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Conferences and workshops

IAU Symposium 295 - The intriguing life of massive galaxies

27 Aug 2012 - 12:00am
31 Aug 2012 - 11:59pm
Website: http://www.icg.port.ac.uk/IAUS295 Organiser: Daniel Thomas The IAU Symposium 295, to be held during the IAU General Assembly in August 2012 in Beijing, China, is dedicated to the formation and evolution of massive galaxies. These objects pose one of the most serious challenges to our understanding of structure formation in the Universe. If we want to reconstruct the intriguing life of massive galaxies, we need to map their entire evolution over cosmic time, and this requires a variety of observational and theoretical approaches. After the overwhelming progress in galaxy evolution over the past decade, recent and near-future advances in telescope technology and computer power for large-scale simulations, as well as the launch of massive galaxy surveys will lead to a further leap in our understanding of galaxy formation. The IAUS 295 will bring together observers and theorists to discuss recent progress in the field and to plan ahead for future challenges. The symposium will cover the life of massive galaxies from the formation of the first galaxies in the early Universe, through their evolution with redshift to massive galaxies in the local Universe touching upon all kinds of issues relates to the life of massive galaxies including gas accretion and star formation, feedback and quenching, black hole growth, mass assembly, galaxy mergers and interactions, chemical enrichment and stellar populations, dark matter, galaxy environment, galaxy haloes, and satellite accretion both from a theoretical and observational perspective.

Cape Town International Cosmology School 2012

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am
28 Jan 2012 - 11:59pm

Organised by AIMS-ICTP-PI

15-28 January 2012
Website: http://www.cosmology.org.za/school/
Registration at: http://cdsagenda5.ictp.trieste.it/full_display.php?ida=a10194
Deadline for Registration: 30 September 2011


This two-week school aimed at PhD students and postdocs in cosmology will take place during summer in one of the world's most beautiful cities. The school will be interactive and broad, covering all aspects of modern cosmology from theoretical to observational and from statistical to philosophical. Lectures will be supplemented in two key ways with tutorials in the first week and research projects supplied by the lecturers in the second week with support from post-doc tutors. Participants will leave having had a cutting-edge introduction to modern cosmology and developed hands-on research skills and a network of potential future collaborators. We expect some of the research projects to lead to publications. The school will be strictly limited to 50 participants and 8 tutors.

UK Cosmo and Cosmic Superstrings Meetings

12 Sep 2011 - 12:00am
23 Sep 2011 - 11:59pm

The next UK Particle Cosmology Meeting, to be held at the Institute for Cosmology and Gravitation, Portsmouth, 13-14 September 2011. The meeting is preceded by a one-day meeting on Cosmic SuperStrings, 12 September, and followed by an informal Workshop on Theoretical Cosmology, 15-23 September.

We can accommodate at most 50 external participants in our lecture room. Participation will be granted in a first come first served basis, so please register soon.

UK Cosmo & Cosmic Superstrings website

DES Spring Collaboration Meeting 2011

27 Jun 2011 - 12:00am
1 Jul 2011 - 11:59pm

The meeting of the Dark Energy Survey collaboration - 27th June to 1st July.
Meeting website

The 70th Open Puzzle in Galaxy Formation and Evolution

2 Sep 2010 - 12:00am
3 Sep 2010 - 11:59pm

Conference website

These are exciting years for galaxy formation and evolution studies. From the observational side enormous progress has been made thanks to forefront instrumentation which allows us to view galaxies at unprecedented detail and at the same time to break statistical problems with large galaxy surveys. From the modelling side, the increased computing power allows to simulate at growing sophistication the evolution of structure in the Universe from the dark ages up to the present accelerating Universe. In parallel, progress in stellar evolution and population modelling allows for a much improved interface between observations and interpretation.

Yet many problems remain. We still do not understand why the most massive galaxies assemble first and host the oldest stars and which feedback mechanisms are effective. We need to disentangle the role of mergers vs. steady accretion and clarify the need for dry mergers. We have a problem in reconciling the cosmological star formation history with the global mass density. We keep discussing exotic exponents for the IMF.

Alvio Renzini's recent research has been focused on 'diving' into the mysteries of the high-redshift Universe. His knowledge spans from exploiting modern instrumentation to understanding stellar evolution to postulate galaxy evolution. He plays a key role in large observational programs as well as in more theoretical papers.

We shall meet in Portsmouth to discuss the above questions - and many more.

VIPERS meeting in Portsmouth

14 Jun 2010 - 12:00am
16 Jun 2010 - 11:59pm

The 3rd VIPERS collaboration meeting will take place at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, in Portsmouth, from the 14th-16th of June.

Galaxy Zoo 2 Science Meeting

1 Oct 2009 - 12:00am
1 Oct 2009 - 11:59pm
The goal of the meeting is to share ideas, techniques and results from GZ2, and further stimulate the exploitation of GZ2 data.

'The Unity of the Universe' conference : 29 June - 1 July 2009

29 Jun 2009 - 12:00am
1 Jul 2009 - 11:59pm
A conference to celebrate the opening of the Dennis Sciama Building - the new home of the ICG at the University of Portsmouth. Invited speakers include: John Barrow, Bruce Bassett, Carlton Baugh, James Binney, George Ellis, Carlos Frenk, Josh Frieman, Nick Kaiser, Renata Kallosh, Guinevere Kauffmann, Andrei Linde, Martin Rees, Alvio Renzini, Joseph Silk, Simon White Full details here: [http://www.icg.port.ac.uk/sciama09/]

First Annual Conference for Supervisors of Postgraduate Research Students

23 Sep 2008 - 9:00am
23 Sep 2008 - 5:00pm
On 23rd September we are holding the first in a series of annual conferences for supervisors of postgraduate research students. This is designed to provide a quick update on developments in our provision of postgraduate research degree programmes, and an outline of the progress that has been made can be seen in the titles of the presentations in the attached programme. This conference also provides an opportunity to look at the results of the national survey (PRES) of research student satisfaction. This is the first

Modified Gravity on Cosmological Scales

23 Jun 2008 - 10:00am
23 Jun 2008 - 6:00pm

Workshop overview

On the 23rd of June 2008, The Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) at the University of Portsmouth will this year, host their annual one day workshop on "modified gravity on cosmological scales". The meeting will focus on both theoretical and observations aspects of modified gravity as an explanation to the measured accelerated expansion of the universe. We will explore new theoretical developments, planned surveys and results from various fields, including large scale structure, weak lensing, supernovae, clusters and the microwave background.

Please note, there is no conference fee and the ICG will provide coffee and lunch on the day.