June 22, 2022 @ 09:30 – June 24, 2022 @ 17:00 Europe/Copenhagen Timezone

The Cosmic Dawn Center (DAWN) is an  international basic research center with primary funding  from the Danish National Research Foundation. 

The Cosmic Dawn Center is an international center located at the Copenhagen University (KU) and the National Space Institute of Denmark (DTU-Space). The center is dedicated to uncovering how and when the first galaxies, stars and black holes formed, through observations with the prime telescopes of the next decade combined with theory and simulations.

Read more about the Cosmic Dawn Center and our activities here.

DAWN Conference 2022 Schedule

Wednesday, 22 June 2022 (Moderator/Chair: TBA)
08:15-09:00 Registration - Coffee/Tea
09:00-09:30 Welcome by Sune Toft and Thomas Greve
09:30-10:00 Alice Shapley (UCLA)
10:00-10:30 Charles Steinhardt (DAWN)
10:30-10:50 Coffee/Tea Break
10:50-11:20 David Elbaz (Saclay)
11:20-11:50 Kate Whitaker (UMass)
11:50-12:20 Bahram Mobasher (Riverside)
12:20-13:40 Lunch
13:40-14:40 Panel discussion / 'DAWN to Noon' with panel members: Invited Speakers
14:40-15:00 Coffee/Tea Break
15:00-15:30 Meg Urry (Yale)
15:30-16:00 David Sanders (UHIfA)
16:00-16:50 Panel discussion / Black Holes with panel members: Invited Speakers, Darach Watson and Seiji Fujimoto
17:15 Poster-session and Reception
Thursday 23 June 2022 (Moderator/Chair: TBA)
08:30-09:00 Morning Coffee/Tea
09:00-09:30 Masami Ouchi (Tokyo)
09:30-10:00 Charlotte Mason (DAWN)
10:00-10:20 Coffee/Tea Break
10:20-10:40 Victoria Strait (DAWN)
10:40-11:00 John Weaver (DAWN)
11:00-11:20 Albert B. Sneppen (DAWN)
11:20-11:40 Coffee/Tea Break
11:40-12:40 Panel discussion / 'First Galaxies' with panel members: Invited Speakers, Pascal Oesch and Desika Narayanan
12:40-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Transportation to Roskilde
15:00-19:00 Excursion and Boat Sightseeing with The Viking Museum
19:00-22:00 Dinner at Snekken Restaurant at the harbour and bonfire view (Danish Midsummer evening)
22:00 Transport return to Copenhagen
Friday 24 June 2022 (Moderator/Chair: TBA)
09:30-10:00 Morning Coffee/Tea (late start after the conference dinner)
10:00-10:30 Lisa Kewley (CfA)
10:30-11:00 Roberto Maiolino (Cambridge)
11:00-11:20 Coffee/Tea Break
11:20-11:50 Francesca Rizzo (DAWN)
11:50-12:50 Panel discussion / 'First Metals' with panel members: Invited Speakers, Georgios Magdis and Francesco Valentino
12:50-14:10 Lunch
14:10-14:40 Tommaso Treu (UCLA)
14:40-15:10 Kartik Sheth (NASA)
15:10-15:30 Coffee/Tea Break
15:30-16:00 Günther Hassinger (ESA)
16:00-16:50 Panel discussion / 'Future Missions' with panel members: Invited Speakers, Gabriel Brammer and Luis Colina
16:50 Thank you!

Click here for the sign-up form invited speakers and Guests.

Will be announced after the registration deadline has been reached.

Venue: The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, H. C. Andersens Blvd. 35, 1553 Copenhagen. A map can be found here and link to the website of the venue can be read here.

Wi-fi: The venue will provide with free wi-fi access.

Catering: There will be served refreshments throughtout the 3-day conference incl. lunch each day.


  • Wednesday 22 June 2022 will end with a Poster-session and a reception.
  • Thursday 23 June 2022 will end with an excurtion to Roskilde and the Vikingmuseum with a dinner at restaurant Snekken next to the museum and the harbour.

Accommodation: Hotel Phoenix, Bredgade 37, 1260 København K. The hotel serves a wonderful breakfast every morning. Read more about the hotel and facilities here.

Transportation in Copenhagen: The Hotel Phoenix is located in the heart of Copenhagen and the metro and other public transportation is very accessable. Read more about travel-card/travel app here for purchasing tickets.

Covid-19: There are no longer COVID-19 restrictions in Denmark. Read more here.

Video-recording of the talks and Photographing: We highlight that video and photographing through the 3-day conference can appear.

Guarn E. Nissen, Center Coordinator (guarn.nissen@nbi.ku.dk)

Sune Toft, Center Director (sune@nbi.ku.dk)

Thomas Greve, Center Co-Director (tgreve@space.dtu.dk)

Georgios Magdis, Professor (geoma@space.dtu.dk)

Charles L. Steinhardt, Professor (steinhardt@nbi.ku.dk)

Helena Baungaard-Sørensen, Section Secretary (helena.baungaard@nbi.ku.dk)