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Emission Line Galaxies with MOS: from cosmic noon to the reionization era

When Sep 18, 2017 12:00 PM to
Sep 22, 2017 02:30 PM
Where Kavli Institute for Cosmology, University of Cambridge
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Registration and Abstract Submission 

The abstract submission and registration deadline is 15 May 2017. You can register and send your abstract following this link: Registration Form

Please note that we will have limited funds for supporting the accommodation expenses of early career researchers. 

Workshop Rationale

Galaxies showing strong emission lines are precious laboratories to study the physical mechanisms driving and regulating star formation through cosmic time, since they can be easily observed from the local universe to the highest redshifts.

With the advent of the last generation of optical and near-infrared Multi Object and Integral Field Spectrographs (MOS, IFS), we have entered in a new golden era for emission line studies. Therefore, it is now possible to draw a detailed picture of the several inter-linked physical processes driving star formation and chemical evolution in galaxies from low to high redshifts as never before. In particular, large and deep MOS surveys appear as powerful tools to trace physical properties of galaxies in space and time with high statistical significance. Exciting enough, the next generation of ground-based and space-borne multifrequency MOS facilities (e.g. VLT-MOONS, JWST-NIRSpec, Subaru-PFS, WEAVE, 4MOST, DESI, E-ELT-MOSAIC) will arrive with the promise of revolutionising the field, providing high multiplexing data of unprecedented sensitivity over large cosmic volumes. This will allow us to trace the physical properties of galaxies in space and time by pushing studies into the rather unexplored low-mass regime, from intermediate redshifts (z~1-2) to the reionization era at z>6, with profound implications in our understanding of galaxy formation and evolution.


This Workshop will be a chance to review and discuss crucial aspects of galaxy formation and evolution at intermediate and high redshifts. We aim at bringing together leading experts in the scientific exploitation of current and future MOS facilities, and more broadly scientists active in the investigation of emission line galaxies, emission line and photoionization modelling, and cosmological/hydrodynamic simulations. Early-career researchers are especially encouraged to participate.

The following key topics will be covered:

  • Star Formation throughout Cosmic Time.
  • Excitation mechanisms and emission line diagnostics.
  • Metallicity, chemical abundances and gradients.
  • Galaxy kinematics and dynamics.
  • Primordial Universe and reionization.
  • Prospects for high redshift studies with upcoming facilities.

Invited Speakers

  • Jarle Brinchmann (Sterrewacht Leiden)
  • Andrew Bunker (University of Oxford)
  • Marco Castellano (Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma)
  • Michele Cirasuolo (European Southern Observatory)
  • Romeel Davé (University of Western Cape)
  • Anna Feltre (Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris)
  • Andrea Ferrara (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa)
  • Lisa Kewley (Australian National University)
  • Filippo Mannucci (Osservatorio di Arcetri)
  • Ivelina Momcheva (Yale University)
  • Thorsten Naab (Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik)
  • Laura Pentericci (Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma)
  • Enrique Pérez Montero (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía)
  • Naveen Reddy (University of California, Riverside)
  • Brant Robertson (University of California, Santa Cruz)
  • Daniel Schaerer (Observatoire de Genève)
  • Alice Shapley (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Daniel Stark (University of Arizona)
  • Charles C. Steidel (California Institute of Technology)
  • Lidia Tasca (Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille)
  • Arjen van der Wel (Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie)
  • Emily Wisnioski (Max-Planck-Instituts für extraterrestrische Physik)


  • Ricardo Amorin (co-chair)
  • Ricardo Chavez (co-chair)
  • Avishai Dekel
  • Olivier Le Fevre
  • Roberto Maiolino
  • Laura Pentericci
  • Max Pettini
  • Alice Shapley
  • Debora Sijacki
  • Renske Smit 
  • Lutz Wisotzki
  • Ricardo Amorin 
  • Sandra Berner
  • Ricardo Chavez 
  • Roberto Maiolino
  • Renske Smit 
  • Almarie Williams


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Directions to the Kavli Institute for Cosmology can be found in this link.


More information on this topic will be available soon.


We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Kavli Foundation and from a grant from the Templeton Foundation held by Prof. Martin Rees.