This webpage provides information for the 2nd Heidelberg Summer School hosted by the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Astronomy and Cosmic Physics at the University of Heidelberg.


IMPRS for Astronomy and Cosmic Physics at the University of Heidelberg,
Max Planck Institute for Astronomy,
University of Heidelberg


James Binney, University of Oxford
Bruce Elmegreen, T.J. Watson Research Center, IBM
Eva Grebel, Zentrum für Astronomie, University of Heidelberg
Ben Moore, University of Zürich

When & where:

The 2nd Heidelberg Summer School took place August 29 - September 05, 2007 at the "Max-Planck Haus" (Max Planck building) in Heidelberg

Scope of the School:

The goals of the IMPRS Summer Schools are:
(1) to present an overview of the progress in major areas during the past years;
(2) to bring together research students of various fields for discussion and exchange of ideas;
(3) to encourage young researchers and advanced students to continue research in these fields; and
(4) to strengthen future interdisciplinary research in these areas;

The choice of having the Milky Way Galaxy as topic for the IMPRS Summer School 2007 is motivated by the fact of both the recent rapid progress in and the bright future of the field provided by observational, instrumental and theoretical advances.

Several major Milky Way surveys are currently ongoing or were recently finished, and the ESA cornerstone mission Gaia is bound to revolutionize the field of Galactic astronomy.

The Milky Way is also a topic which is of interest for a broad audience of students and young scientists. Further, results from Milky Way science also have a major impact on our understanding of galactic evolution and cosmology.

Topics to be covered by the lectures will include

  • Formation of the Milky Way
  • Evolution and components of the Milky Way
  • Stellar populations (halo, bulge, thick and thin disk)
  • Satellite galaxies
  • Missing satellites and streams
  • Stellar dynamics
  • The central black hole
  • Star formation and feedback loops
  • Dynamics of the interstellar matter

School format:

Again, the IMPRS Summer School has three major components:

(1) The lecturing program on general issues of the Milky Way is taught by our invited lecturers James Binney, Bruce Elmegreen, Eva Grebel, and Ben Moore.
(2) A number of scientific presentations by scientists mostly from Heidelberg institutes, to present latest results on Heidelberg-specific topics in Milky Way research.
(3) A social program intends to provide a pleasent and relaxed atmosphere for fruitful scientific discussion between all participants.

  School program (as of Sept.6, 2007)

  School gallery

  List of participants

  Summer school poster:

          A3 (25 MB pdf, A2),     pic (350 kB gif, A4),