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Scientific Programme

Scientific Rationale:
Recent evidence indicates that most stars formed before the Universe had reached half its current age; thus old stellar populations are the norm today. What is less certain is when these stars assembled into the galaxies we see today. Two observational approaches to studying the formation history of galaxies are: galactic archaeology of old stellar populations in the nearby universe and direct investigation of galaxy evolution with look-back time (near and far-field cosmology).

This conference proposes to bring together the communities associated with these two complementary approaches. In addition, the Symposium will have a strong focus on theory to provide an overall understanding of the complex processes associated with galaxy formation and evolution. Key issues include: explaining the bimodality of galaxy populations, the physical processes that suppress star formation suppression in different environments, downsizing, the build up of stellar mass with time, the role of feedback and gas processes in star/galaxy formation, the epoch and role of reionisation in the Universe.

The conference will be timely to review the recent results of large galaxy surveys from HST, Galex and Spitzer telescopes to the first results from new instruments on existing telescopes (eg AAOMEGA, SCUBA2). The conference will lay the ground-work for future surveys using telescopes such as JWST and LSST.

The conference will be perhaps the largest Astronomy meeting ever held in New Zealand and the only one dedicated to extragalactic astronomy. It is appropriate that we celebrate old stellar populations and galaxy evolution in Beatrice Tinsley's native country.



Major topics:

1) Stellar Population Models
2) Globular Clusters and Dwarf Galaxies
3) Galactic Archaeology
4) Gas and Feedback Processes
5) Environmental trends
6) Galaxy Formation Models
7) Galaxy Evolution with look-back time
8) Reionisation and the first objects

Talk Schedule:
Here is a Talk schedule.
Here is a Talk abstract list (draft).