Conference on Cosmology since Einstein
Human’s view on the origin of the universe changed drastically when Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity provided a totally new understanding of space, time and gravity. Today, atoms and molecules that make up everything we can see constitute only 4% of all the energy-matter in our universe. The mystery of our universe remains to be unfolded. Since its first appearance a century ago, the cosmological constant, a term invented by Einstein for his epoch-making gravitational equation in general relativity, has emerged as the biggest scientific issue facing the mankind at the beginning of the 21st century. By now, it is well established that there is a super-massive black hole in the center of our galaxy, yet properties of black holes remain puzzling. The search of a consistent quantum gravity theory has led to string theory, which poses some deep questions of its own. Observational data plays a key role in enhancing our knowledge of our universe, allowing us to describe the earliest instant when the universe was created. The inflationary universe, dark matter, dark energy, black holes and the structure of matter are topics under intense study, Now is the golden age of cosmology, particle physics and relativity.

To address the latest scientific developments on the issue of the expanding universe and its associated puzzles, the Institute for Advanced Study of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST IAS) in cooperation with swissnex China are hosting a 3-day international conference on "Cosmology Since Einstein" from 30 May – 1 June 2011. The Conference is one of the core programs of Einstein in Hong Kong Apr - Aug 2011 as well as a satellite program in celebration of HKUST’s 20th anniversary.

Speakers include world renowned cosmologists and relativists from China, Japan, France, Switzerland, U.K. and U.S. The Conference will be one of the most exciting events in cosmology in this part of the world.