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Towards a London Institute of Cosmology? Based on brainstorming at a previous LCDM followed up with Ofer Lahav.

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1 Towards a London Institute of Cosmology? Based on brainstorming at a previous LCDM followed up with Ofer Lahav

2 Motivation ‘Golden Age’ of cosmology continuing: – Planck, new observational projects, synergy with LHC Vibrant cosmology community in London – Observations, advanced computations, dark matter, inflation, quantum gravity, string theory. All the principal London universities and colleges Already search for synergies: – e.g., LCDMs. Strengthening by new academic appointments, – e.g., Alan IC, Eugene KCL, … Several ERC grants – UCL, JE + KCL, …

3 Possible Joint Actions Joint appointments: – Studentships, postdocs, faculty positions, …? Joint lecture programmes for incoming PhD students? Joint seminars? Intensive short courses (teach-ins) focused on hot topics? Joint visitor programme? Share resources for high-performance computing? Joint organization of conferences? Joint teams in upcoming experiments and observational programmes.

4 Level of Ambition? SuperLCDMs? – e.g., with external speakers, … A real or virtual institute with a name such as London Institute of Cosmology (LIC)? A bricks-and-mortar location? How many London institutions? IC + KCL + QMU + UCL + ??

5 Where to get how much Funding? STFC? Leverhulme? University of London? Kavli Foundation? Other donations? ERC? Royal (A) Society

6 Discussion, Comments, Suggestions Welcome! Mandate a team of representatives with one full member (and an alternate, in case of absences) from each group Report back at next LCDM?


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