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The Role of Gas in Galaxy Dynamics
2017-10-02 to 2017-10-06
Valletta, Malta

This conference will bring together world leading experts in galaxy dynamics and cosmology in order to promote collaborative efforts across theoretical, computational, and observational disciplines to try to answer to fundamental questions about the role of gas in galaxy dynamics and evolution.

Major topics include: Scaling Relations - Gas as a dynamical tracer at low z - The role of gas in disk galaxies - Gas in the Milky Way - The circulation of gas in galaxies - Gas in satellite galaxies - The role of gas in galaxy mergers - Quenching of galaxies

Invited Speakers: Frank Bigiel (University of Heidelberg), Joss Bland-Hawthorn (University of Sydney), Marcella Carollo (ETH Zürich), Francoise Combes (Paris Observatory), Andrew Fox (STScI), Filippo Fraternali (University of Bologna), Ken C. Freeman (Australian National University), Phil Hopkins (Caltech), Leslie Hunt (INAF/Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri), Simon Lilly (ETH Zürich), Mary Putman (Columbia University), Florent Renaud (University of Surrey), Eva Schinnerer (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy) link

Alsatian Workshop on X-ray Polarimetry
2017-11-13 to 2017-11-15
University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
50 years after the pioneering experiments, X-ray spectroscopy and timing techniques can be considered as well established. Nonetheless, one prominent feature of X-ray light has not been explored as scrupulously as others: its polarization. Between 1980 and 2000, the instruments were not sensitive enough to go beyond the first X-ray polarimetric results acquired in the 70s but the development of new detection techniques in the early 2000s revived the field. The first X-ray spatial mission to fly a new generation polarimeter will be launched by NASA in 2020; it is now necessary to prepare the ground and begin to refine the theories and simulations needed to exploit the observational results to come. It is an explicit purpose of this workshop to gather in particular young researchers for two and a half days, to discuss the progress made in X-ray polarimetry, to identify what is still missing and to decide what must be undertaken by 2020. We specifically encourage PhD students and post-docs as well as expert speakers to join the workshop. We aim to facilitate new collaborations that will be ready to exploit the first X-ray polarimetry data to arrive. link

Asymmetric Planetary Nebulae VII
2017-12-04 to 2017-12-08
Hong Kong SAR, China

The 7th international conference in the highly regarded series on “Asymmetric Planetary Nebulae” will take place in Hong Kong SAR, China from Monday December 4th to Friday December 8th, 2017. For details please visit the conference website:

The major themes of this meeting are:

Confirmed Invited speakers:

Bruce Balick (USA); Adam Frank (USA); David Frew (Hong Kong); Martin Guerrero (Spain); Susanne Hoefner (Sweden); Natasha Ivanova (Canada); Robert Izzard (UK); Amit Kashi (Israel); Eric Lagadec (France); Max Moe (USA); Sofia Ramstedt (Sweden); Valerio Ribeiro (Botswana); Carmen Sanchez Contreras (Spain); Wolfgang Steffen (Mexico); Hans Van Winckel (Belgium); Eva Villaver (Spain); Wouter Vlemmings (Sweden); Roger Wesson (UK)

Plenty of time for discussions throughout the scientific program will be made available. There will also be a Conference Proceedings (see web site) so all our great talks and reviews can be assembled in a special issue for handy reference.

We look forward to welcoming you to Hong Kong and to an exciting and vibrant meeting.

For details of the Conference venue see

http://www.apn7.comexternal link

Gravity and Cosmology 2018
2018-01-29 to 2018-03-09
Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University

Overview of this workshop

Cosmology has rapidly developed based on precision observational data. At present, the parameters in the standard cosmological model are being determined with good precision. However, physics behind the values of the parameters is still hidden in a veil of mystery. For example, we do not know what dark energy and dark matter are. While the scenario of cosmic inflation is widely accepted, the detail mechanism responsible for inflation is not known. We need to continue tackling the mysteries of the universe by using every possible means such as general relativity, statistical physics, particle physics and superstring theory.

Advanced LIGO has made the first observation of gravitational waves in 2015. In Japan, KAGURA is going to start its physics run around 2018. These gravitational wave telescopes will receive 10 - 1000 events per year from compact star mergers if these facilities achieve the expected performance. At the dawn of this gravitational wave astronomy and gravitational wave physics, innovative progress in foundation of physics is anticipated with new information to be available, which includes the birth of black hole and the test of the general relativity under the strong gravitational field. Furthermore, the observations of the gravitational waves from the astrophysical objects will eventually lead to the direct observation of the primordial gravitational waves from the inflation era. The gravitational waves will play the key roles for further development of cosmology.

Under the circumstances mentioned above, we believe that it is timely to have comprehensive but intensive discussion on the rapidly expanding frontiers of physics of gravity and cosmology, and hold "Gravity and Cosmology 2018", as a successor of the three long-term workshops held under the same title in the past (2007, 2010 and 2012).

During the workshop, participants stay at YITP with desks and other facilities. They can take ample time for discussions with other participants in a relaxed atmosphere of Kyoto.

In the 4th week, we hold a symposium, Yukawa International Seminar 2018 (YKIS 2018a) titled "General Relativity - The Next Generation ". link