Cosmological Frontiers in Fundamental Physics 2019

Conference Date: 
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 (All day) to Friday, September 6, 2019 (All day)
Scientific Areas: 
Particle Physics
Strong Gravity


The workshops focuses on novel frontiers in observational cosmology and astrophysics and how they shed light fundamental questions in understanding the universe.

To register for this event, please fill out this form.

Sponsorship for this event has provided by:

  • Damiano Anselmi, University of Pisa
  • Brando Bellazzini,  International Solvay Institutes
  • Avery Broderick, Perimeter Institute
  • George Efstathiou, University of Cambridge
  • Ivette Fuentes, University of Nottingham
  • Bob Holdom, University of Toronto
  • Mariangela Lisanti, Princeton University
  • Moritz Munchmeyer, Perimeter Institute
  • Samaya Nissanke, University of Amsterdam
  • Francesco Nitti, Astroparticle and Cosmology Laboratory
  • Masamune Oguri, Kavli Institute
  • Ue-Li Pen, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics
  • Maxim Pospelov, Perimeter Institute & University of Victoria
  • Adam Riess, Space Telescope Science institute
  • Neelima Sehgal, Stony Brook University
  • Kendrick Smith, Perimeter Institute
  • Gerard 't Hooft, Utrecht University
  • Chris Tully, Princeton University
  • Neil Turok, Perimeter Institute
  • James Bardeen, University of Washington
  • Will Percival, Perimeter Institute & University of Waterloo
  • Benafsheh Shiralilou, University of Amsterdam
  • Barak Shoshany, Perimeter Institute
  • Qingwen Wang, Perimeter Institute

If you are an invited speaker to this event, Perimeter Institute staff will contact you to coordinate ground transportation arrangements on your behalf.

If you need transportation while attending this workshop, we offer suggestions below. If flying, we suggest that you book your flight to arrive at Toronto International Airport (YYZ) or the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF).

Boulevard Limousine (estimated travel time 1hr). The fare for Boulevard Limousine for one passenger is $127.00 to the Toronto Airport.  The fare for one passenger from the Toronto Airport to Waterloo is $145.00.  To make reservations, please visit their website or call 519-886-8090.

Airways Transit (estimated travel time 1hr) Airways Transit connects Toronto (Pearson), Hamilton (Munro), and Region of Waterloo International Airports with the Kitchener-Waterloo area by providing 24 hour shared ride door-to-door service. To make reservations online please visit their website of contact them by phone 24 hours: 519-886-2121.

0001 Toronto Cabs (estimated travel time 1hr). Approximately $160.00 rate for one-way: Toronto International Airport to Waterloo. Call 416-809-5656. 
Note: One or more passengers can split this $160.00 rate.

City Cabs (estimated travel time 1hr) $90.00 flat rate for one-way:  Kitchener-Waterloo to Toronto International Airport.  Call 519-747-7777

Car Rentals Upon arrival in any of the terminals at Pearson International Airport there are a number of car rental agencies to choose from. Their booths are located on the arrivals level. The cost of a car rental is dependent upon the type of vehicle you would like and the length of the stay. 

Driving Directions 

  • From the airport, follow signs for Highway 427 South/Highway 401. 
  • Continue to follow signs for Highway 401 West - London. 
  • Proceed West on Highway 401. 
  • Exit Highway 401 at Highway 8 West. 
  • Take exit 278 (Highway 8 West) and follow 8 West for 5 km to Highway 85, towards Highway 7 East.
  • Proceed on Highway 85 for 5 km to Bridgeport Road exit. Turn right at the off-ramp, traveling west. 
  • Follow Bridgeport Road for 2 km into downtown Waterloo. 
  • Bridgeport is a four-lane one-way road. It becomes Caroline Street at Albert Street. Continue straight ahead. 
  • Travel forward another 200 metres, but ease over into the right-hand lane. As you go down a hill and around a curve, look for the green Perimeter Institute sign on the right hand side. The parking lot entrance is just after the sign (past the historic grist mill that sits on the edge of Silver Lake). 
  • Turn right into the PI parking lot entrance.

Please note that parking is extremely limited at Perimeter Institute and you must have a parking permit to park in the lot long term.

If you are an invited speaker to this event, Perimeter Institute staff will contact you to coordinate hotel accommodations on your behalf.

If you need accommodations while attending this workshop, we offer suggestions for lodging below.  When booking your reservation, please indicate that you will be attending an event at Perimeter in order to receive the best possible rate.

Delta Waterloo 110 Erb Street West Waterloo, ON N2L 0C6
Phone: 1-888-890-3222
Distance from PI: 450 m

Comfort Inn 190 Weber Street North Waterloo, ON N2J 3H4
Phone: 519-747-9400
Distance from PI: 2.3 km

Walper Terrace Hotel 1 King Street West Kitchener, ON N2G 1A1
Phone: 519-745-4321
Distance from PI: 3.7 km

Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo 105 King Street East Waterloo, ON N2G 2K8
Phone: 519-744-4141
Distance from PI: 3.8 km

Holiday Inn Express & Suites 14 Benjamin Road Waterloo, ON N2V 2J9
Phone:  519-772-9800
Distance from PI:  5.6 km

Homewood Suites by Hilton 45 Benjamin Road Waterloo, ON N2V 2G8
Phone:  519-514-0088
Distance from PI:  5.6 km

Courtyard by Marriott 50 Benjamin Road East Waterloo, ON N2V 2J9
Phone: 519-884-9295
Distance from PI: 5.6 km

Scientific Organizers:

  • Niayesh Afshordi, Perimeter Institute & University of Waterloo
  • Latham Boyle, Perimeter Institute
  • Lena Funcke, Perimeter Institute
  • Elias KiritsisAstroparticle and Cosmology Laboratory
  • Laura Lopez HonorezInternational Solvay Institutes