All talks will be given over Zoom at the Central European Summer Time (UTC+2h) indicated in the programme below.

Recordings of the talks will be made available for all registered participants within 24 hours of each time slot.

Live and asynchronous discussions will be possible through Slack.

Virtual coffee breaks and poster sessions will be organized through the platform.

All necessary login information will be sent to all registered participants via e-mail in the week before the workshop.


Programme Overview

  • Day 1 - Monday Oct. 12
  • Day 2 - Tuesday Oct. 13
  • Day 3 - Wednesday Oct. 14
  • Day 4 - Thursday Oct. 15
  • Day 5 - Friday Oct. 16
Day 1 - Monday Oct. 12
09:00 Welcome & Introduction
  Monday Morning Session 1
      Topic Chair: Leonard Burtscher
09:15 Koraljka Muzic Invited Talk General
Science highlights from ground-based thermal-IR astronomy DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249943
09:45 Bernhard Brandl Invited Talk Instruments
Specific Challenges and Design Consequences for mid-IR Instruments on ELTs DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249873
10:15 Gwendolyn Meeus Invited Talk Protoplanetary Disks Observations of dust and gas in protoplanetary discs DOI:10.5281/zenodo.4249933
10:45 Coffee Break
  Monday Morning Session 2
      Topic Chair: Roy van Boekel
11:10 Olivier Absil Invited Talk Instruments Background subtraction in high-contrast imaging DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249861
11:40 Lei Chen Contributed Talk Exoplanets A new method to search for weak companions around young stars with mid-infrared interferometry DOI:10.5281/zenodo.4249881
11:50 Thayne Currie Contributed Talk Exoplanets A New Type of Exoplanet Direct Imaging Search: SCExAO and Keck/Lp Survey of Accelerating Stars DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249885
12:00 Florian Kirchschlager Contributed Talk Exoplanets First L band detection of hot exozodiacal dust with VLTI/MATISSE DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249919
12:10 Dominique Petit dit de la Roche  Contributed Talk Exoplanets Planets in a different light: the potential of direct imaging in the mid-infrared DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249947
        Poster Presentations (2 min Plenary Talks)
12:20 Róbert Szakáts Poster Solar System SBNAF Infrared Database DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249965
12:22 Wolfgang Brandner Poster Exoplanets MIR detection and characterization of giant planets around white dwarfs
12:24 Kevin Wagner Poster Exoplanets Deep Imaging of Nearby Habitable Zones with VISIR-NEAR and an Upgraded LBT
12:26 Hamid Hassani Poster ISM Mixing of the thermal dust and gas in the ISM of Magellanic Clouds
12:28 Padma Yanamandra-Fisher Poster Stars/Outreach Multiple Approaches to Ground-based Thermal Astronomy
12:30 Lunch Break and Poster Discussions
  Monday Afternoon Session 1
      Topic Chair: Mario van den Ancker
14:30 Nancy Levenson Invited Talk Instruments Future Opportunities for Space-Based Thermal Infrared Observations DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249925
15:00 Colette Salyk Invited Talk Protoplanetary Disks Spectroscopy of gas-phase molecules in protoplanetary disks around low-mass stars DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249953
15:30 Leigh Fletcher Invited Talk Solar System The Giant Planets in the Thermal-Infrared DOI:10.5281/zenodo.4249901
16:00 Virtual Photo
16:05 Coffee Break and Poster Discussions
  Monday Afternoon Session 2
      Topic Chair: Colette Salyk
16:30 Markus Kasper Invited Talk Instruments NEAR – technical analysis and lessons learned from a unique experiment DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249911
17:00 Jozsef Varga Contributed Talk Protoplanetary Disks Uncovering inner disk asymmetries with VLTI/MATISSE DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249969
17:10 Péter Ábrahám Contributed Talk YSO's A sharp view of the silicates in the young outbursting star V900 Mon
17:20 Abigail Frost Contributed Talk YSO's Unveiling substructures in disks around massive young stellar objects DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249903
17:30 Elena Kokoulina Contributed Talk Exoplanets First MATISSE L-band observations of HD 179218. Is inner 10 au region carbonaceous?
17:40 Kevin Wagner Contributed Talk Protoplanetary Disks

