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Sunday 8 January 2012

1:00pm Doors open at Lady Mitchell Hall
2:00pm Introductory remarks: Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz - Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge
2:10pm Lord Rees
  From planets to universes
2:55pm Introduction: Dr Eng Lim Goh - Chief Technology Officer, SGI
3:00pm Professor Saul Perlmutter
  Supernova, Dark Energy and the Accelerating Universe
3:45pm Afternoon tea break
4:25pm Introduction: Dr Nathan Myhrvold - CEO, Intellectual Ventures
4:30pm Professor Kip Thorne
  Black Holes: A New Golden Age
5:15pm Introduction: Justin Rattner, Chief Technology Officer, Intel Corporation
5:25pm Professor Stephen Hawking
  A Brief History of Mine
6:00pm End of symposium


Preceding the symposium from 5 to 7 January 2012 there was a technical scientific workshop, entitled 'The State of the Universe'. Further information about it can be found at the conference website. Live webcasts were made of all the technical talks; archived streams will be made available later.

Scientific workshop image


Local Organising Committee

The local organising committee for the meeting is:-

  • Professor Gary Gibbons
  • Professor Peter Haynes (Head of DAMTP, University of Cambridge)
  • Professor Malcolm Perry (Chair)
  • Dr Harvey Reall
  • Professor Paul Shellard (Director, Centre for Theoretical Cosmology)

For the organisation of the meeting they were assisted by the Conference Secretary, Lee Macdonald, Judith Croasdell (PA to Professor Stephen Hawking), Sue Gadsby and Henry Russell.

Technical support was provided by Andrey Kaliazin (DAMTP GR Computer Officer and COSMOS Manager) and Sam Blackburn (Graduate Assistant to Professor Stephen Hawking).


This symposium, and the scientific workshop before it, has been made possible through the generous support of Intel Corporation. We are also grateful for support from SGI (Silicon Graphics International).

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