IEEE Milestone dedication
to Virgo and LIGOs

Ceremony on February 3rd, 2021

On February 3rd 2021 EGO will host the ceremony of the dedication of a IEEE Milestone to the three gravitational waves antennas Virgo and the two LIGOs ‘for the first gravitational waves detection and the launching of the era of Multi Messenger Astronomy with the coordinated detection of gravitational waves from a binary neutron star merger.’

IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers launched a Milestone program in 1983 to celebrate the most significant achievements in IEEE’s areas of interest. For instance in Italy the program awarded in the past included several milestones in scientific and technological progress: for instance, the invention of the electric battery by Alessandro Volta and the experiments with the wireless telegraph by Guglielmo Marconi in Italy and the discovery of Radioconduction by Edouard Branly in France.

The ceremony will take place with a global event, on February 3, 2021 from 4.30 to 7.00 pm (CET) during which the Italian site of EGO in Cascina will be connected via network with the equivalent US sites in Livingston in Louisiana and in Hanford in the state of Washington . The event will see the participation of the Italian Minister of Research and University, Gaetano Manfredi, the president of the IEEE Kathy Susan Land, the governors of the two US states and the presidents of the US and European Funding Agencies involved, primarily NSF, INFN, CNRS and NWO.

On the occasion of the event artist Tomas Saraceno will stream at at 7.00 pm CET his concert “How to hear the universe in a spider/web”, that includes sonorization of gravitational waves events. At the same time the concert will be also streamed on our youtube channel to close the ceremony.


For further information

The whole event will be also streamed on EGO/Virgo youtube channel


General program of the event:


The ceremony for appointing the IEEE milestone to Virgo and LIGO will start at 16.30  and will be divided into three parts:

16.30 – 17.30 Institutional greetings and celebration at the EGO site – Remote live streaming:

17.30 – 19.00 Broadcast of the pre-recorded celebration with LIGO. Remote live streaming:

19.00 Unveiling of the IEEE Milestone commemorative plaque at Cascina, Hanford and Livingston connected live.


Detailed draft Program:


16.30 Welcome and Introduction – Stavros Katsanevas, EGO director and Bernardo Tellini,  President IEEE – Italy Section

Institutional greetings

16.35 Gaetano Manfredi – Italian Minister of Research and University
16.45 Eugenio Giani – President of Regione Toscana

Research Institutions 

16.55 Marco Pallavicini  – EGO Council President
17.00 Reynald Pain – Direttore Institut national de Physique Nucléaire et de Physique des Particules IN2P3 – CNRS
17.05 Antonio Zoccoli  – President of INFN, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare
17.10 Stan Bentvelsen  – Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research

Historical and Future Perspectives 

17.15 Raffaele Flaminio – Advanced Virgo + project leader
17.20 Giovanni Losurdo  – Virgo spokesperson 

17.30 Broadcast of the pre-recorded ceremony
19.00 Unveiling of the IEEE Milestone commemorative plaque at the three sites  connected live


To download the program click here