BCCP researchers will explore new frontiers in cosmology, gravitation, and astrophysics to create a framework of knowledge that transcends national boundaries and benefits generations to come. The result will be discovery and understanding of the physics that is necessary to explain our Universe quantitatively to an unprecedented level of accuracy.


The BCCP mission is to unravel the physics behind the history and structure of the universe and to strengthen both research and education by forging new cosmological discoveries that will create a pipeline for future scientists and a 21st century model for the study of cosmology.

Founded in 2007, the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics (BCCP) is an integrated research and education physics think tank nested within the University of California-Berkeley (UCB) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).

BCCP Goals

I. Create a framework of cosmology that defines the most critical ideas, experiments, and observations necessary for distinguishing and narrowing the possible descriptions of the Universe.

II. Develop highly trained scientists in a cutting-edge field that encompasses the use of mathematics, high energy physics, technology and other cross-disciplinary fields.

III. Instigate landmark research in the field of cosmology.

IV.  Implement middle and high school educational outreach and teacher development across projects America and the world that enhance public awareness, scientific literacy and interest in fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.


Saul Perlmutter

(510) 642-3596


Uros Seljak

(510) 666-2627

Mailing Address

Physics, 366 LeConte Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720