1-6 March 2020
During the last decade, significant progress has been made towards probing how the first stars, galaxies and black holes have actually formed. Particular highlights include the first detections of gravitational waves as a new window into our Universe, the first detection of a signal from the reionization epoch through the EDGES experiment, as well as the continuous progress in areas such as stellar archeology or the search for the first galaxies. In addition, significant further developments will be expected in the coming years due to future missions such as JWST and the SKA.
The conference aims at discussing the current theoretical and observational status of our understanding of stellar birth throughout cosmic history, the impact of first star and galaxy formation on the subsequent evolution of the Universe, first supernova explosions and chemical enrichment, cosmic reionization, and formation of supermassive black holes. Specific focus is given to current and future space-borne and Earth-bound observational campaigns and their comparison with predictions from state-of-the-art numerical simulations. We will thereby follow up on the previous First Stars conferences (I-V) that were held in Garching in 1999, in Pennsylvania in 2003, in Santa Fe in 2007, in Kyoto in 2012 and in Heidelberg in 2016. The current conference is the first in the series to take place in South America, and aims particularly at establishing closer connections with the observational community in Chile, hosting the world´s largest telescopes and providing significant opportunities in its astronomical community. We encourage especially young researchers and students to attend the conference.
The First Stars VI conference will cover the following topics:
The venue is the nice, freely accessible campus of the Universidad de Concepción directly in the city center, with many nearby bars, restaurants, shops and coffee places. The conference itself will take place in the main Auditorium of the EmpreUdeC building.
The costs for a typical hotel in Concepción are between 60 and 80 USD per night per person. In particular, we recommend the following hotels:
In case you are looking for cheaper accomodation, you may also consider the Hostal Concepción here.
After the conference, we encourage you to also visit the large telescopes in Chile, which are accessible to the general public. Information for public visits can be found on the following websites, and we encourage you strongly to make an early reservation:
Chile also offers a wide variety of tourist destinations, including the deserts in the north, the Andinian mountains in the east and Patagonia in the South, with a very nice landscape consisting of mountains, glaciers and rivers, as well as the opportunity of visiting the Easter Island. Preliminary information can be found here, which we will extend over the following weeks.