Fundamental theory suggests that when we survey our Universe we discern only a shadow of a much vaster topologically complex higher-dimensional world. Almost all theorists are agreed that Einstein's four-dimensional spacetime is only part of an as yet only dimly envisaged, more fundamental structure, in which space, time and matter exist on the same footing.
Cosmology is a rapidly changing field and the most exciting innovations cannot be foreseen with certainty. For this reason, CTC will operature flexibly and respond rapidly to new developments. Nevertheless, we believe we can identify ambitious and timely fields of research where important progess is likely in the near future.
The Advanced LIGO interferometer, which will begin to operate at high sensitivity in 2013, will herald a new era of gravitational wave astronomy.