Sep 12 – 17, 2016
Szczecin, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
The deadline to submit contributions for the conference proceedings has been extended to
April 1, 2017.
 Photos  » Conference photo
» Thursday’s plenary lecture
» Public lecture by Paul C. W. Davies “Are We Alone in the Universe?”
» Conference dinner at the restaurant “Dzika Gęś”
» Excursion to the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald
» Excursion to the Historical Technical Museum in Peenemünde
» Saturday session “Philosophy and cutting edge of physics and cosmology”
Lectures on
» “Are We Alone in the Universe?” by Paul C. W. Davies
» “Plato and Modern Physics” by Krzysztof Meissner
» “Where do the laws of physics come from?” by Paul C. W. Davies
» “Do we live in the Best of all Worlds?” by Thomas Naumann
» “How to justify the history of the universe?” by Michael Heller

    News and Updates

  • [Dec 1] The first conference proceedings contribution has been published in the journal Universe. It can also be found – together with all future proceedings contributions – at the bottom of this website.
  • [Oct 3] More detailed information how to submit a contribution to the conference proceedings has been added.
  • [Sept 29] The Saturday morning lecture Where do the laws of physics come from?” by Paul C. W. Davies has been published on Youtube.
  • [Sept 19] We have started to upload the slides of the talks of those speakers who agreed. The slides can be accessed in the two following ways:
    - Go to the timetable, make sure that “Detailed view” is activated, click on the paper clip symbol next to the title of a talk and a link to the PDF will appear. 
    - Go to the contribution list, search for the respective talk, go to the webpage of the talk and you’ll find a link to the PDF below the abstract.
  • [Sept 15] You can watch today’s public lecture by Paul C. W. Davies “Are We Alone in the Universe?” on Youtube.
  • [Sept 9] You can download the conference programme here and a PDF version of the helpful clues here.

» Older news and updates

The conference

“Varying Constants and Fundamental Cosmology” – VARCOSMOFUN’16

took place in Szczecin, Poland from 12th to 17th September 2016.

It was the fourth conference on Fundamental Cosmology organized by the University of Szczecin
(the previous ones were 
Multicosmofun’12, Grasscosmofun’09 and Cosmofun’2005).

This time the aim of the conference was to bring together specialists dealing with the problem of varying (dynamical) physical constants and a broad range of other topics in Fundamental Cosmology, who wanted to exchange the current ideas in these topics.

The program of the conference contained 5 plenary morning sessions with invited lectures and 10 parallel afternoon sessions with contributed talks.
The last day of the conference was devoted to philosophical aspects of the variability of physical constants and the frontiers of physics and cosmology.

Special topic:
Varying constants – theory, laboratory experiments, astronomical observations

Further topics:
Modified gravity ∙ Quantum cosmology ∙ Quantum entanglement ∙ Multiverse ∙ Anthropic principle
Dark matter – theory and experiment ∙ Dark energy – theory and observations
Inflation and large-scale structure ∙ Early Universe ∙ Gravitational waves ∙ Cosmic Microwave Background

Conference proceedings will be published in the MDPI journal Universe and by Copernicus Centre Press.

Organizers: Cosmology Group of the University of Szczecin
in collaboration with the Polish Physical Society, the Copernicus Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (Kraków), the National Centre for Nuclear Research (Świerk) and the Maritime University of Szczecin.

Yours faithfully,
The Organizing Committee


Invited speakers:

Julian Berengut University of New South Wales, Australia
Carsten van de Bruck University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Paul C. W. Davies Arizona State University, USA
Michael Heller Vatican Astronomical Observatory; Copernicus Center, Kraków, Poland
Hidetoshi Katori University of Tokyo, Japan
Andrzej Królak Institute of Mathematics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
João Magueijo Imperial College, London, United Kingdom
M. C. David Marsh DAMTP, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Carlos Martins Center for Astrophysics, University of Porto (CAUP), Portugal
Laura Mersini-Houghton University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
John Moffat Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Canada
Michael Murphy Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Ekkehard Peik Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig, Germany
Wim Ubachs VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Jean-Philippe Uzan Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris (IAP), France
John Webb University of New South Wales, Australia


Copyright notice: Background photo (Orion constellation) of the header graphics by Rogelio Bernal Andreo [CC BY-SA 3.0]

Szczecin, Poland
Maritime University of Szczecin Campus, Szczerbcowa 4, 70-503 Szczecin