The 13th AIP Thinkshop on Cosmology

29 March 2016. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) organizes in collaboration with the University of Innsbruck the 13th Thinkshop under the title "Near Field Cosmology". From March 29 to April 3 about 60 scientists will discuss at the Obergurgl University Centre in Austria recent progress in the field of observational and theoretical cosmology.
The 13th AIP Thinkshop on Cosmology

Cosmic Flows (Credit: AIP)

Observational cosmology has traditionally focused on the outskirts of the visible universe, with an ever increasing appetite to reach deeper into space and backwards in time. Recently, cosmologists have realized that some treasures are buried much closer to home. In the last decade, cosmologists have become archaeologists as they search for "fossils" and clues in present-day observations of nearby objects in order to better understand the cosmological formation history, establishing the new research area of Near Field Cosmology.

The better we know our cosmic vicinity the better we understand the universe as a whole. Brent Tully (Hawaii), Helene Courtois (Lyon) and Jenny Sorce (AIP) will for the first time present at this meeting the CosmicFlows3 catalogue with exact positions and velocities of almost 20,000 galaxies in the cosmic neighbourhood of our Milky Way. These new data are a milestone in the understanding of our cosmic "neighbourhood" up to a distance of several 100 million light years.


Science Contact: Dr. Stefan Gottloeber, +49 151 58323983,

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The key topics of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) are cosmic magnetic fields and extragalactic astrophysics. A considerable part of the institute's efforts aim at the development of research technology in the fields of spectroscopy, robotic telescopes, and e-science. The AIP is the successor of the Berlin Observatory founded in 1700 and of the Astrophysical Observatory of Potsdam founded in 1874. The latter was the world's first observatory to emphasize explicitly the research area of astrophysics. Since 1992 the AIP is a member of the Leibniz Association.