The Early Phase of Star Formation
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The MPIA conference series
at Ringberg Castle
EPoS 2012 Assembling pieces of the missing paradigm (135 Registrations, 70 Participants)

Time: 1 July 2012 - 6 July 2012

Special Approach: Cover all relevant aspects but also allow for substantial discussion time.
Focus Groups: The five focus groups had the topics:
+Connecting the Domains: From Galactic to Extragalactic Star Formation Laws
+Variable versus constant protostellar accretion. Theory and observations
+The star formation rate and efficiency in molecular clouds
+Star formation in turbulent media: role of magnetic fields
+Linking high-mass star formation to the dominating filamentary structures of molecular clouds
Open Questions: Questions which attracted special attention:
+What is the role of filaments?
+What is the lifetime of a pre-stellar core?
+How stable are early disks?
+How much is massive star formation affected by outflows and radiation feedback?