ECL Conference 2022


August 31 – September 2, 2022, Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan 


Location/Date: Nur-sultan, NU Campus, Senate Hall, August 31 – September 2
Topics: Astrophysics, cosmology, gravity, data-science, instrumentation, and superconducting sensors. 
Format: Participatory (in-person) workshop – talks, audience participation sessions, panel discussions, poster presentations, and invited talks by distinguished speakers.
Registration: email with all information requested below in the “Registration” section.
Registration Fees: None

Exploring the Energetic Universe 2022 is the international workshop taking place on Aug 31 – Sep 2, 2022 at Nazarbayev University in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The third in a series of international workshops, this meeting aims to bring researchers working on various aspects of astrophysics, cosmology, gravity, as well as advanced detectors. The event is organized by the Energetic Cosmos Laboratory in collaboration with the Physics Department of Nazarbayev University under partial support by the ISTC. Students and young researchers from Kazakhstan and Central Asia are especially welcome to attend. The format of the event is an in-person workshop.

Founded in 2010, the Nazarbayev University is emerging as one of the leading universities in Central Asia providing world-class education and conducting frontier research in many fields of science and technology. The Energetic Cosmos Laboratory was founded by Nobel Laureate George Smoot in 2016. Today, it is a world-class laboratory, hosting cutting-edge facilities such as a cryogenic laboratory that can produce “the coldest place in Kazakhstan”, advanced detector and sensor electronics, and a vibrant data science program. One of the flagship projects of the laboratory is the ultrafast telescope currently operating at the Assy-Turgen Observatory in collaboration with the Fesenkov Astrophysical Institute. The NU Department of Physics conducts research in a wide variety of fundamental physics topics, including particle astrophysics, gravity, and relativity.

Invited Speakers

Bobomurat Ahmedov (Astronomical Institute, Uzbekistan)
Luciano Rezzolla (Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany)
Alexandr Serebriansky (Fesenkov Astrophysical Institute, Kazakhstan)
Gerhard Ulbricht (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Ireland)
Pawan Kumar (University of Texas, USA) – via zoom
Dan Werthimer (Uuniversity of California Berkeley) – via zoom
Anupreeta More (IUCAA, India) – via zoom

The detailed program with schedule of talks is available here.

The full list of participants in available here.


In order to register for the workshop, please send your full name, position, affiliation, arrival and departure dates to No registration fee is required. All submissions will be evaluated by the organizing committee and confirmation of acceptance will be sent via email. Please let us know of any other specific requests you may have. The deadline for registration is July 31, 2022. 


A limited number of slots for short talks are available. If you want to give a contributed talk, please send the title and abstract of the presentation to before July 31, 2022. Due to time limitations, we may not find a time for even the most distinguished researchers to speak, therefore we encourage participants to also consider giving poster presentations. Excellent presentations by students will receive special recognition by the LOC. 


There are several hotels located in the vicinity of the university campus, for example the Wyndham Garden hotel, which is located within 20 min walking distance from the campus and where most of the participants are expected to stay. Please let us know if you need assistance with booking an accommodation. Unfortunately, due to limited funds, the organizers of the workshop cannot cover the accommodation costs for participants.

Local organizing committee

Ernazar Abdikamalov
Kanat Baigarin
Dina Valeyeva
Nazerkem Abilman
Zhanat Maksut
Nurzhan Shaimoldin