Orion (un)plugged

online: July 1-3 (intro: June 30)     offline: July 6-8
Vienna, Austria

While Orion has been known for some time as the nearest birthplace of massive stars, comparably little research has been done on the region as a whole. An unprecedented wealth of data at many different wavelengths is available for this region. In this meeting, we invite the community to discuss the current state of affairs in Orion as well as future prospects.

 © Roland B. Roberts





plugged (1st-3rd July)

unplugged (6th-8th July)


With this meeting, we would like to make use of novel ideas of how to maximize interaction, collaboration, and discussion during a scientific workshop. Our meeting will thus be different from more conventional conferences, and will have two main parts: an online conference (plugged), followed by a physical meeting, styled as an unconference (unplugged) with up to 50 participants. There will be no registration fee. While we encourage participants to attend both parts, it is also possible to attend just one or the other. No previous experience with either conference format is required.



The first part of the meeting, which is meant to set the stage for the second part, will be held online. This easily accessible part is meant to be devoted to information sharing and a first collection of discussion topics for the unconference. With an online conferencing system, we will have participant presentations for a few hours on several days (July 1-3), with time slots that should be convenient at least for Europe and America, like 5-8pm CEST (11am-2pm EDT, 8am-11am PDT). It is also possible to already come to Vienna for this part of the meeting.



The second part of the workshop (July 6-8) will take place in Vienna. This unconference will be mainly devoted to discussions and collaboration, complemented by poster presentations. The idea is to bring together a group of Orion experts and make the most of this time by maximizing discussion and collaboration to a degree that is not achievable in conventional meetings. In the spirit of an unconference, discussions and activities will largely be organized on the spot, depending on the participants' interests.


Molecular cloud structure, Modes of star formation, YSOs, Clusters vs associations, Stellar populations, Orion in context



Scientific and Local Organizing Committee


Jan Forbrich (chair)

João Alves (co-chair)

Josefa Großschedl

Alvaro Hacar

Karolina Kubiak

Kieran Leschinski

Stefan Meingast

Paula Teixeira




The workshop (unplugged) will take place at the University Observatory in Vienna, where the Department for Astrophysics is located.

Details on the logistics can be found here.


The registration form has been unplugged.

For questions regarding participation please use the contact form below.

The contact form has been unplugged.


Image Credit: Vienna Survey in Orion, Meingast et al. 2015 (in preparation); Franz Kerschbaum; Lombardi et al. 2014, A&A, 566, A45