Institute of Astronomy


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

Previous Meetings

LSST@Europe: The Path to Science

9 September 2013 - 12 September 2013

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project is at an exciting phase, with first light planned for 2019 and science operations to start in 2021. This major conference will bring together LSST and European scientists to consider the scientific opportunities of LSST, its current status, the role of European expertise and facilities in partnership with LSST, and the science challenges.

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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.

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Towards the science case for E-ELT HIRES

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.

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New Horizons for High Redshifts

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.

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DARKNESS VISIBLE: Dark Matter in astrophysics and particle physics

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.

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