Public Lectures

Public lectures will be held at Aula Magna Plenary Hall (Stockholm University).

Monday July 2nd (20:30-22:00) - Evening public lectures by:

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TALK: The greatest scientific achievements of the Hubble space telescope

ABSTRACT: I will briefly present the most important scientific topics to which the Hubble Space Telescope has made crucial contributions. The subjects will range from the solar system, and extrasolar planets, to the formation and evolution of galaxies, the age of the universe, and dark energy. Along the way I will show some of the most stunning images taken by Hubble, and discuss the impact that the telescope has had on cosmology and astrophysics.

Thursday July 5th (20:30-22:00) - Evening public lectures:

Fang Li Zhi and Relativistic Astrophysics

Friday July 6th (20:30-22:00) - Evening public lectures by:

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Carlos FRENK

TALK: Everything from nothing: how our universe was made

ABSTRACT: Cosmology confronts some of the most fundamental questions in the whole of science. How and when did our universe begin? What is it made of? How did galaxies and other structures form? There has been enormous progress in the past few decades towards answering these questions. For example, recent observations have established that our universe contains an unexpected mix of components: ordinary atoms, exotic dark matter and a new form of energy called dark energy. Gigantic surveys of galaxies reveal how the universe is structured. Large supercomputer simulations recreate the evolution of the universe and provide the means to relate processes occuring near the beginning with observations of the universe today. A coherent picture of cosmic evolution, going back to a tiny fraction of a second after the Big Bang, is beginning to emerge. However, fundamental issues, like the nature of the dark energy, remain unresolved.