From our cosmic neighbourhood to the early universe

Supported by University of Bath as part of EPSRC grant reference EP/S012168/1

Workshop rationale We will collaboratively explore open questions of star formation science in a friendly, informal atmosphere, focusing on those aspects that connect the formerly largely separate research fields of Galactic and extragalactic star formation. This will be done unconference-style in a collaborative incubator with mixed teams of (postgraduate) students, postdocs, and senior scientists, including observers and theorists as well as Galactic and extragalactic astronomers. The unconference format means that there will only be few talks while instead we will focus on discussion and collaboration, building on diverse perspectives of star formation science in the audience. Before we convene, we will collaboratively identify and pre-select potential discussion topics and project ideas online. Have a look at what to expect and how to prepare here. Find out more about collaborative incubator workshops and our sponsor here. While this workshop will have a different focus, proceedings will otherwise have similarities with the Orion workshops in Vienna 2015 and Leiden 2019.

Venue: The workshop will be held at the University of Hertfordshire, College Lane campus, in Hatfield, UK (map). You can reach Hatfield by train (including quite easily by Eurostar), or by traveling to one of the London-area airports.

Applications no longer accepted. Places are limited, so please apply early. No experience with this kind of workshop is required, and there is no registration fee. We aim for a diverse group of 40-60 participants, mixing backgrounds, interests, and career stages.

Financial help to attend is available, but limited. Please indicate on the application form what you would need. This could be travel, accommodation and/or caring costs. For child care, places in the campus nursery can be arranged if you let us know ahead of time. If you are likely to need financial support in any way, please register early, since this support will be limited. Again, lunch, dinner, and refreshments for the coffee breaks will be provided.

Accommodation: Hotels close to campus include the Mercure Hatfield Oak, the Comet Hotel, the Beales Hotel, the Travelodge Hatfield, and the Premier Inn Hatfield. Options are also available on Airbnb. We have a university rate at the Mercure Hatfield Oak at 88 GBP per night including breakfast for a single room (96 GBP for a double room), and while we encourage you to look into other options, too, you should not have to spend more than this rate. You will have to contact the hotel by phone or email to make a reservation on this special rate. Please note that we will never call you to ask you for credit card details to arrange accommodation, which seems to be a common conference scam these days. We are planning on lunch to be provided as well as at least one dinner. This workshop will begin on Monday at 10am and will last until 5pm on Wednesday.

This meeting endorses the Code of Conduct of the International Astronomical Union.

Star Formation across Space and Time

From planet formation to galaxy evolution

Participants from

Universities of Cambridge, Cardiff, Cologne, Ghent, Hertfordshire, Leicester, Leiden, Manchester, Marseille, Oxford, St. Andrews, Torun, Vienna, and Yonsei, as well as University College London, Queen Mary University of London, CEA Saclay, AIP Potsdam, Chalmers University of Technology, ESO, JIVE, MPIA, the SKA Organisation, and the UK Astronomy Technology Centre.

Organizing committee

Kristen Coppin (UH), Jim Dale (UH),
Jan Forbrich (UH, Chair), Jim Geach (UH),
Thomas Greve (UCL), Sarah Jaffa (UH),
Christopher Lovell (UH), Jaime Vargas Gonzalez (UH),
Serena Viti (UCL), Gwenllian Williams (UH)

Workshop and collaboration topics

What are the big open questions in star formation? How do they relate to star formation across cosmic scales? What is the meaning of star formation laws? How representative is star formation in the Milky Way? What are the connections between star and planet formation? We will explore such questions in collaborative discussions, with topics selected and driven by the participants.


Jan Forbrich (chair)
j.forbrich (at)