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The Energetic Cosmos Laboratory, founded by Nobel Laureate Dr. George F. Smoot, is one of the leading international cosmology and astrophysical research laboratories, with state of the art facilities at the Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The main goal of the center is to investigate the fundamental questions of cosmology and energetic processes in cosmos which include topics related to the birth and evolution of the universe.


  • Abstract “Early-time colour variations in the GRB 201015A afterglow” from Toktarkhan Komesh was accepted for oral presentation in the 240th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, 12–16 June 2022
  • Former ECL postdoc Mehdi Shafiee has moved from the prestigious Queens University, Canada back to Nazarbayev University as a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prof. Shafiee will head ECL’s program in next-generation MKIDs cryogenic detectors. [March, 2022]
  • Prof. Hugo Ayala Solares of Penn State University, USA gave a special seminar on multimessenger astronomy. His talk covered general aspects of the High Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory (HAWC) and Astrophysical Multimessenger Observatory Network (AMON) searching for multimessenger sources – some combination of light, cosmic rays, neutrinos, and gravitational waves. [February 17, 2022]

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Post-covid picnic

After vaccination, the ECL team was able to organize a picnic in the botanical garden near NU: