GREAT-ESF Workshop - Young Clusters in the Gaia-ESO Survey - 1st Announcement

                         FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT

      GREAT-ESF Workshop - Young Clusters in the Gaia-ESO Survey

                  Palermo - Italy, 20-22 May 2014

Scientific Organizing Committee:

Francesco Damiani (INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo), Chair
Ronny Blomme (Royal Observatory Belgium, Bruxelles, Belgium)
Janet Drew (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
Ettore Flaccomio (INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo, Italy)
Rob Jeffries (Keele University, UK)
Ignacio Negueruela (University of Alicante, Spain)
Sofia Randich (INAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Italy)

Local Organizing Committee:

Sara Bonito (Universita' di Palermo), Co-Chair
Laura Daricello (INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo), Co-Chair
Giuseppe Inzerillo (INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo)
Flavio Morale (INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo)
Salvo Speziale (INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo)

Workshop Rationale:

The Workshop will focus on recent results from the Gaia-ESO Survey on
young clusters, from the earliest stages up to about 1 Gyr. By Spring
2014, the first half of planned Survey observations will be completed,
including many clusters in this evolutionary range. This workshop will
therefore be an ideal place to review the observational material
gathered thus far, the employed data reduction techniques, and to present
science results using data from the first releases. In perspective,
potential issues on Survey planning and data reduction may find there a
convenient place for broad discussions.
Science themes will comprise (but will not be limited to) cluster dynamics,
chemistry, lithium abundance, and their evolution; massive stars and
their environment; comparison with theoretical models; synergies between
Gaia-ESO and other surveys.

The Workshop is co-sponsored by the European Science Foundation (ESF) through
the Gaia REsearch in Astronomy Training (GREAT) Research Networking Programme.

Meeting format:

To maximize interactions only plenary sessions are foreseen, including
dedicated time for open discussions; we therefore encourage participants
to contribute with oral presentations. Some poster presentations will be

The Workshop will be organized in six main Sessions:

May 20, 2014:
Session 1: Young clusters in GES: observations status and planning.
Session 2: Data processing and stellar parameter determination.

May 21, 2014:
Session 3: Gaia status update; low mass stars in clusters: from the youngest regions to the ZAMS - I
Session 4: Massive star clusters and H II regions.

May 22, 2014:
Session 5: Low mass stars in clusters: from the youngest regions to the ZAMS - II
Session 6: Synergies between GES and other datasets.


The preliminary list of speakers includes:

Timo Prusti (TBC)
Sofia Randich
Loredana Prisinzano
Emilio Alfaro
Jim Lewis
Richard Jackson
Alessandro Lanzafame
Rob Jeffries
Michiel Cottaar
Ronny Blomme
Artemio Herrero
Sylvia Ekström
Tim Naylor (TBC)
Lorenzo Spina
Giusi Micela (TBC)
Geert Barentsen
Herve' Bouy
Estelle Moraux
Mathias Schultheis

Please check the Workshop webpage for updated speaker list and scientific


The Workshop will be held in the conference room of Palaeontology Museum
"G.G. Gemmellaro"
in Palermo historical center, and within walking distance from Palermo
Observatory (host institution for the Workshop).


Online registration is now open through the webpage:

There is no registration fee for participants.

Deadline for registration and abstract submission deadline: April 15, 2014

The workshop will be limited to an attendance of 50 participants maximum.


Limited financial support may be granted on request, only covering hotel
accommodation, to 25-30 participants on a first-come-first-served basis.
We will try to assign higher priorities, however, to PhD students and young

Deadline for support request: March 15, 2014


Abstracts for oral or poster presentations may be submitted before April
15, 2014, through the Registration webpage.


Details can be found in the Workshop webpage.


The Workshop social dinner will be held on Wednesday, May 21.
The exact location, time, and cost will be communicated through the
Workshop webpage.


15 March 2014:     Support request deadline
20 March 2014:     Confirmation of awarded support
15 April 2014:     Registration and Abstract submission closed
22 April 2014:     Final programme
20 May 2014:       Workshop start


- For further information regarding the format and scientific objectives
  of the meeting, please contact the SOC Chair:
           Francesco Damiani<damiani at>

- For further information regarding the Workshop logistics, announcements,
  and accommodations, please contact the LOC:
           Sara Bonito<sbonito at>,
           Laura Daricello<daric at>

- For further information regarding abstract submission and registration,
  please contact:
           Sara Bonito<sbonito at>

Dr Nicholas A. Walton
Institute of Astronomy          Tel:   +44 1223 337503
University of Cambridge         Fax:   +44 1223 337523
Madingley Road                  WWW:
Cambridge, CB3 0HA              email: naw at

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