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Eclectic Universe Poster

Pathways Through an Eclectic Universe

An international conference organized by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) which will be held from 23rd to 27th April, 2007at Hotel Playa de La Arena (Tenerife) to discuss recent progress in our understanding of star formation in galaxies and to celebrate the fact that John Beckman has been an active astrophysicist for 40 years.

  • There is new information on the proceedings page.
  • Now available on-line: Results of the LOC questionnaire (pdf)
  • Now available on-line: the abstract book, programme, and participant list, all in postscript format.
  • The proceedings of the conference will be published in the Conference Series of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Editors will be Johan Knapen, Terry Mahoney and Alexandre Vazdekis. All papers will be published, including poster papers. The deadline for submission of the papers will be two months after the conference.

Scientific Questions to be Addressed

Among the broad questions to be addressed during this conference are the following:

  • Can we construct a comprehensive picture of how gas is transformed into stars in a variety of galaxies?
  • What can be done to incorporate star formation into (a) our interpretation of galactic history via stellar populations and (b) our modelling of galaxy formation and evolution, both catastrophic and secular?
  • Can the detailed physics observed in local galaxies be translated meaningfully to our understanding of the high redshift universe?
  • What is the role of feedback, both positive and negative, in star formation in galaxies?
  • How can the power of current and future observing facilities, along with that of modern computing, be most efficiently used to advance the issues raised above?

The conference will serve as a celebration of the fact that John Beckman has been an active astrophysicist for 40 years, a career in which he has worked on many different topics, ranging from Solar Physics to Cosmology. Because of this we will allow a number of contributions of varied kinds, to spice the proceedings, to be made by friends and associates of John. These contributions may be in fields as varied as the history and philosophy of astronomy, or other branches of astronomy not related to the interaction of star formation and galaxy formation, but where John has made contributions. This wide range of interests, combined with John's empirical and open-minded style of approaching astrophysical problems has led to the choice of the title of this conference. We look forward to a week full of eclectic and productive scientific discussions.