Thermal Infrared Imaging of Protoplanetary Disks and Substellar Companions with LBTI DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249979


17:50 Break
18:00-19:00 Virtual Welcoming Reception
Day 2 - Tuesday Oct. 13
  Tuesday Morning Session 1
      Topic Chair: Gwendolyn Meeus
09:00 Anne-Lise Maire Invited Talk Exoplanets Lessons learned from NEAR for high-contrast imaging of exoplanets with ELT METIS DOI:10.5281/zenodo.4249927
09:30 Patrick Roche Contributed Talk Dust Dust properties, magnetic fields and grain alignment investigated via mid-IR polarimetry DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249951
09:40 Ryan Lau Contributed Talk Dust Revisiting and Resolving Carbon-rich Wolf-Rayet Dust Factories DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249923
09:50 Ágnes Kóspál Contributed Talk YSOs Grain Growth in Newly Discovered Young Eruptive Stars DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4250877
10:00 Stefan Kraus Contributed Talk YSOs A young triple star system with misaligned disk/orbit planes shaped by disk tearing DOI:10.5281/zenodo.4249921
10:10 Coffee Break and Poster Discussions
  Tuesday Morning Session 2
      Topic Chair: Dominique Petit dit de la Roche
11:00 Ulli Käufl Invited Talk General On the history of ground-based thermal-IR astronomy DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249913
11:30 Benoît Tabone Contributed Talk YSOs Thermal infrared OH lines as diagnostic of H2O photodissociation in circumstellar media
11:40 Claudia Agliozzo Contributed Talk Stars Luminous Blue Variable stars as dust factories at sub-solar metallicities DOI:10.5281/zenodo.4249863
11:50 Markus Wittkowski Contributed Talk Stars Investigating mass loss from evolved stars: First results and perspectives using VLTI-MATISSE DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249981
12:00 Lunch Break and Poster Discussions
  Tuesday Afternoon Session 1
      Topic Chair: Claudia Agliozzo
14:00 Andrea Mehner Invited Talk Stars Science highlights from ground-based infrared observations of massive stars DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249935
14:30 Pierre Kervella Contributed Talk Stars The dimming of Betelgeuse DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249917
14:40 Julien Drevon Contributed Talk Stars Dusty circumstellar environment modeling around R Scl observed with VLTI/MATISSE DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249893
14:50 Ian Crossfield Contributed Talk Stars Isotopic Abundances of Nearby Dwarf Stars DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249883
15:00 Steph Sallum Contributed Talk YSOs ELT Imaging of MWC 297 from the Co-Phased LBTI
        Poster Presentations (2 min Plenary Talks)
15:10 Narsireddy Anugu Poster Stars High angular resolution imaging of Betelgeuse and AC Her with LBTI
15:12 Lisa Shepard Poster Stars Circumstellar Dust around Oxygen-Rich Mira Variables with Maser Emission DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249957
15:14 Kengo Tachibana Poster Stars Investigation of mid-infrared long-term variability of dusty AGB stars by using AKARI and WISE data
15:16 Eckhart Spalding Poster Instruments Commissioning Fizeau Interferometry with the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249961
15:18 Isabelle Vauglin Poster Instruments Dôme C: an outstanding site for thermal infrared astronomy DOI:10.5281/zenodo.4249971
15:20 Coffee Break and Poster Discussions
  Tuesday Afternoon Session 2
      Topic Chair: Andrea Mehner
16:00 Angela Speck Invited Talk Dust Modeling thermal radiation from cosmic dust: how to use lab data
16:30 Steve Ertel Invited Talk Instruments Thermal infrared imaging with LBTI's LMIRCAM and NOMIC DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249895
17:00-18:00 Diversity & Inclusion / podium discussion: Angela Speck (chair), Almudena Alonso-Herrero, Abigail Frost, Anne Kornahrens, Nancy Levenson, Anne-Lise Maire, Thirupathi Sivarani and Patrick Roche.
Day 3 - Wednesday Oct. 14
  Wednesday Morning Session 1
      Topic Chair: Rainer Schoedel
