Globular clusters (GCs) provide a fossil record of our Galaxy’s assembly history and offer a unique way to uncover the past of the Milky Way (MW).
Both in-situ and accreted GCs coevolve with the surrounding environment and lose stars in the presence of the MW’s tidal field. Simultaneously, dynamical friction drags the densest and most massive GCs towards the Galactic center. While the former external effects might ultimately destroy GCs, the latter mechanism suggests they are important contributors to the formation of the central nuclear star cluster (NSC). In addition, internal effects such as mass segregation, stellar remnants, binaries or intermediate mass black holes can remove stars from GCs in a more subtle way, ultimately altering their dynamical structure and providing escapee stars that contribute to the MW’s halo, disk or bulge.
Given the recent advancements in Galactic surveys and modelling, now is an opportune time to better understand the interplay between these processes in the MW and unite both observers and theorists to focus on the engines that contribute to the survival and destruction of dense star clusters – i.e. GCs and NSCs – in our Galaxy. In this conference, we will address the joint evolution of the MW and its dense star clusters, with the goal of disentangling and constraining processes that decide the fate of a cluster and the stars it loses to their ever-changing host galaxy.
Annalisa Calamida (STScI, Baltimore)
Eduardo Balbinot (Kapteyn Institute)
Eugene Vasiliev (IoA, Cambridge)
Jeremy Webb (University of Toronto)
Laura Watkins (ESO, Garching)
Paola Di Matteo (Paris Observatory)
Rodrigo Ibata (Strasbourg Observatory)
Sarah Martell (UNSW, Sydney)
Tuan Do (UCLA, Los Angeles)
Scientific Organizing Committee
Alison Sills (McMaster University, Hamilton)
Alessandra Mastrobuono-Battisti (MPIA, co-chair)
Andreas Koch (ZAH-ARI, Heidelberg)
Anna Lisa Varri (University of Edinburgh)
Anna Sippel (MPIA, co-chair)
Antonio Sollima (INAF-OAS Bologna)
Florent Renaud (Lund Observatory)
Glenn van de Ven (ESO Garching)
Nadine Neumayer (MPIA, Heidelberg)
Sergey Koposov (CMU, Pittsburgh)
Local Organizing Committee
Alina Boecker (MPIA)
Carola Jordan (MPIA)
Chiara Battistini (ZAH-LSW, Heidelberg)
Francisco Aros (ESO/MPIA)
Mayte Alfaro (MPIA)
Matteo Mazzarini (ZAH-ARI, Heidelberg)
Nikolay Kacharov (MPIA)
Prashin Jethwa (ESO, Garching)
Ryan Leaman (MPIA)
Download the full program. Daily confernce themes as follows:
GC systems, satellites and streams in the MW system
Internal GC effects altering evolution
The Galactic disk/bulge and its GCs
The contribution of GCs to the build up of the MW halo
The Galactic center and its NSC
|Mayte Alfaro Cuello||MPIA Heidelberg|
|Eric Andersson||Lund Univerisity|
|Manuel Arca Sedda||ARI-ZAH University of Heidelberg|
|Francisco Aros||MPIA Heidelberg / ESO Garching|
|Abbas Askar||Lund Observatory|
|Eduardo Balbinot||Kapteyn Institute|
|Chiara Battistini||LSW-ZAH University of Heidelberg|
|Manuel Bayer||MPIA Heidelberg|
|Peter Berczik||ARI-ZAH University of Heidelberg|
|Paolo Bianchini||Observatoire Astronomique de Strasbourg|
|Alina Boecker||MPIA Heidelberg|
|Roberto Capuzzo Dolcetta||La Sapienza, University of Rome|
|Raymond Carlberg||University of Toronto|
|Sang-Hyun Chun||Korea Astronomy and Space science Institute|
|Nazanin Davari||La Sapienza University of Rome|
|Paola Di Matteo||Observatoire de Paris|
|Jana Eisermann||University Halle-Wittenberg, Institute of Chemistry|
|Katja Fahrion||ESO Garching|
