Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge

Roberto Maiolino, Director
Anthony Challinor, Deputy Director

History and Mission:
The Kavli Institute for Cosmology at the University of Cambridge (KICC), founded in 2006, focuses on the physics of the early universe and the formation of the first stars and galaxies. Bringing together scientists from the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Astronomy, the Cavendish Laboratory (the Department of Physics) and the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, KICC serves as the single site where the University’s cosmologists and astrophysicists from different departments can share knowledge and work together on major projects.

The institute offers these scientists the benefit of close interaction as well as advanced technologies, including access to giant telescopes and space satellites. Meanwhile, the Institute’s fellowships program host promising scholars from around the globe for stays of up to five years. They are free to pursue their own independent research as well as taking part in the world-class flagship projects led by distinguished Cambridge scientists.

The program of KICC has about 50 researchers focusing on six major themes:

1) Cosmic Microwave Background and the Early Universe,
2) Large Scale Structures and Precision Cosmology,
3) Epoch of Cosmic Reionization,
4) Formation and Evolution of Galaxies and Supermassive Black Holes,
5) Evolution of the Intergalactic Medium and
6) Gravitational Waves.

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