09:00 Leo Burtscher Invited Talk AGNs Resolving the dust structures in AGNs DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249877
09:30 Almudena Alonso-Herrero Invited Talk AGNs The AGN torus and beyond DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249865
10:00 Violeta Gámez Rosas Contributed Talk AGNs VLTI/MATISSE MIR interferometry to observe the dusty structures at the cores of AGNs
10:10 Jacob Isbell Contributed Talk AGNs A Subarcsecond L- and M-band Imaging Atlas of Local Active Galactic Nuclei DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249905
10:20 Coffee Break and Poster Discussions
  Wednesday Morning Session 2
      Topic Chair: Anne-Lise Maire
11:00 Foteini Lykou Contributed Talk YSOs The FU Orionis disk from the view of MATISSE/VLTI
11:10 Alexis Matter Contributed Talk YSOs Spatially resolving the chemical composition of the planet building blocks DOI:10.5281/zenodo.4249931
11:20 Gideon Yoffe Contributed Talk YSOs Longslit spectroscopy of Herbig Ae disks with VISIR-NEAR at the VLT
11:30 Marko Stalevski Contributed Talk AGNs VLTI/MIDI and VLT/VISIR challenge the traditional paradigm of dust in active galactic nuclei DOI:10.5281/zenodo.4249963
11:40 Omaira González Martín Contributed Talk AGNs Study of the diversity of AGN dust models
11:50 Mariela Martinez Contributed Talk AGNs The subarcsecond nuclear NIR and MIR emission of nearby QSOs DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249929
        Poster Presentations (2 min Plenary Talks)
12:00 Małgorzata Bankowicz Poster Galaxies Local environtment of (U)LIRGs from the ADF-SModelling of spectral energy distributions of (U)LIRGS in infra-redand radio domains
12:02 Subhrata Dey Poster AGNs Modelling of spectral energy distributions of (U)LIRGS in infra-redand radio domains DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249891
12:04 Lindsay Fuller Poster AGNs Deconstructing infrared emission in Active Galaxies using SOFIA/FORCAST and /HAWC+
12:06 Ilhuiyolitzin Villicana Pedraza Poster AGNs Connection between the Circumnuclear Star-Forming Regions and the active nuclei in NGC 1068 DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249975
12:08 Lunch Break and Poster Discussions
  Wednesday Afternoon Session 1
      Topic Chair: Dani Atkinson
14:30 Willem-Jan de Wit Invited Talk Instruments VISIR - operations, calibrations, and upgrades DOI:10.5281/zenodo.4249887
15:00 Alain Smette Invited Talk Instruments Telluric correction with atmospheric models (molecfit) DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249959
15:30 Coffee Break and Poster Discussions
  Wednesday Afternoon Session 2
      Topic Chair: Willem-Jan de Wit
16:30 Donaji Esparza Arredondo Contributed Talk AGNs A two-phase AGN torus as constrained from X-ray and mid-Infrared observations DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249897
16:40 Yanna Martins-Franco Contributed Talk Galaxies Unveiling the emission of complex molecules in luminous infrared galaxies
16:50 Enrique Lopez Rodriguez Contributed Talk AGNs Infrared polarimetry of active galactic nuclei
17:00 César Victoria Contributed Talk AGNs The complex dust structure in NGC1068 DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249973
17:10 Chris Packham Invited Talk Instruments Lessons learned from mid-IR astronomy from 4 - 8m class telescopes
Day 4 - Thursday Oct. 15
  Thursday Morning Session 1
      Topic Chair: Nadeen Sabha
09:00 Takashi Miyata Invited Talk Instruments Mid infrared instrument MIMIZUKU for TAO 6.5m telescope DOI:10.5281/zenodo.4249939
09:30 Tsubasa Michifuji Contributed Talk Instruments Photometric accuracy with Multi-Field imager in MIR wavelength
09:40 Denis Defrère Contributed Talk Instruments SCIFY: self-calibrated interferometry for exoplanet spectroscopy DOI:10.5281/zenodo.4249889
09:50 Ioannis Politopoulos Contributed Talk Instruments VLT/VISIR Calibration programme and stray light modeling DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249949
10:00 Coffee Break and Poster Discussions (extra time for discussion /slides preparation)
12:30 Lunch Break
14:30 Discussion Block 1 Slack Channel 1

