WorldWide Conferences & Workshops, 2013
Primordial QCD Matter in LHC Era -- Implications of LHC Results on Early Universe
February 10 - 14, 2013 | Cairo, Egypt
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The Federation for Egyptian Particle Scientists (FEPS) is organizing the second international conference on “Primordial QCD Matter in LHC Era: implications of QCD results on the early universe” in Cairo, Egypt from 10th to 14th February 2013.

* Cosmological standard model and relativistic astrophysics
* Astrophysical observations and ultra-high energy cosmic rays
* Relativistic hydrodynamics and physics of the early universe
* LHC experiments and properties of QCD matter
* Deconfinement and phase transitions in QCD
* Thermodynamics in lattice QCD
* Lessons from RHIC
* QCD at High Baryon Density

5th Mathematica Summer School on Theoretical Physics
March 11 - 16, 2013 | Trieste, Italy

Dear Colleague,

We would like to draw your attention to the fifth edition of the Mathematica Summer School on Theoretical Physics. This year the topics covered will be Higher Dimensional CFT's and the Conformal Bootstrap.

The school will be held in ICTP, Trieste, from the 11th to the 16th of March 2013. The application form is open on the website For further information see You can also find all the materials from the previous editions of the summer school in this website. The school will be mostly aimed at PhD graduate students but advanced master students, postdocs and more senior researchers are welcome to apply as well.

We hope to see you in Trieste next March,

Best regards,

Nikolay Gromov (Kings College), Kumar Narain (ICTP), Pedro Vieira (Perimeter) - Summer School organizers

March 24 - 29, 2013 | Snowbird, Utah

Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to announce SnowCluster 2013, a workshop on physics of galaxy clusters, which will be held on March 24-29, 2013 in Snowbird, Utah.

Since the first SnowCluster in 2010, there has been a number of interesting developments in the cluster field, including the launch of major new instruments and missions such as Hershel, Planck, NuStar, LOFAR, ALMA and others. Astro-H is getting ready to fly and measure the ICM velocities. It is time to get together again and discuss the new data, as well as the continuing stream of high-quality results from Chandra, XMM, Suzaku, Fermi, SWIFT, GMRT, VLA and the SZ telescopes, and recent theoretical progress on various aspects of the cluster astrophysics.

An approximate list of topics that we hope to cover includes:
* SZ observations: individual clusters, samples
* X-ray masses and their uncertainties
* Gravitational lensing masses
* Mass scaling relations
* Nuisance parameters for precision cosmology
* X-ray observations and simulations of cluster mergers
* ICM turbulence, clumpiness: theory and observations
* Cold gas in cool cores
* AGN-ICM interaction
* Relativistic matter in clusters: theory and observations
* Transport processes in the ICM

Monique Arnaud, Hans Boehringer, Max Bonamente, Gianfranco Brunetti, Eugene Churazov, Douglas Clowe, Tetsu Kitayama, Andrey Kravtsov, Matt Kuntz, Maxim Markevitch, Tony Mroczkowski

Snowbird, Utah is a ski resort with arguably the best snow in the Western hemisphere (and the best season there is late March, according to the locals). The meeting venue is right at the base of the ski lift. We hope to see you there!

The program of the previous SnowCluster 2010, with links to many of the talks, is available at

The list of invited speakers will be sent in the second announcement. Registration will be open shortly (with a deadline in January) at

Related Links:
KICP Members: Andrey V. Kravtsov

Primordial Cosmology
April 1 - June 28, 2013 | The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara, CA

We would like to announce the program Primordial Cosmology, to be held spring 2013 at KITP. Information and a link to the application is online at
with deadline coming up April 30, 2012.
It is shaping up to be an exciting program, an opportunity for extended interaction and collaboration.

Exploring TeV Scale New Physics with LHC Data
April 29 - July 26, 2013 | Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to announce the program Exploring TeV Scale New Physics with LHC Data to be held at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, during the period April 29 – July 26, 2013, and to alert you that applications are now being accepted. We also encourage you to inform others who you think might be interested in applying.

We coordinators will be assisted by scientific advisors Yuri Gershtein, Beate Heinemann, Aurelio Juste, and David Stuart. A summary and the latest information about the program can be found online. Note that the Application Deadline is June 15, 2012.

There will be an associated conference, LHC-The First Part of the Journey, to be held from July 8—12, 2013. (It is not necessary to be a program participant in order to attend the conference, but, because of space limitations, conference participation will be by invitation only.)

