A century after Albert Einstein published his theory of General Relativity, gravitational lensing has become one of the prime tools to study dark matter and dark energy which are the dominant ingredients of our Universe, and is an active area of research. It is therefore timely to celebrate the accomplishments of the field over the past century, but also to showcase the most recent developments in a fast growing field of astronomy and discuss how to prepare for a bright future.

We are therefore organizing a conference on the topic of gravitational lensing, covering all aspects of this phenomenon. The meeting will take place July 11-15, 2016 in downtown Leiden, the Netherlands. Note that attendance will be limited to 200 participants due to the size of the venue.

We are exploring possibilities to arrange for childcare (for children up to five years old) and if you are interested in this possibility, please contact us as soon as possible, describing your needs.

Important dates:

  • April 1: Deadline abstract submission
  • around April 15: Decision on accepted abstracts
  • May 15: Early registration closes
  • June 15: Late registration (higher fee) closes
  • July 11-15 Conference

  • If you have any questions, please contact via gravlens2016@strw.leidenuniv.nl.

The talks are now online, and can be accessed via this link!

The meeting is supported by:



  • Henk Hoekstra
  • Konrad Kuijken
  • Massimo Viola
  • Marcello Cacciato
  • Maciej Bilicki

Confirmed invited reviewers:

  • Anthony Challinor
  • Scott Gaudi
  • Catherine Heymans
  • Stefan Hilbert
  • Anja von der Linden
  • Peter Schneider
  • Keren Sharon
  • Blake Sherwin
  • Simona Vegetti
  • Rachel Webster

Scientific Organizing Committee

  • Karim Benabed
  • Marusa Bradac
  • Sarah Bridle
  • Henk Hoekstra (co-chair)
  • Alina Kiessling
  • Alexie Leauthaud (co-chair)
  • Rachel Mandelbaum
  • Veronica Motta
  • Tommaso Treu (co-chair)
  • Andrzej Udalski
  • Stuart Whyite