This Centre aims to explore the historic first detections of gravitational waves to understand the extreme physics of black holes and warped spacetime, and inspire the next generation of Australian scientists and engineers. The next-generation gravity wave detectors will enable a thousand-fold increase in detection volume and result in the new gravitational wave discoveries, triggering a new era of gravitational wave astrophysics. Building on decades of Australian investment in gravitational wave and pulsar science, this Centre will coalesce research activities into a focused national program whose discoveries are intended to experimentally validate Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity and educate the public about the wonders of Einstein's Universe.

Funding: $31.3 million over 7 years

Centre Director: Professor Mathew Bailes

Administering Organisation: Swinburne University of Technology

Collaborating and Partner Organisations:

  • The University of Adelaide
  • The Australian National University
  • The University of Western Australian
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Monash University
  • Australian Astronomical Observatory
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
  • University of Glasgow, UK
  • California Institute of Technology, USA
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Hannover) (Albert Einstein Institute)
  • Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics China
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • University of Urbino
  • University of Warwick, UK
  • Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy
  • Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory
ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery

Please visit the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery website for further information.