Blois 2007 Matter and Energy in the Universe: from nucleosynthesis tocosmology

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Alessandro Melchiorri
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Blois 2007 Matter and Energy in the Universe: from nucleosy

Post by Alessandro Melchiorri » January 19 2007

Matter and Energy in the Universe: from nucleosynthesis to

Château de Blois, France, May 20-May 26 2007;

This is an announcement and call for papers for an international
conference which will be held in the Château of Blois, in
France's Loire Valley.

Matter and Energy in the Universe: from nucleosynthesis to
cosmology is articulated around our increasingly detailed
understanding of the processes involved in the creation of the
elements and about our increasingly confused picture of the
content of the Universe. The year 2007 fmarks the fiftieth
anniversary of two groundbreaking papers (the famous B2FH paper,
and also a slightly less well known paper by A. Cameron) which
finally put stellar nucleosynthesis on the map, and almost the
sixtieth anniversary of the first quantitative calculations of
big bang nucleosynthesis; although this latter paper turned out
to be fundamentally flawed insofar as nucleosynthesis is
concerned, it did lead directly to Alpher and Hermann's
prediction of the ubiquitous cosmic microwave background
radiation, whose detailed study using instruments on the COBE
satellite earned this year's Nobel prize for physics.

It thus seems appropriate to "stand back" and survey what has
been achieved, and (especially) to highlight the puzzles which
remain to be solved.

Matter and energy in the Universe? will be organised around a
number of basic themes, including:
? the contents of the Universe
? abundance determinations
? primordial nucleosynthesis
? stellar thermonuclear nucleosynthesis
? the nucleidic evolution of galaxies
? cosmological cosmic rays, galactic cosmic rays and stellar
energetic particles
? dark matter, dark energy: what do we really know, and what
can we surmise
? the future.

The conference will consist of plenary sessions for invited
indepth oral presentations (review talks and talks on specific
specialised topics), and contributed papers, in the form of
relatively short oral papers or posters. We will aim to
achieve a balance between review talks, provocative talks given
by recognized specialists, and shorter contributions, special
emphasis being placed on participation by younger researchers and
post-docs. If the need arises (i.e. if so many short papers are
proposed that plenary sessions are insufficient), parallel
sessions will be organised - please do not hesitate to contribute
your work - time can always be found!

This conference will be the 19th in a series of
international mulitidisciplinary meetings which have in the past
covered many topics in physics, astronomy and biology. All
sessions take place in the Château of Blois, a beautiful
renaissance castle which has housed many French kings, and
notably François 1st. Meals are served in the castle to all
participants, in order to encourage interaction between
scientists at all levels. Participation is limited to about
150 persons.

The detailed scientific programme is currently under
development; on the web site you will find the
latest information, and if you urgently need information which is
currently not available on this site, you may contact L. M.
Celnikier, at the email address:
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