Stars are conspicuous components of galaxies, and the sites of the creation of most chemical elements.
Due to their high luminosity and their production of heavy elements, stars on the Asymptotic Giant
Branch (AGB) play an important role in understanding stellar and galactic evolution.
This conference aims to build a bridge between AGB research and its application to the modelling of
stellar populations and the chemical evolution of galaxies or the universe as a whole. Current developments
and challenges on both sides will be discussed to reach an understanding of possibilities, limitations, and
needs in both areas, and hence to improve our knowledge about the role of AGB stars in the context of galaxies.
This is another follow-up meeting to the successful Vienna conferences on similar topics in 2006 and 2010.
The conference will be hosted by the Austrian Society for Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Department
of Astrophysics at the University of Vienna. The meeting is supported by the Robert F. Wing Support Fund
at Ohio State University.
This time the focus of the meeting will be:
- Complex Atmospheres: Their observation and theoretical understanding
- Living together: Binarity, disks, ISM interaction
- What is left: Dust, AGBs in the cosmic matter cycle, yields
- Resolved and unresolved: AGB star populations in external stellar systems
- Perspectives: ALMA, SOFIA, JWST, VLTI+, ELT
J. Blommaert, G. Bono, I. Cherchneff, O. Chesneau, A. Chiavassa, N. Cox, L. Girardi, S. Höfner, R. Izzard,
M. Maercker, M. Marengo, P. Marigo, J. Menzies, S. Mohamed, K. Ohnaka, G. Perrin, A. Renzini, R. Riffel,
R. Schneider, S. Srinivasan, O. Straniero, W. Vlemmings
Scientific Organizing Committee
H. Olofsson (chair), I. Cherchneff, M. Groenewegen, S. Höfner, R.M. Humphreys, A. Jorissen, A. Karakas,
F. Kerschbaum (co-chair), T. Lebzelter, C. Maraston, M. Meixner, B. Plez, P. Whitelock, H. van Winckel,
B. Wing, M. Wittkowski
Local Organizing Committee
F. Kerschbaum (chair), J. Hron (co-chair), T. Lebzelter, W. Nowotny, R. Ottensamer, T. Posch, et al.
The five sub-topics of the meeting will be presented and discussed in a series of oral and poster contributions.
The sessions will be centred on invited reviews supplemented by contributed talks offering opportunities to
highlight exciting new results. Posters will be on display throughout the meeting.
The SOC will select a limited number of contributions for oral presentation on the basis of the submitted
abstracts. Proposed oral contributions not selected for the programme can be converted to poster presentations
at the author's discretion. Deadline for the submission of abstracts for oral contributions is April 30 2014.
Pre-registration is possible starting now via
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The registration fee will be 200 EUR for early registration and 240 EUR for late registration (after May 31)
and includes welcome reception, coffee breaks and a copy of the conference proceedings. Details will be given
in the second announcement.
Proceedings of the conference will be published in a similar way as 2006 and 2010
(see ASP Conf. Ser. Vols. 378 and 445). Details will be given in the second announcement.
Limited support for PhD students and young researchers will be available. Details will follow.
Conference Venue and Facilities
The conference will be held at the campus of the University of Vienna located close to the city centre.
Overhead, video and computer display facilities will be available in the lecture room. Special needs can
be accommodated if we are advised well in advance.
We are happy to offer childcare during the session hours of our conference. The kid's age range will be 3-12 years
(from 0 upon special arrangement).
Vienna can be reached
- By Air: Vienna airport is located about 20 km south-east of the town. There are shuttle trains
and buses to the city centre at least every half hour. A second airport close to Vienna is Bratislava
which is connected to Vienna by buses (1 hour) or by boat ;).
- By Train: Vienna is connected to any major city in Europe.
- By Road: two major European highways (E59, E60) lead to Vienna.
Vienna, the capital of Austria, with 2 million inhabitants, situated on the banks of the Danube, is a
metropolis with unique charm and flair. The influx of visitors from all over the world has made Vienna
the most popular urban tourist destination in Austria. Wander along narrow, medieval alleyways or across
imperial squares, view Schönbrunn Palace or the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) and marvel at the majestic
architecture along the Ring Boulevard. Vienna possesses a lively and vast array of cultural attractions.
The city has been synonymous with music for centuries, and was home to Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert,
Johann Strauss, Mahler, and Berg. This outstanding musical heritage has been preserved right to the present day.
Down the centuries, Vienna has always produced and nurtured world-famous artists. The collecting passion of
art-loving rulers and monarchs has made Vienna a treasure house par excellence. In order to supplement these
high cultural aspects you can visit one of Vienna's famous coffee houses or traditional wine taverns ("Heurige")
and work your way through famous culinary specialties.
The language of the conference will be English. The spoken language in Vienna is the Austrian flavour of German.
Nevertheless, there should be no difficulty in finding people with at least a basic knowledge of English
outside the conference.
If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com
We are looking forward to seeing you in Vienna in 2014!