To promote scientific work in the field of cosmology in Hamburg, inform the general public of significant research findings and foster the interdisciplinary dialogue on questions of cosmology from a physical, philosophical and theological perspective.
The work is currently shaped by groundbreaking achievements from recent years:
- Discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN in 2012
- Precise measurement of cosmic microwave background by the Planck satellites in 2013
- Detection of gravitational waves by the LIGO scientific collaboration in 2016
Past and future activities
- Intensification and networking of the international cooperation
- Discussion of the implications of future experimental data from particle physics [LHC] and upcoming cosmological and astrophysical observations
- Academy lecture in summer 2017 on gravitational waves
- January–March 2015: public lecture series on "The Origins of the Universe" in cooperation with Hamburg Planetarium
- 27–29 January 2014: conference on "Inflation after Planck" with a public lecture by Simon White on "Blazing trails from the big bang - the origins of the universe and the ESA’s Planck mission"
- 18–20 April 2012: conference on the "Implications of the early LHC for cosmology" with a public lecture by Peter Schleper on "The Higgs boson - a search beyond the boundaries of physics"
- Winter semester 2009/10: Academy lecture series "In the beginning ... On the origins of the universe"
- Winter semester 2008/09: public lecture series on "The Origins of the Universe" in cooperation with Hamburg Planetarium