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Overcoming Great Barriers in Galactic Archaeology 2
Alamanda at Palm Cove, Queensland, 27-30 May 2014
This is a field that has recently undergone a revolution in the amount of data available to astronomers. The completed RAVE survey of stellar radial velocities carried out at the Australian Astronomical Observatory has collected data on more than a quarter of a million stars, while the SEGUE survey at the Sloan Telescope is similarly advanced. Within 5-10 years, however, even these data sets will be eclipsed by the billion-star measurements of the GAIA spacecraft.
This meeting will address the major questions facing galactic archaeologists today. What was the sequence and process of formation of the Galaxy? What can we learn from substructures identified in the disc and halo of our Galaxy? How do galactic bulges form? Can we find examples of the first stars in our Galaxy, and how do they relate to the formation of the metal-poor galactic halo? How is the chemistry of stars related to their ages? And, most fundamentally, what can our Galaxy tell us about the validity of our cosmological standard model (and thus the nature of dark matter and dark energy) on small scales?
In order to arrive at a consensus on these issues, potentially creating a milestone in the field, we plan to bring together by invitation approximately 40 of the leading researchers in galactic archaeology in a workshop forum at a major Australian resort.
The timeliness of the meeting is reflected in the large-scale surveys recently completed (especially the RAVE survey on the UK Schmidt telescope, AAO), together with others that are just beginning (SkyMapper, LAMOST, GAIA-ESO Survey, APOGEE and the HERMES instrument to carry out the GALAH survey on the Anglo-Australian Telescope). Space missions such as Europe's GAIA and Japan's JASMINE will yield massive new datasets within the next decade. We stand at a significant moment in the development of galactic astronomy that rivals the leap in precision cosmology resulting from large-scale redshift surveys and the exploration of the cosmic microwave background radiation.
This workshop will provide a unique forum in which our current knowledge can be assessed, and future strategies defined. The workshop format will be relaxed, with a generous afternoon break, to allow delegates and their families to enjoy the tranquillity of Palm Cove. There will also be a specially arranged reef trip on the Saturday after the workshop (31 May).
Numbers attending the workshop will necessarily be limited, and attendance will be by invitation. Note that all costs are quoted in Australian dollars.
Registration closed for this workshop on 20 March 2014.
Scientific Organising Committee
- Elizabeth Wylie-de Boer (ANU - Chair)
- Gayandhi de Silva (AAO)
- Sofia Feltzing (Lund Obs)
- Zeljko Ivezic (U. Washington)
- Sarah Martell (AAO)
- Ivan Minchev (AIP)
- Kim Venn (U. Victoria)
- Dan Zucker (Macquarie U.)
Local Organising Committee
- Fred Watson (AAO - Chair)
- Helen Woods (AAO)
- Simon O'Toole (AAO)
Please direct all enquiries to the Local Organising Committee (email@example.com).
A PDF version of the final program can be downloaded via this link. Presentations will be available here throughout the meeting.
