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Azores School of Observational Cosmology – Seminar

The University of the Azores, in partnership with the Astrophysical Center at the University of Porto, is organizing the international seminar  “Azores School of Observational Cosmology” to be held from August 31 to September 6, 2011, at the auditorium of the University of Azores in the Angra do Heroísmo.

Observational cosmology is the study of the structure, the evolution and the origin of the universe through observation. The field tests the predictions of theoretical cosmology and has led to the refinement of cosmological models.

Topics to be explored include the nature of dark energy and dark matter; the statistical properties of primordial fluctuations; the possible existence of a stochastic gravitational wave background; and the fundamental constituents of nature.

This seminar will provide PhD students and young post-doctoral students with state-of-the art overviews of these key issues. In addition participants will have an opportunity to present their own work and discuss it with world experts in the field

Angra do Heroísmo is the main town on the island of Terceira dating back to 1450. The city is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its historical significance.

The Astrophysical Center at the University of Porto was created on the May 4, 1989 . It is a private, non-profit, scientific and technical association with the objective to research, support and promote the study of Astronomy.

The University of the Azores, the only public university in the Azores,  was founded in 1976, established three campuses: Ponta Delgada (São Miguel), Angra do Heroísmo (Terceira) and Horta (Faial).  In addition to the Main Campus (Ponta Delgada), which provides a concentration of various disciplines, the other two campuses provide specialized training in agrarian sciences and oceanography.

Pre-Registration ends 31 May, 2011. Advanced graduate students and young post-doctoral students are encourage to participate.  For more information.