WorldWide Conferences & Workshops, 2012
Symposium: Symmetries and Phases in the Universe
February 27 - March 1, 2012 | Berlin

Cosmology is a broad interdisciplinary research discipline involving different fields of physics. The main goal of the Excellence Cluster Universe is to face the fundamental challenges of modern cosmology by bridging the gap between the astrophysics and the particle/nuclear physics communities.
Therefore, the Excellence Cluster Universe organizes the symposium 'Symmetries and Phases in the Universe' which is held in the beautiful scenery at Kloster Irsee. The Symposium, a sequel of "Irsee 2008", will present international top-level experts providing insights into the current status in their respective fields. Selected researchers will join the meeting for interdisciplinary discussions.

Phenomenology 2012 Symposium: LHC Lights the Way to New Physics
May 7 - 9, 2012 | University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

The 2012 Phenomenology Symposium will be held May 7-9, 2012 at the University of Pittsburgh.
It will cover the latest topics in particle phenomenology and theory plus related issues in astrophysics and cosmology. Now that the LHC has begun its historic mission, we are all excited about the prospect of new discoveries!

Preliminary speakers and topics:

ATLAS collaboration
CMS collaboration
CDF collaboration
D0 collaboration
Dark Matter direct searches

The Seventh Harvard-Smithsonian Conference in Theoretical Astrophysics entitled "Testing General Relativity (GR) with Astrophysical Systems"
May 14 - 17, 2012 | 9:00 AM | Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Picture: The Seventh Harvard-Smithsonian Conference in Theoretical Astrophysics entitled Testing General Relativity (GR) with Astrophysical Systems

The Seventh Harvard-Smithsonian Conference in Theoretical Astrophysics entitled "Testing General Relativity (GR) with Astrophysical Systems" is only five weeks away, from May 14-17, 2012 at the Sheraton Commander Hotel, 16 Garden Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

If you wish to attend the conference or know someone who may be interested, the registration deadline is May 4, 2012. Registration will be limited to 115. Along with registration, please indicate whether you will be presenting a poster. If you also choose to attend the conference banquet, there is a fee of $50/person in addition to the conference registration fee.

I encourage you to browse the conference web site for further details, including the scientific program, at:

If you have any questions about the upcoming conference, please don't hesitate to contact the local organizing committee (Avi Loeb, Nina Zonnevylle, Peg Hedstrom and Uma Mirani ) at

2012 Harvard-Smithsonian Conference Organizing Committee

Transitioning to Faculty Life: A Conference for Post-Docs Underrepresented in STEM
May 31 - June 2, 2012 | 5:00 PM | Columbus, OH

Please help spread the word about an exciting new CIC event. Ohio State will host a seminar entitled, “Transitioning to Faculty Life: A Conference for Post-Docs Underrepresented in STEM.” The conference will begin on the evening of May 31 and conclude on the afternoon of June 2, 2012. We hope you’ll share the attached flyer with any potential faculty, departments, and listservs.

The Big Ten Arts & Sciences and Graduate School Deans are providing support for the conference which has two goals: to interest post-docs from groups historically underrepresented in STEM fields in pursuing faculty careers and to provide a venue whereby our Big Ten institutions can recruit these post-docs for faculty positions at our institutions.

The CIC is providing the registration website which can be found at . The tentative program can be accessed at the registration website. The CIC Deans are doing their best to also widely promote the seminar; together, we will ensure broad participation in this important program for an often under supported constituency on our campuses.

2012 CARMA Summer School
June 17 - 23, 2012 | 9:00 AM | CARMA's Cedar Flat, CA site
Picture: 2012 CARMA Summer School

We are pleased to announce the 2012 CARMA Summer School, which will be held at CARMA's Cedar Flat site during the week of June 17-23, 2012.

Students will stay at the observatory for lectures, practical demonstrations, and observing projects. The lectures will cover the basic theory of interferometer observations, data reduction, and imaging. During the school, each participant will make observations, analyze the data, and give a short presentation on the results.

• There will be a nominal cost to the students.
• Positions will be extremely limited.
• Participants should normally be graduate students.

Applications for the school are now being accepted. An application should consist of a statement of up to one page describing the applicant's interest in CARMA and reason for wanting to attend the school. The application should also include the name and contact information for the student's advisor. Applications should be sent to Mary Daniel ( Students affiliated with the CARMA institutions who are interested in attending should contact their local director. Students from non-CARMA institutions should contact Mel Wright ( for information.

The application deadline is April 27, 2012.

For more information, please see the CARMA website ( and click on the link for "2012 CARMA Summer School" in the middle of the page. Results from student projects from previous Summer Schools are published in CARMA Memos, which are available at .

The LHC, Particle Physics and the Cosmos
July 13 - 15, 2012 | University of Auckland, New Zealand
Picture: The LHC, Particle Physics and the Cosmos

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we invite you to attend a conference, "The LHC, Particle Physics and the Cosmos" being held at the University of Auckland from July 13 to 15 this year.
Topics to be discussed include results from the LHC, direct and indirect searches for dark matter, neutrino physics and cosmology: advances in any one of these subfields can have major implications for the others, and all of them contribute to the overall quest to construct a coherent account of the evolving universe, from the big bang itself, through to the present day and beyond.
The conference is timed to follow the ICHEP meeting in Melbourne, so participants can easily attend both events -- Auckland is approximately three hours flying from Melbourne.

