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A 3-day conference on determination and interpretation of
chemical abundances and evolution from stars, inter-stellar medium and
local group galaxies at zero redshift to distant galaxies, clusters
of galaxies and inter-galactic medium at high redshift is being
organized. Whilst problems undoubtedly remain in the determination of
stellar and nebular abundances in the nearby Milky Way, abundance
determinations are beginning to converge. The observational and
interpretive tools are beginning to be mature enough that they can be
applied with some confidence to extra-galactic systems and integrated
populations at increasingly high redshift. Ultimately the tools should
be applicable to determination of the chemistry and enrichment of
young galaxies at large look-back times.
The broad aim of the conference is to assess the interplay
between methods of measuring chemical abundances with the
astrophysical models of galaxy evolution. About half of the conference
will be devoted to consideration of abundances and the factors that
regulate them in nearby well-studied systems of the Milky Way and
Local Group Galaxies. The remainder
will concentrate on more distant systems where the abundance data is
more slender and the tools under refinement. In addition there
will be sessions on forthcoming and future instrumentation applicable to
abundance determinations across the whole electromagnetic spectrum.
The format for the
meeting is invited talks, with contributed papers as talks or posters
and some discussion sessions.
The proceedings will be published in the ESO-Springer conference
series and edited by M. Rosa and J. R. Walsh.
Scientific Organising Committee (SOC)
The Scientific Organising Committee is composed of the following:
Francoise Combes (Obs. de Paris, Meudon. email@example.com)
Don Garnett (Univ. Minnesota, Minneapolis. firstname.lastname@example.org)
Danny Lennon (Univ. Sternwarte, Munich. email@example.com)
John Mathis[Chair] (Univ. Wisconsin, Madison. firstname.lastname@example.org)
Max Pettini (RGO, Cambridge. email@example.com)
Michael Rosa (ST-ECF, Garching. firstname.lastname@example.org)
Peter Shaver (ESO, Garching. email@example.com)
Elena Terlevich (RGO, Cambridge. firstname.lastname@example.org)
David Tytler (Univ. California, San Diego. email@example.com)
Local Organising Committee (LOC)
The members of the Local Organising Committee are:
Gertrud Contardo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Christina Stoffer (email@example.com)
Jeremy Walsh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The preliminary programme (
without frames) is available. The final programme will be distributed at
the workshop. Overhead projectors and a slide projector are available; speakers
who require other equipment should discuss their needs with the LOC well in
advance of the workshop.
Due to the large number of invited speakers, only a limited number of
contributed papers could be scheduled as talks. All the remaining
contributions have been scheduled as
poster papers. A preliminary list of posters is available.
The maximum poster size is 1x1 meter. The posters will be displayed in
the ESO conference room 114 where we will have coffee breaks.
On the afternoon of the second day of the conference there will be a
Poster Paper Review and Discussion session. Presenters of posters
are requested to supply one transparency summarising their results
for use by the Chair of this session.
An abstract booklet is being prepared and will be available during
registration. The preliminary version is
If you still have not sent your abstract yet, please do so immediately!
ESO now publishes its workshop proceedings in a Springer series with a
format similar to "Lecture Notes in Physics".
Detailed instructions for authors can be found here.
The ABSOLUTE DEADLINE for submission of papers is
DECEMBER 15, 1998.
The registration fee is DM 150, which includes the welcome reception, transport
and refreshments provided during the meeting, and a copy of the Workshop
Proceedings for each participant. Please bring this amount in German currency
only (cash preferred, traveller's cheques and Eurocheques accepted) with you
for registration on Tuesday afternoon 15:00-17:00 or Wednesday morning
8:45-9:30. We regret that credit cards cannot be accepted. Note that the
registration fee does not include the cost of lunch, which will be available at
the nearby Max Planck canteen for approximately DM 10 per meal.
Confirmation of hotel reservation has been sent out. If you have not received
a confirmation but do still require a hotel room, please let us know without delay.
The conference will be held at ESO Headquarters in Garching in the
Auditorium. The capacity is 110.
The weather during October is
difficult to predict but can be warm (16-20 C) or quite cool. To get a feel for
this, you might like to check the
weather conditions around Munich during the week before the workshop. In
any case, it would be prudent to come prepared for a range of temperatures, and
for the possibility of rainy weather.
In the mornings/evenings on the days of the workshop, transportation will be
provided between the centre of Garching (Maibaum) and ESO. The bus will
leave from the bus stop Maibaum , in front of the Hotel Am Park. Travel time is
about 5 min (by bus), and approximately 20-25 min for those wishing to walk.
The bus will leave from the Maibaum as follows: at 08:30 on October 14,
at 08:45 on October 15 and 16.
Return in the evenings is planned for 19:30 on Oct. 14, 18:45 on Oct. 15
and 17:30 on Oct. 16, respectively. A detailed bus schedule will be provided at the workshop.
On Wednesday Oct. 14 there will be a welcome reception offered at ESO for
participants between 18:00 and 19:30.
The opening hours of the
banks in Garching are: Mon-Fri: 08:30-15:45 (until 17:30 on Thursday). There
are several 24-hr cash-points in Garching, e.g. at the Reuschel Bank
(Bürgerplatz 7). All the main credit cards are acceptable (with PIN Code).
The Carlson-Wagonlit Travel Office in the ESO building (office 203) is open on
weekdays between 09:00-12:00 and 13:00-16.30 hours.
For further information on local arrangements and instructions on how to
get to Garching and the hotels
Travel and Local Information details are available.
Announcements and Deadlines
The schedule for the conference deadlines is given.
Further details will appear in subsequent updates.
August 1, 1998 Deadline for registration, booking of
accommodation and submission of abstracts.
Late September Confirmation of hotel reservations will be sent out.
October 14-16, 1998 Conference at ESO.
December 15, 1998 Final date for submission of Latex
files to editors for publication in the proceedings.