The format of the meetings is broadly inspired by the highly
UK cosmology meetings, which have been running for more than a decade,
and the Journees des Lacs Alpins held in the French and Swiss Alps. The
meetings are informal, and there is no registration fee. There are also
no invited speakers. All participants wishing to speak can do so, by
naming a topic when they register. Should there be excessive demand,
preference will be given to younger participants. Blackboard talks are
encouraged, but not compulsory. All the time slots are of equal length
(typically 20 to 30 minutes), and there are also no parallel sessions
posters. The local organizer of each workshop will be in charge of
up the program. In addition to the talks there can also be time for
discussions, particularly if there are several requests for talks on a
common 'hot' topic.
Unlike most conferences and workshops, where speakers typically present finished pieces of work, these meetings are designed to encourage the presentation of work in progress (or even being started or planned). In this way the opportunities for constructive feedback and suggestions are enhanced, and in the long term this will lead to the development of productive synergies and collaborations. In this same spirit the meetings will not be restricted to a single focused topic, but are open to cosmologists in the broadest sense, from theoretical particle physics to observational astrophysics. Stimulating interactions between theorists and observers is a particular concern of the organizers, and will be the key factor for the success of the meetings.
This second Meeting will take place in Bilbao, Spain, in April 2007. It is piggy-backed on the wider BICOS meeting, see the web page: http://www.ehu.es/bicos/ whose organisers have kindly offered us the infrastructure for the organization of our 2nd Iberian Cosmology Meeting right after BICOS. I urge you to register there as soon as possible in order to ensure financial support. This year the funds are scarce and we will work on a first come first served basis.
It is envisaged that in the future there will be an average of two such meetings per year (broadly speaking in the winter and summer), which will be organized in rotation by the various participating institutions. Occasionally these meetings can also be organized simultaneously with relevant international conferences being held in Spain or Portugal, or with meetings of the respective national Astronomical or Physical Societies.
It is also possible that other countries in the Mediterranean area, like Morocco, Italy or Greece, might wish to join these Cosmology Meetings by offering themselves as hosts of one of them. We encourage participants to think about all these possibilities and bring new ideas into discussion next Meeting in Bilbao.
|List of participants and Programme
|Friday 13||Saturday 14|
José Antonio Belinchón
Carla Sofia Carvalho
Daniel G. Figueroa
Jose Pedro Mimoso
Padro Martín Moruno