Most Massive Galaxies Overview

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Hubble Space Telescope image of Abell 1689.  Image Credit: NASA

The aim of this meeting is to bring together observers and theorists who work in the field of the most massive galaxies (>1011 solar masses today) to actively discuss current research and devise future directions.  The meeting will be limited to 80 participants to encourage active discussion. 

This meeting is sponsored by an AAO Return To Work Grant

NEWS: The twitter feed (#MassGal15) from the meeting has been "storifyed": Talks are now available online under the Program and Talks tab and the conference photos are below:

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The final version of the program is now available - MassiveGalaxiesSchedulev2.pdf. The conference handbook with the talk abstracts is also available - MassiveGalaxiesHandbook.pdf

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us on We look forward to seeing you in Sydney!

Key science topics to be discussed are

1. Growth of massive galaxies with time 
2. The dark matter halos of massive galaxies and the M*-Mhalo relation 
3. Angular momentum of massive galaxies 
4. Properties of Intracluster light 
5. Activity (star formation and AGN) of massive galaxies 
6. Future directions 

Invited Speakers include:

  • Eric Bell (Michigan) 
  • Michele Cappellari (Oxford)
  • Emanuele Contini (Purple Mountain Observatory, CAS)
  • Louise Edwards (Yale)
  • Aaron Dutton (MPIA)
  • Mariska Kriek (Berkeley) 
  • Gabriella de Lucia (Trieste)
  • Chris Lidman (AAO)
  • Danilo Marchesini (Tufts)
  • Thorsten Naab (MPA)
  • Amelie Saintonge (UCL)
  • Chiara Tonini (Melbourne)
  • Kim-Vy Tran (Texas A&M)
  • Risa Wechsler (Stanford)
  • Norbert Werner (Stanford)