Upcoming conferences

International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy

16-20 June 2014, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA

Abstract Submission Deadline March 1, 2014!

The International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy is the premier annual meeting in this exciting and interdisciplinary field. The symposium uniquely combines plenary talks from world leaders in the field with parallel sessions comprising shorter talks, many presented by graduate students, and fosters a collegial and collaborative atmosphere with a multitude of formal and informal interactions. Registration and housing costs are kept low to enable entire research groups to attend, and in fact most senior people in the field gave their very first conference presentation at this symposium (to a very friendly audience). A wide range of topics is covered, from theory to experiment, from gas-phase to condensed-phase, from low resolution to ultra-high resolution, from the microwave to the ultraviolet, and from fundamental science to applications such as astronomy and atmospheric science. Each year's meeting also includes three "mini-symposia" on topics of special interest.

The mini-symposium "Astronomical Molecular Spectroscopy in the Age of ALMA" will present new observational and experimental results that highlight the improvements in our understanding of molecular astronomy over the last few years. Invited Speakers: Ted Bergin (University of Michigan) and Geoff Blake (Caltech)

More information, abstract submission, and registration at http://isms.illinois.edu.

European Week of Astronomy and Space Science

30 June - 4 July 2014, Geneva, Switzerland

Registration open, Abstract Submission Deadline March 15, 2014!

The European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS, formerly JENAM) is the annual meeting of the European Astronomical Society (EAS). With more than 20 years of tradition, it has imposed itself as the largest conference for European astronomy. In addition to plenary sessions and the award of prestigious prizes, the conference hosts many symposia held in parallel, as well as special sessions and meetings.

EWASS 2014 is held for the first time in Switzerland and is expected to welcome from around 700 to more than 1000 astrophysicists from all over Europe and even beyond.

The symposium S10 "mm/submm astronomy in the ALMA era" will consist of 5 sessions of 1-4 hrs duration with 1-3 review talks of 30 min including questions and 4-5 contributed talks given by, if possible, young scientists. The reviews will focus on very recent results and present them in a broader context. The talks will give the opportunity of younger researchers to present their ALMA/IRAM/SMA related results to a wide community, larger than their own research field.

More information, abstract submission, and registration at http://eas.unige.ch/EWASS2014.

Revolution in Astronomy with ALMA - The Third Year

08-11 December 2014, Tokyo, Japan

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has been producing a growing number of impressive and transformational science results as the most powerful mm/submm interferometer in the world. Held in central Tokyo, the aim of this four day conference is to highlight the science results from ALMA obtained during the first three years of science operations. The science topics include all fields of astronomy: cosmology and galaxies in the distant universe, nearby galaxies and the Galactic Center, ISM and star formation in our own galaxy, astrochemistry, circumstellar disks, exoplanets, solar system, stellar evolution, solar physics, and fundamental physics. This four day conference will feature invited/contributed talks, poster sessions, and an optional full day excursion. Young researchers and students are particularly encouraged to attend the meeting.

Registration will begin early-mid May.

More information at www.almasc2014.jp


Recent events

German ALMA Community Days 2013

05-06 November 2013, Bonn, Germany

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has been inaugurated in March 2013. Since the start of its Early Science operations, it has already produced spectacular scientific results and continues to do so during the current observations (Cycle 1). The next cycle of operations (Cycle 2) will again offer a huge increase in sensitivity, spatial resolution and observing modes. The call for proposals, detailing all the new features and capabilities, will be published in late October, with a deadline in early December.

For a review of the Early Science done with ALMA so far and to prepare the community for Cycle 2, the German ARC node organizes the German ALMA Community Days 2013 at the Argelander-Institut für Astronomie in Bonn on 5-6 November 2013. On the first day of the meeting, various talks will present new tools and new capabilities of ALMA in Cycle 2, the basics of proposal preparation/review and the support available to (prospective) ALMA users. The second day will be dedicated to hands-on work in workshops for novice users as well as for advanced users. During these workshops, participants can (learn to) prepare their own ALMA proposals under the supervision of experts. The meeting will also feature several ALMA science talks and offer an opportunity to network with other users and ALMA support staff.

