WorldWide Conferences & Workshops, 2014
Essential Cosmology for the Next Generation - Cosmology on the Beach
January 13 - 17, 2014 | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Picture: Essential Cosmology for the Next Generation - Cosmology on the Beach

Dear Colleagues,

Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics and the Instituto Avanzado de Cosmologia, Mexico are organizing their 5th annual Essential Cosmology for the Next Generation (aka Cosmology on the Beach) winter school / research conference on January 13-17, 2014 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

The conference website is
and the application deadline is September 20 (though we encourage early application since space is limited).
We have an excellent group of speakers and topics planned.

We strongly encourage a diverse group of advanced graduate students, postdocs, and established researchers to participate. Please let other interested people know about this meeting, and we hope to see you in January.

Sources and Detection of Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe
February 26 - 28, 2014 | UCLA Campus, Los Angeles, CA
Picture: Sources and Detection of Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe

Dear Colleague,

We'd like to announce that our eleventh symposium, Sources and Detection of Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe, will be held Wednesday February 26 through Friday February 28, 2014.

The agenda for the meeting is being planned and contributed talks are being accepted at this time. Requests to give a presentation can be accompanied by an abstract, which can be submitted online.

You may review proposed scientific topics, submit an abstract, and keep up with the latest news about UCLA Dark Matter 2014 at the newly-launched conference website:

These are exciting times and on behalf of the Advisory Committee I invite you to join us in February 2014 to share the latest research and discoveries in our field.

Rencontres de Moriond: Cosmology 2014
March 22 - 29, 2014 | La Thuile (Valle d'Aosta, Italy)
Picture: Rencontres de Moriond: Cosmology 2014

Let us remind you that the next Rencontres de Moriond
meeting devoted to
will be organized in La Thuile (Valle d'Aosta, Italy),
March 22-29, 2014.

The topics covered will include:
A. Cosmic Microwave Background
B. Dark Energy
C. Clusters / SZ
D. Dark Matter: direct and indirect detection
E. Neutrino Cosmology
F. Theory
G. Future programs in Cosmology

Registration is open on the conference web site:
And more details can be found there
including an abstract submission form.

IAU Symposium 306 on Statistical Challenges in 21st Century Cosmology (SCCC21)
May 26 - 29, 2014 | Lisbon, Portugal
Picture: IAU Symposium 306 on Statistical Challenges in 21st Century Cosmology (SCCC21)

We are pleased to circulate the Final Announcement of the IAU Symposium 306 on Statistical Challenges in 21st Century Cosmology (SCCC21). The Symposium will take place in Lisbon, Portugal from 26-29 May 2014, with a tutorial day on 25 May.

Please, note the abstract submission deadline on the 28 March 2014.

Looking forward to seeing you in Lisbon!

IAUS306 SOC and LOC.


IAUS306 - Statistical Challenges in 21st Century Cosmology

IAU Symposium 306 on Statistical Challenges in 21st Century Cosmology will take place in Lisbon, Portugal from 26-29 May 2014, with a tutorial day on 25 May.

Keynote speakers
• Cosmic Microwave Background - Graca Rocha (USA / Portugal)
• Weak Gravitational Lensing - Masahiro Takada (Japan)
• Combining probes - Anais Rassat (Switzerland)
• Statistics of fields - Sabino Matarrese (Italy)
• Large-scale structure - Licia Verde (Spain)
• Bayesian methods - David van Dyk (UK)
• 21cm cosmology - Mario Santos (South Africa / Portugal)
• Massive parameter estimation - Ben Wandelt (France)
• Overwhelmingly large datasets - Alex Szalay (USA)
• Errors and nonparametric estimation - Aurore Delaigle (Australia)
• Sparsity - Jalal Fadili (France)

Invited speakers:
• Supernovae Cosmology - Mario Hamuy (Chile)
• Anomalies - Hiranya Peiris (UK)
• Sparsity based CMB reconstruction - Jérôme Bobin (France)
• Machine-learning in Astronomy - Mike Hobson (UK)
• Statistical aspects of photo-z estimation - Narciso Benítez (Spain)
• Closing remarks from a statistician - Joseph Hilbe (USA)