KITP programs differ from many conferences and workshops in that they create a situation where scientists learn from each other and actually do substantive research, often collaborating with other participants. To foster these interactions, KITP strongly encourages theorists to stay for as long as possible, with three weeks being the minimum stay for a regular participant. We understand, however, that bench scientists with laboratory responsibilitiesoften cannot manage long visits but can have a big impact even in a week, so we can be more flexible for them.

Some level of financial support will be available, the amount depending on the needs of the participants and availability of funds. Supplementary funds are available to help support families wishing to make extended visits. To apply, go to the aforementioned web page, and click on the Apply link. Late applications will be considered as budget and space permits. Due to space and financial constraints, however, we may not be able to accommodateeveryone who applies.

KITP provides office and computing facilities on-site at UC Santa Barbara and also provides help finding living accommodations. It is necessary for every prospective participant to set up an account and apply online, even if we have already corresponded with you about the program. Actual commitments of office space and financial support can be made only by written formal invitations from the KITP Director, David Gross, regardless of any communications you may have had with us.

If you think you might like to participate, it will help us with our planning if you could apply early, including your proposed length of stay and any financial requirements. If you have any questions, please contact one of the coordinators.

Sincerely yours,

Marcela Carena
Fabio Maltoni
Matthias Neubert
Lian-Tao Wang

Exploring the Physics of Inflation
June 24 - 27, 2013 | Santander, Spain
Picture: Exploring the Physics of Inflation

Dear Colleague,

we would like to inform you about an upcoming meeting on Exploring the Physics of Inflation that will take place in the northern coastal city of Santander (Spain) from June 24-27, 2013.

This meeting is very timely because the year 2013 has already started to be an exciting year full of new cosmological results based on the measurement and analysis of CMB temperature fluctuations,
polarization, and LSS data. The Planck satellite just provided its first cosmological information and released all-sky CMB maps with unprecedented quality. These new results, along with the information that is being produced by on-going and planned CMB and LSS experiments are and will continue to be a very important contribution to improving our knowledge on the inflationary period of the universe. This meeting will focus on the physics of inflation from an observational, theoretical, and instrumental perspective. Special emphasis will also be given to the results derived from the forthcoming polarization data.

This conference takes place in the context of the Spanish Consolider-Ingenio Project known as EPI: Exploring the Physics of Inflation. There will be a limited number of invited talks, in order to allow the majority of the time for contributed discussion. Limited financial support may be available for PhD students and young postdocs, covering accommodation in a shared double room. Priority will be given to those presenting an oral contribution or poster.

The list of confirmed invited speakers includes N. Benítez, F. Finelli, S. Hoover, W. Kinney, A. Lee, N. Mandolesi, Y. Mellier, H. Peiris, L. Piccirillo, R. Rebolo, S. Staggs, L. Verde, and B. Wandelt.

Santander is a popular summer destination surrounded by some of the most popular beaches on the north coast. The dates of the conference were chosen to avoid the peak of the tourist season, in order to offer a more relaxing (and affordable) environment.

For more information about the meeting and how to register, visit
Please, pass this message to any colleague you
might think it could be interested.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Santander,

The Physical Link between Galaxies and their Halos
June 25 - 29, 2013 | Garching, Germany
Picture: The Physical Link between Galaxies and their Halos

Dear colleague,

We would like to bring to your attention our conference organized for next summer:
"The Physical Link between Galaxies and their Halos".

The meeting will take place 25-29 June 2013 in Garching, Germany.
Visit for further details.
A short overview of the scientific rationale is copied below.

We would appreciate if you could circulate this announcement to colleagues and students interested in this topic.

Looking forward to seeing you in Garching,
The Scientific Organizing Committee
(Laura Sales, Guinevere Kauffmann, Simon White, Hans Boehringer, Romeel Dave,
Eric Emsellem, Annette Ferguson, Carlos Frenk, Leon Koopmans, Rachel Mandelbaum,
Julio Navarro, Xavier Prochaska, Debora Sijacki, Chuck Steidel and Frank van den Bosch)

Galaxies are surrounded by extended halos of stars, gas and dark matter. The stars appear to be debris from accreted dwarfs. The gas flows both in and out, forming hydrostatic atmospheres in massive systems. The dark matter dominates the overall mass budget, providing the gravitational context for the growth and evolution of the central galaxy. Recent observations have shed light on all these components: resolved star studies and low surface brightness photometry on the stellar halo; UV absorption, X-ray emission, and stacked 21cm and SZ measurements on circumgalactic gas; and galaxy-galaxy lensing and dynamical studies based on a variety of tracers on dark matter halos. In our current paradigm for structure formation, the three kinds of halos interact strongly and play an important role in shaping the galaxies we see. This conference aims to bring together observers and theorists in the broad range of areas providing insight into the physical mechanisms governing these galaxy-halo connections. Topics will include gaseous, stellar and dark matter halos in our own and external galaxies; the impact of accretion and outflows on the structure and evolution of galaxies and their surroundings; new techniques for measuring the mass and structure of halos and their relation to the central galaxy; the co-evolution of baryonic and dark matter structures in the inner regions of halos; the links between halos and galaxy morphology and scaling relations.
Observational and theoretical perspectives will be combined to provide a comprehensive view of our current understanding with the aim of isolating the remaining challenges in this area of galaxy formation and evolution.

