Although during each week particular emphasis is devoted to specific topics, the aim of the program is to highlight the common thread which links together various sub-fields in cosmology — theoretical advances in light of increasingly better-quality data — and boost cooperation and overlap between different areas.
Week 1 [Jul 3–7] | Messengers: Astroparticles and Gravitational Waves
Scientific organizer: Martina Gerbino
After the recent detection of a gravitational waves signal, the case for a multi-messenger approach to cosmology, combining information coming from different astrophysical observables, has become even stronger. This week will be devoted to discussing different probes of the universe and their complementarity: cosmic neutrinos, cosmic rays and gravitational waves. What is the state of the art of multi-messenger cosmology? What are the observational and theoretical challenges for the next future? Can we imagine novel approaches to multi-messenger astronomy to promote advances in theoretical cosmology? These are just some of the questions that we might want to discuss during this first week.
Reception outside Nordita, Tuesday July 4 @ 17:30
Program dinner at Grand Hotel Veranda, Wednesday July 5 @ 19:00
Week 2 [Jul 10–14] | The Dark Side: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Dark Ages
Scientific organizer: Katherine Freese, Martina Gerbino, Jon Gudmundsson, Shirley Ho
Over the last couple of decades, we have established that the Universe has significant dark components and has experienced periods of dark time, when first stars haven't formed yet. During this week, we specializes in cross talks among theorists and observers/experimentalists in understanding the dark components of the Universe: Dark Matter and Dark Energy (or a modified version of gravity), while attempting to look at our linear Universe during Dark Ages. With the advent of many current and upcoming observations from Cosmic Microwave Background, 21cm, intensity mapping and large sky surveys, it would be pertinent to examine and discuss the theoretical ideas and possibilities in the light of the current and future observations.
Reception outside Nordita, Monday July 10 @ 17:30
Program dinner at Eriks Gondolen, Wednesday July 12 @ 19:00
Week 3 [Jul 17–21] | Inflation and the CMB
Scientific organizers: Katherine Freese, Martina Gerbino, Jon Gudmundsson, Shirley Ho, and Ingunn Wehus
The search for primordial gravitational wave signal is ongoing and the field is expected to advance significantly by the middle of 2017. The dedicated conference will give attendees the chance to discuss contemporary results in a forum that includes representatives from both theory and experiment. Young researchers will benefit from exposure to world-renowned cosmologists while the exchange of opinion will strengthen the basis for competitive inflation and CMB research in the Nordic countries.
Conference reception: Monday July 17 @ 17:15 in the AlbaNova main hall
Conference dinner while sailing through the Stockholm Archipelago,
Wednesday July 19 @ 19:00
Week 4 [Jul 24–28] | The Low Redshift Universe
Scientific organizer: Shirley Ho
The low redshift universe ranges from the variable stars within our milky way, pulsars to extragalactic non-linear large scale structure. The wealth of the low redshift universe cannot be underestimated, ranging from forming the distance ladder to extra-galactic distances, pulsar timing for long period gravitational waves, the measurement of extra-galactic distances via Baryon Acoustic Oscillations and the evolution and formation of galaxies, blackholes throughout the history of the non-linear Universe. We will explore the fundamental constraints and theoretical possibilities of the Universe from these low redshift measurements in the final week of the conference.
Reception outside Nordita, Monday July 24 @ 17:30
Program dinner at Fem Små Hus, Wednesday July 26 @ 19:00