Kavli Institute for Cosmology

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Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge
Kavli Building (2009) South East elevations - geograph.org.uk - 1409972.jpg
Established 2006
Director Roberto Maiolino
Faculty School of Physical Sciences, University of Cambridge
Staff 48[1]
Location Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Address Madingley Road
Website www.kicc.cam.ac.uk

The Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge, (KICC) is a research establishment set up through collaboration of the University of Cambridge and the Kavli Foundation. It is operated by two of the University's astronomy groups: the Institute of Astronomy (IoA) and the Cavendish Astrophysics Group. The Institute aims to encourage advancements in our knowledge and understanding of the Universe, with initial emphasis on the Universe at high redshifts.

In August 2006 an agreement was reached between the University of Cambridge and the Kavli Foundation for the establishment of an Institute for cosmology.[2] The Kavli Foundation will support several 5-year senior research fellowships in perpetuity, and the University committed to provide a building to house the Institute. Operation began in October 2008 with the appointment of the first Kavli Institute Fellows. The building was completed in July 2009, and was officially opened 18 November 2009 by Prince Philip as Chancellor of the University in a ceremony with Fred Kavli.

The director of the Institute is Roberto Maiolino; the deputy director is Anthony Lasenby of the Cavendish. The first director was George Efstathiou of the IoA.

The building is located adjacent to the Hoyle Building, the main building of the IoA. The two are connected via a raised walkway. The building was designed to encourage the occupants to interact with one another as well as with the occupants of the Hoyle building. It is intended to be similar in architectural style to the Hoyle Building, but to be sufficiently distinctive so as to retain an independent identity.[3] The architects were Annand and Mustoe. The design includes use of ground source heat pumps and a heat exchanger serving under-floor heating to meet City Council requirements that at least 10% of the building's energy is generated on-site.


  1. ^ "Kavli Institute: People". Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "The University of Cambridge and The Kavli Foundation Create a Pioneering New Research Center to Examine the Very Beginnings of the Universe". Kavli News. The Kavli Foundation. 1 November 2006. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Kavli Institute: Architecture". Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge. 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 

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