[ASA] GMT Community Science Meeting: Chemical evolution of the universe: From Cosmic Dawn to Cosmic Noon

International Telescopes Support Office itso at aao.gov.au
Fri May 19 09:19:57 AEST 2017

The Fifth Annual GMT Community Science Meeting, sponsored by the Giant 
Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO), will be held from September 
17-20, 2017 at the Tarrytown House Estate & Conference Center in New 
York. At 25 metres in diameter, the GMT (http://www.gmto.org/) will have 
over six times the collecting area of the largest telescopes currently 
in existence. It is being developed by the GMTO on behalf of a 
consortium of universities in the USA, along with Korea, the Australian 
National University (ANU) and Astronomy Australia Ltd (AAL).

The theme of the meeting is the “Chemical evolution of the universe: 
 From Cosmic Dawn to Cosmic Noon.” This field of astronomy addresses the 
formation of the chemical elements through early star formation and the 
enrichment of interstellar and intergalactic gas through stellar winds, 
supernovae and galactic outflows. The evolution of the chemical 
composition of gas and stars by these and other processes offers 
astronomers insight into the formation of the first galaxies, the 
formation and growth of supermassive black holes, and ultimately the 
evolution of galaxies like our Milky Way.

This meeting will bring together observers, theorists, and computational 
astrophysicists in a workshop-style environment to discuss forefront 
problems in the field, with a particular eye towards the progress that 
can be made in the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) era. Registration is 
now open at http://www.gmtconference.org/. The deadline for contributed 
talks is 30 June 2017, and registration closes on 27 August 2017.

Pending budgetary approval the AAO's International Telescopes Support 
Office intends to offer travel subsidies of up to $2000 to enable an 
equitable representation of Australian-based participants. To be 
considered for a travel subsidy please forward a copy of your 
registration and submitted talk/poster abstract to itso at aao.gov.au by 17 
July 2017. Applicants will be notified of any award by 31 July 2017.

Stuart Ryder, ITSO
on behalf of Australian SOC Members Lisa Kewley, Martin Asplund, and 
Michele Trenti

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