- Measuring the mass and structure of dark halos and their link to the central object
- Gaseous halos: inflows, outflows and quasi-static atmospheres
- Abundances in halos and circumgalactic gas and their relation to chemical evolution of the central galaxy
- Stellar halos, intracluster light and accreted versus in-situ stars
- The relation of halos of all kinds to galaxy scaling relations
* for disks
* for elliptical galaxies
- Halos as clues to the galaxy formation process
- The co-evolution of DM halos and their central galaxies

Santa Fe Cosmology Summer workshop
July 1 - 19, 2013 | Santa Fe, NM
Picture: Santa Fe Cosmology Summer workshop

Dear Colleague,

This is to announce the next of our continuing series of Santa Fe
Cosmology Summer workshops, to be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico from
July 1 to July 19, 2013. The venue is the campus of St. John's
College, a small liberal arts college that provides both a pleasant
ambiance and convenient access to Santa Fe.

The aim of the Santa Fe workshops is to bring together physicists and
astrophysicists with interests in structure formation, the cosmic
microwave background, and the early universe. Typically, a large
portion of the time is devoted to discussion, with formal or informal
talks as needed to introduce such discussion. Attendance is limited
to about 80 participants to encourage this informality. We also
encourage attendance by a number of graduate students and junior
researchers, so they can be exposed to forefront research and interact
with leaders in the field. We therefore ask you to bring this meeting
to the attention of exceptional students and postdocs.

There will be no registration fee and highly subsidized housing will
be provided (the precise cost estimates will be available soon, but
are likely to be $175/room/week, $100/week for students, including
meal tickets). Travel support will not be available.

Registration for the meeting and suggestions for the scientific
program will be accepted at the Workshop website at

We look forward to hearing from you soon and to seeing you this summer
in Santa Fe.

41st SLAC Summer Institute - Journeys Through the Frontiers: Planning for Future Facilities
July 8 - 19, 2013 | SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory - Menlo Park, CA
Picture: 41st SLAC Summer Institute - Journeys Through the Frontiers: Planning for Future Facilities

Registration is open for the 41st SLAC Summer Institute, to be held at SLAC July 8-19, 2013. The Institute's topic is "Journeys Through the Frontiers: Planning for Future Facilities." Morning lectures will review the theoretical motivations and experimental techniques that will enable exciting discoveries along the cosmic, energy and intensity frontiers. The Institute will closely follow the 2013 "Snowmass" Community Summer Study and will serve as a means for young physicists to participate. In the afternoons, topical conference talks will alternate with discussion sessions, work on Snowmass projects, tours, and social events. 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 sessions.

If you have further questions, please contact Suzette Escobar,

We hope to see you at SLAC this summer for SSI 2013!

The SSI 2013 Program Directors,
SuDong, Stefan Funk, JoAnne Hewett, and Tom Rizzo

Rencontres du Vietnam -- Cosmology in the PLANCK Era
July 28 - August 3, 2013 | Quy Nhon, Vietnam
Picture: Rencontres du Vietnam -- Cosmology in the PLANCK Era

The next Rencontres du Vietnam meeting devoted to
Cosmology in the PLANCK Era
will be organized in Quy Nhon (Central Vietnam)
July 28-August 3, 2013
at the new International Conference Center being built there.

The topics covered will include:
A. CMB: Planck Cosmology Results
B. Non-Planck CMB
C. Dark Energy
D. Dark Matter
E. Theory

Registration is open and more details can be found on the
web site of the conference:
(including an abstract submission form)

Summer School in Astroparticle and Underground Physics
September 4 - 8, 2013 | Asilomar, CA, USA
Picture: Summer School in Astroparticle and Underground Physics

Dear Colleagues,
This note concerns two upcoming TAUP2013 deadlines.

First, we have organized a school for advanced graduate students and beginning postdocs,
to be held in Asilomar over the five-day period immediately preceding TAUP2013. The deadline
for applications to the school is June 15. Thus this is the last week to respond. If you have
students or postdocs - in theory, experiment, or observation - who could benefit from a
school that provides an overview of TAUP science, please encourage them to apply. A
poster describing the lectures and speakers is attached. There is some support available
to cover local (but not travel) costs.