Tutorial sessions:
• Sparsity - Jérôme Bobin, Florent Sureau (France)
• Bayesian Cosmology - ICIC (UK)
• R for Observational Cosmology - Eric Feigelson (USA)

You are invited to submit an abstract for a contributed talk or poster for the meeting, via the meeting website. Full information on the scientific rationale, programme, proceedings, critical dates, and local arrangements will be on the symposium web site at:

28 March 2014 Abstract submission
4 April 2014 Notification of abstract acceptance
11 April 2014 Close of registration
30 June 2014 Manuscript submission

Cross-correlation in the high redshift sky
June 18 - 20, 2014 | University College London, England
Picture: Cross-correlation in the high redshift sky

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to inform you that the workshop “Cross-correlation in the high redshift sky” will be held in London this coming June (18th-20th) on the University College London campus.

With the release of the Planck results and products, alongside current and forthcoming large-scale structure data, we believe it timely to organise this workshop. Our prime objective is to bring together experts in different cosmological probes to share knowledge and ideas on how best to combine multiple observables. We aim at covering the following subjects and more during the workshop:

- Correlations between CMB observables (anisotropies, lensing, SZ) and optical LSS surveys
- Correlations between LSS surveys observables: galaxy and galaxy lensing
- Correlations with LSS surveys in other frequencies: Radio astronomy
- Correlations between CMB, LSS and other fields: Extragalactic Gamma ray background, ...

The sessions will include both invited talks and talks contributed by attendees. Each morning will begin with a 1-hour lecture on some of the main aspects of cross-correlations pitched at a pedagogical level. This is a perfect opportunity for new graduate students to learn more about an exciting and growing field in cosmology.

More information about venue, registration and abstract submission can be found on the workshop website:

There will be possibilities for limited support to help young researchers to attend the workshop, provided by the Royal Astronomical Society.

Inquiries can be made to the following email address:

We are look forward to having you in June at UCL!

The organizing committee:

A. Benoit-Lévy
L. Clerkin
D. Kirk
B. Leistedt

IAU Symposium 308: The Zeldovich Universe: Genesis and Growth of the Cosmic Web
June 23 - 28, 2014 | Tallinn, Estonia
Picture: IAU Symposium 308: The Zeldovich Universe: Genesis and Growth of the Cosmic Web

Dear Colleague

We are happy to announce IAU Symposium 308 "The Zel'dovich' Universe: Genesis and Growth of the Cosmic Web", which will be held in Tallinn, Estonia, from June 23-28, 2014.

2014 is the centenary year of the birth of Yakov Zel'dovich. IAU symposium 308
pays tribute to his outstanding contributions to the understanding of the
large scale matter distribution in the Universe by devoting its attention on
the Cosmic Web and cosmic structure formation. The symposium will synthesize the
large advances and insights obtained from many different observational and theoretical
studies and set out the lines for the major upcoming scientific programs that will not
only extend our view over a far larger fraction of the visible Universe but also allow
the systematic investigation of the evolution of cosmic structure.

Topics that will be addressed are:
- Large Scale Galaxy Surveys
- Simulations of Large Scale Structure formation
- Structural Analysis of the Cosmic Web
- Large Scale Structure at high redshift
- the Zel'dovich Legacy: theory & dynamics
- Gravitational Lensing and the Cosmic Web
- Voids
- the Local Universe (reconstruction, dynamics and velocity flows)
- Dynamical Analysis of the Cosmic Web
- the Gaseous Cosmic Web (Lyman alpha forest, WHIM, ...)
- Cosmic Web as environment for galaxy formation
- Galaxies in the Cosmic Web
- Dark Ages -- Reionization
- Primordial Signature of the Cosmic Web (BAOs, primordial non-Gaussianities, non-standard Gravity)
- Future Surveys
- Cosmology of Yakov Zel'dovich: historical and scientific perspective

Registration, abstract submission and application for financial support are now possible.

More information can be found in our conference webpage

We apologize if you receive this message more than once but would like to ask you to distribute
this announcement among your colleagues as widely as reasonable.