Registration will open in early September. While workshop places are limited and will be assigned on a "first come, first served" basis, the presentations on the first day are open to everyone. For logistical reasons, though, we would appreciate it if you register even if you plan to participate only in the first day.

For any further questions, please contact arc(at)astro.uni-bonn.de

ESO ALMA community days 2013

19-20 November 2013, ESO Garching.

As for previous cycles, the ESO ALMA Regional Centre (ARC) will organise Community Days at the ESO Headquarters in order to optimally prepare the European astronomical community for Cycle 2. The ESO ARC coordinates the network of nodes making up the European ALMA Regional Centre, which provides the interface between ALMA and the European scientific community. The Community Days will focus heavily on proposal preparation and include a series of presentations related to ALMA and Cycle 2, as well as hands-on tutorials for the ALMA Observing Tool and the Simulators. These should enable novice and advanced users alike to create observing projects making full use of the unique capabilities of ALMA in Cycle 2.

Contact: ot@eso.org

COST Summer School on "Black Holes at all scales"

26-28 September 2013, Ioannina, Greece

The COST action "Black Holes in a Violent Universe" (MP-0905) organizes a Summer School on "Black Holes at all scales", in Ioannina, Greece, between September 16 and 18, 2013. The registration is open until August 18, 2013. Limited financial support will be available. The deadline for applying for financial support is July 22, 2013. For details refer to the registration page .

The Summer School "Black Holes at all scales" aims at postgraduate students and young postdoctoral fellows. The program includes reviews on various aspects of Black Hole-related science, such as: demographics and formation theories of galactic black hole binaries in our and nearby galaxies, our "own" supermassive black hole on the Galactic center, formation and cosmic evolution of supermassive black holes, phenomenology of active galactic nuclei and a review of their "unification" theories, theory of jet formation and energy extraction in black hole systems, as well as the scaling of accretion and jet physics from mini-quasars to quasars.

3D2014: Gas and stars in galaxies: A multi-wavelength 3D perspective

ESO Garching, March 10-14, 2014

This conference aims at bringing together the optical/near-IR, millimeter and radio communities working on 3-dimensional extragalactic data. Science topics to be addressed are centered on both gas and stars in and around galaxies in all stages of their evolution. Themes include: galaxy dynamics, supermassive black holes, star formation, gas accretion and outflows, interacting galaxies and deep fields. In addition, tools to visualize and analyse multi-wavelength data cubes will be discussed.

The workshop, spread over a week and held at ESO-Garching, will include invited reviews, ample time for contributed talks and discussions, and short talk slots for younger researchers to advertise their work. Additionally we offer three parallel user workshops for KMOS, MUSE, and ALMA to raise awareness of ESO 3D instrumentation and train people in preparing and analyzing different types of 3D observations.

Conference e-mail: gal3d2014@eso.org

Organised by: ESO and RadioNet

The Modern Radio Universe

This conference will try to highlight the original and exciting science currently being produced by radio astronomical telescopes, such as the GBT, Effelsberg, LOFAR, ALMA, the JVLA, GMRT, eMERLIN, EVN, VLBA, as well as pathfinder experiments of the SKA, and others.Science areas that will be discussed are among others: Cosmology, galaxy evolution, AGN and compact objects, star formation, interstellar medium, The Milky Way and Galactic science, radio transients, fundamental and astroparticle physics, extreme physics and associated theory. The conference will be held in Bonn, Germany, on April 22-26, 2013.

Transformational Science with ALMA: From Dust to Rocks to Planets Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems

In this workshop, investigators from around the world will meet in Hawaii to explore the evolution of material in protostellar disks from formation to dissipation. A focus of the workshop will be the processing of the gas and dust components, and the growth of planetesimals. It will also explore chemical changes, and radiative signatures at millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths. The workshop will take place in the Big Island of Hawaii, USA, on April 8-12, 2013

Magnetic Fields in the Universe IV: From Laboratory and Stars to Primordial Structures

This meeting will cover a wide range of topics, bringing together experts in theory, experiments, observations and modeling of magnetized plasmas. The scientific goal of the conference is to provide a continuation of the previous editions. Some issues to be addressed are: laboratory plasmas, magnetic fields in stars, ISM, and protostars, primordial magnetic fields, magnetic reconnection, etc. The conference will be held n Playa del Carmen, Mexico, on February 4-8, 2013.

