ACES: Advanced Cosmology and Extragalactic Summer School

We are pleased to announce the STFC funded Advanced Cosmology and Extragalactic School (ACES) to be held at the University of Sussex 2-6 September 2024 (accommodation available on 1 September).

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ACES is targeted at STFC funded PhD students undertaking projects in cosmology and extragalactic astronomy. The aim of ACES is to update participants’ knowledge of current topics in cosmology and extragalactic astronomy and provide training in state-of-the-art tools and techniques.

  • Programme

    The ACES programme will include:

    • lectures on the current status of the field and upcoming facilities.
    • workshops on numerical simulations, cosmological inference, something theoretical cosmology, SED fitting, and public engagement.
    • an excursion, further details will be released soon. 
    • a set of short presentations and networking session with astronomy graduates working outside academia.

    A full programme will be available shortly.

  • Timing

    The core ACES programme will run from Monday 2 September to Friday 6 September. Friday’s programme will end at lunch time allowing participants to travel home outside peak hours. Accomodation / dinner will be available on the evening of Sunday 1 September.

  • Location

    ACES will be hosted at the University of Sussex. The University of Sussex is located just outside the city of Brighton and is most easily accessed via train to Falmer. Falmer train station is a 15 minute walk from the summer school venue and accomodation.

    Lectures will take place in Fulton G15 lecture theatre with workshops taking place in one of the seminar rooms in the Fulton building.

    Accomodation will be in the East Slope complex, a short walk from the Fulton building.

  • Cost

    There is no cost to STFC funded PhD students: STFC directly covers all conference costs, accommodation, and food while at ACES; Travel to Sussex is reimbursed to individual participants by STFC. Students not funded by STFC should contact the organisers to discuss options for attending ACES.


To register for ACES please fill in the form below. Registration will close 30 April 2024. Participation is first-come first-served with a waiting list if there are more registrations than space.

Registration form 

Organisers and Support

ACES is organised by Stephen Wilkins, Eva-Maria Mueller, and David Seery of the University of Sussex. ACES is supported by STFC, the Astronomy Centre, and University of Sussex.


If you have any queries, email