40th SLAC Summer Institute: The Electroweak Scale: Unraveling the Mysteries at the LHC
July 23 - August 3, 2012 | SLAC
Picture: 40th SLAC Summer Institute: The Electroweak Scale: Unraveling the Mysteries at the LHC

Registration is open for the 40th SLAC Summer Institute, to be held at SLAC July 23 - August 3, 2012. The Institute's topic is "The Electroweak Scale: Unraveling the Mysteries at the LHC." Morning lectures will review the various ways we expect to learn about the nature of electroweak symmetry breaking, focusing on recent LHC results and their implications for the electroweak scale and beyond. In the afternoons, topical conference talks will alternate with discussion sessions, tours, and social events. A special session will be held to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the SLAC Summer Institute. The full program and further details can be found on the SSI website:

The SLAC Summer Institute has a long tradition of offering comprehensible lectures for advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and more senior physicists too. Students and postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to contribute to the poster session.

If you have further questions, please contact us at

Workshop on Cosmic Acceleration
August 24 - 26, 2012 | McWilliams Center for Cosmology at Carnegie Mellon University

The McWilliams Center for Cosmology at Carnegie Mellon University is organizing a "Workshop on Cosmic Acceleration" from Aug. 24-26 (Fri-Sun), 2012, in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. This workshop aims to bring together leading researchers and students, working on both the theory and observations of the initial conditions of the Universe and various areas of dark energy such as modified gravity. We believe that the workshop should provide a unique platform for researchers in the areas of inflation and dark energy to interact and discuss great ideas. It will also present a great learning opportunity for students, whom we strongly encourage to apply. More information on the workshop can be found at the webpage:

COSMO 2012
September 10 - 14, 2012 | Beijing, China

Dear Colleague,
We are pleased to announce that this year's COSMO conference will be hosted by the National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences on Sept. 10-14, 2012. It will be held on the campuses of the Institute of Theoretical Physics and the Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The COSMO conference series is an important venue for interaction between cosmologists and particle physicists, which is especially valuable in searching for fundamental understanding of our universe.

Online registration is open at

An associated program on Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (Sept. 3-28) has also been planned around COSMO12 at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics China.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to meeting you in Beijing in September, 2012!

Multicosmofun'12: Multiverse and Fundamental Cosmology
September 10 - 14, 2012 | 8:00 AM | University of Szczecin, Szczecin, Poland
Picture: Multicosmofun12: Multiverse and Fundamental Cosmology

We invite you to take part in our conference "Multiverse and Fundamental Cosmology" (Multicosmofun'12) which will take place in Szczecin, Poland from 10th till 14th of September 2012. This is the third event in the series of fundamental cosmology conferences organized by our cosmology group in Szczecin (previous were Cosmofun'2005 and Grasscosmofun'09).

This time the task of the conference is to bring together specialists in fundamental cosmology (superstring, brane and M-theory), quantum cosmology and dark energy and the specialists dealing with the multiverse concept (variation of fundamental constants, decoherent histories, superstring landscape etc.). It is planned that the invited lectures and short contributions will be published in a conference proceedings. The organizer is the Cosmology Group of the University of Szczecin and collaborators are the Polish Physical Society, the Copernicus Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Krakow, and the National Centre for Nuclear Research in Swierk.

Invited speakers are:
Martin Bojowald, Univ. Penn State, USA
Robert R. Caldwell, Dartmouth College, Hanover, USA
Paul C.W. Davies, Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science, Arizona St.
Univ., USA
Michael Heller, Copernicus Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Krakow, Poland
Jerzy Jurkiewicz, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
Claus Kiefer, Univ. Cologne, Germany
Anthony Lasenby, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, UK
Renate Loll, Univ. Utrecht, The Netherlands
Carlos J.A.P. Martins Univ. Porto, Portugal
David Polarski, Univ. Montpellier, France
Alexei Starobinsky, Lebedev Institute, Moscow, Russia
Shinji Tsujikawa Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo, Japan
Jean-Philippe Uzan, IAP, Paris, France
Alexander Vilenkin, Tufts University, USA

We encourage you to register early through our server ( by filling in a registration form and submitting it to a conference address:

Looking forward to seeing you in Szczecin.

The 2012 FeynRules/MadGraph School on LHC Phenomenology
September 30 - October 5, 2012 | Hotel Porto do Mar, Natal, Brazil
Picture: The 2012 FeynRules/MadGraph School on LHC Phenomenology

With the first LHC run at 7 TeV being fully analysed and the data from the 8 TeV run being collected now, the exploration of the TeV scale has entered a very exciting phase. The FeynRules/MadGraph school is aimed at Ph.D. students and young post-docs in high-energy physics who would like to acquire physics and technical skills to perfom phenomenology studies at the LHC. Particular emphasis is given to the ability of simulating events at the LHC starting from the Standard Model or Beyond and to compare accurate and flexible predictions with data. Theorists, phenomenologists and experimentalists are welcome. The School is organized in lectures, tutorials, personal and group work on realistic case studies.