Astrochemistry in the ALMA era

This workshop aims to review and discuss the results of ongoing surveys especially in view of the need of high angular resolution requirements for proper analysis and line identification. The full ALMA array will provide the much needed image fidelity and sensitivity to determine whether complex molecules originate at the same or different locations. The workshop will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, January 28-31, 2013

Solar ALMA workshop

The workshop aims to bring together the ALMA-minded solar community to discuss solar observational issues with ALMA, solar science and planned observations with ALMA, and the planning of solar ALMA observations. The workshop will take place in School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow, UK, on January 14-17, 2013

International ALMA conference "The first year of ALMA science"

The ALMA Joint Observatory announces that the international conference "The first year of ALMA science" will be held in Hotel Cumbres Patagonicas, Puerto Varas, Chile on December 12-15, 2012. The ALMA users community will be in a position to review the first science results produced by this new and unique facility. The conference will cover all the ALMA Science topics covered by Early Science observations, from observations of the Solar System bodies to objects in our own Galaxy, the local to high redshift Universe.

Advanced Chilean astro-engineering school-workshop

The sky in northern Chile is the best in the world for astronomy and the biggest telescopes are here. The Astro-Engineering is the technical junction between astronomy and engineering for the development of technology for astronomical instruments. This workshop is the first opportunity to congregate astronomers and engineers to discuss telescopes, instruments and the next big projects to be built in Chile. The workshop will be held in Santiago, Chile, on November 27-30.

ADVANCED RADIO ASTRONOMY - Commissioning Skills and Preparation for the SKA

This workshop will communicate skills that you need to help comission a radio interferometry array or work on early science data. The new arrays coming into operation have all found a shortage of scientists able and willing to help troubleshoot early science. Talks and discussion sessions will share best practices between people working on the arrays, lessons from comissioning scientists and the experiences of working on early science data. The workshop will take place at the JBCA, University of Manchester, UK, on November 13-16.

International Symposium on Frontiers in Radio Astronomy

This meeting will focus on recent development in radio astronomy and to explore the promises of FAST early science operation. It is hosted by National Astronomical Observatories of China and the Joint Center for Astronomy, with support from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Natural Science Foundation of China, and the Ministry of Science and Technology of China. The symposium will be held in Guiyang, China between Oct 29th and Nov 3rd.

ALMA splinter meeting at the AG meeting in Hamburg

The annual meeting of the Astronomische Gesellschaft 2012 will take place in Hamburg on 24-28 September 2012, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Hamburg Observatory in Hamburg Bergedorf. In this context, the German ARC node organizes the splinter meeting "First science with ALMA" on Friday, 28 September. We invite ALMA users working on Cycle 0 or Science Verification data to to present their first scientific results. In addition, we encourage prospective ALMA users to talk about their science projects and ALMA-related results.

German ALMA Community Days 2012

The next German ALMA Community Days will take place in Bonn on 05/06 June 2012. The goal of the meeting is to review Cycle 0 outcomes and to prepare the community for ALMA Cycle 1 proposals and observations.

German-UK Astronomy Meeting 2012

The German-UK Astronomy meeting and Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting (NAM 2012) will take place in Manchester, UK on 27-30 March 2012. During the meeting, there will be an ALMA session and an ALMA lunch meeting on 27/28 March. The German, UK and ESO ARC nodes will be present with an ALMA stall during the whole meeting. More information can be found in the news link.

Annual meeting of the Astronomische Gesellschaft 2011

The annual meeting 2011 of the Astronomische Gesellschaft will take place at Heidelberg University, on 19-23 September 2011. The ESO and the German ARC nodes will be present with an information booth during the whole meeting of the Astronomische Gesellschaf.

German ALMA Early Science Community Day 2011

The goal of the meeting is to prepare the community for Early Science with ALMA. The event will be held on February 16-17th at the Argelander-Institut für Astronomie of Universität Bonn.