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
24 July 2016 - 30 July 2016
Now that multiplicity is known to be common among stars and that half the stars in our Galaxy have been or will be altered by interaction with at least one companion, the crucial role of binary star evolution in astrophysics in general has been established. Stellar interactions lead to a veritable zoo of exotic objects, many of which play crucial roles in the Universe. However, our understanding of many of the basic properties of binary stars - how they form, evolve and interact and how they ultimately die - is still incomplete. These issues cannot be ignored in fields of astrophysics spanning stellar cluster evolution, planet formation, galactic chemical evolution, etc. We plan to discuss many of the exciting implications of duplicity among stars.
5 December 2016 - 9 December 2016
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.
8 July 2013 - 12 July 2013
We are planning to host up to 150 registered participants and the main focus of the conference will be on theoretical and numerical modelling of physical processes relevant for galaxy formation. The programme is designed to be of scientific interest to non-numericists who want to learn about the scientific issues surrounding galaxy formation and evolution.
We aim to have participants from different scientific communities and extensive discussion of theoretical and numerical challenges will provide a common ground for close interaction.
13 September 2012 - 14 September 2012
ESO has recently released an Instrumentation Roadmap for the E-ELT that foresees a high-resolution spectrograph either as Instrument Nr.4 or Nr.5. The optimal balance of the major science drivers for such an instrument need still to be defined. The aim of the workshop is to (further) define the science cases and science requirements for E-ELT HIRES, by bringing together people interested in the matter. This should be a rather informal meeting of about 50 participants.
25 July 2011 - 29 July 2011
Topics to be covered:
- High-redshift galaxy evolution & star formation
- Hydrogen Reionization
- Evolution and enrichment of the early IGM
- High-redshift QSOs and AGN
- Lessons from He II Reionization
- Other probes of the z > 5 Universe
Invited speakers will include: Frank Bertoldi, Jamie Bolton, Rychard Bouwens, Joanna Dunkley, Richard Ellis, Steven Furlanetto, Piero Madau, Matthew McQuinn, Masami Ouchi, Dominik Reichers, Michael Shull, Brian Siana, Chris Willott and Saleem Zaroubi.
2 August 2010 - 6 August 2010
The Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, summer conference will focus on Dark Matter, bring together recent progress in astrophysical studies, direct and indirect detection experiemnts, and the LHC.
We invite applications for contributed talks and posters to fill an expanded format for the Darkness Visible meeting to be held at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge (UK). This meeting will bring together particle- and astro - physicists (theoretical, experimental and observational) to present recent advances in our understanding of dark matter at scales ranging from particle pysics to cosmology.
7 September 2009 - 8 September 2009
The aim of this conference is to bring together an outstanding group of young researchers to discuss theoretical and observational progress toward understanding accretion disc physics in Young Stellar Objects, compact binaries, and galactic nuclei.