Second, the early registration period for TAUP2013 ends June 30. Please register by this
date to receive the early-registration rate.

Further information is available on the TAUP2013 web site,

13th International Conference on Topics in Astroparticle and Underground Physics
September 8 - 13, 2013 | Asilomar, CA, USA
Picture: 13th International Conference on Topics in Astroparticle and Underground Physics

The biennial TAUP series covers recent experimental and theoretical developments in astroparticle physics by invited plenary review talks and parallel workshop sessions of invited and contributed presentations.
Topics covered by the conference:

Cosmology and particle physics
Dark matter and its detection
Neutrino physics and astrophysics
Gravitational waves
High-energy astrophysics and cosmic rays

N body gravitational dynamical systems From N=2 to infinity...
September 9 - November 13, 2013 | Henri Poincare Institute in Paris, France
Picture: N body gravitational dynamical systems From N=2 to infinity...

Dear Colleague,

It is our pleasure to announce a programme on " N body gravitational dynamical systems From N=2 to infinity..." organised by the Emile Borel Centre of Henri Poincare Institute in Paris, from September 9th to December 13th, 2013.
The organisers are Jerome Perez, Jean-Michel Alimi, Stephane Colombi, Pier-Stefano Corasaniti and Roya Mohayaee.

Information on the programme can be found at : or at

Registration for the programme is free and recommended on:

Deadline to apply for financial support is January 18th, 2013

During this trimester:
- One summerschool at CIRM is organized from September 9th to 13th:
If you intend to participate in this event, it will be necessary to make a pre registration through this link:
- 3 workshops will take place:
1) « Vlasov-Poisson : The Numerical Approach and its Limits » - October 14th to 18th
2) « Dynamics & Kinetic theory of self-gravitating systems » - November 4th to 8th
3) « Origin of cosmic structures : numerical and theoretical approaches » November 25th to December 6th
Please make sure to register under this link:

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Paris!

Dark Side of the Universe 2013, IX International Workshop
October 14 - 17, 2013 | Trieste, Italy
Picture: Dark Side of the Universe 2013, IX International Workshop

The meeting is in the Series of the DSU workshops previously held in Seoul (2005),
Madrid (2006), Minnesota (2007), Cairo (2008), Melbourne (2009), Leon (2010),
Beijing (2011) and Buzios, Rio de Janeiro (2012).

Topics of the workshop:
* Observational Cosmology. Planck results. Dark Energy: origin, evolution and observational properties.
* Observational properties of Galaxies. Dark Matter in Galaxies, Groups and Clusters.
* Old and New Dark Matter candidates. Direct and Indirect Dark Matter searches.
* Simulations in Galaxy/Cluster Formation. Abandoning the LambdaCDM Universe paradigm?
* Ultra high energy cosmic rays. Modifying Newton-Einstein Theory of Gravity?

Scientific Organizing Committee
Carlos Munoz (UAM/IFT, Spain), Pyungwon Ko (KIAS, South Korea),Christiane Frigerio Martins (UFF Brasil), Shaban Khalil (BUE, Egypt),Keith Olive (Minnesota University, USA), Csaba Balazs (Monash University, Australia), David Delepine (Guanajauato University, Mexico),Qaisar Shafi (Delaware University, USA),Yu-Feng Zhou (KITPC/ITP-CAS, China), Paolo Salucci (SISSA, Italy) .

Registrations are open. Talks will be published online on POS:

22nd Midwest Relativity Meeting / Compact Objects Meeting
October 25 - 27, 2013 | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

22nd Midwest Relativity Meeting / Compact Objects Meeting

The 22nd Midwest Relativity Meeting will be held Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26, 2013 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and will be followed by a Compact Objects meeting on Sunday October 27. Astrophysical talks on compact objects in the Relativity Meeting will be scheduled for Saturday to give a natural overlap. Each participant in the meetings may present a talk of approximately 10-15 minutes, depending on the total number of talks, We intend the Midwest Relativity Meeting to cover a broad range of topics in gravitation physics, including classical and quantum gravity, numerical relativity, relativistic astrophysics, cosmology, gravitational waves and experimental gravity. The third day of science talks will focus on a wider range of topics relating to the astrophysics of compact objects: white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes; we encourage submissions of observational and theoretical talks by students, postdocs, and faculty.

As this is a regional meeting, many of the participants will be from the United States Midwest and Canada, but researchers and students from other areas are also welcome. A conference website will be open by early September, at which time further details, registration information and abstract submission will be available at
There is no conference fee.