Beyond Concordance Model – Cape Town, South Africa (final announcement)

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Date:  2016-11-28  -  2016-12-02

Location:  UCT Cape Town, South Africa

The Cosmology and Gravity Group Group and the ACGC at the University of Cape Town are pleased to be hosting the 2016 edition of the Beyond Concordance Model meeting; the second edition of its kind in the meeting series. This conference series covers a broad range of topics related to Cosmology, such as inhomogenous universes, backreaction, modified gravity, early universe and observational tests. The format of the meetings encourages discussion and interaction in a relaxed atmosphere, bringing together top-leading worldwide know experts on the subjects.

Confirmed Speakers (in alphabetical order) so far include

– Jose BELTRAN (CPT, University of Marseille, France)
– Eloisa BENTIVEGNA (University of Catania, Italy)
– Mariam BOUHMADI-LOPEZ (Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal)
– Jeandrew BRINK (tbc) (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
– Carsten VAN DE BRUCK (Sheffield University, UK)
– Vinicius BUSTI (Sao Paulo University, Brazil)
– Salvatore CAPOZZIELLO (Universita’ di Napoli Federico II & INFN Napoli, Italy)
– Sante CARLONI (IST Lisbon, Portugal)
– Timothy CLIFTON (Queen Mary University of London, UK)
– Catherine CRESS (University of the Western Cape, South Africa)
– David DAVERIO (AIMS, South Africa)
– Emilio ELIZALDE (ICE-IEEC, Barcelona, Spain)
– Pierre FLEURY (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
– Juan GARCIA-BELLIDO (Theoretical Physics Institute, IFT-UAM, Madrid, Spain)
– Rituparno GOSWAMI (ACRU KwaZulu Natal University, South Africa)
– Charles HELLABY (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
– Julien LARENA (Rhodes University, South Africa)
– Francisco LOBO (Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal)
– Michelle LOCHNER (University College London, UK)
– Bishop MONGWANE (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
– David F. MOTA (Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo, Norway)
– Nelson NUNES (Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal)
– Anne Marie NZIOKI (ACRU KwaZulu Natal University, South Africa)
– Sergei ODINTSOV (ICREA, Barcelona, Spain)
– Sebastien RENAUX-PETEL (Paris U. VI, GRECO & Inst. Astrophys. Paris & LPTHE Paris, France)
– Diego SAEZ-GOMEZ (Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal)
– Obinna UMEH (University of the Western Cape, South Africa)

The meetings are informal and there is a minimum registration fee covering lunch, coffee and conference dinner. All participants wishing to give a talk about their work will be able to do so by submitting a title and abstract when they register by the 15th of September 2016.

The number of participants is limited, so early registration is advised. Please note that there is a limited amount of funding to support the participation of students. Applications for grants must be submitted during registration by 15th of September 2016, with preference to students based in South Africa with limited funding possibilities. Registration and all other logistical information is accessible via the conference website,

The meeting will take place from 28 November – 2 December 2016 in Cape Town, a Mediterranean (equivalent to San Francisco or Vancouver in Africa) and spectacular city with two oceans coming together and Table Mountain just behind our campus. The city is quite cosmopolitan with plenty of professionals from all over the world settling here. Moreover, Cape Town lies in the winelands region, the source of many legendary Cape wines plenty of mountainous surrounds, grand heritage and sumptuous restaurants which have earned the Cape Winelands the right to call itself South Africa’s culinary capital. Sessions will be held at the upper campus of the University of Cape Town, in the residential neighbourhood of Rondebosch-Newlands and easily reachable to the vibrant city bowl district and the Waterfront and Atlantic seaboard.

We look forward to seeing you in Cape Town,


Alvaro de la Cruz Dombriz
Peter K. S. Dunsby
Julien Larena
Lorenzo Reverberi

E-mail: beyondconcordance[AT]