Geometric Foundations of Gravity 2021


Institute of Physics

The venue of the conference will be a new building of the Institute of Physics at the University of Tartu, which was inaugurated in 2014 as the most modern physics building in Eastern Europe.

Together with the technology, chemistry and biomedical institutes it is situated at the natural science campus, which is cca 10 min by bus or 30 min walk from the historical center of Tartu.


Tartu is the second largest city of Estonia and is often called the "intellectual capital" of Estonia. Around 20% of the population are students, which makes Tartu as well the student capital of Estonia. Most of them attend the University of Tartu, which was founded in 1632, and is now a leading research university, ranking highest in the New Europe.

Tartu University - panoramio (1) Tartu vanalinn
Tartu Raekoja plats Tartu Ülikooli Ajaloo Muuseum

Science in Tartu

There is a long history of science and physics in Tartu, which was probably the first place to teach Newton’s Principia in a university course. The astronomer Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve pioneered to measure accurately the distance to the nearby star Vega, working with the most powerful telescope of the time at Tartu Observatory.

Old Observatory, Tartu, April 2012 Old Observatory, Tartu, April 2012