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Symposium Brief: Untangling the Cosmos

by CIFAR
Aug 3 / 17

On May 17, 2017, CIFAR, in partnership with the Ontario Science Centre, held a day-long symposium called “Untangling the Cosmos: How Research is Changing our Understanding of the Universe.”  The event featured leading Canadian and international researchers in astronomy and cosmology — both theoreticians and experimentalists — discussing the deepest questions in their fields as well as their latest discoveries.

Moderated by Canadian science writer and broadcaster Jay Ingram, the event included presentations from: Dick Bond, CIFAR Fellow, Cosmology and Gravity Program and Professor at the University of Toronto and the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics; Gil Holder, CIFAR Fellow, Cosmology and Gravity Program and Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Matt Dobbs, CIFAR Fellow, Cosmology and Gravity Program and Professor at McGill University; Daryl Haggard, Professor at McGill University; Lars Bildsten, CIFAR Fellow, Cosmology and Gravity Program and Professor at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Department of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara; Vicky Kaspi, CIFAR Fellow, Cosmology and Gravity Program and Professor at McGill University; Luis Lehner, CIFAR Fellow, Cosmology and Gravity Program and Professor at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics; Harald Pfeiffer, CIFAR Fellow, Cosmology and Gravity Program and Professor at the University of Toronto and the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics; Barth Netterfield, CIFAR Fellow, Cosmology and Gravity Program and Professor at the University of Toronto; Scott Ransom, CIFAR Fellow, Cosmology and Gravity Program and astronomer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory; Mark Chen, CIFAR Fellow, Cosmology and Gravity Program and Professor at Queen’s University;  Renée Hložek, Professor at the University of Toronto’s Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics.

This report provides a summary of the key insights presented by these researchers, and of the group discussions led by Jay Ingram that followed.

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