[ASA] Conference Update: "Linking the Galactic and Extragalactic"

Jesse Van de Sande jesse.vandesande at sydney.edu.au
Mon Jul 6 17:56:31 AEST 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Given the continuing uncertainty surrounding international travel due to COVID-19, the conference "Linking the Galactic and Extragalactic: stellar dynamics and stellar populations of the Milky Way and its siblings” will now consist of an online-only meeting on 3-4 December 2020, and an in-person meeting in Nov-Dec 2021. The online meeting on 3 and 4 December will consist of two sessions a day: one at 8-10am and one at 8-10pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time, accommodating various international timezones.

The online meeting will consist of a format with:

• Pre-recorded contribed talks, made available a week before the online meeting.
• An online forum for questions and discussions about the pre-recorded talks.
• 2 days with live invited talks and four discussion sessions led by the SOC via Zoom.

We have re-opened submission for contributed talk abstracts, with a deadline of August 1st, 2020. We will be contacting all currently registered participants directly about their submitted abstracts. Further details can be found at the conference website:



Our Milky Way is by far the best­ studied galaxy in the Universe, and it has long been regarded as a benchmark for understanding disk galaxies. We have made major leaps in our understanding of the Galaxy in the last few years, enabled by Gaia, APOGEE, GALAH, and LAMOST. However, the Milky Way is only one galaxy, and trying to understand the complex processes of galaxy formation and evolution from a single object is extremely challenging.

In this conference we aim to link Galactic and Extragalactic research, both of which bring unique perspectives to understanding how disk galaxies formed. The recent wealth of detailed Milky Way measurements from GALAH, APOGEE, LAMOST, and Gaia, combined with results from spatially resolved spectroscopic surveys such as SAMI, MaNGA, CALIFA, and with VLT­-MUSE, make this the ideal time to link Galactic and extragalactic research. Crucial in this discussion are the recent results from large cosmological and Milky Way zoom in simulations that show that the Galaxy might not be the ideal template for understanding disk formation as previously thought.

The four key topics for the meeting will be the stellar dynamics and populations of the Milky Way and the stellar dynamics and populations of extragalactic galaxies, and an extra topic dedicated to comparing the different disciplines.

We would appreciate if you can circulate this widely among your colleagues.

Best regards,

Nic Scott and Jesse van de Sande (on behalf of the SOC)

Dr Jesse van de Sande | ARC DECRA Fellow
The University of Sydney
Faculty of Science, School of Physics, Sydney Institute for Astronomy (SIfA)
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