[ASA] Fwd: MIAPP Scientific Program 2021 "Stellar astrophysics in the era of Gaia, spectroscopic, and asteroseismic surveys"

Amanda Karakas amanda.karakas at monash.edu
Mon Feb 10 17:47:28 AEDT 2020

Dear colleagues,

we would like to draw your attention to and to invite you to register for
the MIAPP Scientific Program on
*Stellar astrophysics in the era of Gaia, spectroscopic, and asteroseismic

The program will take place in Garching, in a vibrant scientific
environment of the Munich Institute for Astro- and Particle Physics
(MIAPP), from 31 May to 25 June 2021.

The registration is now open and you may submit your application at

The detailed science case and some information about MIAPP are appended
below. Note that the attendance is by invitation only and is limited to
60-70 participants. The program committee will review all applications and
inform the applicants in Fall 2020.

Please forward this email to anyone who might be interested to participate
in the meeting.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Garching in summer 2021!

Best regards,
Maria, Dan, Amanda, Saskia, Rolf

*MIAPP Scientific Program 2021*
Stellar astrophysics in the era of Gaia, spectroscopic, and asteroseismic

*When*:  31.05.2021 - 25.06.2021

*Where*: Excellence Cluster Origins / MIAPP
Garching, Germany

*Organisers*: Maria Bergemann, Daniel Huber, Saskia Hekker, Amanda Karakas,
Rolf Kudritzki

*Science case*:
This MIAPP program will focus on theoretical and
observational challenges in the broad area of Stellar Astrophysics.

Over the past decade, the astronomical community has invested
enormous efforts to exploit major ground- and space-based facilities. The
advent of stellar spectroscopic surveys, such as Gaia-ESO, GALAH, and
APOGEE, paved the way for the large-scale analysis of the chemical
compositions of millions of stars. Time-domain photometry missions, such as
CoRoT, Kepler, and TESS, allowed detailed characterization of the interior
structure of stars by asteroseismic techniques.
Interferometric observations with VLTI and CHARA provide new information
about stellar diameters and the circumstellar environment. With Gaia,
stellar luminosities and radii of millions of stars can now be derived. The
upcoming facilities and surveys, such as SDSS-V, 4MOST, PLATO, LSST, and
JWST will revolutionize the field with unique time-domain information, and
an increase in sample size by orders of magnitude.

The main challenge is to combine the large amount of
high-quality observations into a general coherent picture of the
fundamental parameters of stars and to position them within the context
of theoretical stellar structure and stellar evolution. The MIAPP program
will assess the state-of-the-art in the field and develop concepts for new
strategies and models to move towards the percent-level precision and
accuracy in diagnostics of stellar structure.

The program will bring together specialists in stellar astrophysics,
theorists as well as observers, who work on related and complementary
aspects of stellar physics. In particular, we will focus on the following
• What are the key unknowns in our understanding of stellar structure and
• How do we combine the information from various types of
surveys (asteroseismic, spectroscopic, interferometric, astrometric) to
learn about stellar physics?
• How accurately and precisely can we determine fundamental
stellar parameters?
• Can we reduce our dependence on calibrations to observations, to make
stellar models more predictive?
• What new theoretical approaches could be used in conjunction with the
data to advance stellar modelling?
• What are the key discrete observational tests of theory?

This program will open numerous new opportunities for synergies
and collaboration, from the knowledge transfer on radiative transfer
and hydrodynamics (stellar atmospheres, stellar evolution models),
to developing new methods of pattern recognition in
observations (spectroscopy, asteroseismology), identifying the ways to
implement complex physical processes, such as multi-scale dynamics, into
the models, and relating these developments to other
astrophysical disciplines, where stellar parameters and stellar models are

*General information about MIAPP:*

The workshop will be funded and supported by the Munich Institute for
Astro- and Particle Physics. MIAPP is an institution operated by the two
Munich universities with funds from the German Science Foundation. MIAAP is
an Aspen-like institution and hosts a series of six four-week workshops
every year on topics in astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear- and particle

A typical MIAPP workshop program consists of one or two seminars per day
and much time for informal discussions and actual work. Participants work
together in one building (on the Garching research campus close to ESO and
the two Max-Planck-Institutes) where they all have offices and desks. They
receive 80 Euros per day per diem and are expected to attend at least for
two weeks. Participants who are accompanied by their family with minor
children can receive additional support of 40 Euros per day.

If you wish to bring along a post-doc or student, please let us know, MIAPP
can cover the per diem for them too. For PhD students who wish to attend,
they can apply for one of five MIAPP fellowships, which pays 500 Euros in
addition to the per diem. Students who apply for a fellowship should submit
their CV and arrange for a letter of recommendation from their supervisor.


A/Prof.  Amanda Karakas
School of Physics and Astronomy
Monash University
Victoria 3800 AUSTRALIA
Ph:  +61 (0)3 9905 4446
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