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ICG in Kyoto

A group of ICG researchers has just returned from visiting the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics in Kyoto, Japan where they participated in a workshop on Cosmological Perturbations and the Cosmic Microwave Background. The workshop attracted many participants from Japan and the rest of the world. The meeting was organised by Misao Sasaki and Takahiro Tanaka of the YITP, and Kazuhiro Yamamoto of Hiroshima; Alexei Starobinsky, of the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, and Robert Crittenden, of the ICG, were core participants.

School students visit ICG

The ICG was host to two students from Priory School Portsmouth last week, pictured below. David Wills worked with Bob Nichol and Edd Edmondson, and Maziar Shakibaii worked with Marco Bruni and Niko Meures. Priory studentsPriory students

Tuning in to the Universe

Wednesday 16 March 2011, 6.00-7.00 pm, Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3AH A public lecture by Dr David Bacon, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth. Billions of light years away, galaxies have given out radio waves that speed across the Universe. Right now, some of them have reached a humble field a few miles outside Winchester, where they are being received by some of the antennae of the new LOw Frequency ARray (LOFAR).

ICG members busk for attention

To celebrate National Science and Engineering Week, a number of ICG members take to the high street today, to participate in a science busking event organised by the University of Portsmouth in association with the British Science Association Hampshire and Isle of Wight Branch. More details [http://www.port.ac.uk/aboutus/newsandevents/news/title,127475,en.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter here].

Five ICG members out on the Big Screen

Members of the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation and the School of Creative Technologies at the University of Portsmouth have teamed together to produce five short videos for The BBC Big Screen for National Science and Engineering Week. They take viewers on a journey which begins in planet Earth, through the Solar System, the MikyWay and beyond, to the edge of the visible Universe. So if you're walking past the Big Screen on Guildhall Square this week be sure to look up - who knows where it will take you.

If you can't wait for that occasional glance, or if you would like to watch all five videos in sequence, here they are:

ICG member interviewed by the Jodcast

This months podcast from Jodrell Bank at the University of Manchester (the Jodcast), features ICG member Alejo Martinez-Sansigre. In this interview Alejo talks about growing supermassive black holes and obscured quasars and how the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) can be used to study gas and dust in these objects. The interview can be found at the following website: http://www.jodcast.net/archive/201103/#interview1

Sciama is now fully operational

Sciama is now fully operational: Sciama has produced its first simulated image of the Universe.Sciama is now fully operational: Sciama has produced its first simulated image of the Universe. The picture is an image of a simulation, by Marc Manera, of the Universe at redshift z=0.52. We have simulated the matter in the Universe as it clumps to form structures such as halos and filaments. This particular plot shows the halos in a region of the Universe which is about 2.4 Gigaparsecs in size (7.8 billion light years).

High School visit

On 8th of February a group of A-Level Physics student from 2 High Schools on the Isle of Wight (Medina High School and Sandown High School) visited ICG where they were listened to a talk (by Dr Bacon) about the research being carried out in recent cosmology and had opportunities to talk with researchers in ICG Students visit to ICGStudents visit to ICGWelcome talk by Prof WandsWelcome talk by Prof Wands

ICG members at first IAU symposium in Western Africa

ICG member Claudia Maraston is invited to review the topic of distant high-redshift galaxies at the first Symposium of the International Astronomical Union that will take place next week in Burkina Faso - Western Africa. The Symposium - entitled "The anchestors of galaxies in the land of our anchestors" - will be held at the Observatory of the University of Ouagadougou, that was established just three years ago. The meeting will coincide with the launch of the African Astronomical Society.

Dark Matter Awareness Week at the ICG

The ICG is one of the 185 institutes spread worldwide that participate today in the Dark Matter Awareness initiative. The aim of this journal seminar - prepared by an international team of 17 scientists - is to improve upon the basic knowledge of the mysterious Dark Matter and its connection to galaxies and its implications for our understanding of astrophysics and cosmology. The event takes place in synchronisation and the participant institutes will be named for public outreach purposes all over the world.
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