|Tuesday 27 May 2014 - Survey Science and Theoretical Predictions|
|9:45||Welcome and Introduction||Fred Watson, Elizabeth Wylie de Boer|
|PREDICTIONS FOR GA|
|10:00||The First Galaxies: Stellar Populations and their Role in Reionization [PDF]||
John Wise – KEYNOTE
|10:45||On the origin of the variations of elemental abundance ratios [PDF]||Chiaki Kobayashi|
|11:45||Kinematic modelling of the Milky Way using the RAVE and GCS stellar surveys [PPT]||Sanjib Sharma|
|12:15||Predictions for Galactic Archeology from Numerical Modeling [PDF]||Ivan Minchev|
|THE PAST, THE PRESENT AND THE FUTURE|
|14:00||The structure of the Milky Way as seen by RAVE [KEY]||Matthias Steinmetz|
|15:00||The Gaia-ESO Survey: What have we learnt so far [PDF]||Clare Worley|
|15:30||Elizabeth Wylie de Boer|
|16:00||COFFEE & DISCUSSION||Chiaki Kobayashi & Elizabeth Wylie de Boer|
|Wednesday 28 May 2014 - Chemical tagging – precision and sites|
|THE USEFULNESS OF GLOBULAR CLUSTERS|
|09:00||Observational evidence of multiple stellar populations in globular clusters||Anna Marino – KEYNOTE|
|09:45||Galactic Archaeology and Galactic GLobular clustErs (GAGGLE)||David Yong|
|10:15||The s-Process Enrichment of M4 and M22 [PDF]||Luke Shingles|
|11:30||Nucleosynthesis in helium-enriched AGB models [PDF]||Amanda Karakas|
|12:00||The second parameter problem of the HB of Globular Clusters [PDF]||Antonino Milone|
|PRECISION IN CHEMICAL TAGGING|
|13:30||3D and NLTE analysis for large stellar surveys [PPTX]||Karin Lind - KEYNOTE|
|14:15||COFFEE & DISCUSSION||Karin Lind & David Yong|
|Thursday 29 May 2014 - The Originals|
|The original stars|
|10:15||Galactic archaeology to its limits - Understanding the most pristine stars [PDF]||Else Starkenburg – KEYNOTE|
|11:00||Searching for the oldest stars [PDF]||Stefan Keller|
|11:30||The AEGIS Follow-up of SkyMapper Targets [PPTX]||Timothy Beers|
|12:00||CEMP Stars [PDF]||Catherine Kennedy|
|14:00||Discovery of the oldest stars in the Galactic bulge [PDF]||Louise Howes|
|14:30||The Bulge seen through micro-lensed dwarf stars [PDF]||Sofia Feltzing|
|15:00||The Battle of the Bulge: What is the formation history of the Milky Way? [PPTX]||Quentin Parker|
|15:30||COFFEE & DISCUSSION||Sarah Martell & Sofia Feltzing|
|Friday 4 April 2014 - Us and The Others|
|Milky Way Structure|
|9:00||Are the globular clusters with significant internal [Fe/H] spreads all former dwarf galaxy nuclei? [PDF]||Gary Da Costa|
|9:30||Globular clusters as tracers of halo formation [PDF]||Sarah Martell|
|10:00||Exploring the orbits of the stars from a blind chemical tagging experiment [PPTX]||Borja Anguiano|
|10:30||Studies of circumstellar and interstellar matter with spectroscopic surveys||Tomaz Zwitter|
|11:30||Other Galactic Archaeology with HERMES: Leading-edge Astronomy (OGALAHLA) [PDF]||Daniel Zucker|
|12:00||Mapping the Spectra of the Southern Sky with FunnelWeb [PDF]||Chris Tinney|
|12:30||From the Milky Way to Andromeda: A PAndAS View of Galactic Halos [PPTX]||Brendan McMonigal|
|14:00||Galactic Archaeology in Andromeda [PDF]||Karoline Gilbert|
|14:30||A plethora of substructure: the view from the Pan-Andromeda Archaeological Survey [PDF]||Nick Bate|
|15:00||3D PAndAS and a Disc of Dancing Dwarfs||Anthony Conn|
|15:30||COFFEE & DISCUSSION||Joss Bland-Hawthorn & Daniel Zucker|
List of registered participants
|2||Tomaz Zwitter||University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics|
|3||Gary Da Costa||RSAA, ANU|
|6||Elizabeth Wylie de Boer||RSAA|
|7||Clare Worley||Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge|
|10||Karin Lind||Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University|
|11||Sofia Feltzing||Lund Observatory|
|12||Borja Anguiano||Macquarie University|
|13||Nick Bate||SIfA, School of Physics, University of Sydney|
|14||Brendan McMonigal||SIfA, School of Physics, University of Sydney|
|15||Else Starkenburg||University of Victoria, Canada|
|17||Catherine Kennedy||Australian National University|
|19||Anthony Conn||University of Sydney|
|20||Amanda Karakas||RSAA, ANU|
|22||John Wise||Georgia Tech|
|24||Karoline Gilbert||Space Telescope Science Institute|
|27||Jo Bovy||Institute for Advanced Study|
|30||Sanjib Sharma||University of Sydney|
|32||Anna Marino||RSAA, ANU|
|34||Daniel Zucker||Macquarie University|
|36||Chiaki Kobayashi||Univ of Hertfordshire|
|37||Helen Woods||Australian Astronomical Observatory|
|39||Luke Shingles||Australian National University|
|41||Antonino Paolo Milone||Australian National University|
|43||Jeffrey Simpson||Macquarie University|
|44||Colin Navin||Macquarie University|
|45||Elaina Hyde||Macquarie University|
|46||Carlos Bacigalupo||Macquarie University|
Blissful Sun, Surf And Spa
Nestled in the gorgeous Palm Cove village just 20 minutes north of Cairns, Australia, Angsana Great Barrier Reef is paradise redefined for nature lovers.
