Institute of Astronomy

Meetings

The Institute of Astronomy plans to host one large summer conference each year. Below is a list of upcoming and previous meetings at the IoA.

Upcoming & Recent Meetings

TDE17: Piercing the sphere of influence

11 September 2017 - 15 September 2017

Scientific Rationale

LSST UK Multi-Wavelength Data Fusion Workshop

25 September 2017 - 27 September 2017

A workshop to bring together experts interested in combining multi-wavelength data from X-ray, infra-red, millimeter and radio surveys with optical data from LSST. We will discuss the challenges of combining key multi-wavelength datasets from surveys with UK leadership (e.g. XMM-Newton, VISTA, Euclid, Herschel, LOFAR, SKA) with the LSST data. We will put together a plan for bench-marking and testing existing algorithms as well as developing new methodology for data-fusion that will be relevant in the LSST era.

Meeting Website

The Laws of Star Formation: From the Cosmic Dawn to the Present Universe

2 July 2018 - 6 July 2018

 

This is a conference in honour of Prof. Robert Kennicutt. It will be held at the Institute of Astronomy and the adjoining Kavli Institute for Cosmology at the University of Cambridge (UK) from Monday July 2th to Friday July 6th, 2018.

Registration is now open.

Scientific rationale:

The coming of age of many facilities and new instrumental capabilities, including ALMA, JWST, VLT/MUSE, etc., and the continuous stream of ground-breaking results from HST, Spitzer, Herschel, and others, has ushered a new era for the investigation of star formation in galaxies. As we inch our way into the formulation of a predictive theory of star formation, we are now in a position to relate the newly formed stars to their natal gas at all scales, from giant molecular clouds up to entire galaxy populations, in present-day galaxies back to the dawn of cosmic time. Observational studies linking molecular gas mass to star formation activity are crucial to shape our understanding of the physical processes that drive the conversion of gas into stars, and to identify the dominant positive/negative feedback processes that trigger and quench star formation in a wide variety of galactic environments. Balancing these physical processes over time, galactic disks self-regulate their level of star formation and become galactic ecosystems, in analogy to many other ecosystems observed on earth. This conference will bring together experts on all aspects of star formation to assess the progress made so far, compare achievements in different areas, and lay the ground for future directions. Among the goals is to bring together different communities and to discuss the role of planned and future facilities in unraveling the link between star formation and gas in galaxies.

The major themes of this meeting are:

* The star formation law in different gas phases (LSB, HSB, atomic or molecular gas). (Non-)linearity of the star formation law.

* Triggering (dynamics, environment, instabilities) and quenching mechanism of star formation  (morphology, AGN, stabilizing bulges, environment effects in gas stripping, or starvation)

*  Self-regulation of star formation through positive/negative feedback processes (SN, AGN, ...)

* Star formation at small scales: What drives the small-scale substructure of star formation in galaxies? What threshold holds for SF in different regimes?

* Cosmic evolution of star formation: starbursts census with redshifts

Confirmed invited speakers

Angela Adamo  (Stockholm University)
Joao Alves (University of Vienna)
Frédéric Bournaud (Laboratoire AIM Paris-Saclay)
Clare Dobbs (University of Exeter)
Bruce Elmegreen (IBM T.J Watson Research Center)
Neal Evans (University of Texas) 
Natasha Förster Schreiber (Max-Plank-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik)
Diederik Kruijssen (Universität Heidelberg)
Mark Krumholz (Australian National University) 
Adam Leroy (Ohio State University)
Margaret Meixner (Space Telescope Science Institute)
Sally Oey (University of Michigan)
Ying-jie Peng (Peking University)
Amelie Saintonge (University College London)
Eva Schinnerer (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg)
Stefanie Walch (University of Cologne)
Fabian Walter (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg)

SOC:

Daniela Calzetti (co-Chair)
Ilse De Looze (co-Chair)
Maud Galametz (co-Chair)
Monica Relaño-Pastor (co-Chair)
Gustavo Bruzual
Françoise Combes
Andy Fabian
Timothy Heckman
Linda Tacconi
Serena Viti
Anthony Whitworth

We look forward to welcoming you to Cambridge to an exciting and vibrant meeting full of discussions and new ideas.

 

 

Previous Meetings

TDE17: Piercing the sphere of influence

11 September 2017 - 15 September 2017

Scientific Rationale

Kavli ExoFrontiers 2017 Symposium

10 July 2017 - 12 July 2017

Exoplanetary science is on the verge of an unprecedented revolution. With at least four space missions and numerous large ground-based facilities scheduled to become operational in the next decade, the new era promises unprecedented observations of exoplanets - both in their detection as well as in detailed characterization of their atmospheres, interiors, and formation conditions. Concomitant major developments are also expected in all aspects of exoplanetary theory and data interpretation.

The disc migration issue: from protoplanets to supermassive black holes

22 May 2017 - 24 May 2017

Conference rationale

This workshop is motivated by the broad similarities surrounding the theory of disc mediated migration on scales ranging from protoplanetary discs to galactic nuclei. Migration theory thus underpins our understanding of some of the most topical problems in contemporary astrophysics, i.e. the establishment of planetary system `architecture' and the processes driving the merging of black holes.

Dark Energy Survey December collaboration meeting Cambridge 2016

12 December 2016 - 16 December 2016

Welcome to the DES December 2016 collaboration meeting at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge. The meeting will take place from the 12th to the 16th of December 2016.

Meeting Webpage: http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/meetings/2016/des.cambridge.2016

Location: Madingley Rise on Google Maps: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@52.2145409,0.0927952,15z

LOC:

Galaxy clusters: physics laboratories and cosmological probes

5 December 2016 - 9 December 2016

Conference Rationale
Galaxy clusters are unique astrophysical laboratories in which the powerful interaction of supermassive black holes with the surrounding intracluster medium, the complex effects of the cluster environment on galaxies, as well as a wide range of non-thermal processes like magnetic field amplification and cosmic ray acceleration can be studied. In addition, clusters form from the largest matter overdensities in the Universe that collapse under their own gravity. Due to their formation from these highest density peaks, clusters provide a large leverage to probe cosmological models. However, to make full use of this potential, the internal structure of clusters and how it affects observational signatures needs to be understood. This meeting will bring together both international experts on this subject and early career researchers to catalyse progress on puzzles like the discrepant cosmology results from galaxy clusters and the primary cosmic microwave background and to help interpretation of a wealth of upcoming, multiwavelength observational programmes, such as eROSITA, Athena, JWST, DESI, Euclid and SPTPol and Advanced ACT.