2023 Lunar GW Workshop

Merging Lunar Exploration with Multi-Messenger Revolution

October 4-6 | Vanderbilt University | Nashville, TN

A picture of a stately brick building, sitting at the end of a footpath amid a lawn. The lighting is dusky, emphasizing the lights on in every window.
A group photo taken in front of Alumni Hall.


We cordially invite the scientific community to Vanderbilt University's beautiful Alumni Hall, for an international meeting dedicated to conducting multi-messenger astrophysics from the surface of the Moon.

The workshop will be taking place in the Memorial Room, on the second floor of Alumni Hall at Vanderbilt University. The street address is 2205 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37240.

A poster featuring text overlaid over a photo of a large lunar crater. The poster lists the hotel booking deadline as 3 September, and the registration and abstract submission deadlines as 14 September.

Meeting Rationale

The goal of this meeting is to explore the technology and science cases for developing gravitational-wave astronomy on the lunar surface. The discussion will seek to answer the following questions:

  • How can multi-messenger astrophysics (MMA) leverage the resources being directed toward lunar exploration?
  • What are the existing technologies that can enable GW measurement on the moon?
  • What are the unique science cases for MMA on the moon and how can they synergize with space and ground-based observatories?
  • What are the technical challenges of GW detection on the moon?

A first-of-its-kind meeting in the US, the 2023 Lunar GW Workshop aims to serve as a focal point for the international teams involved in lunar exploration and gravitational wave-projects.


  • Day 1 (Wednesday, October 4)
    • Morning session: Overview of multi-messenger astrophysics and lunar exploration programs
    • Afternoon session: How can astrophysics leverage the resources being directed toward lunar exploration?  
  • Day 2 (Thursday, October 5)
    • Morning session: What is the unique science case for lunar gravitational waves?
    • Afternoon session: What are the existing resources that can enable a lunar gravitational-wave detector?  
  • Day 3 (Friday, October 6)
    • Morning session: What are the existing resources that can enable a lunar gravitational-wave detector?  
    • Afternoon session:  Building an inclusive Lunar Astrophysics program

Organizing Committees

Scientific Organizing Committee

  • Karan Jani
    (Vanderbilt University; Chair)
  • Eleonora Capocasa
    (Université Paris Cité)
  • Kelly Holley-Bockelmann
    (Vanderbilt University)
  • Philippe Lognonné
    (Université Paris Cité)
  • Robert Reed
    (Vanderbilt University)
  • Simone Dell'Agnello
    (INFN-Frascati National Labs)
  • Stuart D. Bale
    (University of California, Berkeley)


Local Organizing Committee

  • Karan Jani
    (Vanderbilt Lunar Labs; Chair)
  • Robert Reed
    (Vanderbilt Institute for Space Defense & Electronics)
  • Kelly Holley-Bockelmann
    (Vanderbilt EMIT Program)
  • Kaitlin Porter
    (Vanderbilt Lunar Labs; Admin)


  • Michael Alles, Vanderbilt University
  • Lorella Angelini, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Stuart D. Bale, University of California Berkeley
  • Valerio Boschi, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare
  • Benjamin Bussey, Intuitive Machines
  • Prakash Chauan, National Institute of Remote Sensing, Indian Space Research Organization
  • Siyuan (Sissi) Chen, Vanderbilt University
  • Kamara Culbreath, Vanderbilt University
  • Sébastien de Raucourt, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, Université Paris Cité
  • Simone Dell'Agnello, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare
  • Antonella Ferri, Thales Alenia Space
  • Giacomo Fragione, Northwestern University
  • Bill Gabella, Vanderbilt University
  • Kiranjyot (Jasmine) Gill, Harvard University
  • Jan Harms, INFN National Laboratories of Gran Sasso
  • Zachary Hoelscher, Vanderbilt University
  • Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, Vanderbilt University
  • Charles Horowitz, Indiana University
  • Nicholas-Tyler Howard, Vanderbilt University
  • Donna Ingles, Vanderbilt University
  • Karan Jani, Vanderbilt University
  • John Karcz, NASA CLPS
  • Gabor Karsai, Vanderbilt University
  • Joel Kearns, NASA
  • Bernard Kelly, University of Maryland Baltimore County, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Philippe Lognonné, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, Université Paris Cité
  • Josipa Majstorović, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, Université Paris Cité
  • Szabolcs Marka, Columbia University
  • Trent Martin, Intuitive Machines
  • Jake Matthews, Zeno Power
  • Mark McConnell, Southwest Research Institute
  • Nolan McPhaul, Vanderbilt University
  • Ryan Nowicki, Vanderbilt University
  • Volker Quetschke, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Padma Raghavan, Vanderbilt University
  • Robert Reed, Vanderbilt University
  • Krishnendu Roy, Vanderbilt University
  • Krystal Ruiz-Rocha, Vanderbilt University
  • Rita Sambruna, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Sarah Schon, The Pennsylvania State University
  • David Shoemaker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Brian D. Sierawski, Vanderbilt University
  • Bill Smith, Vanderbilt University
  • Steve Squyres, Blue Origin
  • Keivan Stassun, Vanderbilt University
  • Stephen Taylor, Vanderbilt University
  • Aaron Tohuvavohu, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics
  • James Trippe, Vanderbilt University
  • Olga Tweedy, Vanderbilt University
  • Krystyn Van Vliet, Cornell
  • Léon Vidal, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, Université Paris Cité
  • Sebastien Vincent-Bonnieu, ESA
  • Grace Ward, Vanderbilt University


Organizers have blocked off rooms at the Nashville-Vanderbilt Holiday Inn. The conference rate period has now ended.

The hotel offers a free shuttle service within 2.5 miles of the hotel, including to the meeting venue. Interested participants should inquire at the front desk.

Things to Do in Nashville

Known internationally as Music City, there is plenty to do in Nashville outside event hours! Most restaurants and pubs in the Broadway Historic District (10-15 minutes by car, 20 minutes by bus) have live music in the evenings seven days a week.

Broadway is also home to venues like the Ryman Auditorium, Bridgestone Arena, Ascend Amphitheater, and the Schermerhorn Center, home to the Nashville Symphony. Current shows listed for the week of the concert include:

Fans of the outdoors can amble down from the workshop venue to Nashville's Centennial Park, which features an iconic full-scale replica of the Parthenon, mile-long walking trails, the Centennial Art Center and Herb Garden, and access to the shores of Lake Watauga.