Located at the doorstep of the world's longest coral reef and oldest rainforest, the resort is the only one in Palm Cove to enjoy absolute beach frontage to the spectacular Coral Sea that leads to the Great Barrier Reef.
There are few times in the world when natural and man-made ingredients are mixed together with a gentle hand to create a special location that is the mirror of paradise. Palm Cove, in Tropical North Queensland Australia, is one of these locations - a glorious beachside community bursting with fun activities and luxury accommodation for holiday makers, yet still retaining a relaxed seaside atmosphere with sensitive levels of development.
The best thing is that the Angsana is only metres away from a lazy village where you can buy goods and meals at prices far more reasonable than that at many island resorts.
To get to Palm Cove, regular flights are available to Cairns from all Australian Capital cities with Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Blue. Once arriving at Cairns, designated coach transfers will be organised for you to Palm Cove at a discounted price of $19.80 per person one way. Alternatively, you can organise your own transfers by private car. You will need to provide us with correct and up to date information about your flights for us to transfer you. The cost of $19.80 per person each way will be invoiced separately to you on receipt of your booking form.
Accommodation And Suites
Two Bedroom Pool View Suite
Exquisitely designed, the roomy Two Bedroom Suite comes complete with full kitchen amenities to offer the familiar feeling of home after all the excitement of the day. Setting a decadent ambience is an inspiring pool, beachfront views and spacious patios.
We have organised two bedroom suites at the Angsana which are large and will allow two delegates to share comfortably. Two separate bedrooms with bathrooms allow for perfect privacy.
One Bedroom Pool View Suite
Should you prefer to have freedom to relax in your own private room, we are happy to cater for your request. A limited number of one bedroom apartments will be made available on a first come first serve basis.
If you would like to upgrade your room to a beach front and enjoy the delights of having the water lap at your door, please make us aware of your request when booking and we will endeavour to accommodate your request as per the costs below.
The following rates have been negotiated by the AAO for delegates to the Workshop:
POOL VIEW SUITE
One Bedroom Suite
- Single/Double - $245 per room/night
Two Bedroom Suite
- Twin Share - $160 per PERSON/night
One Bedroom Suite
- Single/Double - $305 per room/night
Two Bedroom Suite
- Twin Share - $190 per PERSON/night
Meals And Restaurants
A full buffet Breakfast has been included for you to enjoy each morning of your stay. Alternatively you may choose to take advantage of kitchen facilities in your suite. Lunch for delegates has been included on conference days.
There will be a conference dinner on the evening of Wednesday 28 May. Cost including drinks will be $110 per person.
Off Port Douglas - Saturday 31 May, 2014
We are organising a cruise on the Great Barrier Reef at the end of the workshop. Subject to numbers, we expect to leave from Palm Cove by coach to Port Douglas, where we will board our vessel. We will experience a cruise which will include the opportunity to snorkel and dive. Cost including lunch, morning and afternoon tea, transfer and reef tax will be $231 per person.
Just off the boat view the "bommies" (coral outcrops) which come to just 1 metre under the surface - great for snorkeling. View a beautiful coral garden - lots of different colours, staghorn, boulder coral and soft corals. Many species of reef fish, sea-cucumbers and giant clams. Turtles and black-tipped reef sharks (totally harmless and very timid) are a common sight. Humpback Whales also love to spend time around here from May to September and they are a spectacular sight when they breach (jump out of the water) they are very gentle inquisitive creatures.