Event Date/Time: Aug 31, 2011 End Date/Time: Sep 06, 2011
Early Registration Date: May 31, 2011
Abstract Submission Date: May 31, 2011
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Observational cosmology is going through a particularly exciting period. A range of ground and space experiments are gathering an unprecedented amount of high-quality data, which may allow us to tackle enigmas such as

- the nature of dark energy and dark matter
- the statistical properties of primordial fluctuations
- the possible existence of a stochastic gravitational wave background
- the fundamental constituents of nature
In order to fully exploit these datasets, one requires the interplay of a broad range of expertise, encompassing theory, phenomenology, high-performance computing, data analysis and instrumentation.

This school will provide PhD students and young postdocs with state-of-the art overviews of these key issues. In addition to this training element, they will have an opportunity to present their own work and discuss it with world experts in the field.
Pre-registration is open, and we encourage a diverse group of advanced
graduate students and young postdocs interested in attending to apply.

A preliminary list of lecturers and topics is:

Course lectures (3 lectures each):
Bruce Bassett (Cape Town): Dark energy theory & observations

Daniel Eisenstein (Arizona)* Baryon acoustic oscillations
Kris Gorski (JPL/Caltech): CMB Data analysis
Alessandro Melchiorri (Roma): CMB Theory and Fundamental Physics

Bernard Schutz (Max Planck Institute)* Gravitational waves
Review talks:
Dragan Huterer (Michigan): Alternative models of gravity
Alex Kim (LBNL): Type Ia Supernovae

Carlos Martins (CAUP): Varying fundamental constants
John Peacock (Royal Observatory Edimburgh)* Gravitational lensing
Paul Shellard (Cambridge): Non-gaussianity
George Smoot (Berkeley): TBA

*To be confirmed

Key Dates:
Pre-Registration ends: 31 May
Programme released: 15 June
Arrival day: 31 August
Departure day: 6 September

See you in the Azores !

the LOC:
Marina Cortes (Berkeley)
Miguel Ferreira (Açores)
Katherine Mack (Cambridge)
Carlos Martins (CAUP)
Manuel Monteiro (CAUP, Sysadmin)
Stefania Pandolfi (Roma)
Graca Rocha (Caltech)
Elsa Silva (CAUP, Admin)
Jon Urrestilla (UPV)


Additional Information

The school will take place in the auditorium of the University of Azores in the Angra do Heroísmo campus. This campus is located very near the town centre (approx. 10 minutes walk). The participants can choose between two 4-star hotels (Hotel do Caracol and Terceira Mar Hotel) located at the sea front only a short walk away from the University and the town centre. The rates for each of these hotels are: Terceira Mar Hotel: 65€ - 73€ Hotel do Caracol: 68€ - 75€ Reservations must be placed via the University of Azores. There is also the option to book a room at the university hostel, the rates are: Single room: 32€ Double room: 16€ The university hostel prices don't include breakfast. Angra do Heroísmo is the main town on the island of Terceira dating back to 1450 and is a Unesco World Heritage Site due to its architecture and historical significance. Terceira is a small volcanic island of the Azores archipelago with approximately 60 000 inhabitants. Power plugs in Portugal We use "SHUKO" power plugs. In practice these are the "same" as in Spain and Germany but are different from the French, US, UK and Italian ones. You can have some pictures of plugs at http://www.powercords.co.uk/standard.htm. You need to bring your own adapter/converter. Weather You can expect lovely warm sunny days with average temperatures of between 15 and 26°C (with some days reaching 30°C). It can be quite humid especially on the coast or in areas where there is a lot of vegetation. If you are looking for a beach holiday with guaranteed sun, then the Azores are not the right destination for you. However, if you are looking for a holiday where visiting the beach is just one of many activities, then the Azores might well be the perfect destination!