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The Laws of Star Formation: From the Cosmic Dawn to the Present Universe

This is a conference in honour of Prof. Robert Kennicutt. It will be held at the Institute of Astronomy and the adjoining Kavli Institute for Cosmology at the University of Cambridge (UK) from Monday July 2th to Friday July 6th, 2018. This conference will bring together experts on all aspects of star formation to assess the progress made so far, compare achievements in different areas, and lay the ground for future directions. Among the goals is to bring together different communities and to discuss the role of planned and future facilities in unraveling the link between star formation and gas in galaxies.



Past Events

LSST UK Multi-Wavelength Data Fusion Workshop

A workshop to bring together experts interested in combining multi-wavelength data from X-ray, infra-red, millimeter and radio surveys with optical data from LSST. We will discuss the challenges of combining key multi-wavelength datasets from surveys with UK leadership (e.g. XMM-Newton, VISTA, Euclid, Herschel, LOFAR, SKA) with the LSST data. We will put together a plan for bench-marking and testing existing algorithms as well as developing new methodology for data-fusion that will be relevant in the LSST era.



Emission Line Galaxies with MOS: from cosmic noon to the reionization era

Galaxies showing strong emission lines are precious laboratories to study the physical mechanisms driving and regulating star formation through cosmic time. With the advent of the last generation of optical and near-infrared Multi Object and Integral Field Spectrographs (MOS, IFS), we have entered in a new golden era for emission line studies.



The disc migration issue: from protoplanets to supermassive black holes

This workshop is motivated by the broad similarities surrounding the theory of disc mediated migration on scales ranging from protoplanetary discs to galactic nuclei. Migration theory thus underpins our understanding of some of the most topical problems in contemporary astrophysics, i.e. the establishment of planetary system `architecture' and the processes driving the merging of black holes.


Galaxy clusters: physics laboratories and cosmological probes

Galaxy clusters are unique astrophysical laboratories in which the powerful interaction of supermassive black holes with the surrounding intracluster medium, the complex effects of the cluster environment on galaxies, as well as a wide range of non-thermal processes like magnetic field amplification and cosmic ray acceleration can be studied.


The first Kavli Institute for Cosmology Workshop was opened on 14 September 2015 by Prof. Martin Rees of the Institute of Astronomy. Rationale of the workshop, programme and information can be found on the Workshop Website.


The Kavli Institute for Cosmology Cambridge and Institute of Astronomy hosted a symposium from 1–3 September 2015 to coincide with the 60th birthday of Professor George Efstathiou, Director of KICC, and to celebrate George's many significant contributions to astrophysics and cosmology.



The Kavli Institute for Cosmology hosted an outreach event aimed at sixth form students (those studying for their A-levels) to come and meet experts within the field of cosmology.


Lasenby Symposium

KICC hosted a half-day symposium in celebration of the 60th birthday of Anthony Lasenby. . Five talks by Anthony's colleagues surveyed some of Anthony's main research interests: cosmic microwave background, the Galactic centre, physical applications of geometric algebra, and gravitational physics.