Outstanding questions for the standard cosmological model

An international conference

Imperial College London (UK), March 26-29, 2007.

With support of the National Science Foundation


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Program: coming soon

Introductory Talk by Roger Blandford (Stanford).


Invited speakers include:


Alain Blanchard (Toulouse)

Lawrence Krauss (CWRU)

Max Bonamente (Huntsville)

Ofer Lahav (UCL London)

Shaun Cole (Durham)

Kate Land (Oxford)

Francoise Combes (Obs. Paris)

Fabrizio Nicastro (Harvard CfA)

Carlo Contaldi (Imperial)

Bob Nichol (Portsmouth)

John Cowan (Oklahoma)

Reynald Pain (Paris)

Marc Davis (Berkeley)

Subir Sarkar (Oxford)

Pedro Ferreira (Oxford)

Ryan Scranton (Pittsburgh)

Gary Hinshaw (Goddard)

Douglas Scott (UBC) [TBD]

Christine Jones (Harvard CfA)

Tom Shanks (Durham)

Lloyd Knox (UC Davis)

Yoh Takei (ISAS Japan)



Conference Description:

Since the launch of HST, COBE, WMAP, and with the advent of large ground based telescopes, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and various balloon missions, cosmology has finally become an observational science in full force. Ensuing from this advance is the large body of evidence which, at the present stage, appear to favor the `standard model' of a Universe consisting principally of dark matter and dark (vacuum) energy, having undergone a phase of inflation. Although a good fraction of the data gathered so far can be explained by invoking these three tenets, inconsistencies do manifest themselves in many and varied ways. As a result, alternative theories have been proposed.

The purpose of this conference is to overview the evidence for and against the standard cosmological model. We aim to invite review speakers to summarize the status of key pieces of evidence in both categories, followed by highlight and contributed talks to look at the outstanding questions, ways of addressing them (including alternative competing models), and future scientific and techological prospects.

The following areas of broad classifications define the framework of the conference;

We encourage applications from women and minorities. Registration fees will be waived for any senior citizen 70 and above,


Conference Events:

For those arriving on the Sunday we will be holding a reception in the physics common room where registration will also be available.

Dinner includes 3 course meal and wine: £35

Dinner speaker: Prof. Lawrence Krauss, Case


Scientific Organizing Committee:

N. Bahcall, A. Blanchard, C. Contaldi, F. Durret, T. Kibble, R. Lieu (co-chair), L. Page, P. J. E. Peebles, J. Quenby, T. Shanks, and A. Stebbins (co-chair).

Contact Details:

Mrs Graziela DeNadai-Sowrey
Theoretical Physics Group
Imperial College London

email : g.denadai@imperial.ac.uk

Tel. +44 (0)20 7594 7843

Fax. +44 (0)20 7594 7844