fact that the universe consists largely of dark matter and dark energy is one of the major surprises
to have come out of astronomical
research in the last decades. Trying to understand the physics of these constituents, as well
as their effect on the components of the universe we do see, is now one of the
main goals of cosmology.
This workshop will focus on what gravitational lensing
can contribute, specifically weak lensing by galaxies
and large scale structure. With the imminent start of the imaging surveys KiDS and VIKING at the twin survey telescopes being erected
at the European Southern Observatory, and of PANSTARSS on Hawaii, as well as the publication of
results from the ongoing Canada-France-Hawaii Legacy Survey, the aim is to take
stock of what has been learnt thus far, and to look ahead.
The workshop will consist of a number of review talks as well as more
specialized contributions and survey status reports. There will be time for
quite detailed discussion of techniques as well, and the aim is to give
participants the opportunity to learn first-hand about measurement of
gravitational lensing, analysis of simulations, and
interpretation of the results in the framework of cosmological models.
Participants will include members of the seven institutes that make up the
EU-funded DUEL research training network, as well as a selection of others
working in the field.