Theoretical Cosmology meetings

To actively encourage the field of theoretical cosmology and to set an informal stage for the exchange of ideas, the Dutch theoretical cosmology community organizes Friday afternoon meetings approximately 6 times a year — usually on the first Friday of the month. The meetings typically start in the afternoon with a main speaker, followed by a short break to continue with another seminar or journal club discussion on some topic of current interest. We end the afternoon with drinks. The supporting institutes in Leiden, Amsterdam, Groningen, Utrecht where recently joined by the strings and cosmology group in Leuven and take turns in hosting the event.

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February 2016

NIKHEF Spring 2016

05/02/2016 @ 14:00 - 17:30
NIKHEF,
Science Park 105
Amsterdam, 1098 XG
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14:00-15:00 Robert Brandenberger (McGill)
Searching for Cosmic Strings in New Observational Windows
15:30-16:30 Gianluca Inverso (NIKHEF)
Single-step de Sitter vacua from non-perturbative effects with matter

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March 2016

Leiden Spring 2016

04/03/2016 @ 12:30 - 18:00
Institute Lorentz Leiden,
Niels Bohrweg 2
Leiden, 2333 CA Netherlands
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14.00-15.00: Gonzalo Palma (Univ. of Chile at Santiago)
The sound speed of primordial fluctuations in supergravity inflation

16.00: Joan van der Waals colloquium
David Reitze (Caltech / Univ. of Florida)
Executive Director, LIGO Laboratory
Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger

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April 2016

Utrecht Spring 2016

01/04/2016 @ 14:00 - 18:00
Institute for Theoretical Physics Utrecht,
Princetonplein 5
Utrecht, 3584 CE Netherlands
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14h00 – 15h00: Fabian Schmidt (MPA Garching, Germany)
From GUT scale to galaxies: probing the early universe with
large-scale structure
16h00 – 17h00: Daan Meerburg (CITA, Canada)

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May 2016

Groningen Spring 2016

13/05/2016 @ 12:00 - 18:00
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen,
Uurwerksgang
Groningen, Groningen 9712 EK Netherlands
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12:00 Talk by David Marsh (Cambridge)
Title: TBA

14:00 Talk by Alessandra Silvestri (Leiden)
Title: Parametrized approaches to modified gravity

15.30 Talk by Diederik Roest or Remko Klein (Groningen)
Title: Towards the most general scalar-tensor theory

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June 2016

Amsterdam Summer 2016

03/06/2016 @ 12:00 - 18:00
Institute of Physics Amsterdam,
Science Park 904
Amsterdam, 1098 XH Netherlands
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Schedule 12:30-13:30 Program lunch [only for FOM cosmology program leaders to schedule next year/workshops/NWA update/Core+ update] in room C4.250 14:00-15:00 Talk by Arthur Hebecker (University of Heidelberg) in room D1.116 Title: Large Field Inflation, the Weak Gravity Conjecture and Gravitational Instantons Abstract: The recent theoretical interest in large-field inflation is related in part to potential future observations, e.g. through primordial gravity waves,…

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Utrecht Cosmology Symposium (UCoS) 2016

27/06/2016 - 01/07/2016
Institute for Theoretical Physics Utrecht,
Princetonplein 5
Utrecht, 3584 CE Netherlands
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The Utrecht Cosmology Symposium (UCoS) will be hosted at Utrecht University during June 27 – July 1, 2016. It will be an international conference about theoretical cosmology with a broad range of topics and speakers. Please see the website http://web.science.uu.nl/ucos/ for the preliminary schedule, up-to-date information and registration. Topics & Keynote speakers: Primordial Universe: Eva Silverstein Inflation: David Wands Quantum Effects: Richard Woodard Cosmic Microwave Background: Marc Kamionkowski…

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September 2016

Leiden Fall 2016 cancelled

02/09/2016 @ 12:00 - 18:00
Institute Lorentz Leiden,
Niels Bohrweg 2
Leiden, 2333 CA Netherlands
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Note that the planned meeting in Leiden, September 2, 2016 has ben CANCELLED.

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Gerard ‘t Hooft Birthday event 2016

14/09/2016 @ 13:30 - 17:00
Institute for Theoretical Physics Utrecht,
Princetonplein 5
Utrecht, 3584 CE Netherlands
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On occasion of Gerard ‘t Hooft’s 70th birthday this year, a special event will take place Utrecht, September 14, 2016 Programme: 13:30 Erik Verlinde (UvA), “Black Holes with Strings Attached: from Quantum Mechanics to Gravity” – Boothzaal, Library Science Park 15:00 Rector Magnificus, Student Prices – Theatron, Educatorium, Science Park 15:30 Frank Wilczek (MIT), “The Materiality of Vacuum” – ’t Hooft lecture,…

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October 2016

Amsterdam Fall 2016

07/10/2016 @ 14:00 - 18:00
NIKHEF,
Science Park 105
Amsterdam, 1098 XG
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14:00-15:00 Talk by Oleg Lebedev (University of Helsinki)

Title: The Higgs and cosmology

15:30-16:30 Talk by Bobby Acharya (King’s Coll. London & ICTP, Trieste)

Title: Dark Matter from a String/M theory Perspective

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November 2016

Utrecht Fall 2016

04/11/2016 @ 12:00 - 18:00
Institute for Theoretical Physics Utrecht,
Princetonplein 5
Utrecht, 3584 CE Netherlands
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Utrecht, November 4, 2016 Place: Universiteit Utrecht, Buys Ballot Gebouw, room 712 For this meeting we will have two external speakers 14:00-15:00 Talk by Jose Espinosa (IFAE & ICREA Barcelona, Spain) Title: Higgs inflation as a mirage Abstract: After reviewing the nice properties of Higgs inflation and some of its problems, I will discuss a simple unitarization of the scenario that is genuinely…

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