From First Stars to Life: Science with the OST
4 -7 September, 2018
Univ. of Oxford
Scientific Rationale: The infrared is the key wavelength regime for understanding the formation and early evolution of galaxies, stars and planetary systems. These wavelengths probe the obscured Universe from Cosmic Dawn to proto-planetary disks tracing both the dust and the dominant atomic, ionic and molecular cooling lines. When studied together, dust continuum and lines allow us to trace the chemical enrichment of the gas in the Universe and the physical processes which determine the evolution from the primordial gas to habitable exoplanets. In particular, the infrared is host to a series of molecular bio-markers that can be used to characterize the atmospheres of exoplanets. Only in the IR can we follow the water trail in the Universe, from distant galaxies down to the solar system.
Building on the success of the previous far-IR missions (IRAS, ISO, Spitzer, Herschel and Planck) and their importance for the European astronomical community, the goal of this workshop is to bring together the community in order to home in on the most pressing questions a next-generation far-IR facility (such as the Origins Space Telescope) would be able to tackle. The Workshop will focus on the following themes:
• The rise of metals and dust
• Cosmic Dawn and the adolescent Universe
• The Starburst-AGN connection: finding the hidden supermassive black holes
• Stars and ISM: the baryonic cycle
• The Solar System & protoplanetary disks
• Characterization of Exoplanets
The Origins Space Telescope (OST) is one of four NASA 2020 Decadal survey missions currently under study. OST will carry a suite of instruments covering the 6 to 600 microns and with its cooled telescope (down to 4K) will deliver superb imaging and spectroscopic capabilities including far infrared polarimetry. The aim of the Workshop is to bring together -primarily but not exclusively- European scientists interested in the OST to discuss potential science projects.
The format: The Workshop will consist of invited talks from the OST team introducing the capabilities of the instruments and the main OST science areas, as well as, contributed talks from the community. We ask interested participants to consult the OST webpages (accessible through the Workshop page) and come prepared to discuss their science projects, posters are also welcome. The audience is limited to 100 people.
Invited Speakers: Almudena Alonso Herrero, Cara Battersby, Matt Bradford, Asantha Cooray, Elvire de Beck, Leslie Hunt, David Leisawitz, Stephanie Milam, Klaus Pontoppidan, Itsuki Sakon, Kevin Stevenson, Joaquin Viera, Serena Viti, Martina Wiedner
Place of the Workshop: it will be held in the Physics Department, University of Oxford, UK, during September 4-7, 2018. There will be a small registration fee (~80 GBP) to cover coffee breaks and lunches.
Registration is now open: https://www.ost-meeting.com/registration
Abstract submission: https://www.ost-meeting.com/abstract
Abstracts will be accepted until August 1st 2018
D. Rigopoulou (Univ. of Oxford, co-Chair), S. Aalto (Chalmers Univ. Of Technology, co-Chair), A. Cooray (UC Irvine), E. De Beck (Chalmers Univ. of Technology), M. Gerin (Paris Observatory), M. Griffin (Univ. of Cardiff), F. Helmich (SRON), M. Meixner (Space Telescope Science Institute), M. Wiedner (Paris Observatory), P. Hartogh (Max-Planck for Solar System Research)
SOFIA Cycle 7 Call for Proposals Released
The SOFIA project has released two calls for proposals (CfP) for observing time in the Cycle 7 period.
The regular call solicits proposals of any size and combination of instruments. A total of 400 hours of observing time and approximately $4 million of funding is available to support these programs. There is a separate call for those affiliated with German institutions administered by the German SOFIA Institute (Deutsches SOFIA Institut; DSI) on behalf of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und Raumfahrt; DLR) that will offer an additional approximately 70 hours of observing time.
A complementary call for proposals for "SOFIA Legacy Programs" (SLP) has also been released, soliciting large coherent programs aimed at high-impact science that also have a significant promise of valuable archival data sets. Programs up to 100 hours of observing time are solicited in this category. In addition to observing time, these programs are invited to deliver higher level data products (including supporting data, software and theory). Nominally, two SLP programs are expected to be selected per cycle, with observations carried out over two cycles, and a third year included for completion of the higher-level data processing and analysis. Up to $1 million per cycle is available for support of the SLPs.
The main parts of the Cycle 7 calendar are:
CfP release: June 1, 2018
CfP update: July 16, 2018
Proposal Deadline: September 7, 2018 (9 p.m. PDT)
Selections announced: November 2018
Cycle 7: April 27, 2019 - April 27, 2020
The Call for Proposals documents can be found at
Any questions about the Cycle 7 Calls for Proposals can be directed to email@example.com
PhD position in Experimental Molecular Astrophysics - PhD programme in Physics, University of Trento
The Molecular Astrophysics Laboratory at the University of Trento is seeking for expressions of interest to apply for a position within
the PhD Programme in Physics. The PhD position is on ion-molecule reactions for the synthesis and destructions of complex organic molecules in
the interstellar space and planetary ionosphere. For a detailed description see the attached document or follow the link
Call for applicants for the 2018 PhD Programme in Physics and details on how to apply are available at
Deadline for application is 30th August 2018, 4.00pm.
The salary of the PhD student, being fixed in Italy by national rules, is complemented locally by supports and benefits
(www.unitn.it/en/servizi/1646/opportunities-for-phd-students). Trento is a small alpine town with a very high quality of life.
For more info: www.unitn.it/en/servizi/1647/accommodation.
For further information on the activities of the Molecular Astrophysics Lab and on the PhD position please contact Daniela Ascenzi (PhD supervisor)
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