Scientific Programme

Rainbows on the Southern Sky: the legacy value of ESO Public Surveys and Large Programmes

Structure of the workshop

Workshop will start on Monday 05.10.2015 at 13:00. Workshop will end on Friday 09.10.2015 at 14:30

The Program is structured around these seven main topics:

  •  Planets
  •  Stellar astrophysics
  •  MW and Local Group
  •  Extragalactic astronomy and local universe
  •  Galaxy evolution
  •  Cosmology & high reshift universe
  •  Legacy value of surveys & large programmes

These topics will be introduced by keynote speakers illustrating the latest results from surveys and the open questions to be addressed. All Keynote reviews will be 30+5min long, the invited talks will be 25 mins + 5 min question time.

There will be poster sessions with short talks on poster presentations.

REGISTRATION: 05.10.2015 , 13:00-14:00

Program Overview

Day 1, Monday 5 October 2015 (afternoon)
13:00 Registration  
14:00 Opening/Welcome  
Session 1 - Large Programmes and Public Surveys Legacy
    Chair: Daniel Lennon
14:10 B. Leibundgut
Large Programmes and Public Surveys at ESO
14:25 A. Szalay Keynote: Legacy value of public surveys and large coherent programmes
S. Ellison Big data: making the most of surveys with artificial neural networks
15:20 M. Moniez LSST: the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope


Session 2 - Cosmology and high redshift universe
    Chair:  Alberto Franceschini
16:10 R. Ellis Keynote: Cosmology and high redshift universe
16:45 J. Dunlop UltraVISTA
17:15 T. Shanks VST ATLAS Public Survey
17:45   Discussion
18:00 Reception  
Day 2, Tuesday 6 October 2015
Session 2 - Cosmology and high redshift universe
    Chair: Simon White
09:00 L. Guzzo VIPERS: An Unprecedented View of Galaxies and Large-scale Structure at z~1
09:30 R. McLure VANDELS: a deep VIMOS survey of the CANDELS UDS and CDFS fields
10:00 L. Pentericci CANDELSz7: Looking for the CANDELS that reionized the Universe
10:20 L. Tasca VUDS - The ESO largest high-redshift LP
10:40 Break  
    Chair: Gianni Zamorani
11:00 S. Lopez XQ-100: A legacy survey of 100 quasars and their absorption lines observed with VLT/XSHOOTER
11:30 A. Fontana A complete view of the first 2 billion years of galaxy formation
12:00 B. Venemans Illuminating the dark ages: the most distant quasars in public surveys
Session 3 - Galaxy evolution
12:20 V. D'Odorico Investigating the QSO environment with the spectra of the XQ-100 legacy survey
12:40 Lunch  
    Chair: Rob Ivison
14:00 N. Foerster-Schreiber Keynote: Galaxy Evolution
14:35 R. Bowler
15:05 A. van der Wel LEGA-C: The Physics of Galaxies 7 Gyr Ago
15:35 Break  
    Chair: Joerg Retzlaff
16:00 P. Rosati Dark Matter Mass Distributions of Hubble Treasury Clusters and the Foundations of LCDM Structure Formation Models
16:30 T. Berg Probing galaxy evolution within the first 3 Gyr: The XQ-100 DLA sample
16:50 B. Milvang-Jensen VISTA NB118 narrow-band observations: first results
17:10 - 18:00
Poster Session  
Day 3, Wednesday 7 October 2015
Session 4 - Extragalactic Astronomy and Local Universe
    Chair: Marina Rejkuba
09:00 G. Kauffmann Keynote: Extragalactic Astronomy and Local Universe
09:35 A. Edge VIKING
H. Hildebrandt The Kilo-Degree Survey (KiDS)
10:35 Break  
    Chair: Fancesca Matteucci
11:00 K. Meisenheimer Diet for the monsters: The diversity of dusty molecular tori in AGNs
11:30 C. Pulsoni The extended Planetary Nebulae Spectrograph (PN.S) early-type galaxy survey - velocity fields at large radii from planetary nebulae
Session 5 - Milky Way and the Local Group
11:50 H.-W. Rix Keynote: Milky Way and the Local Group
12:25 C. Wegg The structure of the Milky Way bar and bulge from photometric surveys
12:45 Lunch  
    Chair: Giacomo Beccari
14:00 D. Minniti The VVV Survey
14:30 M. Zoccali The GIRAFFE Inner Bulge Survey (GIBS)
15:00 S. Randich Gaia ESO Survey
15:30 Break  
    Chair: Michael Hilker
16:00 R. Genzel The Galactic Center: a unique laboratory for studying fundamental physical processes near black holes
16:30 M. Portail Dynamical models of the Galactic bulge based on survey data
16:50 M.-R. Cioni VMC
19:00 Conference Dinner  
Day 4, Thursday 8 October 2015
Session 5 - Milky Way and the Local Group
    Chair: Marc Moniez
09:00 V. Ripepi The VMC Survey: Classical Cepheids in the SMC
09:20 G. Kordopatis The Nature and Properties of the Ultra-Faint dSph Galaxies
Session 6 - Stellar Astrophysics
09:50 M. Salaris
Keynote: Stellar Astrophysics
10:25 P. Lucas Insights into star birth from VVV
10:45 Break  
    Chair: Monika Petr-Gotzens
11:20 B. Gaensicke VPHAS+
M. Lyubenova
XSL: The X-Shooter Spectral Library
12:20 Lunch  
    Chair: Gaitee Hussain
14:00 W. Gieren Measuring the effect of metallicity on Cepheid absolute magnitudes: Towards a high-precision determination of the Hubble constant based on classical Cepheids
14:30 H. Sana
A VLTI/PIONIER multiplicity survey of O-type stars
15:00 S. Smartt
15:30 Break  
    Chair: Ferdinando Patat
16:00 S. Benetti
Supernova Variety and Nucleosynthesis Yields
16:30 C. Inserra Super Luminous Supernovae with PESSTO
16:50 R. Smiljanic Sodium and aluminum: stellar evolution and Galactic chemical evolution with Gaia-ESO data
17:10 G. Beccari OmegaCAM mini-survey of circumstellar discs in nearby galactic star-forming regions
  End of the day
Day 5, Friday 9 October 2015
Session 6 - Stellar Astrophysics
    Chair: Bruno Leibundgut
09:00 P. Bonifacio
Search for the ``critical metallicity'' for low mass star formation
Session 7 - Planets
09:30 D. Queloz Keynote: Planets
10:05 F. Pepe A census of the super-Earth and Neptune-mass planet population around solar-type stars
10:35 Break  
    Chair: Magda Arnaboldi
J.P. Berger Imaging the dusty horizon. The first VLTI protoplanetary disk survey with astronomical unit resolution
Session 8 - Closing the loop: Legacy of Large Programmes and Public Surveys
11:30 R. Kurtev
Proper motions and parallaxes with the VVV
11:50 J. Retzlaff
Ensuring the legacy value of ESO Public Surveys: community data access through the Science Archive Facility
12:10 N. Cross
WFAU Science Archives: Facilitating Survey Astronomy
12:30 E. Gonzalez-Solares
Advanced Next Generation Spectroscopic Analysis Systems
12:50   Final Discussion and Concluding Remarks
13:10 Beer & Bretz'n
    Workshop END