Webinar: ESA's LISA mission with Stefano Vitale

 The European Space Agency's 

LISA Mission 

Space-borne Gravitational Wave Observatory

On Things to Come Webinar 

Speaker: Stefano Vitale (University of Trento)
Wednesday, 21 April 2021 
4 pm GMT+8

Watch it live on Bilibili here!

Artist's impression of a LISA spacecraft. Credit: AEI/MM/exozet


LISA is a space-borne gravitational wave (GW)observatory under development by the European Space Agency (ESA). It aims at the GW spectrum between a few tens of micro-Hz and a fraction of a Hz, which cannot be accessed by ground-based detectors. Such frequency range gives access to million solar mass sources at cosmological distances, and non-transient GW astronomy of our Galaxy. A precursor mission, LISA Pathfinder, that has preceded LISA, successfully showed the necessary space-time metrology. the talk will review the science and achievements of LISA Pathfinder, the status of LISA, and some recent highlights on LISA science.


About Stefano Vitale

Stefano Vitale graduated (Laurea summa cum laude) in physics from the University of Rome (now “La Sapienza”) in 1976. He moved to the University of Trento in Italy in 1977, where he was appointed associate professor in 1985 and full professor in 1994. At the University of Trento, he is the head of the Laboratory for Experimental Gravitation at the Department of Physics and has served in various positions including that of “pro-rettore vicario” (equivalent to pro-vice-chancellor in UK or vice-chancellor in the USA). He is a research associate of the National Institute for Nuclear Physics in Italy (INFN) and the Italian Space Agency (ASI) He has been a visiting scholar/professor both at the University of California at Berkeley and at Stanford University. He has been a co-founder in 1989 and co-principal investigator (co-PI) of the acoustic, ultra-cryogenic Gravitational Wave (GW) Detector AURIGA of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) in Italy. He also has been part of the core team of the LISA project since 1995, and a member of its international ESA/NASA science team since its foundation. He has been a co-proposer of the current ESA LISA L3 mission. He serves on the Executive Committee of the LISA Consortium. He has been the Principal Investigator of the LISA Technology Package, LISA Pathfinder’s sole scientific instrument, from early mission design, throughout mission development, and to the end of science operations. 

He has served/is serving in various committees:  

  • Chair, ESA Fundamental Physics Advisory Group. 
  • Member of ESA Space Science Advisory Committee. 
  • Chair of ESA Science Program Committee (SPC) 
  • Member of ESA GW Observatory Advisory Committee 
  • Member European Space Science Committee 
  • Member of Gravitational Wave International Committee (GWIC) of IUPAP 
  • Member of the Board of the Gravitational Physics section of the European Physical Society 
  • Vice-chair COSPAR commission-H 
  • Has been serving on various ad hoc and standing review committees (ESA SSD review committee, ESA M-4 selection committee, Max-Planck Society Fachbeirat…) 

He has been awarded the Amaldi Medal (European Prize for Gravitation of the Italian Gravitation Society) in 2018, the Tycho Brahe Medal of the European Astronomical Society in 2020, and asteroid N 19331, of IAU Catalogue of Minor Planets, has been named Stefanovitale.

On Things to Come Webinars


23 September 2020
4 pm (GMT+8)
Geraint Jones – ESA Comet Interceptor Mission [YouTube/Youku]
21 October 2020 
8 pm (GMT+8)
Ralph Lorenz – NASA Dragonfly Mission [YouTube/Youku]
4 November 2020
4 pm (GMT+8)
Wang Chi – ESA SMILE Mission [YouTube/Youku]
25 November 2020
4 pm (GMT+8)
Heike Rauer – ESA PLATO Mission [YouTube/Youku]
9 December 2020
4 pm (GMT+8)
Takehiko Satoh – JAXA Akatsuki Mission [YouTube/Bilibili]
18 December 2020
4 pm (GMT+8)
Olivier Witasse – ESA JUICE Mission [YouTube/Bilibili]
21 December 2020
4 pm (GMT+8)
Tomohiro Usui – JAXA MMX Mission [YouTube/Bilibili]
13 January 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Weiqun Gan – CAS ASO-S Mission [YouTube/Bilibili] 
27 January 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Giovanna Tinetti – ESA Ariel Mission [YouTube/Bilibili] 
24 February 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Johannes Benkhoff – ESA BepiColombo Mission I [YouTube/Bilibili] 
10 March 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Gabriele Cremonese – ESA BepiColombo Mission II  [YouTube/Bilibili] 
24 March 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Go Murakami – ESA BepiColombo Mission III [YouTube/Bilibili] 
7 April 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Yoshifumi Saito – ESA BepiColombo Mission IV [YouTube/Bilibili] 
14 April 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Daniel Mueller – ESA Solar Orbiter Mission I [YouTube/Bilibili] 
21 April 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Stefano Vitale – ESA LISA Mission Register
6 May 2021
10 am (GMT+8)
Andy Cheng – NASA DART Mission
12 May 2021
10 am (GMT+8)
Robert Pappalardo – NASA Europa Clipper
19 May 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Saem Krucker – ESA Solar Orbiter Mission II
25 May 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Sami Solanki – ESA Solar Orbiter Mission III
2 June 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Athena Coustenis – ESA HRE Program
9 June 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Yuan Weimin – CAS Einstein Probe Mission
16 June 2021
10 am (GMT+8)
Evgenya Shkolnik – NASA SPARCS Mission
30 June 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
René Laurelijs – ESA EUCLID Mission
14 July 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Tomoko Arai – JAXA DESTINY Mission
21 July 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Micheal Küppers – HERA Mission
9 Sept. 2021
10 am (GMT+8)
Lindy Elkins-Tanton – NASA Psyche Mission



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