|Iskren Georgiev||MPIA Heidelberg|
|Eva Grebel||ARI-ZAH University of Heidelberg|
|Maryam Habibi||MPE Garching|
|Timo Halbesma||MPA, Germany|
|Akram Hassani Zonoozi||IASBS / Argelander Institute für Astronomie|
|Dariush Hinderberger||University Halle-Wittenberg, Institute of Chemistry|
|Meghan Hughes||Liverpool John Moores University|
|Rodrigo Ibata||Observatiore Astronomique de Strasbourg|
|Prashin Jethwa||ESO Garching|
|Carola Jordan||MPIA Heidelberg|
|Timmi Jørgensen||Lund Observatory|
|Nikolay Kacharov||MPIA Heidelberg|
|Sebastian Kamann||Liverpool John Moores University|
|Andreas Koch||ARI-ZAH University of Heidelberg|
|Bence Kocsis||Eotvos University|
|Helmer Koppelman||Kapteyn Institute|
|Diederik Kruijssen||ARI-ZAH University of Heidelberg|
|Ryan Leaman||MPIA Heidelberg|
|Nicolas Longeard||Observatoire Astronomique de Strasbourg|
|Fatemeh Zahra Majidi||La Sapienza University of Rome|
|Sarah Martell||University of New South Wales|
|David Martinez Delgado||ARI-ZAH University of Heidelberg|
|Alessandra Mastrobuono Battisti||MPIA Heidelberg|
|Matteo Mazzarini||ARI-ZAH University of Heidelberg|
|Sophia Milanov||ESO Garching|
|David Nataf||Johns Hopkins University|
|Maria Gabriela Navarro||UNAB / MAS|
|Nadine Neumayer||MPIA Heidelberg|
|Mark Norris||University of Central Lancashire|
|Mario Pasquato||Padua Astronomical Observatory (INAF)|
|Renuka Pechetti||University of Utah|
|Andres Piatti||National Scientific and Technical Research Council|
|Alexander Rasskazov||Eotvos University|
|Sara Rastello||La Sapienza University of Rome|
|Marta Reina-Campos||ARI-ZAH University of Heidelberg|
|Florent Renaud||Lund Observatory|
|Nils Ryde||Lund Observatory|
|Charli Sakari||University of Washington|
|Ricardo Salinas||Gemini Observatory|
|Fabian Scheuermann||ITA-ZAH University of Heidelberg|
|Riccardo Schiavi||La Sapienza University of Rome|
|Bekdaulet Shukirgaliyev||ARI-ZAH University of Heidelberg|
|Alison Sills||McMaster University|
|Jeffrey Simpson||University of New South Wales|
|Anna Sippel||MPIA Heidelberg|
|Ladislav Subr||Astronomical Institute of the Charles University|
|Hiromichi Tagawa||Eotvos University|
|Brian Thorsbro||Lund Observatory|
|Sebastian Trujillo Gomez||ARI-ZAH University of Heidelberg|
|Christopher Usher||Liverpool John Moores University|
|Anna Lisa Varri||University of Edinburgh|
|Eugene Vasiliev||Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge|
|Karina Voggel||University of Utah|
|Long Wang||Argelander Institut Für Astronomie, Bonn|
|Laura Watkins||ESO Garching|
|Jeremy Webb||University of Toronto|
|Alice Zocchi||ESA/ESTEC Noordwijk|
|Thomas de Boer||University of Surrey|
|Glenn van de Ven||ESO Garching|
Abstract submission deadline: 12th September
Travel funding request deadline: 5th September
Notification of talks: 21st September
Early-bird registration and payment (300 EUR) deadline: 28th September
Registration and payment (350 EUR) deadline: 26th October
Conference dates: 19th-23rd November
Registration and abstract submission is now open: please complete this form.
The auditorium seats a maximum of 80 people and preference will be given in order of registration.
Please note that registration is a two-step process: you are not required to pay when submitting your abstract, but you can do this at a later point (see payment section below).
Talks will be approximately 20 minutes plus time for questions. We will give the opportunity for short highlight talks instead of posters (maximum 3 slides and 5 minutes per person).
