“Cosmology on Safari” will focus on the interplay between cosmological models and data, with emphasis on the challenges that remain in cosmology. Topics covered during the conference will include:

  • Theoretical perspectives on dark matter, dark energy, gravitational theories and gravitational waves, and the early universe including inflation and primordial physics
  • Observational probes including cosmic microwave background experiments, large-scale structure surveys, 21cm intensity mapping and global measurements, galaxy clusters, gravitational lensing, supernovae, and baryon acoustic oscillations

The conference will be held at the Zulu Nyala game reserve in South Africa and is hosted by the Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.  We gratefully acknowledge funding support from the National Institute for Theoretical Physics and the National Research Foundation.

Invited speakers

  • Adam Amara, ETH Zurich
  • *Brad Benson, University of Chicago
  • Francois Bouchet, Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris
  • *Fernando Camilo, SKA South Africa
  • *John Carlstrom, University of Chicago
  • Ryan Cooke, Durham University
  • Cora Dvorkin, Harvard
  • *Mark Halpern, University of British Columbia
  • Henk Hoekstra, Leiden Observatory
  • Lerothodi Leeuw, University of South Africa
  • *Samaya Nissanke, Radboud University
  • Lyman Page, Princeton University
  • Jeff Peterson, Carnegie Mellon
  • Alexandre Refregier, ETH Zurich
  • Mario Santos, University of the Western Cape
  • Eva Silverstein, Stanford
  • Kendrick Smith, Perimeter Institute
  • Glenn Starkman, Case Western
  • Petri Vaisanen, SAAO/SALT
  • Sahal Yacoob, University of Cape Town

Asterisk (*) denotes to be confirmed

Local organising committee

  • H. Cynthia Chiang
  • Matt Hilton
  • Yin-Zhe Ma
  • Kavilan Moodley
  • Jonathan Sievers
  • Moumita Aich
  • Kenda Knowles
  • Benjamin Saliwanchik
  • Bharadwaj Vijaysarathy