Cosmic Microwave Background, Large Scale Structure and 21 cm Surveys


Madrid 2016 Workshop on CMB polarization, Large-Scale Structure, and 21 cm surveys

13th June – 1st July 2016, Instituto de Física Teórica (IFT), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM)


The aim of this three-week workshop is to discuss the present prospects for a global understanding of Cosmology, from the early universe to the present. This entails an overview of the various observational and experimental efforts from photon decoupling to the reionization epoch and the late acceleration of the universe, as well as the panorama of the theoretical developments needed to correctly interpret the upcoming data.

For that reason we have decided to split the workshop into three broad and well differentiated although interconnected subjects: the Cosmic Microwave Background anisotropies (mainly polarization), the reionization epoch through percolation and intensity mapping, and the late universe large-scale structure with supervoids and superclusters serving as proxies for the Dark Energy and Dark Matter.

For each of these three main topics we have selected a few invited speakers to introduce the subject and who will provoke some intense discussion and debate. These overviews will be followed by a few more specific and shorter talks to address those points raised in the general discussion.

The spirit of the three week program is similar to that of Benasque Cosmology Meetings (which for the uninitiated might be described as a Spanish version of Aspen). The meeting will take place in the new building of the Institute of Theoretical Physics, where speakers will have an office during their whole length of stay.


There will also be dedicated rooms for discussions and collaborative work. It is our intention that colleagues who have been collaborating from different institutions abroad will find this a conducive environment to meet and work together here in Madrid. Researchers from other fields may also join and contribute to the advancement of the Science of Cosmology.

The workshop will take place at the IFT-UAM/CSIC in Madrid, from 13th June to the 1st of July 2016, and participants will be housed at the Residencia Erasmus on Campus at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid,  conveniently located a few hundred meters from the Institute.

Key Speakers


Reza Ansari   

Eric Aubourg  

Bruce Basset       

Gianni Bernardi

Paolo de Bernardis 

Francisco Castander 

Jens Chluba

Joanna Dunkley     

Ruth Durrer 

Masashi Hazumi           

Shirley Ho      

Justin Jonas 

Jonathan Pritchard        

Alexandre Refregier 

Mario Santos      

Jonathan Sievers


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