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CosPA 14 - The University of Auckland
RICHARD EASTHER
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CosPA 14 - The University of Auckland

RICHARD EASTHER
DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS, UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND

ABSTRACT

The 2014 CosPA meeting took place in Auckland, bringing together researchers from around the region.

THE CONFERENCE

The 2014 CosPA [Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics] meeting took place at the University of Auckland. Running from December 9 to 12, the meeting brought together around 90 scientists from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. This was the first time a CosPA meeting had been held in New Zealand, where there is a growing number of particle physicists and astrophysicists. The local community undoubtedly benefitted from having so many of their Asia-Pacific colleagues visit New Zealand.


Clocktower, University of Auckland campus.

CosPA 14 had a broad scientific programme, with topics ranging from fundamental theory, astrostatistics, CMB observations, neutrino physics and reviews of both the ATLAS and CMS collaborations at the Large Hadron Collider. Speakers discussed a number of upcoming initiatives, including extensions to the ICECUBE neutrino experiment, future large-scale structure surveys, reactor neutrino experiments and gravitational wave observatories. Asia-Pacific countries are playing key roles in many of these developments, and CosPA provided opportunities to build collaborations that will support these new projects.

The meeting was held on the University of Auckland campus in the central city, with the conference banquet taking place in the University's Fale Pasifika, a modern building inspired by structures found in many Pacific Polynesian communities.

PUBLIC EVENTS

Two additional highlights of the conference was a public lecture, given by Brian Schmidt and Tamara Davies, and a Schools' Programme, which allowed 25 high school students to get a taste of research in particle physics and astrophysics. The lecture, 'The Dark Side of Astronomy', drew an audience of over 400 Aucklanders on a busy December night in the holiday season. The Schools' Programme is aimed at senior high school students, who observed two of the plenary sessions, took part in simple laboratory activities and toured the Department's research laboratories.

 

Richard Easther is a professor and the Head of the Department of Physics at the University of Auckland. He specializes in the evolution of the very early universe and observational tests of fundamental cosmological scenarios.

 
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