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Monte Python + CLASS Workshop 2018

MontePython + Class Workshop 2018

When Sep 11, 2018 12:00 PM to
Sep 13, 2018 01:00 PM
Where Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge
Contact Name
Contact Phone 07718622713
Attendees Thejs Brinckmann
Will Handley
Deanna Hooper
Julien Lesgourgues
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The Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge (KICC) would like to invite cosmologists to the 2018 MontePython + Class workshop, led by Julien Lesgourgues, Thejs Brinckman and Deanna Hooper.

In this project-driven workshop, researchers can learn by example how to extend the base code for situations of research interest, such as investigating new dark matter components, alternative models of inflation or extensions to the LCDM universe.

The workshop lasts three days, beginning and ending at lunchtime on Tuesday 11th and Thursday 13th September, and is appropriate for PhD or post-doc level researchers.

Attendance and lunch are free, but we are limited to up to 25 attendees, so please register your interest ASAP. Attendees should arrange their own accommodation. Please see here for a list of recommended places to stay.


Further information

  • Class is an extendable Boltzmann solver written in C/C++ for computing cosmic microwave background power spectra.
  • MontePython is Monte Carlo code for cosmological parameter extraction written in python.

Together these programs form a full pipeline for testing theoretical models with observational data. Using and modifying Class, a researcher can generate predictions of the perturbations we would see on the night sky. MontePython then forms the interface between these predictions, up-to-date cosmological datasets (and likelihoods), and Bayesian samplers (such as Metropolis-Hastings, emcee, MultiNest or PolyChord).

Organising Committee

Thejs Brinckmann
Will Handley
Deanna Hooper
Julien Lesgourgues


Contact us

Potential participants with any queries should contact



Muntazir Abidi
Fruzsina Agocs
Nicolas    Angelides
Thejs Brinckmann
Sebastian Cespedes
Omar Darwish
Prakash    Gaikwad
Will Handley
Lukas Hergt
Deanna Hooper
Selim Hotinli
Oliver Leicht
Pablo Lemos Portela
Julien Lesgourgues
Arrykrishna Mootoovaloo
Chris Pedersen
Inigo Zubeldia-Lafuente


KICC is lucky to have numerous accommodation options, both on-site and within very easy walking distance.Please visit the links below for more details and to book.

Gardener's Cottage

On the same site just yards away from KICC, this lovely accommodation is situated in secluded gardens. Rooms are offered at £36 per night for single occupancy and £60 per night for double occupancy. (Please note, this accommodation has shared bathroom facilities)

Churchill College

The nearest neighbouring College to KICC, just a few minutes walk away.

Møller Centre

Co-located with Churchill College. Good availability during term times.

Cowan Court (Churchill College)

Fitzwilliam College

Murray Edwards College

Kaetsu Centre (Murray Edwards)

Rooms usually available here during term times.



Getting here

Information on how to reach the city and the department may be found here.


The KICC is a 15-20 minute taxi journey from the railway station, and costs around £8-9 with Panther Taxis Ltd (01223 715715).

Bike hire

By far the easiest way to travel around Cambridge is by bicycle. There are numerous cycle rentals in the city, including Station Cycles with stores at various locations, and City Cycle Hire just to the west of the city centre. Prices are around £10 per day or £25 per week, plus a deposit of £40-60.

Map of Cambridge

Here is a map of the city displaying the location of the Institute.


Rgeistrations are now closed.

For those that have already registered, we look forward to seeing you at the workshop.