EU FP6 "UniverseNet" Research & Training Network ( MRTN-CT-2006-035863 )

The origin of our universe:
Seeking links between fundamental physics and cosmology

This network will bring together the major European theoretical physics groups investigating the fundamental physics which shaped our Universe. They have made important contributions across the whole spectrum of research in particle cosmology and astroparticle physics, from phenomenological issues concerning the genesis of matter and radiation, dark matter and dark energy, to fundamental questions about the nature of space-time and of the Big Bang itself. This is an opportune time for such studies, given both the explosion of observational results on the cosmological and astrophysical front, as well as the key tests of theories of new physics beyond the Standard Model which will be performed in forthcoming experiments within the lifetime of the network.

The key research tasks are to investigate: 1) the origin of baryons, 2) the origin of dark matter, 3) the origin of cosmic radiation, 4) the origin of cosmic structure, 5) the origin of dark energy, and 6) the origin of space-time.

The Participants have collaborated successfully in the past and trained many young researchers, and the present proposal is intended to continue and broaden these activities. The research to be performed is interdisciplinary and their expertise is complementary in this regard, spanning the whole spectrum of the physics involved, from mathematical investigations of string/M-theory and quantum gravity to analyses of relevant observational and experimental data. The main emphasis will be on phenomenological models for dark matter and dark energy and cosmological processes such as baryogenesis, hot phase transitions, and inflation.

The main goal is to offer training and transfer of knowledge opportunities to young researchers in this rapidly progressing field. The Partners will appoint 552 person-months of early-stage and experienced researchers, and provide a focussed training programme based on existing programmes in the participating institutions, supplemented by annual schools & meetings.


Subir Sarkar
Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics

University of Oxford
, UK


John McDonald
Department of Physics

Lancaster University
, UK
( Extended Team: Dept of Physics, Durham University ; Dept of Mathematical Sciences, University of Liverpool )

Nikolaos Mavromatos
Department of Physics

King's College London
, UK

Mariano Quiros
Theory Group

Institut de Física d'Altes Energies Barcelona
( Extended Team: Instituto de Física Teórica, Madrid ; Departamento de Física Teórica, Univ Autònoma de Madrid )

Manuel Drees
Theory Department, Physikalisches Institut

Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

Viatcheslav Mukhanov
Arnold Sommerfeld Center for Theoretical Physics

Ludwig Maximilians-Universität München

Anupam Majumdar
Astrophysics Group

Nordisk Institut for Teoretisk Fysik Copenhagen
( Extended Team: Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen , Dept of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus Universitet )

John Ellis
Theoretical Physics Division

European Organisation for Nuclear Research Geneva

Kari Enqvist
Helsinki Institute of Physics

Helsingin yliopisto

Kyriakos Tamvakis
Theoretical Physics Division

University of Ioannina
( Extended Team: Dept of Physics, National Technical University Athens ; Inst of Nuclear Physics, N.R.C. Demokritos ; Dept of Nucl & Part Phys, University of Athens ; Dept of Physics, University of Patras ; School of Maths & Phys, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki )

Antonio Masiero
Theoretical Physics

Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare Padova
( Extended Team: INFN Ferrara ; INFN Lecce ; INFN Pisa ; INFN Trieste ; Laboratario Nazionale del Gran Sasso ; ICTP Trieste )

Pierre Binetruy
Astroparticule et Cosmologie

Universite Paris 7 Denis Diderot

Julien Lesgourgues
Laboratoire d'Annecy-le-vieux de Physique Theorique

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Annecy
( Extended Team: Institut de Physique Nucléaire de Lyon )

Zygmunt Lalak
Instytut Fizyki Teoretycznej

Uniwersytet Warszawski

Jihn Kim
Centre for Theoretical Physics

Seoul National University
( Extended Team: Dept of Physics, Chonbuk National University ; Dept of Physics, Hanyang University ; Dept of Physics, Inje University ; Dept of Physics, Pohang University ; KAIST, Daejeon )

1st Oct 2006: Contract between the Consortium and the European Commission concluded with duration of 48 months
1 Nov 2006: The first young researchers have been appointed - at LAPTH Annecy and at King's College, London
1 Mar 2007: The first annual training school and meeting of the network will be held 24-29 September in Mytilene (Lesvos)
1 April 2007: The first project bulletin is now available
1 July 2007: The second project bulletin is now available
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