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Location: Bergisch Gladbach / Cologne, Germany

From Quantum to Cosmos 5 – 5th International workshop on space-based research in fundamental physics and astronomy

The purpose of the Quantum-to-Cosmos workshop series is to highlight the field of fundamental physics, astronomy, and cosmology with experiments and observations on ground and in space in order to gain improved insight into the fundamental laws of nature. The workshop offers a fruitful space to discuss current and future fundamental physics and astronomy missions which are expected to revolutionize our understanding of the universe.

The conference will be organized as a series of key-note talks and plenary sessions, covering the topics:
– Gravitational Physics
– Astronomy and Cosmology
– Dark Matter and Dark Energy
– Physics beyond the Standard Model
– Quantum Physics and Technologies for Space
– Geodesy and Planetary Missions
– Policy and Opportunities for Space Experiments

The preliminary list of confirmed speakers includes: Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Bob Bingham, Thibault Damour, Karsten Danzmann, Gilles Esposito-Farese, Ephraim Fischbach, Philippe Jetzer, Friedrich Koenig, George Picket, Dimitri Psaltis, Serge Reynaud, Gerhard Schaefer, Slava Turyshev, Norbert Wex

Following representatives from the major space agencies will attend the event, too: Charles Elachi (NASA JPL), Alvaro Gimenez Canete (ESA), Thierry Duquesne (CNES)

At this year’s Q2C5 workshop, we will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of one the largest fully steerable radio telescopes on earth: the 100-meter Effelsberg radio telescope operated by the MPI for Radio Astronomy. For this reason, the workshop organizers – the Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) – will be supported by a third partner, the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPI).

The Q2C5 workshop starts on Tue, October 9, at 10:00 am and ends on Fri, October 12, 2012, at 4:45 pm, and includes an excursion to the 100-meter Effelsberg radio telescope. Further details on the program and your options for registration are available at: http://www.zarm.uni-bremen.de/Q2C5

The on-line registration is now open! A limited contingent of hotel rooms has been reserved at a reduced rate especially for this event.