Seminars and Colloquia at ESO Garching and on the campus

May 2019

22/05/19 (Wednesday)
14:00, Auditorium Telescopium (ESO HQE, Garching) | ESO Garching
Special Talk
Talk — We're going to the Moon. I'll bring the Lego...
Alastair Bruce (Royal Observatory, Edinburgh)

Abstract

Journey with a space-race geek who never got to see a Saturn V fly and still won't forgive himself for missing a Space Shuttle launch. We're going to the Moon, Apollo-style — I’ll bring the Lego.

23/05/19 (Thursday)
11:00, Auditorium Telescopium (ESO HQE, Garching) | ESO Garching
Special Talk
Talk — We're going to the Moon. I'll bring the Lego...
Alastair Bruce (Royal Observatory, Edinburgh)

Abstract

Journey with a space-race geek who never got to see a Saturn V fly and still won't forgive himself for missing a Space Shuttle launch. We're going to the Moon, Apollo-style — I’ll bring the Lego.

14:30, Auditorium Telescopium (ESO HQE, Garching) | ESO Garching
Special Talk
Talk — We're going to the Moon. I'll bring the Lego...
Alastair Bruce (Royal Observatory, Edinburgh)

Abstract

Journey with a space-race geek who never got to see a Saturn V fly and still won't forgive himself for missing a Space Shuttle launch. We're going to the Moon, Apollo-style — I’ll bring the Lego.

24/05/19 (Friday)
14:00, Library (ESO HQ, Garching) | ESO Garching
Stellar Coffee and Planetary Tea
Talk — Stellar Models: Current Status, Main Problems and Future Directions
Marco Limongi (INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma)

Abstract

Stars constitute the building blocks of much of the visible Universe, therefore the understanding of their evolution and nucleosynthesis is a key astrophysical goal for the future. In particular, the knowledge of the structure, evolution and nucleosynthesis of stars, both as single objects and as part of stellar aggregates, is crucial for our understanding of the chemical evolution of the galaxies, of the resolved stellar populations in Galactic and extragalactic environments, for the definition of standard candles to be used in the cosmic distance ladder, for robustly measuring ages, for dating the oldest stellar systems and in turn the universe itself.

However, despite the great effort of several groups over the last 30 years devoted to achieve a satisfactory level of accuracy and reliability of the stellar evolutionary codes, the predictive power of the present stellar models is still limited by a number of uncertainties due to the poor knowledge of some fundamental physical phenomena.

In this talk I will review the current status of the most updated stellar models, their uncertainties and what we plan for the future to improve the most important limitations of their predictive power.

27/05/19 (Monday)
10:45, Library (ESO HQ, Garching) | ESO Garching
KES: Knowledge Exchange Series
Talk — Introduction to Optical and Infrared Detector Systems for ground based astronomy
Derek Ives (ESO)

June 2019

12/06/19 (Wednesday)
15:15, Auditorium Eridanus (ESO HQE, Garching) | ESO Garching
Special Colloquium
Talk — Measuring the heavens: from the human eye to ELTs
Roberto Gilmozzi (ESO)

Abstract

Observational astronomy, a field several thousand years old, has been dominated for most of its history by the human eye, which acted as both optics and detector. Important discontinuities provided enormous advances both in collecting area and detectors (e.g. the telescope, photographic plates, solid state detectors etc), increasing immensely the parameter space of discovery. Today most of these advances are close to their full potential and new progress is mostly predicated on ever larger telescopes. I will give a brief overview of the history of the field, discuss some of the solutions developed to produce larger and larger primaries and describe some of the science driving this effort. Finally, I will touch on the current development of Extremely Large Telescopes and on future possibilities.

13/06/19 (Thursday)
15:15, Auditorium Eridanus (ESO HQE, Garching) | ESO Garching
Munich Joint Astronomy Colloquium
Talk — Chemical evolution of the Milky Way
Else Starkenburg (Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam)
25/06/19 (Tuesday)
12:00, Library (ESO HQ, Garching) | ESO Garching
Lunch Talk
Talk — (topic to be announced)
Kirsten Hall (Johns Hopkins University)
27/06/19 (Thursday)
15:15, Auditorium Eridanus (ESO HQE, Garching) | ESO Garching
Munich Joint Astronomy Colloquium
Talk — Evolution of ICM Structure, Metallicity and BCGs out to z~1.7 with SPT Clusters
Michael McDonald (MIT Kavli Institute)

July 2019

04/07/19 (Thursday)
15:15, Auditorium Eridanus (ESO HQE, Garching) | ESO Garching
Munich Joint Astronomy Colloquium
Talk — (topic to be announced)
Hans-Walter Rix (MPIA, Heidelberg)
09/07/19 (Tuesday)
12:00, Library (ESO HQ, Garching) | ESO Garching
Lunch Talk
Talk — (topic to be announced)
Milena Valentini (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)
23/07/19 (Tuesday)
12:00, Library (ESO HQ, Garching) | ESO Garching
Lunch Talk
Talk — (topic to be announced)
Davide Fedele (INAF/Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri)

September 2019

17/09/19 (Tuesday)
12:00, Library (ESO HQ, Garching) | ESO Garching
Lunch Talk
Talk — (topic to be announced)
Michael Hammer (Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory)

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