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When Sep 16, 2014
from 09:30 AM to 04:15 PM
Where Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge
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The Kavli Institute for Cosmology at the University of Cambridge will be hosting an outreach event aimed at sixth form students (those studying for their A-levels) to come and meet experts within the field of cosmology.

As well as touching on the main aspects of the Physics A level syllabus from Unit 1 through to, and in particular, the optional unit 5A astrophysics of which cosmology is a subsection, the topics covered will include discussion of the first Planck result released in 2013. The second Planck data release, later this year, may help  confirm the very recent announcement of the the first sighting of primordial gravitational waves, ripples in space-time linked to the universe's rapid growth spurt, reported by the team that ran the BICEP2 experiment at the South Pole.


The day will consist of:

  •  Interactive sessions
  •  Talks and visual displays of current research
  •  Advice on careers
  •  Opportunity to network with current students
  •  Ask the Experts

We have 100 places available and for registration of interest please email the following details to

  • Name of school/college.
  • Name of contact person.
  • Email address and telephone number of contact person.
  • Number of participants you will be sending.

Please note, if the demand exceeds the number of places we have allocated, we may have to ask you to restrict the number of students that you can send to this event.


The days programme is as follows:

  • This timetable is subject to change.
  • A pdf file is available below.
  • Topics covered will include the first stars and galaxies, supermassive black holes, inflation, accelerated expansion, dark energy and dark matter.
  • Background material to each talk, including the talk abstracts are available in the pdf file listed below.