Programme Overview

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We will have available in the meeting room a Windows laptop and a Mac laptop with standard presentation software.

In order to ensure a seamless start of the conference and to avoid interruptions, we require everyone to submit their presentation files no later than the day before the start of your session. Of course, early submissions are welcome, and we invite all speakers to submit their presentation files already before the start of the conference.

  • Presentations can be submitted as PDF (preferred), Microsoft Powerpoint, and Keynote.
  • We prefer talk submissions by e-mail to, but transfer by USB key will be possible as well.
  • You will have a laser pointer, slide clicker, and a microphone.
  • The projected image in ESO's Eridanus auditorium has a native aspect ratio of 16:10, but 4:3 also shows correctly.
  • Using your own laptop is strongly discouraged.

Monday, 16.09.2019
13:00 Registration    
      Session Chair: S. Smartt
  SESSION 1   Wide-field surveys and discovery - current
13:45 Introduction and welcome   S. Smartt
14:00 Paul Groot Invited Transients with the new BlackGEM synoptic telescope array at La Silla
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478042
14:30 Janet Chen   ePESSTO+: survey and scientific output
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478022
14:50 Mathew Smith   VEILS: An unbiased view of transients across the electromagnetic spectrum
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478100
15:10 Tamás Szalai   The Supernova Legacy of Spitzer Space Telescope
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478110

Group photo & Coffee break

      Session Chair: K. Maguire
  SESSION 2   Data Driven discoveries - lessons learned and future prospects
16:00 Avishay Gal-Yam Invited High-cadence transient observations from ZTF
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478036
16:30 Rachel Bruch   Flash Spectroscopy in ZTF's first year
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478012
16:50 Simon Prentice   The extraordinary case of the rapidly evolving Ca-rich SN 2019bkc
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478074
17:10 Discussion   Discussion convenor: J. Spyromilio
17:30 End of the day    
18:00 Welcome reception    
Tuesday, 17.09.2019
      Session Chair: J. Sollerman

