Workshop: Current and Future Challenges of the Dark and Early Universes – Niels Bohr Institute - University of Copenhagen

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Workshop: Current and Future Challenges of the Dark and Early Universes

DEUS: Current and Future Challenges of the Dark and Early Universes


8-12 August 2011

Modern cosmology is at a unique stage of its history. Rapidly developing observational techniques allow us to test cosmological models and measure cosmological parameters with unprecedented accuracy. The confrontation of such observations with the current theory of gravity, General Relativity, has given birth to the paradigm of cosmic evolution driven by mysterious components such as inflation, dark matter and dark energy. Although the resulting cosmological model provides an excellent framework for interpreting current observations, our understanding of these constituents is still largely incomplete. Further understanding and revision of this cosmological model relies on upcoming powerful observations from both ground and space based missions and their synergy with theoretical advances.

Topics and Methods
Dark energy, dark matter, inflation, gravity, future prospects; observations, simulations, standard and alternative theoretical models.

The goal of the workshop is to conduct a critical examination of the conceptual, computational and observational challenges that researchers in cosmology currently are and will be facing in the near/mid-term future. The tone of the meeting is informal and discursive, with plenary talks in the morning aimed at stimulating discussion and panel sessions in the afternoon. Using this format, we hope to explore areas and ideas in a way that helps promoting new perspectives and collaborations. To achieve this, we intend:

1. To gather participants with both expertise in their specialist fields and a broad knowledge of the topics and methods of modern cosmology.

2. To equip all participants, during the morning presentations, with an awareness of the relevant data sets, instruments, surveys, theories, simulations, and emerging statistical/numerical techniques of one of topics of the workshop each day.

3. To encourage all participants to share and synthesize their work with that of others across the boundaries of topics and methods during the afternoon discussion and panel sessions dedicated to the topic of the day.

4. To foster collaboration between junior and established researchers by balancing the presence of them in the workshop.

5. To enjoy ourselves while doing all this.

Local Organising Committee (LOC)
International Organising Committee (IOC)

Michelle Cumming Løkkegaard
Berian James
Stefania Pandolfi
David Rapetti
Signe Riemer-Sørensen
Radek Wojtak

Steve Allen (Stanford)
Tamara Davis (UQ)
Jens Hjorth (DARK)
Eiichiro Komatsu (UT Austin)
Jean-Paul Kneib (Marseille)
Priya Natarajan (Yale)
Johan Richard (Lyon)