Meeting Overview
The Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) at the University of Chicago and GMTO are planning a joint workshop to be held in Chicago on June 10-12, 2013. The goal of the conference is to examine the role of galaxies as probes of cosmology, both today and in the future as large galaxy surveys and the next generation of large telescopes, in space and on the ground, come into being. We will bring together theorists and observers to discuss contemporary problems in cosmology and galaxy evolution as well as the opportunities offered by a new generation of facilities and surveys.

The conference will be organized into five half-day sessions. Keynote speakers will provide an overview of the state of theory and observation in each subfield. Contributed lectures will delve into the details of front-line research issues. The first session will review relevant surveys and facilities, including the GMT, large imaging surveys such as the Dark Energy Survey, LSST, and Euclid among others, and upcoming missions, such as the James Webb Space Telescope. This will be followed by sessions on First-Light and Reionization of the Universe, Galaxy Formation and Assembly, Intergalactic and Circumgalactic Gas, and Galaxies & the Intergalactic medium as probes of Dark Matter and Dark Energy. The conference will be held in downtown Chicago at the University of Chicago's Gleacher Center. A gala conference banquet will be held at the Adler Planetarium looking out on to Lake Michigan.

Invited Speakers
Hsiao-Wen Chen
University of Chicago
Alan Dressler
Carnegie Observatories
James Dunlop
University of Edinburgh
Henry Ferguson
Space Telescope Science Institute
Wendy Freedman
Carnegie Observatories
Josh Frieman
Fermilab/U. Chicago
Jonathan Gardner
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Marla Geha
Yale University
Mike Gladders
Juna Kollmeier
Carnegie Observatories
Patrick McCarthy
Nikhil Padmanabhan
Yale University
Marc Postman
Space Telescope Science Institute
Rachel Somerville
Rutgers University
Nicholas Suntzeff
Texas A&M University
Michael Turner
KICP, University of Chicago
Risa Wechsler
Stanford University

Scientific Organizing Committee
Changbom Park (Chair)
Korea Institute for Advanced Study
Arjun Dey
National Optical Astronomy Observatory
Josh Frieman
Fermilab/U. Chicago
Karl Gebhardt
University of Texas
Karl Glazebrook
Swinburne University
Richard Kron
University of Chicago
Paulina Lira
Universidad de Chile
Casey Papovich
Texas A&M
Alexandre Refregier
ETH Zurich, Institute for Astronomy
Alicia Soderberg
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Institute for Theory and Computation
Risa Wechsler
Stanford University
David Weinberg
Ohio State University

Gala banquet
View to Downtown Chicago from the Adler Planetarium
A gala conference banquet will be held on Tuesday, June 11 at the Adler Planetarium looking out on to Lake Michigan.

DINNER - June 11, 2013
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Hors d'oeuvres Reception
    7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Presentation: "Cosmic Wonder"
    7:30 PM
    Seated Dinner
    Dessert and after dinner remarks immediately following dinner

Getting to the ADLER
Adler Parking: Meter parking is typically available outside of the Adler. Taxis are encouraged however, as parking is limited and the adjacent lot will be closed.
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