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Cape Town International Cosmology School - 15-28 January 2012
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Bruce Bassett

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Cape Town International Cosmology School 2012
Organised by AIMS-ICTP-PI

15−28 January 2012
Registration at:
Deadline for Registration: 30 September 2011


This two-week school aimed at PhD students and postdocs in cosmology will take place during summer in one of the world's most beautiful cities. The school will be interactive and broad, covering all aspects of modern cosmology from theoretical to observational and from statistical to philosophical. Lectures will be supplemented in two key ways with tutorials in the first week and research projects supplied by the lecturers in the second week with support from post-doc tutors. Participants will leave having had a cutting-edge introduction to modern cosmology and developed hands-on research skills and a network of potential future collaborators. We expect some of the research projects to lead to publications. The school will be strictly limited to 50 participants and 8 tutors.

Topics to be covered
Inflation * The Cosmic Microwave Background * Large scale structure * Type Ia supernovae * Baryon Acoustic Oscillations * Bayesian Statistical Inference * Dark matter detection * The Copernican Principle and testing homogeneity * Computational Cosmology * Modified gravity * MultiWavelength observational cosmology * Future large surveys * Philosophical Aspects of Cosmology

Niayesh Afshordi (PI)
Bruce Bassett (AIMS/SAAO/UCT)
Chris Clarkson (UCT)
Sergio Colafrancesco (INAF/Rome)
Paolo Creminelli (ICTP)
George Ellis (UCT)
Andreas Faltenbacher (UWC)
Ariel Goobar (Stockholm)
Alan Heavens (ROE)
Lam Hui (Columbia)
Matt Jarvis (Herts/UWC)
Roy Maartens (UWC/ICG)
Kavi Moodley* (UKZN)
Bob Nichol (ICG)
Ravi Sheth (ICTP/UPenn)
Matias Zaldarriaga (IAS)

* To be confirmed

The school will be held at the beautiful Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies ( in the middle of the Cape wine region. A block booking of accommodation at the nearby student residence Metanoia has been made. Lunch and conference facilities are supplied as well as the conference dinner.

Financial Support
There is no registration fee. We expect to provide full support for successful applicants from South Africa. Limited financial support for flights/and or accommodation exists to support students from the developing world. Contributions to this will typically be partial and applicants should actively seek alternative funding elsewhere.

Important Dates
Registration Opened: 1 July 2011
Deadline for registration: 30 September 2011
Participation decided by: 30 October 2011
Arrival: 15 Jan 2012
Departure 28 Jan 2012

Please note that the IAU International School for Young Astronomers will take place in Cape Town during 6 - 26 February 2012. That website is:

Scientific Organising Committee
Bruce Bassett (AIMS/SAAO/UCT)
Paolo Creminelli (ICTP)
Roy Maartens (UWC/ICG)
Carolina Odman (AIMS/NEI)
Ravi Sheth (ICTP)

Local Organising Committee
Rene January (AIMS)
Michelle Knights (AIMS/UCT)

Sponsored by
AIMS, ICTP, NRF, PI, Royal Society, SKA, UWC
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