[ASA] Conference Announcement: Diving into the Dark, 18-22 July 2016, Cairns, Australia

Kylie Williams k.williams at sydney.edu.au
Mon Feb 29 15:33:42 AEDT 2016


18-22 July 2016-30 October 2015
Pullman Cairns International Hotel
2016 CAASTRO Annual Scientific Conference


-          A conference bringing together theorists and observers studying the dark sectors of the universe - dark energy and dark matter

-          WWW site: http://www.caastro.org/event/2016-dark

-          Early Bird registrations and abstract submissions OPEN<http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/sifa/caastro/register/index.php?action=register&workshopId=95#http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/sifa/caastro/register/index.php?action=register&workshopId=95>.  To register and submit your abstract please go to www.ccastro.org/event/2016-dark<http://www.ccastro.org/event/2016-dark>

-          Email darkloc at caastro.org<mailto:darkloc at caastro.org> to ensure you receive further announcements or with any questions

Registration and abstract submission is now open<http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/sifa/caastro/register/index.php?action=register&workshopId=95#http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/sifa/caastro/register/index.php?action=register&workshopId=95> for Diving into the Dark: Bridging Cosmological Theory and Observation conference (http://www.caastro.org/event/2016-dark).

The conference will be held from 18-22 July 2016 at the Pullman Cairns International Hotel, Cairns, Australia.  The hosts will be ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO).  Welcome drinks will be held on Sunday 17 July 2016.

The search for a physical understanding of the dark sector continues, and progress will depend on the intricate interplay of new, large cosmological datasets, the predictions of physical theories, and accurate simulations.  Which combinations of observable signatures are most interesting for distinguishing between models?  How can we mitigate systematic errors in these measurements?  What are the most exciting new theoretical developments?  The conference will cover a diverse range of scientific topics including large-scale structure, gravitational lensing, peculiar velocities, and supernovae as cosmological probes.


  *   Raul Angulo
  *   Chris Blake
  *   Josh Frieman TBC
  *   Vera Gluscevic
  *   Elise Jennings
  *   Austin Joyce
  *   Konrad Kuijken
  *   Dan Scolnic
  *   Rita Tojeiro
  *   Hans Winther


To register and submit your abstract please click here <http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/sifa/caastro/register/index.php?action=register&workshopId=95#http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/sifa/caastro/register/index.php?action=register&workshopId=95> or visit our website www.caastro.org/event/2016-dark<http://www.caastro.org/event/2016-dark>.  Scientific contributions to the Diving into the Dark conference can be in oral or poster form.  Please note that the deadline to submit abstracts for oral presentations is 25 March 2016.  Poster presentations will be accepted until 16 May 2016 dependent on floor space.

Please note: Payment of the registration fee is not required at the time of registration and abstract submission.  However to receive the early bird fee payment must be received by COB on 29 April 2016, otherwise the full registration fee will be charged.  You will need to register for your abstract to be considered.  A payment code will be issued which you can use to pay your fee later.  If you have any questions please contact darkloc at caastro.org<mailto:darkloc at caastro.org>

Cancellation Policy
If you need to cancel your registration, please contact: darkloc at caastro.org<mailto:darkloc at caastro.org>.  There will be a $100 processing fee for all cancellations prior to 30 June 2016. Thereafter, no refunds will be offered.

Early Bird Registration Fee:    $AUS 400.00
Registration Fee:                     $AUS 500.00
Student Registration Fee:       $AUS 250.00

Your registration fee includes the following: morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea daily.

The Registration fee will also covers a Welcome Function on 17 July 2016 and the conference dinner being held on Thursday 21 July 2016.


Limited funds are available to provide travel support and per diem expenses to delegates who will need financial assistance in order to attend the Conference.  The deadline for Financial Assistance applications is 29 April 2016.

To be considered please complete the Financial Aid Application<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1wv_wx8NNdq3VZ7sbO3D3zV4EZtN-rev_rBxN-3c4-NM/viewform?usp=send_form> prior to 29 April 2015, and we will notify you of the outcome on 16 May 2015.

Any questions regarding financial assistance and your application please email darkloc at caastro.org<mailto:darkloc at caastro.org>.


  *   Registration/Abstracts open: February 2016
  *   Abstract Deadline: 25 March 2016
  *   Early Bird Registration Deadline: 29 April 2016
  *   Final Program: 16 May 2016
  *   Registrations Closes: 30 June 2016

We have booked a block of rooms for workshop participants at the Pullman Cairns International which is also the conference venue. We encourage you to take advantage of the special rate we have secured for conference participants. We have the following rooms:

  *   City Mountain View<http://www.pullmancairnsinternational.com.au/accommodation/city-mountain-view-rooms-,accommodation_viewItem_11-en.html> $159 room only
  *   Harbour View<http://www.pullmancairnsinternational.com.au/accommodation/harbour-view-rooms-,accommodation_viewItem_41-en.html> $179 room only
  *   Premium Harbour View<http://www.pullmancairnsinternational.com.au/accommodation/premium-harbour-view-rooms-,accommodation_viewItem_31-en.html> $209 room only

To make an accommodation reservation:
Accommodation bookings are now open.  To book please download the booking form<http://www.caastro.org/files/29/3543704924/accommodation-request-form.pdf>, complete it and return to Graeme Wellings (H8772-RE1 at accor.com)<mailto:H8772-RE1 at accor.com> or fax to 61 7 40311801.  Please note that all bookings must be guaranteed by credit card at time of booking and full payment will be required at final checkout.

  *   Accommodation Booking Form - pdf<http://www.caastro.org/files/29/3543704924/accommodation-request-form.pdf>
  *   Accommodation Booking Form - word<http://www.caastro.org/files/29/85132338/accommodation-request-form.doc>

Note that all rooms at the Pullman Cairns International are non-smoking.

Your registration fee includes the following meals: morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea daily.  If you have any dietary requirements, please ensure you make a note of these when you register for the conference, under the Dietary Information field.

All travellers other than Australian and New Zealand citizens need a valid visa or authority to enter Australia (including electronic visas).  More information here<http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/> or Department of Immigration Fact Sheet for Travellers<http://www.caastro.org/files/36/1295927063/business-visitors-factsheet-june-2013.pdf>. Please contact the organisers if you need a letter of invitation for your visa application.  For some nationalities, processing and issuance of visas can take several weeks/months, so apply well before your planned travel.


  *   Sarah Bridle (U. Manchester)
  *   Tamara Davis (U. Queensland), Chair
  *   Catherine Heymans (U. Edinburgh)
  *   Wayne Hu (Chicago)
  *   Mike Hudson (U. Waterloo)
  *   Dragan Huterer (U. Michigan)
  *   Andrew Pontzen (UCL)
  *   Nikhil Padmanabhan (Yale)
  *   Mark Sullivan (Southampton)
  *   Risa Wechsler (Stanford)


  *   Ixandra Achitouv (Swinburne)
  *   Tamara Davis (U. Queensland), Chair
  *   Catherine Gunn (U. Sydney)
  *   Edward Macaulay (U. Queensland)
  *   Katie Mack (U. Melbourne)
  *   David Parkinson (U. Queensland)
  *   Chris Springob (UWA)
  *   Brad E. Tucker (ANU)
  *   Kylie Williams (U. Sydney)

KYLIE WILLIAMS | Events and Communications
CAASTRO | School of Physics  | Faculty of Science |
ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics

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