Announcements of Upcoming Meetings
Notice that this list is not meant to be all-inclusive, but concentrates on meetings of potential interest to X-ray, gamma-ray, cosmic-ray, and gravitational astrophysicists. The HEASARC also maintains a list of on-line proceedings of high-energy astrophysics meetings. Updates, corrections, and/or suggestions about meetings should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Sources of Information on Upcoming Meetings
Other Selected Astronomy, Physics and Space Science meetings
The conference will build on results from ongoing large-scale multi-wavelength surveys of massive stars which are being coupled with new theoretical advances dealing with stellar evolution and the processes which affect that evolution: mass-loss, rotation, convection, magnetic fields, multiplicity and environment. It will tackle important problems from birth, through main sequence evolution and until core collapse.
There will be a strong focus on relating the major theoretical uncertainties afflicting stellar evolution through these phases to the current observational picture. The impetus for this focus is derived from the realization that our understanding of massive star evolution is severely challenged by new observations powered largely by technological advances in telescopes and instrumentation. This has enabled new ways of looking at old long-standing problems enabling large-scale high-quality surveys of resolved stellar populations. As theoretical approaches try to keep pace with this increase in information the cracks in our assumptions concerning stellar evolution have become more apparent, even glaring. Whereas before it might have been possible to understand some of the stars some of the time it is now clear that understanding stellar populations is a considerable challenge and will require substantial efforts to resolve.
The detailed scientific topics of this meeting on massive stars include:
New observational & theoretical results from large-scale surveys (FLAMES,
MiMeS, PanSTARRS, PTF), techniques (astrometry) and computation.
An international cosmology conference entitled "Ripples in the Cosmos" will be held at Durham University, England. The agenda includes Baryon Acoustic Oscillations and other cosmological probes from ground-based redshift surveys such as BOSS and WiggleZ. We shall also be reviewing results from the Planck satellite, as well as the latest results from the LHC. The intent is to make a broad review of the crucial issues in cosmology from the identity of dark matter to the nature of dark energy by coupling the very latest results from astronomy and particle physics.
The Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore will be hosting a conference in honour of the 90th Birthday of Professor Freeman Dyson, the eminent English-born American physicist, mathematician, and futurist. He is famous for his work in quantum electrodynamics, solid-state physics, astronomy and nuclear engineering, as well as a renowned and best-selling author. He has spent most of his life as a professor of physics at the IAS in Princeton, taking time off to advise the US government and write books for the public. He has won numerous notable awards including the Enrico Fermi Award, Templeton Prize, Wolf Prize, Pomeranchuk Prize, and Henri Poincaré Prize. The conference will cover a wide range of topics. Distinguished scientists from around the world, including several Nobel Laureates, will join Professor Dyson in the celebration with a festival of lectures.
For enquiries, please email the organisers at email@example.com.
The objective of SciOps 2013 is to present and discuss the various approaches to science operations in spacecraft missions and ground-based facilities for Astronomy and Solar System Science.
Therefore, the organizers intend to: Compare and improve our processes and approaches Foster innovations Enable a more efficient use of our resources Establish and intensify collaborations via a focus on: Community support and services Science and instrument planning Instrument handling and calibration Science data processing Science data archiving and product generation Science operations organisation and management ...throughout all project phases from initial concepts to legacy products.
Complementary observations of binary stars allow the determination of fundamental stellar quantities, and are a principal source of stellar masses. As such, binary stars are irreplaceable for probing models of stellar structure and evolution. The development of modern instrumentation with high spectral and spatial resolution and the amazing precision of on-board detectors operational in space on the one hand, and new modern analysis techniques on the other hand, now make it possible to surpass the barrier of 1% accuracy on the stellar parameters, allowing studies on a much more detailed scale. On the theoretical side, new generations of stellar evolution models are being built with important ingredients to achieve a more realistic physical description. Over the last decade, several new grids of rotational evolution models have become available, and promising initial results from the implementation of magnetic fields have been achieved. In spite of tremendous efforts by many researchers, both observers and theoreticians, we are still facing discrepancies and ambiguities over the entire range of stellar masses, as well as different evolutionary states and metallicity regimes.
The aim of this conference is to bring together theoreticians and observers, to review the present capabilities of matching models with new high-quality observations, and to identify the problems that stand in the way of a proper understanding of stellar physics. The overarching questions to be asked are: (1) Which aspects of theory appear to be most in need of improvement in light of observations, (2) what observational advances are most needed by theorists to advance the models, and (3) what enhancements in data modeling engines are most critically needed as we enter the era of ultra-high precision photometry?
More detailed questions to be discussed include: Is the accuracy of the observables sufficient to discriminate between models? How can we lift the degeneracy between metallicity and rotational effects? How well are we able to trace observationally convective core-overshooting, and calibrate the mixing in the stellar interiors? Are our analytical models suitable for dealing with photometric data of micro-magnitude precision? How can we characterise the individual components in binaries (chemical composition, metallicity, pulsation pattern, rotation and spin-orbit alignment) and the role of tidal interaction between them? What is the tidal evolution of detached binaries? Other topics that will also be discussed include the need for binary star evolutionary models and the synergy of binary stars, stellar clusters and galaxies, pulsating stars in binaries, and spatial resolution of spectroscopic binaries, as well as the Mass-Luminosity relation in Local Group galaxies. Additionally, time will be devoted to discuss case studies of benchmark binaries.
The organizers aim to bring together Galactic Center researchers who are focused on trying to answer the following outstanding questions related to feeding and feedback in our Galactic nucleus and the nuclei of other normal galaxies. Talks and topics of discussion include:
- What are the detailed physical properties of the clouds in the Central
Molecular Zone and what is the potential for forming stars in this environment?
IAU 303 Symposium builds upon a tradition in the Galactic Center community of holding a series of regular international workshops. Previous meetings were held in Los Angeles, USA; La Serena, Chile; Bad Honnef, Germany; Honolulu, USA; and Shanghai, China.
The IAU will provide limited travel funds for early-career researchers and others in need of support in order to attend the symposium. The deadline for funding requests will be 19 April 2013. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
This conference is being organized to mark 50 years of radio astronomy research at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), as well as 10 years of operation of the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) as an international observatory. The main aim of the conference is to bring together leading researchers in a variety of fields, covering all areas of active research at low radio frequencies. The GMRT was the first of a new generation of low frequency radio telescopes that have led to a renaissance in the field over the last few years. New telescopes (LOFAR, MWA, ASKAP, MEERKAT) are now coming on line and the GMRT is itself going through a major upgrade.
Although part of the aim of the conference is to look back at the achievements of the group over last 50 years, the principal emphasis will be on recent results and new developments in instrumentation. The broad themes that will be covered are listed below, but abstracts are invited in all astrophysical topics for which low frequency radio observations are important. Historical developments at NCRA-TIFR will be covered in a separate session (that will be more celebratory in nature), to be held at the GMRT campus, at Khodad near Pune on the last day of the conference
MAJOR THEMES OF THE CONFERENCE
Radio emission from the Sun, stars and planets Pulsars and transient sources HI through cosmic time Cosmic magnetic fields SNRs, HII regions, star forming galaxies AGN and Galaxy clusters New developments in instrumentation and techniques
Selected Astronomy-related Technology (e.g., Instrumentation) Meetings
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