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Brian Schmidt: “Supernovas and dark energy”

In this lecture, Prof. Brian Schmidt (Australian National University, and Nobel Prize in Physics of 2011) discusses the role that supernovas have played in the discovery of the acceleration of the Universe, and the role they are likely to play in future research on dark energy.

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Luca Amendola: “The next 10 years of dark energy research”

In this lecture, Prof. Luca Amendola, of the Institute for Theoretical Physics of the University of Heidelberg (Germany), discusses the present and future of theory and observations in dark energy research.

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Bin Wang: “Interaction between dark energy and dark matter”

In this lecture, Prof. Bin Wang (Distinguished Professor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China) explores the possible relationships between dark energy and dark matter. Please note: due to technical reasons, the video of Prof. Bin Wang’s talk could not be recorded.

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Narciso Benítez: “Cosmology with photometric redshifts”

Narciso “Txitxo” Benítez (Instituto Astrofisico de Andalucía, Spain) explains how photometric redshifts of galaxies and other extragalactic objects have revolutionized cosmology, and will continue to do so.

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Cristina Chiappini: “The nature of the first stellar generations inferred from galactic archeology “

In her talk, Cristina Chiappini (Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics – Potsdam, Germany) tells the story of how the study of old stars in our own galaxy (“galactic archeology”) can reveal clues about how galaxies form and evolve in the Universe.

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François Hammer: “Formation

In his talk, François Hammer (Observatoir de Paris) shows how observations are revealing the properties of galaxies, now and in the past.

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Patricia Tissera: “Chemo-dynamical patterns: a challenging route to understand how galaxies form”

Patricia Tissera (IAFE/CONICET, Argentina) employs simulations to explore how the chemistry and the dynamics of galaxies can explain their observed properties.

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Daniel Schaerer: “Formation and evolution of galaxies and star formation: the theoretical framework”

In his talk, Daniel Schaerer (Université de Genève, Switzerland) discusses young galaxies at high redshifts, their physical properties, and the processes involved in their formation.

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Tim Beers: “Observational constraints on the first stars: the importance of Carbon as a possible tracer”

Tim Beers (Michigan State University and NOAO, USA) explains how the different elements and isotopes found in stars in our galaxy tell the story of its formation and evolution.

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Tom Theuns: “Feedback in simulations of galaxy formation: eagles, owls and other gimmicks”

In this talk, Tom Theuns (Durham Universtiy, U.K., and University of Antwerp, Belgium) shows how to form galaxies in N-body simulations, explains the role of feedback from supernovas, and argues for the need for “sub-grid” physics in those simulations.

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Fabio Governato: “Cusps, cores and cold dark matter? “

Fabio Governato (University of Washington, USA) asks how astronomers are trying to disentangle the effects of baryons in halos from those of exotic forms of dark matter.

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Volker Springel: “Simulations of cosmic structure formation”

In this talk, Volker Springel (Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, Germany) shows the state-of-the-art of simulations of structure formation in the Universe, and how recently developed numerical techniques in hydrodynamical simulations are revealing surprising features in the formation of galaxies and clusters.

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Ofer Lahav: “Probing dark energy by combining imaging and spectroscopic surveys”

Ofer Lahav (University College London, U.K.) lays out the landscape of past, present and future observations of dark energy, and how both imaging and spectroscopic surveys of the large-scale structure will be key to unveil the nature of dark energy.

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Thaisa Storchi-Bergman: “Co-evolution of supermassive black holes and galaxies: feeding and feedback”

In her talk, Thaisa Storchi-Bergman (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) explores how supermassive black holes are fed by the galaxies they inhabit, and how they influence the evolution of these galaxies through feedback.

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Rubens Machado: “Simulations of the merging galaxy cluster Abell 3376″

Rubens Machado (Departamento de Astronomia, Instituto Astronômico e Geofísico da USP, Brazil) shows how a massive collision of galaxies gave origin to the cluster Abell 3376, and how this dynamics explains the exotic properties of that system.

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Jochen Liske: “Cosmology with the European Extremely Large Telescope”

In his talk, Jochen Liske (ESO and E-ELT Science Office) forecasts the impact that the E-ELT will have on Cosmology and extragalactic research.

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Alan Heavens: “Testing the standard cosmological model”

Alan Heavens (Director of the Imperial College Center for Inference and Cosmology, U.K.) explores the successes and failures of the standard cosmological models, how it connects to fundamental Physics, and what observations will be key to understand our Universe.

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Mario Abadi: “Testing the standard cosmological model”

Mario Abadi (Observatorio Astronómico, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba) confronts the standard cosmological paradigm with the configuration of dwarf galaxies in the Universe. Please note : due to technical difficulties, the video of this talk was not recorded. Our apologies.

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Françoise Combes: “High-z objects with ALMA”

In this talk, Françoise Combes (Observatoire de Paris) discusses how the Atacama Large Millimeter Array of radiotelescopes will lead to key discoveries of galaxies and quasars at extremely high redshifts.

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Gustavo Burdman: “Cosmology and the LHC”

Gustavo Burdman (Physics Institute, University of Sao Paulo) discusses what are the prospects that the LHC
will point to the particle responsible for dark matter, and what the discovery of the Higgs particle means for Cosmology.

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Peter Schneider: “Gravitational lensing: a powerful cosmological tool”

Peter Schneider (Argelander-Institut für Astronomie, Universität Bonn, Germany) gives an overview of gravitational lensing, and how it pertains to cosmology.

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Garth Illingworth: “Exploring the first billion years”

In this talk, Garth Illingworth (UCO and UC Santa Cruz) shows how space telescopes have recently given us the first glimpses of the first galaxies that formed in the Universe, and how the JWST (James Webb Space Telescope) is going to reach deep into the “dark ages”, revealing how galaxies started to build up.

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