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KICC 10th Anniversary Symposium

KICC 10th Anniversary Symposium

The Kavli Institute for Cosmology, University of Cambridge symposium "Cosmology: the end of the beginning. Future prospects in cosmology, large scale structure and galaxy formation" will take place from the 16th to 20th of September 2019, in Cambridge, UK to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Kavli Institute.
When Sep 16, 2019 08:00 PM to
Sep 20, 2019 06:00 PM
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Scientific Programme

The main themes of the conference will be: CMB, early Universe, large scale structure, precision cosmology, reionization, galaxy formation and gravitational waves with the aim to bring together scientific communities working in these areas to identify key challenges and future prospects in cosmology.

Detailed scientific programme can be found here and the full list of all registered participants is available here.

The abstract booklet is available here.

Below are the invited speakers.

Invited review talk speakers:

Manuela Campanelli, John Carlstrom, Jo Dunkley, George Efstathiou, Richard Ellis, Anastasia Fialkov, Reinhard Genzel, Jacqueline Hewitt, Marc Kamionkowski, Andrei Linde, Piero Madau, Rachel Mandelbaum, Samaya Nissanke, Hiranya Peiris, Will Percival, Uros Seljak, Alberto Sesana, Alice Shapley, David Spergel, Volker Springel, Risa Wechsler, Simon White

Invited highlight talk speakers:

Steve Allen, Elisa Chisari, Avishai Dekel, Xiaohui Fan, Daniel Holz, Laura Keating, Andrey Kravtsov, Masami Ouchi, Celine Peroux, Matteo Viel, Steffi Walch

Conference summary panel:

Roger Blandford (chair), Jo Dunkley, Alice Shapley, Carlos Frenk, Ofer Lahav



Programme Timetable

Programme Timings

Printable version: timetable.pdf

Talk lengths for each type of talk are:

  • R (Review)- 20 minutes for the presentation with 10 minutes for questions
  • H (Highlight) - 15 minutes for the presentation with 5 minutes for questions
  • C (Contributed) - 12 minutes for the presentation with 3 minutes for questions


Monday (Sept 16)

CMB, Early Universe & Precision Cosmology

09:00-09:15 Introduction by Roberto Maiolino & George Efstathiou
09:15-09:45 Can LCDM survive another decade: Marc Kamionkowski (R)
09:45-10:15 What is the future of inflationary theory: Andrei Linde (R)

Nonlinear dynamics of cosmological fields: Mustafa Amin (C)


Coffee break

11:00-11:15 All possible symmetries of cosmological correlators: Enrico Pajer (C)
11:15-11:30 The search for inflationary B-modes: latest results from BICEP/Keck: Clem Pryke (C)
11:30-12:00 Tensions with LCDM: George Efstathiou (R)
12:00-12:15 The Inconsistent Universe: problems with KiDS, or with LambaCDM?: Benjamin Joachimi (C)




14:00-14:30 Fundamental physics from CMB: next steps: David Spergel (R)
14:30-14:45 Cosmic growth, gravitational waves, and CMB: Eric Linder (C)
14:45-15:05 Update on standard siren science: Daniel Holz (H)
15:05-15:20 Measuring the Hubble constant with a gravitational wave black-hole merger and the Dark Energy Survey: Antonella Palmese (C)

Towards a direct measurement of cosmic dynamics: Ryan Cooke (C)


Tea break

16:00-16:30 Synergy between next generation CMB and LSS probes of cosmology: Jo Dunkley (R)
16:30-16:50 Pushing to small scales with galaxy and CMB survey cross-correlations: Eric Baxter (H)
16:50-17:05 Baryonic processes from thermal and kinetic SZ: Stefania Amodeo (C)

Correlating the CMB to observations of the low z universe with a full forward model: a robust probabilistic analysis based on BOSS and Planck dataset: Guilhem Lavaux (C)

18:00-20:00 Welcome reception

Tuesday (Sept 17)

LSS & Precision Cosmology

09:00-09:30 Future of galaxy surveys: Will Percival (R)
09:30-10:00 Emulating the Universe: Hiranya Peiris (R)
10:00-10:15 The BAHAMAS project: emulating the observable Universe: Ian McCarthy (C)

Probing cosmology and fundamental physics with counts-in cells: Cora Uhlemann (C)


Coffee break & Symposium Photo

11:00-11:30 Relating galaxies to mass distribution: methods, issues and challenges: Risa Wechsler (R)
11:30-12:00 From cosmological data analysis to fast Bayesian methods and machine learning: Uros Seljak (R)
12:00-12:15 Inflation and dark energy from high redshift surveys: Simone Ferraro (C)

Relics of cosmic reionization in the high redshift Lyman-alpha forest and their impact on dark matter constraints: Ewald Puchwein (C)



