Why Galaxies Care About AGB Stars III

July 28 - August 1, 2014

Venue: Vienna

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 and 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 Viennese 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:

1) Complex Atmospheres: Observation and theoretical understanding
2) Living together: Binarity, disks, ISM interaction
3) What is left: Dust, yields, AGBs in the cosmic matter cycle
4) Resolved and unresolved: AGB star populations in external stellar systems
5) Perspectives: ALMA, SKA, 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

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, R. Wing, M. Wittkowski

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.


Registration for the conference is now open via our webpage http://www.univie.ac.at/galagb including the possibility to submit abstracts for invited and contributed talks and posters. Registration fee is 200 EUR for early registration and 240 EUR for late registration.

- Deadline for abstract submission for contributed talks: April 30, 2014
- Deadline for applications for financial support: April 30, 2014
- End of early registration: May 31, 2014
- Deadline for abstract submission for posters: June 15, 2014

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.

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.

Proceedings of the conference will be published in a similar way as 2006
and 2010 (see ASP Conf. Ser. Vols. 378 and 445).

Limited support for PhD students and young researchers will be available.
If you wish to apply for a supporting grant, please send an email justifying its need to galagb.astro@univie.ac.at. Students are asked to arrange a letter of support from their advisor to be sent independently by email. Deadline for applications is April 30, 2014. Supporting letters have to be received by that time as well. Applicants will be informed about the outcome not later than May 20. Please note that the grant can cover only the registration fee.

The conference will be held at the campus of the University of Vienna located close to the city centre. Video and computer display facilities will be available in the lecture room. WIFI is available to all participants. Special needs can be accommodated if we are advised well in advance.

We invite you to our welcome reception on Sunday evening at the conference venue. Moreover there will be an evening city walk on Tuesday, a trip to the beautiful Wachau valley including a ship cruise on Wednesday afternoon and the conference dinner at the old observatory on Thursday.

We are happy to offer childcare (fee required) during the session hours of our conference. The kid’s age range must be 3-12 years (from 0 upon special arrangement).

Vienna can be reached
1) 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 bus (1 hour) or by boat.

2) By Train: Vienna is connected to any major city in Europe.
3) By Road: two major European highways (E59, E60) lead to Vienna.

Vienna, the capital of Austria, with 1.8 million inhabitants, situated on the banks of the Danube, is a metropolis with a 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.

Please visit our website for more information!

If you have any questions, please contact us at galagb.astro@univie.ac.at
We are looking forward to seeing you in Vienna in 2014!

Weblink: http://www.univie.ac.at/galagb

Email: galagb.astro@univie.ac.at