GASP 2016

21-25 November 2016, Shine Dome, Canberra, Australia

Galactic Archaeology aims at unveiling the Milky Way’s history by studying the fossil record preserved in stellar light. Large surveys are targeting samples of 105 to 106 stars to measure their chemical compositions. Together with distances, ages and 3D velocities, the chemical information will have a revolutionary impact on understanding galaxy formation. Stellar physics combines the observations with theoretical interpretations of the structure of stars. This knowledge is essential to decipher the observed chemical patterns within the Galaxy’s stellar populations. Major new developments in stellar physics have a direct impact on understanding the observational data. This conference will bring together world-leading experts on Galactic Archaeology and Stellar physics in order to exploit the wealth of information provided by new and on-going surveys of the Galaxy. 

The Conference Booklet is now available here

Important Dates:

  • First Annoucement: 15 March 2016
  • Abstract submission deadline: 15 July 2016
  • Program available: 15 September 2016
  • Registration and payment deadline: 15 October 2016
  • Conference reception: Monday 21 November 2016, The Shine Dome


Wako Aoki (NAOJ), Martin Asplund (ANU), Beatriz Barbuy (Sao Paulo), Joss Bland-Hawthorn (USyd), Anthony Brown (Leiden), Gayandhi De Silva (AAO/USyd), Ortwin Gerhard (MPE), Francesca Matteucci (Trieste), Eileen Friel (Indiana), Kim Venn (Victoria) 


Luca Casagrande (ANU), Gayandhi De Silva (AAO/USyd), Ly Duong (ANU), Ben MacLean (Monash), Colin Navin (MQ), Katie Schlesinger (ANU)



Conference Program:

PDF icon The Final Conference Program is available here. Link to individual talks are given below.



Ken Freeman - Galactic archaeology: What do we want to know?

Tomaz Zwitter - Large spectroscopic and photometric surveys: interplay of stellar parameters, colours, and distances

Saskia Hekker - Combining data from large spectroscopic surveys for Galactic Archaeology studies

Laura Ruiz-Dern - The Gaia Red Clump as standard candle and tracer of Galactic structure: a new empirical calibration

Jo Bovy - The stellar-population and dark-halo structure of the Milky Way

Chao Liu - Searching chemo-dynamical evidence of radial migration in the Galactic disk

Maosheng Xiang - Temporal evolution of stellar metallicity gradients of the Galactic disk from LAMOST main sequence turn-off stars

Ly Duong  - The GALAH survey: Properties of the Galactic thick disk

Cristina Chiappini - Is the thick disk the result of radial migration, merger or something else?

Daisuke Toyouchi - The radial migration and dynamical heating histories of the Milky Way as revealed from APOGEE red-clump stars

Diane Feuillet - Hierarchical Ages of APOGEE Red Clump Stars

Maria Messineo - Red Supergiants in the Inner Galaxy

Timo Prusti - What have we learnt from the first results from Gaia and what will come next?

Sven Buder - Combining the GALAH survey and Gaia DR1 for a chemo- dynamic study of the solar neighbourhood

Marusa Zerjal - A large catalog of young active field stars in the Solar neighbourhood


Else Starkenburg - What was the nature of the first stars?

Gary Da Costa - The SkyMapper Search for Extremely Metal Poor stars

Kim Venn - Spectroscopy of new metal-poor stars found in the CFHT Pristine Survey

Melanie Hampel - The intermediate neutron-capture process and carbon- enhanced metal-poor stars

Dennis Stello - Are asteroseismic ages trustworthy for Galactic archaeology?

Dan Huber - Asteroseismology versus Gaia: Implications for Galactic Archeology

Kevin Schlaufman - Joint Spectroscopic and Asteroseismic Analysis of Very Metal-poor Stars in the Kepler Field

Nadège Lagarde - Red-giant stars: Chemical clocks of stellar populations in the Milky Way

Amanda Karakas - What stars produce what elements when?

Verne Smith - s-Process Chemical Evolution in APOGEE Populations

Gabriele Cescutti - What process(es) produced neutron capture elements in the Early Universe?

Tadafumi Matsuno - Lithium abundances in CEMP-no stars: Insight into the lithium depletion mechanism in the early Universe

Celebrating Ken Freeman by Joss Bland-Hawthorn


Karin Lind - Can we really trust “observed” stellar abundances?

Melissa Ness - Where are we heading with Data-driven spectroscopy?

Richardo Carrera - The Open Cluster Chemical Abundances from Spanish Observatories Survey (OCCASO): midterm status

Mike Ireland - Bayesian Cluster and Moving Group identification with Orbital Traceback

Sergi Blanco-Cuaresma - The challenge of clustering stars using their chemical signatures

Janez Kos - Chemical tagging with manifold learning approach demonstrated on GALAH data

Yuan-Sen Ting - Unravelling the history of the Milky Way disk through chemical tagging

David Nataf - Did the Galactic bulge form from collapse, disk instabilities, accretion of stellar clumps, or all of the above?