Chairs: Gwendolyn Meeus, Cristina Ramos Almeida

Panelists: François Ménard, Claudia Paladini, Marko Stalevski DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249945

  What can different science areas learn from each other (e.g. can we apply YSO disk+outflow models to AGNs or evolved stars)?
15:30 Coffee Break
15:45 Discussion Block 2 Slack Channel 2

Chair: Bernhard Brandl

Panelists: Michael Meyer, Thayne Currie

  What instrumentation do we need to pursue our research and how do we get it (e.g. polarimetry or high spectral resolution in N on ELTs)?
16:45 Coffee Break
17:15-18:15 Discussion Block 3 Slack Channel 3

Chairs: Nancy Levenson, Chris Packham

Panelists: Hanae Inami, Lindsay Fuller, Ryan Lau, Abigail Frost, Yanna Martins-Franco

  How can we continue building this community, especially for early-career researchers?
Day 5 - Friday Oct. 16
  Friday Morning Session 1  
      Topic Chair: Jean-Philippe Berger
09:00 Takafumi Kamizuka Contributed Talk Instruments Engineering observations of MIMIZUKU at Subaru DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249907
09:10 Romain Petrov Invited Talk Instruments MATISSE, the thermal infrared VLTI instrument
09:40 Sergio Fernandez-Acosta Invited Talk Instruments GTC/Canaricam: Recommissioning and lessons learned DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249899
10:10 Coffee Break and Poster Discussions
  Friday Morning Session 2
      Topic Chair: Romain Petrov
11:30 Jean-Philippe Berger Invited Talk Instruments Mid-infrared heterodyne interferometry for planet formation studies DOI:10.5281/zenodo.4249871
12:00 Aleksandra Solarz Contributed Talk
Characterization of the effect of atmospheric parameters on the infrared sky at the VLT
12:10 Amelia Bayo Contributed Talk
Light mirror production in Chile DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249869
12:20 Lunch Break and Poster Discussions
  Friday Afternoon Session 1
      Topic Chair: Chris Packham
14:30 Dani Atkinson Invited Talk Instruments GeoSnap: A 1024x1024 HgCdTe array covering 3-13μm DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249867
15:00 Rainer Schoedel Invited Talk Galactic Center The Galactic Centre in the Thermal Infrared DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249955
15:30 Nadeen B. Sabha Contributed Talk Galactic Center VLT/VISIR Mapping of the Galactic Centre Massive Clusters
15:40 Coffee Break and Poster Discussions
  Friday Afternoon Session 2
      Topic Chair: Valentin Ivanov 
16:30 Eckhart Spalding Contributed Talk Instruments Commissioning Fizeau Interferometry with the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer
16:40 Jordan Stone Contributed Talk Instruments High Contrast 3-5 Micron Integral Field Spectroscopy with LBTI/ALES
16:50 David Trilling Contributed Talk Instruments The refurbished MIRSI at NASA's IRTF DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249967
17:00 Michael Meyer Contributed Talk Instruments Adaptive Optics Assisted Mid-Infrared Imaging with Geosnap on MMT and Magellan DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4249937
17:10 Bernhard Brandl, Nancy Levenson Summary Talk General Conference Summary DOI:10.5281/zenodo.4249875
17:40-17:45 Closing Ceremony