The science of Gaia and future challenges - Second Announcement



******************** Second Announcement **********************

Dear all,

We would like to invite you and your colleagues to participate in a 
2.5-day science meeting "The science of Gaia and future challenges" to 
mark the retirement of Lennart Lindegren to be held at Lund Observatory, 
Sweden. The meeting will begin at 09:00 on Wednesday 30th August and be 
finished by 13:00 on Friday 1st September, 2017.

The main goal of this meeting is to explore the science made possible by 
Gaia Data Release 1, and to look forward to the coming data releases. 
The meeting aims to attract scientists who are interested in better 
understanding modern astrometry from space, and how it is best used for 
scientific discovery. This will include insight into the assumptions 
used to construct the Gaia catalogue and how to assess and interpret any 
flaws in the data. Almost one year after Gaia Data Release 1, the 
scientific results from the mission will be discussed â what have we 
learned about the formation, structure and dynamics of the Milky Way? We 
will also discuss improvements expected using the second data release, 
due in April 2018. The meeting will also discuss the challenges that lie 
ahead for Galactic dynamics and astrometry â what are the driving 
science questions that Gaia cannot address or will only partly answer? 
How can future astrometry meet these challenges with the extended Gaia 
10yr mission, a new Gaia-like mission for 2035â2040 or high precision 
astrometry with pointed missions.

Registration for the meeting is now open and the deadline is the 1st of 
June.
Please try to register early (especially for talks and posters) as 
preference will be given to the early applicants.

Further details can be found on the meeting website:

http://www.astro.lu.se/gaia2017/

Confirmed speakers include: Carine Babusiaux, Coryn BailerâJones, Uli 
Bastian, James Binney, Anthony Brown, Naoteru Gouda, Amina Helmi, David 
Hobbs, Carme Jordi, Sergei Klioner, Alberto KroneâMartins, Lennart 
Lindegren, Francois Mignard, Michael Perryman, Annie Robin, Floor van 
Leeuwen.

Scientific Organizing Committee (SOC): Annie Robin, Anthony Brown, David 
Hobbs and Paul McMillan.

Best regards,
The SOC

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David Hobbs
Senior University Lecturer (Universitetslektor)
Lund Observatory
Box 43, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden
Tel:   +46 46 22 21573
Fax:   +46 46 22 24614
email: david at astro.lu.se
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