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The Cosmic Web: From Galaxies to Cosmology

Event description


The matter distribution of the universe follows a web-like structure, consisting of sheets, filaments, knots and voids. This cosmic web, the focus of the proposed workshop, provides the environment for the formation and evolution of galaxies in the universe, and is fundamentally connected to cosmology. Our goal is to bring together cosmic web experts in observation, simulation and theory, at the Higgs Center, to address the following questions:

  • How may the cosmic web and its dynamics be identified?

  • What is the relationship between the formation and evolution of galaxies and their cosmic web environment?

  • How may the cosmic web be used to constrain cosmological models?

During this workshop, through talks and focussed discussion sessions, we expect to make progress in understanding the web itself and its connections to galaxy formation and cosmology. We also anticipate stimulating new collaborations and brewing new ideas.


You can find the programme below. The speaker's names are linked to their talks which will be updated as they are made available. You can also download the participants list from here.

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Discussion sessions

We have a 45 minutes discussion session on each day that is going to be organised as follows. For each discussion session, we will make four groups of 20 people each to discuss the same topics for about 45 minutes. Each group will have a chair. A short summary will be given at the beginning of the next discussion session.

All participants are invited to suggest topics they would like to discuss in a google doc which will be used to gauge general interests. The link to this document, that you are welcome to edit, can be found here.

The discussion groups are as follows: Monday's group,
Tuesday's group and Wednesday's group

Confirmed Speakers

Mehmet Alpaslan (New York University)
Miguel Aragon-Calvo (National Autonomous University of Mexico)
Sandrine Codis (Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris)
Oliver Hahn (Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur)
Xi Kang (Purple Mountain Observatory)
Florent Leclercq (Imperial College London)
Jounghun Lee (Seoul National University)
Christophe Pichon (Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris)
Dmitri Pogosyan (University of Alberta)
Cristiano Porciani (Bonn University)
Sergei Shandarin (University of Kansas)
Ravi Sheth (University of Pennsylvania)
Elmo Tempel (Tartu Observatory)
Charlotte Welker (McMaster University)
Rien van de Weygaert (Kapteyn Institute, University Groningen)


Royal Observatory, Edinburgh
Blackford Hill
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Conference Dinner

The Conference dinner will be at Vittoria on the Bridge at 19:00, on Tuesday, June 18. It is located at 19 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN.


Registration is now closed. The deadline was 17th May 2019. The workshop schedule should be available soon.

The registration fee is £85, covering administration, lunches, and refreshments. When you start the registration process, you will also be given the chance to book the conference dinner with an additional cost of £45.

Note that epay system will require you to create an account before final payment and towards the end you will be asked to provide a title and abstract if you would like to give a talk.

We will be able to provide some limited financial assistance for early career researchers on a case-by-case basis. If you would like to be considered please select the appropriate field during the registration, or contact us directly at cosmicweb2019(AT) Please note that the deadline for the financial support request is 15th of April.


Please follow this link or here to view available B&Bs and guesthouses close to the Royal Observatory. Further information on the venue can be found here.


Shadab Alam (University of Edinburgh)
Yan-Chuan Cai (University of Edinburgh)
Joanne Cohn (University of California, Berkeley)
Katarina Kraljic (University of Edinburgh)
Avery Meiksin (University of Edinburgh)
John Peacock (University of Edinburgh)
Christophe Pichon (Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris)
Rien van de Weygaert (Kapteyn Institute, University Groningen)
Martin White (Higgs Centre Associate and University of California, Berkeley)


Shadab Alam
Yan-Chuan Cai
Ines Foidl
Katarina Kraljic
Avery Meiksin
John Peacock
Martin White


email: cosmicweb2019 (AT)

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The Cosmic Web: From Galaxies to Cosmology



  • Shadab Alam
    • University of Edinburgh
    • Royal Observatory, Edinburgh
  • Yanchuan Cai
    • University of Edinburgh
    • Royal Observatory, Edinburgh
  • Katarina Kraljic
    • University of Edinburgh
  • Avery Meiksin
    • University of Edinburgh
    • Royal Observatory, Edinburgh
  • John Peacock
    • University of Edinburgh
    • Royal Observatory, Edinburgh
  • Martin White
    • University of California Berkeley