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: http://www.apn7.com
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.aubergediscoverybay.com.
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 ".
The European Astronomical Society (EAS) and the Royal Astronomical Society are pleased to announce the joint EWASS and National Astronomy Meeting (NAM) in 2018. It will be held for the first time in Liverpool, United Kingdom from 3 to 6 April 2018.
This year, the Scientific Organizing Committee has selected a wide range of Symposia and Special Sessions that cover nearly all fields of Astronomy and Astrophysics including Planets, Astrometry, Stars & Spectroscopy, Outreach, Star Formation, Feedback Processes, Star Clusters, Galaxies & Galaxy Clusters, Solar Physics, Strong Gravity & High Energy, Gravitational Waves, Cosmology as well as Software & Big Data and Instrumentation.
The programme of EWASS 2018 is very rich, including 11 Symposia and 31 Special Sessions, in addition to numerous Plenary Talks, Prize Awards, exhibitions, etc.
Please visit the conference website for more information.