Upcoming ESO or ESO-related workshops
Metals trace the full evolution of the Universe: from primordial Helium and Lithium in the big-bang nucleosynthesis to all heavier elements produced in stars and explosive events. Determining their relative abundances in different environments, and across cosmic time, reveals the underlying star formation history and gas exchange processes. Recent progress in instrumentation and modelling now permits using metal production and distribution to test our ideas of galaxy evolution at many different hierarchical scales: from stellar clusters to clusters of galaxies. The hierarchical build up of present-day structures at different redshifts can also be followed, which goes in parallel with the build-up of stellar and metal mass. These processes are interwoven: during most of cosmic history metal production happens at stellar scales, but metal distribution is effective on spatial scales covering several orders of magnitude. Therefore simulations require exceptional computational power, and tracing metals across cosmic time needs an equivalent investment in observational facilities. In 2013 we held a meeting at the Observatoire de Paris to review the state of the art in all these different research areas.
Ten years later, the time has come to gather the scientific community and discuss the impact of the recent advent of massive spectroscopic surveys (e.g., APOGEE, LAMOST, the Gaia ESO survey, Gaia, GALAH,...), the Gaia astrometric mission and the now operative James Webb Space Telescope.
To commemorate its first decade of science operations, the ALMA partnership is organizing a conference that will take a look back at the observatory accomplishments, highlight its latest results and look forward to future technical developments.
The first decade of ALMA has led to many exciting discoveries, and has resulted in over 2800 publications and counting. As ALMA starts on its second decade of operations, it is implementing an ambitious development roadmap that will ultimately quadruple the system bandwidth and vastly improve ALMA's observing efficiency for both continuum and spectral line science.
This workshop will bring together a group of astronomers with expertise in the study of star formation and galaxy evolution at high redshift (Cosmic Noon and beyond, with a focus on higher redshifts). The goal of the workshop is to promote collaboration and develop a roadmap for future research in this field.
The meeting will be held in person at the ESO offices in Santiago/Vitacura and the number of participants will be limited to approximately 25 people. The workshop does not have a registration fee. Lunches and coffee breaks will be provided by ESO.
The deadline to register is 20th October.
The goal of this meeting is to encourage coordination in the communities who study the variable, transient and moving objects that the Vera C Rubin observatory’s LSST will discover vast numbers of, to figure out how best ESO’s facilities can provide the necessary follow up.
The workshop will take place at the ESO Headquarters in Garching near Munich and remotely (via MS Teams) from the morning of Tuesday, 23rd until noon of Friday 26th of January. Monday late afternoon/evening is planned for registration and get together.