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9 July 2020 to 31 December 2021
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To promote scientific discussions during this pandemic, we are organizing an online seminar series, i.e. Copernicus Webinar Series, seeking the most outstanding speakers to introduce innovative ideas and important progress in the field of gravity and cosmology. This series is named after the famous Polish Astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus, whose discovery eventually marked the dawn of modern science.

We would like to invite you to take part in the upcoming 49th Webinar talk,

speaker:          Antonio Padilla (Nottingham University)

Time:             15th June, Tuesday, 3pm Krakow time (9pm Beijing time, 10pm JST, 9am EDT)

Title :  A stringy perspective on the coincidence problem

Abstract :

The cosmological coincidence problem is the question of why now? Why do we live at the dawn of dark energy domination, when the energy density of dark matter and dark energy are roughly comparable? In this talk, I will describe how the problem is significantly alleviated, if not entirely solved,  in generic string theory models of dark energy.  

We also would like to invite you to take part in the upcoming 5th Colloquium talk,

speaker:          Edward Witten (IAS)

Time:             17th June, Thursday, 3pm, Krakow time (9pm Beijing time, 10pm JST, 9am EDT)

Title :  Black Hole Thermodynamics, Then and Now

Zoom link for the Colloquium: https://hkust.zoom.us/my/copernicus
meeting id: 9423380685
Password: gravity

This series is co-organised by the cosmology groups in the following institutions (in alphabetical order): 

Harvard University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris (IAP), Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Science, Jagiellonian University, Kyoto University, Leiden University, Ludwig Maximilians University, McGill University, Perimeter Institute, Polish Society on Relativity, Tsinghua University, University of Science and Technology of China, University of Tokyo, University of Waterloo.

Science Organising Committee members (in alphabetical order): Niayesh Afshordi, Robert Brandenberger, Yifu Cai, Xingang Chen, Chunshan Lin, Jerome Martin, Jakub Mielczarek, Viatcheslav Mukhanov, Shinji Mukohyama, Subodh Patil,  Misao Sasaki, Wei Song,  Alex Vikman, Yi Wang, Zhong-zhi Xianyu