Wide-field surveys and discovery - current 

09:00 Raffaella Margutti Invited The potential for data driven discoveries from across the electromagnetic spectrum
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478062
09:30 Giorgos Leloudas   The spectral lines of AT 2018dyb and implications for tidal disruption events
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478054
09:50 Thomas Wevers   Rapid disk formation and reprocessing in a X-ray bright tidal disruption event
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478116
10:10 Phil Short   El Diablo - A TDE with a double-horned disk profile
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478092
10:30 Coffee break    
      Session Chair: M. Dennefeld
  SESSION 4   Powering mechanisms - interaction and luminous supernovae
11:00 Morgan Fraser Invited The physics of interacting transients and their origins
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478034
11:30 Ryoma Ouchi   Constraining pre-SN activities through the properties of supernovae and their progenitors.
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478072
11:50 Azalee Bostroem   What can supernova tell us about massive stars
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478004
12:10 Seán Brennan   Things that go bump in the night - Fast ejecta interaction with pre-existing CSM seen in SN2016jbu
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478008
12:30 Lunch break    
      Session Chair: S. Mattila
  SESSION 5   Powering mechanisms - interaction and luminous supernovae
14:00 Robert Quimby Invited Superluminous Supernovae
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478148
14:30 Charlotte Angus   The Diversity of Superluminous Supernovae from the Dark Energy Survey
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3477994
14:50 Steve Schulze   The Host Galaxies Properties of the PTF Core-Collapse Supernova Sample
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478086
15:10 Anders Jerkstrand Invited Nebular spectra of superluminous supernovae
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478052
15:40 Coffee break   Extended break for posters
      Session Chair: S. Kozyreva
  SESSION 6    
16:40 Emma Callis   Evidence of Shock Interaction in Early Spectra of a Type II-P Supernova, SN2018zd
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478014
17:00 Miika Pursainen   Peculiar transients identified by the Dark Energy Survey
17:20 End of the day    
Wednesday, 18.09.2019
      Session Chair: W. Hillebrandt
  SESSION 7   WDs, thermonuclear and explosion mechanisms
09:00 Keiichi Maeda Invited Constraining the explosions and progenitors of type la supernovae
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478058
09:30 Luke Shingles   Late-phase radiative transfer of Type la supernovae
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478090
09:50 Andreas Flörs   Constraints On the Explosion Mechanisms of SNe la from Optical and NIR Nebular Phase Spectroscopy
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478030
10:10 Yi Yang   Spectropolarimetry of Infant Supernovae
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478120
10:30 Coffee break    
  SESSION 8   WDs, thermonuclear and explosion mechanisms
      Session Chair: N. Patat
11:00 Ken Shen Invited The progenitors of Type la supernovae
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478088
11:30 Max Stritzinger   Observational properties of infant Type Ia supernovae
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478106
12:00 Georgios Dimitriadis   Insights on the progenitor system of SNe la fro the Kepler-K2 SN la sample
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478026
12:20 Mark Magee   Modelling the early time behaviour of type la supernovae: Effects of the 56Ni distribution
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478060
12:40 Lunch break    
      Session Chair: N. Blagorodnova
  SESSION 9   GWs, mergers, kilonovae and fast transients
14:00 Iair Arcavi Invited New discoveries of extreme transients
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3477998
14:30 Wen-fai Fong Invited The Afterglows of Neutron Star Mergers, Near and Far
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478032
15:00 Darach Watson   Identification of Sr in the spectrum of the kilonova AT2017gfo
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478114
15:20 Andrea Rossi   A comparison between short GRB afterglows and kilonova AT2017gfo
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478082
15:40 Coffee break    
      Session Chair: E. Kool
  SESSION 10   Mergers and associated transients
16:00 Emmanouil (Manos) Zapartas Invited Impact of binary interactions and mergers on core-collapse supernova progenitors
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478122
16:30 Nadia Blagorodnova      Stellar mergers in the era of large surveys
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478002
16:50 Tomoyasu Hayakawa   Expected X-ray emission from a failed supernova and fallback heating effect
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478046
17:10 Poster prize session    
18:00 Beer and Pretzen Reception    
Thursday, 19.09.2019
      Session Chair: M. T. Botticella
  SESSION 11   Core-collapse supernovae
09:00 Thomas Ertl Invited Status of Core-Collapse Supernova Theory and its Connection to Observation
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478028
09:30 Claudia Gutierrez   Type II supernova diversity in low-luminosity host galaxies
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478044
09:50 Adam Rubin   Is there a problem with Type II-P explosion radii?
10:10 Cristina Barbarino   Stripped Envelope Supernovae from (i)PTF
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478000
10:30 Coffee break    
      Session Chair: S. Taubenberger
  SESSION 12   Core-collapse supernovae
11:00 Takashi Nagao   The aspherical explosions of core-collapse supernovae
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478068
11:20 Melissa Graham Invited Acessing LSST Data Products
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478038
11:50 Christian Vogl   A machine learning approach to type II supernova spectroscopic analysis
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478112
12:10 Daniel Muthukrishna   RAPID: Early Classification of Explosive Transients using Deep Learning
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478066
12:30 Lunch break    
      Session Chair: P. Brown
  SESSION 13   Wide-field surveys and discovery - future
14:00 Don Neill   Robotic Spectroscopic Followup in the Transient Survey Era
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478070
14:20 Regis Cartier   The UltraVISTA Supernova Survey
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478018
14:40 Mickael Rigault   The SEDMachine: automatic observations and classifications of ZTF Transients
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478078
15:00 Lorenzo Amati   The Transient High-Energy Sky and Early Universe Surveyor (THESEUS)
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3477992
15:20 Coffee break    
      Session Chair: S. Smartt
  SESSION 14   Wide-field surveys and discovery - future
16:00 Sergio Campana Invited SOXS and the future landscape of instrumentation at ESO for transients, mergers and afterglows
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478016
16:30 Elizabeth Swann   The Time Domain Extragalactic Survey (TiDES)
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3478108
16:50 Discussion session    
17:20 End of the day