Thomas Benbsy - A microlensed view of the Galactic bulge

Ortwin Gerhard - A Coherent Dynamical Model for the Inner Galaxy: Bulge, Long Bar, Disk, and Halo

Gail Zasowski - Chemodynamics of the Inner Milky Way

Andy Casey - The planet – host star connection

Dave Soderblom - JWST


James Binney - Future developments in Galaxy modelling

Lia Athanassoula - N-body models of our Galaxy

Chris Wegg - The Inner Milky Way has a Low Dark Matter Fraction and a near Kroupa IMF: Constraints from Galactic Microlensing and Dynamical Modelling

Carli Grillmair - Stellar Debris Streams in the Galactic Halo

Raymond Carlberg - Dark Matter Sub-halos and Streams

Sarah Martell - Halo assembly and globular cluster formation

Colin Navin - Triple termination: extratidal stars and mass loss rates from the globular clusters NGC 1851, M3 and M13

Elaina Hyde - Selecting the Sagittarius Dwarf Galaxy: Kinematics and Metallicities in the core

Joss Bland-Hawthorn - Reconstructing ancient star clusters in dwarf galaxies

Charli Sakari - Galactic Archaeology Beyond the Milky Way: Detailed Abundances of M31 Globular Clusters from High- Resolution Integrated Light Spectroscopy

Chiaki Kobayashi - Going into the details - galactic chemical evolution with new supernova models and neutron capture elements

Benoit Cote - Galactic Chemical Evolution Pipeline Linking Nuclear Astrophysics to Cosmological Structure Formation 

Nicholas Walton - WEAVE and the WEAVE Galactic Archaeology Survey

David Hogg - Conference summary and future outlook

The conference is held at the Australian Academy of Science's Shine Dome, in Canberra, Australia. The Shine Dome (address: 15 Gordon St, Acton ACT 2601) is located about 9km from the Canberra Airport, about 15min drive away. The map below shows the location of The Shine Dome. 


Travel to Canberra:

A limited number of International flights fly directly into Canberra Airport. Canberra is between 1 and 2 hours flying from the Eastern Australian capitals like Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Most domestic airlines (Qantas, Virgin, JetStar) fly regularly between Canberra and the major Australian cities.

Canberra is also easily reached by Bus from Sydney. Buses run from Sydney Central and the Sydney International airport to downtown Canberra Jolimont Centre. Its about 3hr journey, and buses run every hour from about 5am till 7pm. 


Canberra Airport

Murrays Bus

Greyhound Bus



There are many accommodation options to suite a range of budgets. Discount rates are available for conference participants at the hotels given below. All hotels are located in downtown Canberra, at a short stroll from the conference venue, the Shine Dome.

1) University House (1 Balmain Cres, Acton ACT 2601)

Rate offered:
-bed and breakfast rate in a Twin Room, single occupancy at $152 per night
-bed and breakfast rate in a Queen Suite, single occupancy at $167 per night.

Rooms have been reserved for Direct booking with University House:
Please mention GASP2016 (Galactic Archaeology and Stellar Astrophysics) when booking.
The rooms will be held in the block until 4 -5 weeks prior to the start date.

2) Mantra Group hotels in Canberra: the discount code applies to 

Mantra on Northbourne (84 Northbourne Ave, Canberra ACT 2612) and Peppers Gallery ( 15 Edinburgh Avenue, Canberra) hotel only.

To book and receive 10% off your accommodation, visit:  , select one of the two aforementioned hotels and follow the below simple steps:
1. Select your dates and number of people – hit SEARCH
2. Input Promo Code 1696NOV16 (case sensitive) – hit SEARCH
3. Select your room type and hit BOOK to proceed to payment screen

The discount will apply for any room type travelling between 21st to 25th November 2016, when booked before 21st October 2016. All rooms are subject to availability at time of booking, there will be no release backs or inventory updates leading up to check in.

3) Novotel Canberra (65 Northbourne Ave, Canberra ACT 2601)

Different rates available. At the time of booking call reservations directly on 02 6245 5000 and quote block code
AST211116. Rate is valid 30 days prior to arrival. After that, public rates applies.

The registration desk is open from 12 noon on Monday 21 November in the main foyer at the Shine dome. If you have booked to go on a tour please ensure you arrive in time to register beforehand. The tour buses will be departing from Shine Dome at 12:30pm for Tidbinbilla and 1:00pm for the Wineries.

