This webpage provides information for the 9th Heidelberg Summer School with the topic on

Frontiers of Stellar Structure and Evolution

This school is the 9th in a series of Summer Schools with the previous topics:

    High Energy Astrophysics (2013),
    Computational Astrophysics (2012),
    Characterizing exoplanets - from formation to atmospheres (2011),
    First Stars and Cosmic Reionization (2010),
    Statistical Inferences from Astrophysical Data (2009),
    The Art & Craft of Astronomical Instrumentation (2008),
    The Milky Way Galaxy (2007), and
    The Physics of the Interstellar Medium (2006).


IMPRS for Astronomy and Cosmic Physics at the University of Heidelberg:
Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics
Astronomisches Rechen-Institut, Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics,
Landessternwarte Koenigstuhl, and Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies.

The scientific organizing committee consisted of Norbert Christlieb and Hans Ludwig (all LSW).


Robert Izzard, University of Bonn
Amanda Karakas, Australian National University
Hans Kjeldsen, Aarhus University
Maurizio Salaris, Liverpool John Moores University
Maxime Viallet, MPI for Astrophysics, Garching

When & where:
The 9th Heidelberg Summer School took place September 22-26, 2014 at the "Max Planck Haus" (Max Planck House) in Heidelberg, Germany

Scope of the School:

The aim of the school was to (1) provide the participants with advanced knowledge of stellar structure and evolution and (2) to give an overview of selected research areas in which major progress has been made in the last years - due to considerable progress in theory, modelling techniques or available observational data. These areas include 3D-modelling of stellar interiors, asteroseismology, population synthesis and binary evolution, as well as modelling of nucleosynthesis processes.

School format:

The IMPRS Summer School has three major components:

(1) Lectures will be presented by leading experts in their fields, including Rob Izzard, Amanda Karakas, Hans Kjeldsen, and Maurizio Salaris, and Maxime Viallet.

(2) Hands-on computer exercises will be prepared for selected topics.

(3) A few presentations on specific scientific applications will be given by scientists from astronomical research insitutes in Heidelberg.

In addition, a social program will be organized, which is intended to provide a pleasent and relaxed atmosphere for fruitful scientific discussions between all participants and the lectures.

  School program

  Lecture notes/slides (password protected)

  School gallery

  List of participants

  School poster: as A2 pdf, A4 pdf A4 jpg