This is an annual workshop organized since 2009 by scientists of University of Helsinki, Max-Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) and The University of Innsbruck.
The concept of the workshop is to combine a scientific part, in which each participant delivers a review on their topic with a group activity in which every participant is engaged. To this end we have selected to conduct the workshop at several huts located in the Alps, connected by hiking trails. Each day has approximately 6 hours of the workshop and 6 hours of hiking, during which the participants usually continue the discussion of the scientific topics and establish new collaborations. The no escape principle, and no contact to outside, possible during the workshop, are unique attributes of the conference and allow participants to concentrate entirely on the subject of the conference, which includes:
- Cosmology and surveys
- Physics of galaxy clusters
- Coevolution of galaxies and black holes