“Cosmology on Safari” will focus on the interplay between cosmological models and data, with emphasis on the challenges that remain in cosmology. Topics covered during the conference will include:

  • Theoretical perspectives on dark matter, dark energy, gravitational theories and gravitational waves, and the early universe including inflation and primordial physics
  • Observational probes including cosmic microwave background experiments, large-scale structure surveys, 21cm intensity mapping and global measurements, galaxy clusters, gravitational lensing, supernovae, and baryon acoustic oscillations

The conference will be held at the Anew Hotel, Hluhluwe in South Africa and is hosted by the Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.  We gratefully acknowledge funding support from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the National Research Foundation.

Invited speakers (* = to be confirmed)

  • Celine Boehm (U. de Savoie, CNRS)
  • Fernando Camilo (South African Radio Astronomy Observatory)
  • Anthony Challinor (University of Cambridge)
  • Tzu-Ching Chang* (JPL/Caltech)
  • Matteo Costanzi (Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München)
  • Matt Dobbs (McGill University)
  • Oliver Dore* (JPL/Caltech)
  • Joseph Eimer (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Anastasia Fialkov (Harvard)
  • Mathilde Jauzac (Durham University)
  • Michelle Lochner (African Institute of Mathematical Sciences)
  • Roy Maartens (University of the Western Cape)
  • Samaya Nissanke (University of Amsterdam)
  • Yi Mao (Tsinghua University)
  • Raul Monsalve (McGill University)
  • Alexandre Refregier (ETH Zürich)
  • Kendrick Smith (Perimeter Institute)
  • Tarun Souradeep (Inter-University Centre for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Pune)
  • Francisco Villaescusa-Navarro (Center for Computational Astrophysics, Flatiron Institute)

Local organising committee

  • Moumita Aich
  • H. Cynthia Chiang
  • Carolyn Crichton
  • Matt Hilton
  • Kenda Knowles
  • Yin-Zhe Ma
  • Kavilan Moodley
  • Jonathan Sievers
  • Denis Tramonte
  • Tony Walters