List of Participants 

Anish Amarsi Australian National University
Martin Asplund Australian National University
Lia Athanassoula Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille
Beatriz Barbuy Universidade de Sao Paulo
Thomas Bensby Lund Observatory
Thomas Bensby Lund Observatory
James Binney University of Oxford
Sergi Blanco-Cuaresma University of Geneva
Joss Bland-Hawthorn University of Sydney
Jo Bovy University of Toronto 
Anthony Brown Leiden University
Sven Buder MPIA
Raymond Carlberg University of Toronto
Ricardo Carrera IAC
Luca Casagrande Australian National University
Andy Casey University of Cambridge 
Gabriele Cescutti Trieste Observatory / University of Hertfordshire
Khalil Cheikh-Hussein UNSW
Bingqiu Chen Peking University
Cristina Chiappini AIP
Blair Conn Australian National University
Benoit Cote University of Victoria / Michigan State University
Peter Cottrell University of Canterbury
Timothy Crundall Australian National University
Katia Cunha Observatorio Nacional - MCTI
Gary Da Costa Australian National University
Gayandhi De Silva Australian Astronomical Observatory / University of Sydney
Ly Duong Australian National University
James Esdaile UNSW
Diane Feuillet MPIA
Ken Freeman Australian National University
Ortwin Gerhard MPE
Carl Grillmair California Institute of Technology
Melanie Hampel University of Heidelberg
Doori Han Chungnam National University
Saskia Hekker MPS
Kate Henkel Monash University
David Hogg New York University
Yang Huang Peking University
Daniel Huber University of Sydney
Elaina Hyde Western Sydney University
Mike Ireland Australian National University
Amanda Karakas Monash University
Chiaki Kobayashi University of Hertfordshire
Yutaka Komiya University of Tokyo
Janez Kos University of Sydney
Janez Kos University of Sydney
Nadège Lagarde Observatoire de Besançon
John Lattanzio Monash University
Young Sun Lee Chungnam National University
Jane Lin Australian National University
Karin Lind MPIA
Chao Liu National Astronomical Observatories
Dougal Mackey Australian National University
Ben MacLean Monash University
Steven Margheim Gemini Observatory
Sarah Martell UNSW
Tadafumi Matsuno Sokendai / NAOJ
Maria Messineo University of Science and Technology of China
Paolo Molaro INAF - Trieste
David Nataf Johns Hopkins University
Colin Navin Macquarie University
Melissa Ness MPIA
Timo Prusti ESA
Laura Ruiz Dern Observatoire de Paris
Charli Sakari University of Washington
Kevin Schlaufman Carnegie Observatories
Nicholas Scott University of Sydney
Matthew Shetrone University of Texas/McDonald Observatory
Weibin Shi Shandong University of China
Jeffrey Simpson Australian Astronomical Observatory
Anna Sippel MPIA
Rodolfo Smiljanic Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center
Verne Smith NOAO
David Soderblom Space Telescope Science Institute
Richard Stancliffe University of Bonn
Else Starkenburg AIP
Dennis Stello University of Sydney
Takuma Suda University of Tokyo
Yuan-Sen Ting Harvard University
Daisuke Toyouchi Tohoku university
Gregor Traven University of Ljubljana
Kim Venn University of Victoria
Nicholas Walton University of Cambridge
Chun Wang Peking University
John Weatherall UNSW
Chris Wegg MPE
Maosheng Xiang NAOC
David Yong Australian National University
Haibo Yuan Beijing Normal University
Gail Zasowski Johns Hopkins University
Marusa Zerjal University of Ljubljana
Huawei Zhang Peking University
Daniel Zucker Macquarie University / Australian Astronomical Observatory
Tomaz Zwitter University of Ljubljana

All travellers to Australia must have a valid visa before boarding their plane.

Participants require either a eVisitor (subclass 651)(link is external) or a Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601)(link is external) visa. You can use the Visit Australia(link is external) website of the Australia Goverment to help you decide the visa you need for entering Australia.

The eVisitor (subclass 651)(link is external) visa is free and it is available for short (up to 3 months) visits or for business visitor purposes. Participants must apply for it at least 2 weeks before traveling to Australia and must have a passport of certain countries (including Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K.). Please check the details of your case in the eVisitor (subclass 651)(link is external) visa webpage.

The a Electronic Travel Authority (ETA, subclass 601)(link is external) visa costs 20 AUD and it is available for short (up to 3 months) visits or for business visitor purposes. Participants must apply for it at least 2 weeks before traveling to Australia and must have a passport of certain countries (including Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S.A.). Please check the details of your case in a the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA, subclass 601)(link is external) visa webpage.

Conference participants who are not eligible to apply for an eVisitor or ETA visa need to request a "Letter of Invitation" to supplement their application. Please email if you need a letter or any further information.