Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual

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Modern Cosmology: Early Universe, CMB and LSS

2010, Aug 01 -- Aug 20

J. García-Bellido (U. Autónoma Madrid)
E. Gaztañaga (ICE-CSIC)
J. Frieman (Fermilab, Chicago)

With the most recent measurements of the cosmic microwave background anisotropies (CMB) and large scale structures (LSS) of the universe as well as various other astronomical observations, it is now possible to have a clear and consistent picture of the history and content of the universe since nucleosynthesis. A feaverish activity is taking place for measuring the cosmological parameters with great precision, and for understanding better the origin of primordial perturbations, the nature of dark energy and dark matter, the mechanisms responsible for the formation of non-linear stuctures, and the implications of cosmological observations for particle physics. After the success of the 1st and 2nd Benasque workshops on Modern Cosmology held in 2006 and 2008, we wish again to bring together leading international experts on both theoretical and observational aspects of cosmology, into a particularly beautiful and inspiring atmosphere, below the pic of Aneto, the highest point in the Pyrenees.

The 3rd Benasque workshop on Modern Cosmology will be held from the 1st to the 20th of August 2010, and will be similar in the spirit of the first two editions, with a program consisting mainly on a few lectures and long discussion sessions, leaving plenty of time in the afternoon for interactions and research, as well as for mountain hiking and trecking. In the evening, the village offers a warm and relaxing atmosphere that we will complete by various social and cultural activities (cinema, soccer, etc.). Moreover, this year we will benefit from the existence of a brand new building (finished in 2009) built for the Benasque Center of Science, equiped with new improved facilities (library, wifi, blackboards, discussion rooms, coffee lounges, even a chimney for cold nights!) and modern offices and desks for all participants.

All participants will be accommodated in hotel rooms or in nice apartments managed by the Conference center (1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartments available, for prices ranging approximately from 400 to 600 euros/week). Note that there are no registration fees. Families are particularly welcomed, and there will be no extra charges for them. During the day, kids can enjoy the mountain and the free-access open-air swimming pool.

List of confirmed speakers

Filipe AbdallaRuth DurrerJoshua Frieman
Andy AlbrechtCarlos FrenkJoe Mohr
Jim AnnisMarco BruniPeder Norberg
Carlton BaughNick KaiserReynald Pain
Mariangela Bernardi Wayne HuJohn Peacock
Robert CrittendenDragan HutererWill Percival
Darren CrotonLam Hui Joe Silk
Martin BucherGuinevere KauffmannRoman Scoccimarro
Tamara DavisOfer LahavRavi Sheth
Ed CopelandMichele MaggioreSimon White

(*) TBC

Organising Committee

Josh Frieman (Fermilab, Chicago)
Juan García-Bellido (UAM-IFT)
Enrique Gaztañaga (ICE-CSIC)

Scientific Secretary

Daniel G. Figueroa (UAM-IFT)


You can send an e-mail to Juan García-Bellido or to Centro de Ciencias de Benasque

Further Information.

This session has received financial support from the following institutions:

  • logo CSIC
  • Gobierno de Aragón
  • Ministerio de educación y ciencia
  • DPH
  • Universidad de Zaragoza
  • Ayuntamiento de Benasque


Our building

  • Future building