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Artistic illustration of LiteBIRD satellite

The Japanese Institute of Space and Astronautical Science has chosen for its next strategic mission LiteBIRD, a small space observatory. Six researches of the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics are involved in the project.

Are we alone in the universe? NASA’s Kepler mission is contributing to answering this question by searching for Earth-like planets that may be capable of hosting life.

The extra-solar planet GJ667Cc (or Gliese 667Cc) has been declared the most Earth-like object known outside of our solar system. It orbits a type of star which is studied at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics.

First first stars were born during the universe' youth according to new radiation maps. Much later that first anticipated. 

The gigantic telescope set to extract a range of the sun's secrets picking up radio waves. Stay tuned!

During the conference, there will be two general talks about cosmology open to the public.

This is an informal (and rather unscientific) survey of participants of the Beyond ΛCDM conference -- and the wider cosmological community -- to gauge opinions and attitudes towards the ΛCDM model, and what lies in store for it over the coming decade.

Our intention is to get a feel for what issues cosmologists think are important, what developments are likely, and where they are likely to come from. We'll discuss the results of the survey on the 14th of January, during the conference, and will make the results more widely available soon after.

The survey is, of course, anonymous, and should be taken light-heartedly! You can select multiple responses for each question or, if you feel that none of them are right, choose "Other" and add free-form comments and responses at the bottom of the survey.

Thanks for participating!

The Euclid meeting plan

We offer participants a wide range of options for their stay at the conference. Below is an overview of the various options and other expenses.

Deadline: 1st of November.

The registration is handled by our external partner "HRG travel". Please click the link below to go to the registration webpage. Registration fee is at 850 NOK (approximately 100 EUR), this fee is waived for PhD and Master students.

To the registration

Registration has now closed, for a late registration please contact the Local Organizing Committee directly.

Updated: 06.01.2015


There are three broad themes, corresponding to “pillars of the standard model”. These pillars are:

The laws of physics: The basic theoretical frameworks that we rely on for building cosmological models (includes GR, standard model of particle physics) Foundational assumptions: Basic assumptions that we make when constructing theories and interpreting observations (includes homogeneity, isotropy, Big Bang, inflation...) Constituents of the Universe: What the Universe is made of, and how it behaves (includes dark energy/vacuum energy, dark matter, neutrinos...)


Each session is approximately 3 hours long punctuated by a tea break. In each section, we seek to go beyond the standard model by modifying or replacing these pillars in some way. For example, modified gravity theories replace a law of physics, GR; models of dark energy add a new fluid to the content of the Universe; and so on.

The conference will be situated at Scandic Holmenkollen Park Hotel overlooking the city and the Oslo fjord. Here, you will find activities no other hotel in Oslo can offer: Four pole-pushes, a 90-metre ski jump and a Super-G. Only a turn away from the hotel lies the Holmenkollen Ski Jump, the Ski Museum and the beautiful Holmenkollen Chapel. Here you will find some of Oslo's biggest tourist attractions, and a wealth of opportunities.

This webpage is for the joint Euclid Theory and Simulations Working Group meeting to be held in Oslo in the days prior to the Beyond ΛCDM conference from the 12.1. to the 13.1.2015. You can register for it (if you are part of the EUCLID collaboration) on the same registration page as for the "beyond ΛCDM" conference.

This page will help you get to the conference venue.

Presented is an overview over the Scientific and Local organizing committees.

Professor Mats Carlsson at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics has received the prestigious advanced grant from the European Research Council.

Dr. Einar Andreas Tandberg-Hanssen, Norwegian-American astrophysicist, born 6 August 1921, in Bergen, Norway, died on July 22, 2011, in Huntsville, Alabama, USA. Einar A. Tandberg-Hanssen spent most of his career in the United States, where he ultimately was director of the Space Science Laboratory at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. His main scientific interests and work were in solar physics.