Puerto Varas

March 15–20, 2015

Astronomy Past
Astronomy Future

The Soul of High-Mass Star Formation Conference

will be held in Puerto Varas, Chile on March 15–20, 2015.

Despite the influence that high-mass stars have in the evolution of galaxies, being the principal tracers of star formation, the progenitors of core collapse supernovae, and the main sources of chemical enrichment, turbulence and mixing in the interstellar medium, the details of their formation process and early evolution of high-mass stars are still not well understood. Young massive stars are typically found in complex environments involving gravitational interaction, winds, outflows and ionizing radiation. Thus the study of high-mass stars from both observational and theoretical point of view is complex and there is still no consensus on the key mechanisms leading to their formation. During the last decade many large-scale surveys (e.g. GLIMPSE, ATLASGAL) led to the identification of massive star formation regions in their earliest stages in our Galaxy. These have been observed with new instruments, in particular massive Herschel data has been taken to characterize physically and chemically the most embedded sources on moderate to large spatial scales. Today, when ALMA will soon begin full operations opening new windows in frequency, chemistry, spatial resolution, and sensitivity, it is timely to discuss our current understanding and open questions on massive star formation.

Invited Speakers:

  • Patrick Hennebelle
  • Thomas Henning
  • Thushara Pillai
  • Henrik Beuther
  • Andres Guzman
  • Sergio Molinari
  • Steven Longmore
  • Betsy Mills

Key science topics to be discussed are:

  • High-Mass Star Formation Theory and Simulations
  • Early Stages of High-Mass Star Formation
  • Cores and Filaments
  • Chemistry
  • Massive Disks
  • Massive Jets/Outflows
  • Milky Way Surveys
  • Massive Clusters
  • Inner Galaxy
  • Nearby Galaxies

This is the fifth conference in the series:

  • The Earliest Phases of Massive Star Birth, Boulder, CO, USA, 2001
  • Massive Star Birth: A Crossroads of Astrophysics, Acireale, Italy, 2005
  • Massive Star Formation: Observations confront Theory, Heidelberg, Germany, 2007
  • Great Barriers in High-Mass Star Formation, Townsville, Australia, 2010
Cerro Calan - Observatorio Astronomico Nacional

Thank you everyone for making the conference a success!

The group photos is up in the Photos page.

Scientific Organizing Committee

  • Diego Mardones, chair—Universidad de Chile
  • Guido Garay, co-chair—Universidad de Chile
  • Maite Beltran—Arcetri, Italy
  • Henrik Beuther—MPIA, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Jill Rathborne—CSIRO, Australia
  • Neal Evans—University of Texas, USA
  • Paul Ho—ASIAA, Taiwan
  • Doug Johnstone—NRC-CNRC, Canada
  • Luis Felipe Rodriguez—CRYA, Mexico
  • Ewine van Dishoeck—Leiden University, Netherlands
  • Qizhou Zhang—CfA, USA

Local Organizing Committee

  • Diego Mardones, chair—Universidad de Chile
  • Luis Chavarria, co-chair—Conicyt
  • Natalie Huerta—Universidad de Chile
  • Lars-Ake Nyman—ALMA
  • Miguel Roth—LCO
  • Zhong Wang—CASSACA
  • Willem-Jan de Wit—ESO
  • Yichen Zhang—Universidad de Chile
  • Flor Candia—Universidad de Santiago
  • Elise Miley—Web design
  • David Azocar—Journalist