Cosmology Group


The Cosmology Research Group hosts the Swiss Cosmology Days 2014

 This year’s Swiss Cosmology Days took place on 6 and 7 February 2014 at ETH Zurich. The Swiss Cosmology Days are an initiative co-organized by Prof. Ruth Durrer (University of Geneva) and Prof. Alexandre Refregier (ETH Zurich). The aim of this meeting is to promote communication and exchanges between Swiss Cosmologists and to specifically provides a platform for young PhD students and Postdocs to present their current research areas and results. We were very happy to welcome over 60 participants from several institutions from all over Switzerland (Cern, EPFL, Universities of Basel, Bern, Geneva and Zurich and ETH) and enjoyed exciting and interesting talks by many speakers spanning a wide range of topics. We should like to thank everyone who attended the Swiss Cosmology Days and helped make it an exceptional meeting. We especially thank the speakers for their contribution. A few impressions of the Swiss Cosmology Days 2014 can be found on our webiste: Please be sure that the date of the Swiss Cosmology Day 2015 will be announced in due time and we look forward to a another successful gathering next year!

The Astrowoche takes place for the 41st time

 This years Astrowoche took place for the 41st time, from 13. - 18. January 2014. Up to 20 student spent a week in the Berghaus Diavolezza at an altitude of 3000 observing natural and artificial celestial bodies and carrying out the corresponding calculations. Further information on the Astrowoche can be found on our website: Image: Doppler velocity distribution along the galactic plane, observed with a 1.2 m parabolic dish connected to heterodyne receiver followed by a Fast-Fourier-Transform spectrometer (FFTS).

Alexandre Refregier participates in the ICS Career Fair

 On 6. December Prof. Alexandre Refregier participated in the ICS Career Fair. The ICS (inter-comunity school, Zurich) invited a wide range of professionals from architects to astrophysicists, CEOs, scientists doctors and designers to speak and give information and advice to the school's older students as they consider their future study and career choices. For further information please view the following website:

Andrina Nicola represents at ETH Day (16. November 2013)

 On 16. November 2013 Andrina Nicola and Sandro Tachella, together with Pihlipp Eller (from the Institute of Particle Physics), represented the Institute as well as the Physics Department at the ETH Day. They gave an excellent job communicating their research to  a wide audience of guests, family and friends of ETH:

Prof. Scott Tremaine gives Tomalla Prize Lecture at University of Zurich

 Prof. Scott Tremaine from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton was awarded the Tomalla Prize on 16 September 2013. For this occasion, Prof. Tremaine gave a prize lecture at the University of Zurich. entitled "Long-term Stability of Planetary Systems". He was also one one of the pioneers of astro-particle physics, is at the forefront of planetary dynamics from circa 1980 to the present day, and is a much sought-after speaker. Scott Tremaine is also widely known for his book "Galactic Dynamics" by Binney and Tremaine.  The Tomalla Foundation for Gravity Research was founded in 1982 according to the testamentary wishes of Dr Walter Tomalla, a business man from Basel, Switzerland. With this foundation, Dr Tomalla wanted to promote gravity research in Switzerland and the world. The foundation ( awards prizes for exceptional research in gravitation and/or cosmology every third year and it funds research fellows and visitors for gravity research at Swiss Universities. Past laureates include S Chandrasekhar, Andrei Sakharov, and J H Taylor. The foundation is headed by a scientific board to which Prof. Alexandre Refregier was recently nominated, and which attributes the prizes, fellowships and other funds.



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