Frontiers in Astronomy: Kavli Prize Scientific Symposium and Laureate Lecture in London

The Royal Society, in partnership with The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and The Kavli Foundation, will be hosting a one day symposium on cosmology and astrophysics on the 20th of November in London. The symposium will bring together the world's leading experts in this field. His Royal Highness The Crown Prince attends the symposium. Jane Luu, Kavli Prize Laureate in astrophysics in 2012, gives the Kavli Prize Laureate Lecture.

Kuiper Belt Objects. Artwork of two icy dwarf planets orbiting within the Kuiper Belt of the outer solar system. The Sun is at upper left. The Kuiper Belt consists of a numerous collection of small icy bodies that mostly orbit beyond the planets, but in the same plane as them. Photo: Mark Garlick/Science Photo Library

Welcome speech Dr Julie Maxton, Executive Director of the Royal Society, followed by opening remarks from State Secretary Bjørn Haugstad, Ministry of Education and Research, and Nils Chr. Stenseth, Vice President of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

The symposium  "Frontiers in Astronomy: from the beginning of the Universe to the outer reaches of the Solar System" is organized by Professor Øystein Elgarøy (Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Oslo), Professor George Efstathiou FRS (Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge) and Professor Anthony Lasenby (Cavendish Laboratory and Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge).

The format will be review talks about new developments in astronomy where the following topics will be covered:

  • The early Universe
  • Implications of the LHC for cosmology
  • The search for dark matter
  • New results from the cosmic microwave background
  • Galaxies at high redshift
  • Star formation
  • Exoplanets

Kavli Prize Laureate Lecture

The symposium will also include the Kavli Prize Laureate Lecture by Professor Jane Luu (picture)in collaboration with the Kavli Foundation. Miyoung Chun, Executive Vice President of The Kavli Foundation and Nils Chr. Stenseth will give short introductions.

The Kuiper Belt and its implications

A small object named 1992 QB1 was detected far beyond Neptune in 1992, setting up a series of startling revelations about our solar system.  It is a member of the Kuiper Belt, a swarm of icy bodies left over from the formation of the planets.  Based on orbits inside the Kuiper Belt, we have learned that the early solar system was not always the orderly place it now is, and that the configuration of the giant planets was much different from what it is today.  This talk is about the Kuiper Belt and its implications for our solar system (and others).

Professor Jane Luu was awarded the 2012 Kavli Prize and the 2012 Shaw Prize alongside Professor David Jewitt for the discovery and characterisation of objects in the Kuiper Belt, a region beyond Neptune's orbit.

Jane Luu - together with David Jewitt and Michael E. Brown - received the 2012 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics  "for discovering and characterizing the Kuiper Belt and its largest members, work that led to a major advance in the understanding of the history of our planetary system."


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