Cosmology at NAM 2015
Just a quick post to plug this year’s forthcoming Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting, which will be taking place at the splendid Venue Cymru conference centre, Llandudno, North Wales, from Sunday 5th July to Thursday 9th July 2015.
To whet your appetite, here are some pictures of lovely Llandudno I took at the last National Astronomy Meeting there, back in 2011.
The draft science programme has been posted and you can also find a full list of parallel sessions here. The NAM 2015 website is now accepting proposals for contributed talks and posters relating to this and other sessions.
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I’m actually on the Scientific Organizing Committee for NAM 2015 and as such I’ll be organizing a part of this meeting, namely a couple of sessions on Cosmology under the title Cosmology Beyond the Standard Model, with the following description.
Recent observations, particularly those from the Planck satellite, have provided strong empirical foundations for a standard cosmological model that is based on Einstein’s general theory of relativity and which describes a universe which is homogeneous and isotropic on large scales and which is dominated by dark energy and matter components. This session will explore theoretical and observational challenges to this standard picture, including modified gravity theories, models with large-scale inhomogeneity and/or anisotropy, and alternative forms of matter-energy. The aim will be to both take stock of the evidence for, and stimulate further investigation of, physics beyond the standard model.
It’s obviously quite a broad remit so I hope that there will be plenty of contributed talks and posters. The NAM 2015 website is now accepting proposals for contributed talks and posters relating to this and other sessions.
NAM is a particularly good opportunity for younger researchers – PhD students and postdocs – to present their work to a big audience so I particularly encourage such persons to submit abstracts. Would more senior readers please pass this message on to anyone they think might want to give a talk?
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