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Extremely Big Eyes on the Early Universe

In the next decade, the commissioning of Extremely Large Telescopes (20-40m class) will allow us to see the high redshift universe using new eyes of unprecedented power. By themselves or in combination with other facilities, these new eyes will have the potential to transform our understanding of the formation and early evolution of galaxies and black holes, first light and cosmic reionization, as well as the evolution of the intergalactic and circumgalactic media.
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The Big Eyes conferences will bring together an international group of experts to review the current state of the art in the study of the high redshift universe and discuss how best to use giant telescopes to learn about it. Specifically, we aim to address the following questions:

  • What potentially transformative observations will be enabled by giant telescopes? What capabilities are required? 
  • What are the key synergies between giant telescopes and other facilities? What are the areas and topics where a concerted effort will yield far superior results than the sum of all parts? 
  • What theoretical or observational work is needed in preparation for first light? What are the limitations in our understanding that need to be overcome? 
  • What calculations are required in order to make testable predictions and interpret the results of future astronomical observations? 

It is extremely important to consider these questions now, while the plans for giant telescopes can still be influenced, and there is still sufficient time to carry out preparatory theoretical and observational work that will be needed to make the most of the large investments in these facilities. 

To discuss these perspectives and challenges we are organising a series of three conferences in  America, Asia, and Europe, that share a common scientific goal and are linked to each other. More information on the three events is available here: https://conferences.pa.ucla.edu/early-universe-2019/index.html

Registration and abstract submission.

The Rome conference is the third of the series. 

Registration and abstract submission are available at this link:


You can find more details about the scientific rationale, session topics, confirmed invited speakers, important dates and logistics on the website. 

Important dates 

Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 April    

Abstract Notification: 15 May                                                                                                

Registration deadline: 15 June                                                                                         

Registration Fee: due by 1 September.

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