Thank you and many greetings,

Sergei Shandarin & Rien van de Weygaert on behalf of LOC and SOC

Astroparticle Physics: a joint IDM/TeVPA conference
June 23 - 28, 2014 | Amsterdam
Picture: Astroparticle Physics: a joint IDM/TeVPA conference

Dear Colleague,

We are delighted to announce ‘Astroparticle Physics – A Joint TeVPA/IDM Conference’ (, a special event that will take place in Amsterdam from the 23 – 28 June 2014. This event brings together two major international conference series in Astroparticle Physics; Identification of Dark Matter (IDM) and TeV Particle Astrophysics (TeVPA).

We aim to provide a stage for the most recent advances in the booming field of Astroparticle Physics, bringing to Amsterdam - a city that has recently invested a lot into this research area through initiatives like GRAPPA and the D-ITP - leading members of the scientific communities that are contributing to its success. A list of confirmed plenary speakers and conveners of the parallel sessions can be found on the conference website.

We invite contributions in the following research areas: Cosmic Rays; Dark Matter in Cosmology; Direct Dark Matter Searches; Indirect Dark Matter Searches, High Energy Particle Physics; Neutrinos and High Energy Astrophysics. Registration and abstract submission will open on 1 February 2014.

The conference will be held at the Tuschinski Theatre, an extraordinary landmark located in the heart of Amsterdam, which was built in 1921 in a spectacular mix of Amsterdam School, Jugendstil, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. The main auditorium, which hosts many Dutch film premieres, is considered one of the most beautiful cinemas in the world. A special social event is planned at Het Scheepvaartmuseum. It will include a guided visit to the exhibition halls and a sumptuous dinner under the recently installed Atrium.

The conference is partially supported by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). To secure IUPAP sponsorship, the organisers have provided assurance that "Astroparticle Physics" will be conducted in accordance with IUPAP principles as stated in the IUPAP resolution passed by the General Assembly in 2008. In particular, no bona fide scientist will be excluded from participation on the grounds of national origin, nationality, or political considerations unrelated to science.

We kindly ask you to bring this conference to the attention of colleagues, including postdocs and PhD students, who might be interested.

Best regards,

Gianfranco Bertone

on behalf of the organizing committee:

S. Ando (GRAPPA, U. of Amsterdam)
S. Bentvelsen (NIKHEF & GRAPPA, U. of Amsterdam)
D. Berge (GRAPPA, U. of Amsterdam)
G. Bertone (GRAPPA, U. of Amsterdam), Chair
P. de Jong (NIKHEF)
P. Decowski (NIKHEF & GRAPPA, U. of Amsterdam)
S. Markoff (GRAPPA, U. of Amsterdam)
K. Petraki (NIKHEF & GRAPPA, U. of Amsterdam)
M. Postma (NIKHEF & GRAPPA, U. of Amsterdam)
J. Vink (GRAPPA, U. of Amsterdam)
C. Weniger (GRAPPA, U. of Amsterdam)
F. Zandanel (GRAPPA, U. of Amsterdam)

Nuclei in the Cosmos 2014
July 7 - 11, 2014 | Debrecen, Hungary
Picture: Nuclei in the Cosmos 2014

I'd like to bring your attention to the upcoming "Nuclei in the Cosmos --
NIC2014" conference to be held in Debrecen, Hungary between July 7 - 11, 2014.

"Nuclei in the Cosmos" is a bi-annual conference since 1990. Traditionally it
has a strong section on supernovae, that's why I'm circulating this message in
the supernova community. Further information can be found here:

The online registration is now open:

Abstracts can be submitted online:
Please note that the deadline for abstract submission is March 31.

An inherent part of the NIC conference series is a one-week school prior
to the conference, where graduate students and young postdocs can learn
the basic problems the conference deals with from distinguished lecturers.
This school will be held in Debrecen, Hungary between June 30 - July 4, 2014.

Please email to nic2014 [at] if you have questions.

We are looking forward to seeing you among the conference participants.

Mathematica Summer School on Theoretical Physics
July 21 - 26, 2014
Picture: Mathematica Summer School on Theoretical Physics

Dear Colleague,

University of Porto and Perimeter Institute are pleased to announce the sixth edition of the Mathematica Summer School on Theoretical Physics in July. This year the topics covered will be Selected Topics in Holography.

