Essential Cosmology for the Next Generation
Cosmología en la Playa / Cosmology on the Beach
Los Cabos, Mexico   January 12-16, 2009

Los Cabos (The Capes) is one of Mexico’s most beautiful and exclusive destinations. It lies on the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula, 220 kilometers (136 miles) south of La Paz. The climate is warm throughout most of the year, with an average temperature of 26º C (79º F).


Hotel: Rui Palace



Seminar topics include:

  • CMB and Non-Gaussianity
  • Inflation
  • Weak Gravitational Lensing
  • Particle Physics Constraints from Cosmology
  • Large Scale Structure in Surveys



Cabo BeachCam

Organizing Institutions

Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics

Advanced Institute for Cosmology, Mexico

Excellence Cluster Universe, Germany


A range of topics in cosmology was covered at the conference by eminent scholars in the field (see the preliminary list on this page). Students and postdocs presented posters and gave short talks. We hoped that the beauty of the natural and cultural environment would act as a catalyst for young researchers to interact and generate new ideas. We encouraged a diverse group of advanced graduate students and postdocs interested to attend through the Participant Application, or by contacting members of one of the three organizing institutions for information.

Conference Media Coverage

Thanks to the US National Science Foundation for its generous support in this conference.



Contributed Talks

Participant List

Logistical Information

Course Lectures
  • Carlos Frenk
    University of Durham,UK  Simulation/Visualization
  • Wayne Hu
    University of Chicago  CMB Secondary Anisotropies
  • Eric Linder
    University of California, Berkeley  Dark Energy
  • Chung-Pei Ma
    University of California, Berkeley  Dark Matter
  • Simon White
    Max Planck Institute, Germany   Large Scale Structure



National Science Foundation

Plenary Talks
  • Oliver Zahn
    University of California, Berkeley,  South Pole Telescope
  • Anne Green
    University of Nottingham, Dark Matter Detection

  • David Hughes
    INAOE Mexico, Large Millimeter Telescope (GTM/LMT) Science