectors will take place from June 18th to 22th, 2012 in Cascina, at the site of the Virgo interferometer. Application form can be found here

A call for proposals for 4 one-year VESF Fellowships for theoretical research on Gravitational Wave Detection is now open. Further information and application forms can be found on the VESF website:

The deadline for application is June 30th, 2012.

For any information on VESF, please contact the EGO Scientific Secretariat:

Tel: +39 050 752325
Postal address: via E. Amaldi
56021 S. Stefano a Macerata - Cascina (PI)