Abstract submission is closed for contributed talks but remains open for posters

Invited Speakers

Joana Ascenso (Porto)

Peter Berczik (Heidelberg)

Eugenio Carretta (Bologna)

Nicola Da Rio (Gainesville)

Walter Dehnen (Leicester)

Jan Forbrich (Wien)

Eva Grebel (Heidelberg)

Alvaro Hacar (Wien)

Ralf Klessen (Heidelberg)

Michael Kuhn (Valparaiso)

Michela Mapelli (Padova)

Karl Menten (Bonn)

Antonino Milone (Mt Stromlo)

Frederique Motte (Paris-Saclay)

Elena Sabbi (Baltimore)

Enrico Vesperini (Indiana)


Star cluster research is experiencing a very exciting decade. With the Atacama Large Millimeter / submillimeter Array and the Gaia astrometric satellite, we are now equipped to probe the full lifecycle of star clusters, from the properties of the molecular gas in which they form, to the properties of the stellar streams which dying clusters leave in their wake. To exploit fully and meaningfully these huge data flows, the active collaboration of observers and modellers is critically needed. What theoretical predictions are we able to make? What are the observable quantities? How well do we understand observational data?
     Moreover, the time is ripe for a hard look at the physical conditions leading to the formation of clusters in the Galaxy and the Magellanic Clouds, and their imprint on the long term evolution of clusters. Our aim is therefore also to bring together experts working on the formation of the cluster gaseous precursors with those studying the latest stages of cluster dissolution.
     Particular attention will be given to the first Gyr of cluster evolution, that is, the infancy and teenagehood of clusters. This is over that age range that most clusters in the Galactic disc dissolve and, therefore, the age range over which a good understanding of cluster mass-loss mechanisms is most critically needed. Moreover, this is by that cluster age that the intriguing multiple stellar populations of globular clusters have formed. A related question is thus whether their formation can be witnessed directly in massive clusters currently in their teenagehood, or whether a key role was played by the different environmental conditions at the time of their formation.

Topics / Key Dates

Key Dates

Abstract submission opens on:

Early registration opens on:

Abstract submission deadline:

SOC decision about
talk/poster allocation:
ca. 09.05.2016

Early registration deadline:

Hotel block-reservation opens:

Hotel block-reservation closes:
4-to-6 weeks before arrival,
depending on the hotel

Refund of conference fee
no longer possible after:


  1. Embedded clusters / star-forming regions

    1. The relationship between molecular gas and
      pre-main-sequence stars: efficiency, density and rate of star formation, gas vs. star kinematics

    2. Star formation in clusters, associations and isolation: similarities and differences


  1. Cluster dissolution

    1. Gravitational potential of the Milky Way

    2. Criticality of the first Gyr: cluster mass function evolution, mass-independent vs. mass-dependent cluster dissolution

    3. Cluster lifecycle and the IMF

And of course topics that participants wish to bring to the front


  1. Gas content of the Galactic disc

    1. The molecular environment of cluster formation: from the outer Galactic disk to
      the Central Molecular Zone

    2. Molecular clouds / clumps / cores: (sub)structures, stability, lifetime, and
      the role of stellar feedback

    3. Finding the precursors to the next generation of clusters in the Galactic disk

  1. Multiple stellar populations in clusters

    1. Observational constraints ( spectroscopy / photometry )

    2. Models of multiple population formation
      ( gas retention / accretion, star abundances / dynamics, IMF influence, interplay with cluster survival )

    3. Multiple-population clusters in the Galaxy and Magellanic Clouds

    4. Mapping multiple-population stars in the field

Conference Information

Conference Venue

Max-Planck Haus
Gerhart-Hauptmann-Strasse 36
D-69120 Heidelberg
See here for a map
Nearest bus/tram-stop: Bunsen-Gymnasium

Conference Schedule

We anticipate on-site registration to start around 8:15AM on 08.08.2016, and the conference to end around 01:00PM on 12.08.2016.

Talk Duration

Information will be posted once the conference program is defined. We anticipate invited (contributed) talks to be 35min (20min) long, including time for discussion.

Poster Guidelines

Posters can be up to A0 (portrait) in size.


We will not have proceedings but will collect talks and posters, and put them online after the meeting.

Registration / Abstract Submission / Financial Support


  • Early registration fee:
          200Eur (till 15.06.2016)

  • Late/On-site registration fee:

  • This link will take you to the registration system of the Congress and Conference Management of Heidelberg University. Make sure that your browser's JavaScript functionality is enabled.

  • If you pay by bank transfer, please note the following:
    bank details will be included in the second email sent to you

Registration Fee Waiver for
PhD Students

  • We can waive the registration fee for about 10 students not coming from Heidelberg.

  • Interested students should email a motivated request (text only, no attached file, please) to
  • infant_clusters_2016@uni-heidelberg.de

    with "Student Support" as the subject of their email (deadline: 30.04.2016).

  • Students accepting the registration fee waiver commit themselves to present either a poster or a talk (depending on the SOC decision) at the conference.

Traveling to and Staying in Heidelberg

By plane

From Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Heidelberg (ca. 90km), you have the following options: From Stuttgart Airport (STR) to Heidelberg:
  • Take the S-Bahn from the airport to Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof (ca. 25 minutes ride). Continue by train to "Heidelberg Hbf" (see To Heidelberg by train)

By train

See train schedules of the Deutsche Bahn. Your end station is "Heidelberg Hbf" (Hauptbahnhof-Main Train Station)

Public transportation in Heidelberg

Information will be posted in due time

Latest News

   All dates given on this webpage are in DD.MM.YYYY format.
  • 09.05.2016: SOC decisions about contributed-talk
                         applications: all emails sent.

  • 10.04.2016: Contributed-talk abstract submission closes

  • 10.02.2016: Conference announcement

  • 05.02.2016: Website goes online, registration and
                        abstract submission open

  • 13.01.2016: Invited speakers selected

  • 27.11.2015: Conference pre-announcement

  • 24.11.2015: SOC assembled

  • 06.11.2015: Funding application submitted by
                        Parmentier and Henning to the
                        Managing Board of SFB 881

Sponsor & Logistics

Star Clusters: from Infancy to Teenagehood is supported by the SFB 881 of Heidelberg University

Logistics support is provided by the Congress and Conference Management of Heidelberg University


Geneviève Parmentier
Universität Heidelberg
Astronomisches Rechen-Institut
Mönchhofstrasse 12-14
69120 Heidelberg
Phone: +49 6221 54 1836
Fax:      +49 6221 54 1888

Email: infant_clusters_2016@uni-heidelberg.de