14:00-14:15 Fuzzy dark matter from intergalactic medium: Vid Irsic (C)
14:15-14:30 Massive neutrinos and scale-dependent galaxy bias: Sunny Vagnozzi (C)
14:30-15:00 Weak lensing: state-of-the-art and future prospects: Rachel Mandelbaum (R)
15:00-15:20 Cosmology with weak gravitational lensing: challenges and opportunities: Elisa Chisari (H)

KiDS-VIKING-450: Cosmic shear tomography with optical+infrared data: Hendrik Hildebrandt (C)


Tea break

16:00-16:15 Cosmological parameter constraints from weak gravitational lensing tomography and overlapping redshift-space galaxy clustering: Shahab Joudaki (C)
16:15-16:30 Constraining dark matter models with strong gravitational lensing: Guilia Despali (C)
16:30-16:50 The landscape of galaxy cluster cosmology: Steven Allen (H)
16:50-17:05 Multiwavelength galaxy cluster cosmology with the South Pole Telescope and the Dark Energy Survey: Sebastian Bocquet (C)
17:05-17:20 Quantitatively defining consistent relaxed galaxy cluster samples for precision cosmology with impending surveys: David Barnes (C)
19:00-20:00 Public talk: Martin Rees, Roger Blandford and David Spergel (Lady Mitchell Hall)

Wednesday (Sept 18)

Reionization & IGM

09:00-09:30 The quest for cosmic dawn: Richard Ellis (R)
09:30-10:00 Sources of reionization and the changing neutrality of the intergalactic medium: Piero Madau (R)
10:00-10:15 Reionization sources of Lyman continuum photons from quasars and O-stars: Michael Shull (C)

Reionization and the thermal history of the IGM: Anson D'Aloisio (C)


Coffee break

11:00-11:20 The intergalactic medium as a cosmological probe: Matteo Viel (H)
11:20-11:40 Islands of neutral hydrogen below redshift 5.5: Laura Keating (H)
11:40-12:00 Exploring early galaxies and cosmic structures with Subaru, HST, and ALMA: Masami Ouchi (H)
12:00-12:15 What can galaxies tell us about reionisation?: Charlotte Mason (C)

The search for AGN in the epoch of reionisation: Nicolas Laporte (C)



14:00-14:15 The gas structure and radiation field of the first galaxies: Andrea Pallottini (C)
14:15-14:30 Gaseous cosmological structures and metagalactic ultra-violet background: Avery Meiksin (C)
14:30-14:45 Probing the epoch of reionisation with cross-correlations of high-redshift galaxies and the IGM transmission: Romain Meyer (C)
14:45-15:00 Intensity mapping tomography; method and application to data: Yi-Kuan Chiang (C)



Tea break

16:00-16:30 Progress in 21cm hydrogen line measurements of the epoch of reionization and the cosmic dawn: Jacqueline Hewitt (R)
16:30-17:00 Unveiling cosmic dawn: Anastasia Fialkov (R)
17:00-17:20 Cosmic evolution of metals and baryons: Celine Peroux (H)
17:20-17:35 A Bayesian approach to recovering the power spectrum of the epoch of reionization with HERA: Peter Sims (C)
18:45 (drinks) 19:30 (dinner) Conference dinner

Thursday (Sept 19)

Galaxies & SMBHs

09:00-09:30 Outstanding problems in galaxy formation: Simon White (R)
09:30-10:00 Evolution of galaxies from z = 2 to z = 0 from an observational perspective: Reinhard Genzel (R)
10:00-10:15 An ALMA view of galaxies in the epoch of reionisation: Renske Smit (C)

Simulating the properties of the first galaxies: insights for Hubble, ALMA, and JWST: Harley Katz (C)


Coffee break

11:00-11:30 Future prospects for galaxy formation simulations: Volker Springel (R)
11:30-11:50 The three causes of low-mass halo assembly bias: Andrey Kravtsov (H)
11:50-12:05 The splashback radius as a physical halo boundary: Benedikt Diemer (C)

The origin of the golden mass of galaxies and black holes: Avishai Dekel (H)



14:00-14:30 Key open questions within the landscape of current and future galaxy spectroscopic surveys at high redshift: Alice Shapley (R)
14:30-14:50 Star formation and feedback in the multi-phase ISM: Stefanie Walch (H)
14:50-15:05 The connection between local and global star formation in galaxies: Vadim Semenov (C)

Detailed modelling of star formation in a galactic context and its impact on the efficiency of stellar feedback: Matthew Smith (C)


Tea break

15:50-16:20 The long term vision of gravitational wave astrophysics: Alberto Sesana (R)
16:20-16:40 The most distant quasars: Xiaohui Fan (H)
16:40-16:55 Evidence for quasar evolution in the first billion years: Sarah Bosman (C)
16:55-17:10 The tale of angular momentum transport in self-gravitating disks: new insights on protogalaxies, massive black hole seeds and super-Eddington accretion: Lucio Mayer (C)
17:10-17:25 Downsizing of star formation: weighing dark matter haloes hosting clustered infrared background sources: Kirsten Hall (C)

