The University of Waterloo will officially launch the Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics (WCA) tomorrow, October 4. The WCA is designed to attract and host young researchers and students from across the world and to build on the body of work already taking place at the University of Waterloo, including in the areas of black holes and dark matter.
The WCA builds on the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Distinguished Chair in Astrophysics and will be under the leadership of the Chair, Will Percival, professor of astrophysics at Waterloo.
As part of its mandate, the WCA will seek to answer some of the biggest questions in astrophysics and will share their findings outside of the scientific community through public talks and events with a particular focus on young people and communities under-exposed to the field.
The Official Launch of the WCA will include an agenda covering a variety of astrophysics talks and presentations ranging from the nature of black holes to the future of cosmology.
Presentations will be followed by a reception and a public talk with Dr. Christine Jones Forman of the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics.
Future of Astronomy Meeting will include addresses by scientists Will Percival, Scott Tremaine, Avery Broderick, Patrick Hall, Michel Fich, Pauline Barmby, Bryan Gaensler, Neil Turok, Julio Navarro, Elena Massara, Kristi Webb, Go Ogiya, Beatrice Bonga, Moritz Munchmeyer and Mike Hudson.
The reception will feature remarks by Feridun Hamdullahpur, president of the University of Waterloo, Bob Lemieux, dean of Waterloo’s Faculty of Science, Brian McNamara, chair of Waterloo’s Department of Physics, and Will Percival, director of the WCA.