The conference will be held at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center 5 October (9 am) through 8 October (3 pm) 2019.

Is cosmology on the verge of a fundamental description of the Universe from a tiny fraction of a second after the big bang until today based upon LCDM, or is it on the cusp of major disruption and re-organization of our understanding of the Universe? Eight cosmic controversies – the value(s) the Hubble constant, viability of CDM, cause of cosmic acceleration, validity of inflation, the existence of a dark matter particle, clarity about the multiverse, origin of ordinary matter, and other loose ends in the paradigm – have much to say about the direction cosmology will take in the next decade and may be the answer the question above. Our cosmology conclave will focus on these controversies and address how best to resolve them.

The controversies
  1. What is the resolution of the current H0 discrepancy?
  2. Is a theory beyond Cold Dark Matter needed to describe structure formation?
  3. What is the explanation of Cosmic Acceleration?
  4. Can Inflation be transformed into a fundamental theory of the early Universe?
  5. Do we need the Multiverse and can it made turned into a scientific theory?
  6. Is there a Dark Matter Particle or do we need another explanation for the dark matter phenomenon?
  7. Whither Baryogenesis?
  8. Are we close to Cosmic Convergence or on a path to Cosmic Disruption?

... and what tools are critical for making progress in cosmology in the coming decades?

Conference Format
Eight, 90-minute afternoon panels featuring a moderator/chair and 3 speakers. Forty-some 25-minute invited morning talks that inform the panels, and contributed posters. Evenings include a public event, a banquet and a poster session reception.

Organizing Committee
John Carlstrom
University of Chicago
Wendy Freedman
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
Josh Frieman
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
Rocky Kolb
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
Michael Turner
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics

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Downtown Chicago
Picture: Location
The University of Chicago Gleacher Center
Gleacher Center
450 N Cityfront Plaza Dr,
Chicago, IL 60611

Contact Us
For questions about the workshop, please contact us at 2019COSMIC@box.uchicago.edu