Friday (Sept 20)

Galaxies & SMBHs

09:00-09:30 Accretion dynamics of binary black holes approaching merger: Manuella Campanelli (R)

New perspectives onto the Universe in the era of multi-messenger astronomy: present status and challenges: Samaya Nissanke (R)

10:00-10:15 Gravitational Waves from Neutron-Star Mergers: Implications for Nuclear Physics and Cosmology: Michalis Agathos (C)

Post-Newtonian dynamical modelling of super-massive black holes in global large-scale simulations: Peter Johansson (C)


Coffee break

11:00-11:15 AGN jet feedback in realistic cluster environments: Martin Bourne (C)
11:15-11:30 Is star formation quenching governed by global, environmental, or local phenomena?: Asa Bluck (C)
11:30-12:30 Conference Summary:
Chair: Roger Blandford; co-chairs: Jo Dunkley, Alice Shapley, Ofer Lahav, Carlos Frenk
12:30-14:00 Lunch & End of the Symposium


Organising Committees


Anthony Challinor, George Efstathiou, Martin Haehnelt, Anthony Lasenby, Roberto Maiolino, Paul Shellard, Blake Sherwin, Debora Sijacki (chair), Ulrich Sperhake


Martin Bourne, Steven Brereton (chair), Philippa Downing, George Efstathiou, Oliver Friedrich, Will Handley, Roderick Johnston, Roberto Maiolino, David Savidge, Debora Sijacki, Renske Smit, Amanda Smith, Cora Uhlemann, Lewis Weinberger.







We plan to host up to 130 registered participants and to have a mixture of review, highlight and contributed talks as well as posters.

Full list of all registered participants is available here. Below you will find the details of the invited speakers. 

Invited review talk speakers:

Manuela Campanelli, John Carlstrom, Jo Dunkley, George Efstathiou, Richard Ellis, Anastasia Fialkov, Reinhard Genzel, Jacqueline Hewitt, Marc Kamionkowski, Andrei Linde, Piero Madau, Rachel Mandelbaum, Samaya Nissanke, Hiranya Peiris, Will Percival, Uros Seljak, Alberto Sesana, Alice Shapley, David Spergel, Volker Springel, Risa Wechsler, Simon White

Invited highlight talk speakers:

Steve Allen, Elisa Chisari, Xiaohui Fan, Daniel Holz, Laura Keating, Andrey Kravtsov, Masami Ouchi, Celine Peroux, Matteo Viel, Steffi Walch

Conference summary panel:

Roger Blandford (chair), Jo Dunkley, Alice Shapley, Carlos Frenk, Ofer Lahav


Guidelines for Good Practice

The organisers are committed to conducting meetings that are productive and enjoyable for everyone. This meeting is a place for the open exchange of scientific ideas. Harassment of participants in any form will not be tolerated. Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, respectful space for all.

The European Astronomical Society Council (EAS) Ethics Statement and Guidelines for Good Practice will apply during the conference. Participants are encouraged to read the document and follow its recommendations.

Any participant who wishes to report any inappropriate behaviour is encouraged to speak, in confidence, to the LOC.


The conference will be held at the Institute of Astronomy and the Kavli Institute for Cosmology in the University of Cambridge. The IoA and KICC are located in West Cambridge.

Internet Access

  • Eduroam is available in all meeting and breakout areas
  • For those without access to eduroam, access to the University of Cambridge wireless network will be provided at the registration desk.


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We have reserved a number of rooms at Fitzwilliam College at preferential rates.

Fitzwilliam College

We have reserved a number of single ensuite rooms with Fitzwilliam College, a 15 minute walk from the Kavli Institute.

Please be advised that after the 31st May these rooms can not be guaranteed and we would advise you to book your accommodation as soon as possible. 

These can be booked at the preferential rate of £65.95 per night.

To book your room please click here.

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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 Rutland Cycling 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.

Social Events

On Monday Sept 16th following the end of the first day programme, there will be a welcome reception in the Hoyle Foyer of the Institute of Astronomy. 

On Tuesday Sept 17th there will be a public talk given by Martin Rees, Roger Blandford and David Spergel at 7pm at the Lady Mitchell Hall. Tickets for this engaging and thought provoking event are available via Eventbrite.

On Wednesday Sept 18th there will be symposium dinner at Clare College within the 17th Century Great Hall. Pre-dinner drinks will be served in the Fellows' Garden. Dress code: smart/casual.

Contact us

Organising Committees can be emailed at

+44 (0)1223 337516  - Steven Brereton (LOC chair)
+44 (0)1223 766642  - Debora Sijacki (SOC chair)


Mailing Address

Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge
c/o Institute of Astronomy
University of Cambridge
Madingley Road

Tel +44 (0)1223 337516