The school will be held in Porto, Portugal, from the July, 21-26, 2014. This year's edition is embedded in a larger two-week long school -- see for more information. Given that we keep receiving many applications, we postponed the application deadline to the April 11, 2014. The list of selected participants will be announced the latest on the April 18, 2014.

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 very much hope to see you in Porto next July,

Characterizing Planetary Systems Across the HR Diagram
July 28 - August 1, 2014 | Institute for Astronomy, University of Cambridge, England
Picture: Characterizing Planetary Systems Across the HR Diagram

First Announcement

The University of Cambridge Institute of Astronomy will host a 5 day scientific meeting to further our understanding of the formation and evolution of planetary systems. The meeting will focus on the full lifetime of planetary systems, from pre- to post-main sequence host star stages, and the connections that can be made by viewing these evolutionary stages as parts of a whole. In this way, the program aims to provide an integrative approach rather than focusing on each stellar stage separately.

We will bring together participants from the growing diversity of planetary science disciplines: star-planet formation, solar system studies, exoplanets, debris disks, host star abundances and atmospheric pollution, stellar evolution, and planetary dynamics. The conference can accommodate up to 150 people.

The overall goal of the meeting is to generate discussion and increase scientific interactions among the diverse communities interested in the formation, architecture, and evolution of planetary systems. Two themes that represent the spirit of the meeting are:

The physical and chemical connections between evolved planetary systems, their main-sequence counterparts, and those forming in proto-planetary disks
The scientific potential for extracting planetary system frequency, structure, chemistry, and dynamics at different evolutionary phases and stellar populations.

Session Topics will include:

- Proto-planetary disk and planetary atmosphere chemistry
- Planetesimal and solid planet compositions
- Planet and debris populations
- Host star elemental abundances and pollution
- Planetary system and host star evolution

John Debes, Orsalo DeMarco, Michael Endl, Jay Farihi (Chair), Boris Gansicke, Andrew Howard, Sarah Maddison, Karin Oberg, Simon Schuler, Steinn Siggurdson, Noam Soker, Kate Su, Alex Wolszczan, Mark Wyatt (Co-Chair), Ed Young, Ben Zuckerman

Eleanor Bacchus, Aimee Hall, Simon Hodgkin, Grant Kennedy, Tim Pearce, Andrew Shannon, Amanda Smith, Chris Tout (Chair)

2014 CARMA Summer School
August 3 - 9, 2014 | Cedar Flats, California
Picture: 2014 CARMA Summer School

The 2014 CARMA Summer School will be held at CARMA's Cedar Flat site during the week of August 3-9.

The CARMA Summer School is a "hands-on" experience. 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 or postdocs.

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 30, 2014.

For more information, please see the CARMA website ( and click on the link for "2014 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 . A technical description of CARMA is available at: .

Transformational Science in the ALMA Era: Multi-Wavelength Studies of Galaxy Evolution
August 4 - 7, 2014 | Charlottesville, VA
Picture: Transformational Science in the ALMA Era: Multi-Wavelength Studies of Galaxy Evolution

At this workshop we will explore four central themes in the field of galaxy evolution by bringing together current and future studies with ALMA and from across the electromagnetic spectrum from existing (e.g. VLA/GBT/IRAM/CARMA, HST, Spitzer/Herschel, Chandra/NuStar) as well as future facilities (e.g., JWST, MeerKAT/ASKAP/SKA, LSST, EUCLID, TMT/GMT/EELT, CCAT/LMT). The four themes will be: the mass assembly history of galaxies and formation and evolution of galactic structure, the evolution of the interstellar medium and star formation over cosmic time, the role of large scale structure and environment and the role of AGN in galaxy evolution. Within these broad themes we will identify two to three critical questions in each area that will most benefit from the new data from these facilities. The participants will be invited to specifically address these questions. Our hope is to foster discussion and debate and an active exchange of ideas with the goal of energizing the participants to address the outstanding questions in these areas using multi-wavelength data from all of these facilities.

Summer School on Cosmology
August 4 - 15, 2014 | ICTP - Trieste - Italy

we would like to draw your attention to the forthcoming Summer School on Cosmology, that will be held at ICTP, Trieste 4-14 August 2014. Please advertise it among the PhD students at your institution.

Information can be find at:

The school will be followed by the Workshop on Cosmology from Baryons at High Redshift (18-21 August).

