Meeting on Fundamental Cosmology

Institute of Cosmos Sciences, Barcelona

June 15th - 17th, 2016

Second page of the Catalan Atlas, depicting how the universe was understood in the XIVth century according to Ptolomeus geocentric model. The Catalan Atlas was made between 1375 and 1380 by the Majorcan Jews Cresques Abraham, and his son Jafudą, ordered by the king of Aragon, Catalonia, Majorca and Valencia at the time, Pere III, and his son and future king Joan I. It was given as a gift to the cousin of Joan I, king Charles V of France.


  About 640 years ago, Abraham and Jafudà Cresques, jews from the island of Majorca, came to Barcelona to receive a request by the king Peter III, the Ceremonious, to make a map of the entire world as it was known in the XIVth century, when the Earth was believed to be at the center of the Universe surrounded by spheres that guided the motion of the Sun, the planets and the stars, and only Europe, North Africa and parts of Asia were known to the emerging science of carthography. Today, we organize a meeting of modern cosmology in Barcelona to gather scientists who are working on mapping the Universe with many diverse techniques, from surveys of galaxies, clusters and intergalactic gas, to 21-cm emission and Cosmic Microwave Background anisotropies.

  The annual series of Meetings on Fundamental Cosmology aims to provide a forum for discussing and reviewing all the current and upcoming large survey projects in Physical Cosmology in which scientists in Spain are involved, while encouraging at the same time the interaction with groups working on related research areas in observations, experiments and theory, including numerical simulations, instrumentation, astrophysics, gravitation and particle physics.  This forum, held in previous years in Valencia, Fuerteventura and Santander,
is intended to help us identify our challenges and opportunities for the future.

  The three-day workshop in Barcelona, which will be held at the Physics building of the University of Barcelona that hosts the Institute of Cosmos Sciences, will discuss the status and results or expectations of several large-scale structure surveys (DES, DESI, BOSS, JPAS, PAU, WEAVE, 4-MOST, QUIJOTE, LSST) and will include review talks on neutrinos in cosmology, dark matter detection, gravitational waves, high-energy astrophysics, and theoretical cosmology. Applications for oral contributions are welcome. The meeting will also have poster papers with dedicated sessions of 2 minute talks to briefly present their content, which are open to contributions from all participants.

  The meeting will start on Wednesday 15th at 12:30 with a light lunch, and end on Friday at 13:30. The program includes a visit to the Maritime Museum of Barcelona on Thursday afternoon, with a special guided tour where the Catalan Atlas of Cresques will be explained, followed by the conference dinner in the evening.