DEX VIII Workshop 2012

Current and future large scale galaxy surveys for cosmology

Scope of workshop

Cosmology is rapidly maturing into a precision science, driven by increasingly rich data sets. Ever larger surveys, planned or underway, will yield new insights into the dark Universe, the nature of gravity, the initial conditions of structure formation, as well as the formation and evolution of galaxies and clusters. The shear amount of data and the envisaged measurement accuracy necessitate novel approaches to data reduction, analysis methods, and theoretical modelling.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together observational and theoretical expertise from Durham & Edinburgh to learn and discuss about these challenges, possible solutions, and the resulting science. We focus our discussion around current and future large area galaxy surveys (e.g. VST ATLAS/KIDS, CFHTLenS, PanSTARRS, PAU, GAMA, VIPERS, Euclid, LOFAR) that Edinburgh & Durham are exploiting and planning for.


The full workshop programme is now available! Note that the list of abstracts will only be available online.


The workshop will start at 11:00 (coffee from 10:30) on Thursday 12th January 2012 and will finish around 16:00 on Friday 13th January.

The workshop is held in the Penthouse Suite in Collingwood College on Thursday and in the Derman Christopherson and Kingsley Barrett rooms in the Calman Learning Centre on Friday (both places are close to the Durham University Physics department). A campus map of Durham University can be found here (6: Collingwood College; 43: Calman Centre; 12: Physics Department).


Registration is now closed. Any queries should be addressed to DEX[at]

Social Events

On Thursday evening, participants of the workshop have the opportunity to enjoy a workshop dinner in the Spice Lounge. The dinner costs are 30GBP per person.


There are en-suite bedrooms available at Collingwood College. Participants can book rooms directy with the college by phone or mail:

Collingwood College
South Road, Durham DH1 3LT
Tel: +44 (0)191 334 5000
Fax: +44 (0)191 334 5035

Accommodation is also available at Grey College, close to Physics and Collingwood College:

Grey College
South Road, Durham DH1 3LG
Tel: +44 (0)191 334 5900
Fax: +44 (0)191 334 5901

Alternatively, there is a range of hotels and guest houses in Durham, including:

The Victoria Inn
86 Hallgarth Street, Durham DH1 3AS
Tel: +44 (0)191 386 5269

Three Tuns Hotel
New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AQ
Tel: +44 (0)191 386 4326

Radisson Blu Hotel
Frankland Lane, Durham DH1 5TA
Tel: +44 (0)191 372 7200
Fax: +44 (0)191 372 7201
Email: reservations.durham@radissonblu.comk

Premier Inn
Freemans Place, Walkergate, Durham DH1 1SQ
Tel: +44 (0)871 527 8338
Fax: +44 (0)871 527 8339

Organising committee:
Pablo Arnalte-Mur, Carlton Baugh, Philip Best, Catherine Heymans, Benjamin Joachimi, and Peder Norberg.

Email address: DEX[at]

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