SLAC Summery Institute: Shining Light on Dark Matter
August 4 - 15, 2014 | SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, California
Picture: SLAC Summery Institute: Shining Light on Dark Matter

The 2014 SLAC Summer Institute will focus on the quest to identify Dark Matter. Observations indicate that 85% of the matter in the universe is non-luminous and point towards the existence of cold dark matter particles. However, all evidence so far is based on dark matter's gravitational interactions and its particle identity remains a deep mystery. The development of a variety of probes to illuminate the nature of Dark Matter has made this one of the most vibrant frontiers today. Morning lectures will cover all aspects of dark matter, from observational evidence for its existence, to its role in cosmic evolution and structure, to direct, indirect and collider searches. In the afternoons, topical conference talks will alternate with discussion sessions, student projects, tours, and social events.

Gran Sasso Summer Institute 2014 - Hands-On Experimental Underground Physics at LNGS
September 22 - October 3, 2014 | Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso (Italy)
Picture: Gran Sasso Summer Institute 2014 - Hands-On Experimental Underground Physics at LNGS

Dear Colleagues,

we would like to remind you about the forthcoming:
"Gran Sasso Summer Institute 2014 - Hands-On Experimental Underground Physics at LNGS"

which will be held at Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso (Italy)
from September 22nd to October 3rd, 2014.
Please note that the deadline for registration has been extended to June,30th.

The aim of the Summer Institute is to get a limited number of PhD students
and young post-docs directly involved in the current research projects of LNGS, the
world-leading laboratory for underground astroparticle physics and nuclear
Hands-on activities will focus on the following topics:
- Neutrinoless double beta decay (CUORE, GERDA, LUCIFER)
- Neutrino oscillations (BOREXINO, ICARUS, OPERA)
- Nuclear astrophysics (LUNA)
- Low radioactivity measurements (STELLA)
- Geodesy and general relativity (GINGER)

For the first four topics an introduction to the physics underlying the research field
and an overview about detection methods and experimental results will be addressed
by international lectures (2 hours/day).

Students will have the opportunity to report the results of their
experimental activity on the peer-reviewed journal "Proceedings of Science" (PoS).

The participation fee for the 2 weeks period is **400** euros, which includes
lodging, meals, domestic transportation and social events.
Students are encouraged to apply for funding support in the form of partial or total
fee waiver.

For application and additional information on the program of the Institute,
please refer to:

We invite you to forward this message to potentially interested PhD students.
A letter from each registrant's advisor and a brief description of the personal CV
are required to finalize the registration process.

Sorry if you received a double email from us.

the Local Organizing Committee

Magnetic fields from the sun to black holes In memory of Jean Heyvaerts
November 17 - 19, 2014 | Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, France
Picture: Magnetic fields from the sun to black holes In memory of Jean Heyvaerts

Magnetic Fields from the Sun to Blackholes -- In memory of Jean Heyvaerts

Dear Colleagues,

A conference in memory of Jean Heyvaerts will be held from Nov. 17 to 19, 2014 at the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, France. The conference aims at giving an overview of the diverse fields to which he contributed with deep and novel ideas. Discussed topics will include magnetic structures from stellar to cosmological scales, reconnection, jets and accretion, relativistic plasmas and turbulence, and cosmic-ray acceleration.

Confirmed invited speakers:
G. Aulanier, A. Baglin, M. Beijger, V. Beskin, S. Bonazzola, P. Browning, J. Buechner, P.-H. Chavanis, D. Folini, T, Forbes, S. Galtier, P. Haensel, A. Harding, B. Jones, A. King, J. Kirk, K. Kusano, M. Lemoine, P. Léna, K. Moffatt, C. Norman, G. Pelletier, J. Perez, E. Priest, S. Prunet, R. Pudritz, J.-L. Puget, K. Shibata, K. Tsinganos, R. Walder, W. Zweibel

More information is available at:

The registration and abstract submission will close on *Sept. 19th*.
Please note that Paris is a popular tourist destination. We strongly recommend to make travel arrangements as soon as possible. The Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris is located in a central place in Paris, with many hotels and restaurants, and with direct train connections to the airports.

We hope to see you in Paris in November.

The Scientific Organizing Committee