Abstract submission is closed for contributed talks but remains open for posters
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)
Christian Boily (Strasbourg)
Helga Ballmann (ARI/ZAH)
Zoltan Balog (MPIA)
Clio Bertelli Motta (ARI/ZAH)
Bekdaulet Shukirgaliyev (ARI/ZAH)
Peter Zeidler (ARI/ZAH)
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
Abstract submission opens on:
Early registration opens on:
Abstract submission deadline:
SOC decision about
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:
Embedded clusters / star-forming regions
The relationship between molecular gas and
pre-main-sequence stars: efficiency, density and rate of star formation, gas vs. star kinematics
Star formation in clusters, associations and isolation: similarities and differences
Gravitational potential of the Milky Way
Criticality of the first Gyr: cluster mass function evolution, mass-independent vs. mass-dependent cluster dissolution
Cluster lifecycle and the IMF
And of course topics that participants wish to bring to the front
Gas content of the Galactic disc
The molecular environment of cluster formation: from the outer Galactic disk to
the Central Molecular Zone
Molecular clouds / clumps / cores: (sub)structures, stability, lifetime, and
the role of stellar feedback
Finding the precursors to the next generation of clusters in the Galactic disk
Multiple stellar populations in clusters
Observational constraints ( spectroscopy / photometry )
Models of multiple population formation
( gas retention / accretion, star abundances / dynamics, IMF influence, interplay with cluster survival )
Multiple-population clusters in the Galaxy and Magellanic Clouds
Mapping multiple-population stars in the field
See here for a map
Nearest bus/tram-stop: Bunsen-Gymnasium
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.
Social Activities, Wd 10.08.2016
Participants to the conference can register for the social programme as they register for the conference itself. Please go here.
Cruise on the Neckar river
Conference dinner at the Kulturbrauerei, in the Old Town of Heidelberg
Information will be posted once the conference program is defined. We anticipate invited (contributed) talks to be 35min (20min) long, including time for discussion.
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:
- 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
Traveling to and Staying in Heidelberg
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)
Participants to the conference can use one of the following options:
- A number of rooms have been booked at a preferential rate in several hotels in Heidelberg, 7 - 13 August 2016. You can book one of those by following this link of Heidelberg Marketing GmbH. Additional instructions about how to proceed can be found here (pdf file).
We wish you a pleasant stay in Heidelberg!
- Should you wish to find cheaper prices, you may consider:
Note that for these three hotels, no block booking has been made and, therefore, no special rate applies.
Information will be posted in due time
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
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
Phone: +49 6221 54 1836
Fax: +49 6221 54 1888