Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual

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Light scalars: origin, cosmology, astrophysics and experimental probes

2019, Apr 07 -- Apr 13

J. Jaeckel (Universitšt Heidelberg, Germany)
A. Juste (ICREA and IFAE, Spain)
M. Pospelov (University of Victoria and Perimeter Institute, Canada)
G. Servant (University of Hamburg and DESY, Germany)
M. Spannowsky (University of Durham - IPPP, United Kingdom)

This workshop intends to foster discussion across all fields relevant to the motivation and discovery of light scalar fields. Scalar fields are predicted by many extensions of the Standard Model and can address a variety of open fundamental questions in particle physics and cosmology. The workshop will bring together experts from the theoretical and experimental communities for a joint brainstorming on the status of this research, identify areas for improvements, as well as set new promising directions to further their detection.

The topics that will be covered include:
- Axions
- Relaxion
- Scalar-tensor theories
- Light dilaton
- Cosmological constant
- Dark matter
- Stringy connections and Swampland
- Inflation
- Searches at collider/beam-dump experiments

The workshop will take place at the Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual (http://benasque.org/) located in Benasque (Spain), between April 7 and April 13, 2019. Benasque is a beautiful village with a famous ski resort, located in the heart of the Pyrenees, close to the Spanish border with France. In addition to the auditorium, the Center offers desk space, ubiquitous black boards and several meeting areas. To ensure a productive workshop, attendance will be limited to a maximum of 50 participants. The agenda will also be kept light, with two overview talks on specific topics in the morning and open discussions during the rest of the day.

Depending on the success of our third party financial support requests, the conferences fees should be between 100 and 200 euros and will cover the transfer to/from Barcelona, welcome and farewell receptions and coffee breaks. Participants will have to cover their travel, meals and housing expenses. The latter are expected to range between 30 and 99 euros a night. More details will be given in due time. Some partial financial support may also be available to encourage the participation of young researchers.

Registration fee information

The registration fee for this conference is 200 eur.

Pay by bank transfer

The registration fee must be paid to the account of the Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual after your application has been accepted.

Ibercaja (account number): 2085 2310 3803 3004 4193
IBAN: ES44 2085 2310 3803 3004 4193

Remember that your registration is complete only after the payment is made.

* Please, pay after your application has been accepted.
* Please, send a confirmation by e-mail to info@benasque.org.
* Please pay all bank charges
* Include as a subject in the transfer '2019lightscalars Your_Surname'
* In the comments section include:
      Full name of the conference and your name.

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*Cancellation Policy*
A 30 euro charge will be applied for cancellations made up to 10 days before the conference start date.
A no refund policy will be applied to cancellations made after this date.

Bus Transportation

The center provides free buses:
From Barcelona, Universitat de Barcelona, Diagonal 686, Metro: L3 Palau Reial at 15:00h (Note that the bus stops opposite University of Barcelona, Facultat de Física i Química)

From Barcelona airport ('El Prat', Terminal T2A: on leaving exit, turn left and you will find a police building called 'Mossos d'Esquadra') at 15:30h.

Return buses:
From Benasque to Barcelona airport and then university, departure at 9:00h.
The trip by bus to Barcelona takes 4-5h. approximately. The trip by car only takes 3h 30m.

Bus trajectories and dates:
- Barcelona-Benasque, April 07.
- Benasque-Barcelona, April 13.

Registration & accommodation

Application deadline is February 20

Further Information.

  • List of participants.
  • Scientific program.
  • Pictures

This session has received financial support from the following institutions:

  • Ministerio de ciencia, innovación y universidades
  • Gobierno de Aragón
  • logo CSIC
  • DPH
  • Universidad de Zaragoza
  • Ayuntamiento de Benasque

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