|Title||IBS President’s Remarks at the CosPA 2015|
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen
It is my honor to welcome you to the opening of CosPA 2015, the 12th Asia-Pacific symposium on cosmology and particle astrophysics. As the IBS president, I am especially excited to see 3 IBS Centers work together to organize this excellent symposium.
I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Director Kiwoon Choi of the Center for Theoretical Physics of the Universe, Professor Sangpyo Kim of Kunsan National University, and Dr. Pauchy Hwang, president of APCosPA for making this symposium possible.
CosPa has been held in Korea, China, Taiwan, Japan and Hawaii of the United States to bring together theorists, experimentalists and observers in the fields of cosmology and particle astrophysics, and discuss the latest research trends and outcomes.
I am particularly pleased that we host CosPA 2015 with the recent exciting news from the field of particle astrophysics: the discovery of neutrino oscillation, which shows that neutrino particles have mass, has won this year’s Nobel prize in Physics.
The 3 IBS Centers, which have put together this excellent academic forum, also conduct research to understand the fundamental principles of nature and the origin of the universe, the most profound and enduring questions that we have always wanted answered.
The ideas and insights we gain from CosPA 2015 will bring us one step closer to the intriguing and yet-unappreciated world that many scientists are hard at work and there is still more to be learned.