The University of Chicago's Gleacher Center
The 18th annual International Conference on Particle Physics and Cosmology (COSMO 2014) will be held in Chicago on August 25-29, 2014. The meeting is being hosted by the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) at the University of Chicago, and will be held at the University of Chicago's Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago.

The COSMO series is one of the major venues of interaction between cosmologists and particle physicists. Topics to be discussed include:
  • Dark Matter
  • Dark Energy
  • Results from the Planck satellite, BICEP2, and other CMB experiments
  • Results from the Large Hadron Collider
  • The large-scale structure of the Universe
  • Primordial cosmology
  • Numerical cosmology
  • String cosmology
  • Particle astrophysics

Plenary Speakers
Nima Arkani-Hamed
Institute for Advanced Study
Laura Baudis
University of Zurich
Stefano Borgani
Astronomical Observatory of Trieste
Kiwoon Choi
Institute for Basic Science (IBS)
Ryan Foley
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Wendy Freedman
Carnegie Observatories
Daniel Green
Catherine Heymans
University of Edinburgh
Justin Khoury
University of Pennsylvania
Will Kinney
University at Buffalo, SUNY
Lloyd Knox
UC Davis
John Kovac
Harvard University
Andrei Linde
Stanford University
Nikhil Padmanabhan
Yale University
Hiranya Peiris
University College London
Sarah Shandera
Pennsylvania State University
Eva Silverstein
Stanford University
Tracy Slatyer
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mark Trodden
University of Pennsylvania
Neal Weiner
New York University

Parallel Session Conveners
  • CMB/LSS: Silvia Galli (IAP), Walt Ogburn (KIPAC)
  • Formal, Inflation: Daniel Chung (Madison), Kurt Hinterbichler (Perimeter)
  • Dark matter: Dan Hooper (FNAL), Paolo Privitera (University of Chicago)
  • Dark energy: Richard Easther (Auckland), Brenna Flaugher (FNAL)

International Steering Committee
Vernon Barger
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Daniel Baumann
Cambridge University
John Beacom
Ohio State University
David Caldwell
Stanford University
Jonathan Ellis
Kari Enqvist
University of Helsinki
Evalyn Gates
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Ruth Gregory
Durham University
Francis Halzen
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Stephen Hawking
University of Cambridge
Mark Hindmarsh
University of Sussex
Stavros Katsanevas
Université Paris VII
Jihn Kim
Seoul National University
Rocky Kolb
University of Chicago
Julien Lesgourgues
Andrei Linde
Stanford University
David Lyth
Lancaster University
Carlos Martins
Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto
Hans-Peter Nilles
Physikalisches Institut der Universität Bonn
Michael Ramsey-Musolf
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Antonio Riotto
University of Geneva
Matts Roos
University of Helsinki
Leszek Roszkowski
University of Sheffield
Goran Senjanovic
International Centre for Theoretical Physics
Jun'ichi Yokoyama
RESCEU, The University of Tokyo
XinMin Zhang
Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Local Organizing Committee
John Carlstrom
University of Chicago
Scott Dodelson
Katherine Freese
University of MIchigan
Joshua Frieman
University of Chicago
Aimee Giles
KICP, University of Chicago
Luca Grandi
University of Chicago
Craig Hogan
KICP and Fermilab
Daniel Holz
University of Chicago
Dragan Huterer
University of Michigan
Angela Olinto
University of Chicago
Helen Pates
KICP, University of Chicago
Michael Turner
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
Abigail Vieregg
University of Chicago / KICP
Lian-Tao Wang
University of Chicago

Conference Events

Particle fever film ''dinner & a movie''
Tuesday August 26 | 5PM buses leave, 6:30PM film + discussion @ the Performance Hall of the Logan Center
In conjunction with the COSMO-14 conference we have arranged a public screening of the film "Particle Fever", followed by a round-table discussion with Nima Arkani-Hamed (IAS; who plays a major role in the film), Marcela Carena (FNAL) and Joe Lykken (FNAL), moderated by Rocky Kolb (UChicago). All participants are welcome to attend the event, which will happen on Tuesday August 26, after the last session. Free shuttles will be provided from the conference venue (Gleacher center) to the film (Logan Center, on the University of Chicago campus), returning to the conference hotels afterwards. In addition, a free box dinner will be provided.

PARTICLE FEVER - A film by Mark Levinson
Running time: 99 minutes
Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity?
PARTICLE FEVER gives audiences a front row seat to our generation's most significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. The film follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet.

10,000 scientists from over 100 countries join forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. But our heroes confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist? PARTICLE FEVER is a celebration of discovery, revealing the very human stories behind the tale of this epic experiment.
A discussion with Nima Arkani-Hamed, Marcela Carena and Joe Lykken moderated by Rocky Kolb, Dean of the Division of Physical Sciences at UChicago, will follow the screening.

Multiverse: Facts, Fictions & Fantasies
Thursday August 28 | 6PM @ SAIC, Nieman Center 37 S Wabash Ave Chicago, IL, 60603
Midnight until the first sighting of land, October 12, 1492, six miles off the coast of current day San Salvador Island, Bahamas 2006, hand-stitched cotton, 41" x 97.5" photo courtesy of Don Tuttle work courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery.
The Shapiro Center presents an evening of cosmology in collaboration with COSMO 2014 and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) at the University of Chicago. The "multiverse" theory posits that our universe is but one of an enormous number of separate and distinct universes. This theme has inspired science fiction, literature and art. Cosmologists and artists who use cosmological themes in their work will participate in this installment of "Conversations on Art and Science," a lecture series launched in 2011 by SAIC president Walter Massey.

Artist Anna Von Martens will discuss her textile compositions that use computer programs to accurately map out the rotation of the stars and planets; SAIC Professor Kathryn Schaffer will discuss her production of the zine series "The Small Science Collective"; and artist Julie R. Amrany and scientist Emil Martinec will discuss their collaborative work based on the theories of black holes.

The University of Chicago's Michael S. Turner will moderate a provocative discussion on the multiverse with panelists: Raphael Bousso, a theoretical physicist at UC Berkeley, Rocky Kolb, a cosmologist at the University of Chicago, Eva Silverstein, a MacArthur Fellow at Stanford University, Jeff Harvey, a string theorist at the University of Chicago, and 2014 Kavli Prize winner Andrei Linde from Stanford University.

There is no registration required; attendance at the event will be on a "first come, first served" basis. Shuttle transportation to event at the School of the Art Institute (SAIC) will not be provided. Distance from Gleacher to SAIC (37 S. Wabash Avenue) is approximately one mile.

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