From Protostellar Disks to Planetary Systems

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A view of the Natural Sciences Building .

Please read this Final Announcement.

The formation of stars and planetary systems arefundamental yet unresolved problems in astrophysics.Both processes depend crucially on the evolution ofa gas/dust disk surrounding a young star.Rapid advances in our understanding of disk evolutionare coming fromdirect observations of star-disk systems,modeling of star and planet formation,and studies of our own solar systemthrough observations and meteoritic data.

It is the goal of this workshop to bring together researchers working on various aspects of disk evolution in order to exchange ideas, achieve deeper insights, and foster new collaborations. This workshop will be limited to 40 participants.

Download the workshop poster (PDF).

Free Public Lecture

On Friday, May 19, the noted planet formation theorist Dr. Alan Boss, of the Carnegie Institution in Washington, will give a popular lecture entitled "Looking for Earths: The Race to Find New Solar Systems". This talk is at 7:00 p.m. in Room B1073 at Fanshawe College, occurring as part of a meeting of the London Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Open to the general public.