Payment can made via credit card on this webpage.
The registration fee is EUR 300 for early bird (payment before 28 September 2018) or EUR 350 (for payment by 26 October 2018). This includes daily transportation between downtown Heidelberg and the conference venue, coffee breaks, lunches, conference dinner and welcome reception.
A limited amount of travel funding will be available for junior scientists. Please note that applications for funding are accepted via the registration page until 5th September.
Visa & Flight Information
Please make sure to check that your passport is up-to-date before finalizing your travel arrangements!
Depending on where you live, you may or may not need to apply for a visa
to enter Germany.
For information by country, please see this overview of visa requirements.
We recommend that you fly into Frankfurt Airport (FRA), as this is the nearest international airport to Heidelberg. The following directions to Heidelberg assume that you are starting from Frankfurt; if you choose to use a different airport and would like assistance organizing travel to the conference please contact the LOC.
Getting to Heidelberg
We recommend that you figure out transportation to Heidelberg in advance! There are several options from Frankfurt Airport:
Take the train
Deutsche Bahn (DB) will take you directly from Frankfurt Airport (station: Frankfurt(M) Flugh.) to various train stations around Heidelberg (likely either Hauptbanhof or Altstadt, depending on where your hotel is). Not all trains travel at the same speed, but you can expect travel times somewhere in the range of 60-90 minutes.
The trip will be about 25 € each way, and you can download the DB Navigator app to check time tables and buy tickets in advance. Note that these can be bought fairly last-minute, though, so we recommend waiting until you know whether or not your flight will be on time before purchasing.
Take the bus
For a cheaper but slightly less efficient alternative, you can take Flixbus from the airport to Heidelberg. Prices typically range from 5-15 € each way, but depending on the time of day the trip could take up to 3 hours due to traffic. To investigate time tables and book tickets, you can check out the Flixbus website or app.
Book a shuttle
Finally, if you decide to rent a car and drive, you can follow these directions.
We provide a bus to bring all participants from town to MPIA and back. The two possible meeting points and times are:
Parking lot behind Crowne Plaza (map)
- Monday: 8.15 am
- Tuesday: 8.00 am
- Wednesday: 8.00 am
- Thursday: 8.30 am
- Friday: 8.00 am
Bus stop 'Peterskirche', hillside (map)
- Monday: 8.30 am
- Tuesday: 8.15 am
- Wednesday: 8.15 am
- Thursday: 8.45 am
- Friday: 8.15 am
Departure from MPIA/HdA is always 15min after the end of the program.
The conference takes place in the main auditorium at the Haus der Astronomie (House of Astronomy) on the hill Königstuhl above Heidelberg. It is the white spiral galaxy building right next to MPIA with address Königstuhl 17, 69117 Heidelberg. The building is barrier free and fully wheelchair accessible, and 2 seminar rooms and a room for children are also booked. We provide bus transportation from downtown Heidelberg to the venue (approx. 20 minutes), which is included in the registration fee.
The easiest way to explore Heidelberg is on foot! We suggest downloading an offline map of the area before you arrive, although there are a few spots around the city (e.g. Universitätsplatz or Bismarckplatz) where you can find free wifi.
Public transportation in Heidelberg is provided by the Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr (RNV) in the form of buses and trams; these can take you more or less anywhere you want to go within the city and are on time more often than not. The timetables can be found online; you can also download various apps to help you plan, e.g. the official RNV app (in german) or the VRN Ticket app (in english); or just use google maps.
Heidelberg has plenty of hotel and airbnb options. Block bookings of single rooms have been made at the following hotels:
Price per night
|GuestHouse Heidelberg||10||79 €|
|Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Heidelberg||6||84 €|
|Hotel Goldene Rose||10||95 €|
|Hotel Monpti||3||88 €|
|BoardingHouse Heidelberg||30||89/99 €|
Use the booking code MPIA when e-mailing the hotels.
Note: breakfast is included in the quoted prices except for GuestHouse Heidelberg, which instead provides studios with kitchenettes along with sandwiches and coffee in the lobby.