Conferences Archive

Here you can find past AIP conferences, especially Thinkshops, from the last years. This list is not complete.

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The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) with its 6.5m mirror will be the prime space-based observing platform for astronomers in the coming decades. After more than 25 years of preparation and construction, JWST was successfully launched on Christmas day 2021 and is approaching its full science operation capability. With the progress in commissioning, the focus is now shifting to the science exploitation of the unique capabilities of JWST. Studying the emergence of the galaxy population and its supermassive black holes from the “dark ages” to the present epoch is one of the main science cases for JWST. However, such studies can only unfold their full potential, if they are properly combined with other wavelength studies thus employing a whole array of leading facilities - in operation and under construction – ground based as well as space missions.

The symposium intends to take the start of the JWST science programme as an opportunity to have a holistic view on the field of galaxy evolution and some of its driving facilities presented by some of the leading researchers in the field. The focus is put on facilities in operation and under construction, but the symposium will also give a first look what is being anticipated for the next decade.

The symposium is part of the Berlin Science Week.

Berlin Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin

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4MOST All Hands Meeting (hybrid)

Sept. 19, 2022 – Sept. 23, 2022

Telegrafenberg, Potsdam

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The AIP aims to bring together the astrophysics community to discuss exoplanet atmospheres in high spectral resolution in its Thinkshop series. We therefore invite scientists to come to Potsdam to discuss the latest techniques for observations, their analysis, and the next-generation instruments in September 2022.

The focus topics for the workshop will be:

  • Observation, analysis and modelling of high-resolution exoplanet spectra
  • Scientific insights from combinations of different data types
  • Detectability of biomarkers
  • Future instrumentation

Thinkshop 2022

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Sept. 4, 2022 – Sept. 9, 2022

The 7th installment of a successful series of workshops will bring together the scientists and engineers who develop, produce, implement and operate the most advanced imaging sensors used in scientific instrumentation. The focus is given to the fields of astronomy and earth sciences.

Science Park Albert Einstein, Telegrafenberg, Potsdam

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Im diesjährigen Workshop werden wir Implementierungsprozesse für ein strukturiertes FDM in den Instituten in den Fokus stellen. Für die Planung und Umsetzung eines institutionellen FDM wurden aus der Forschung heraus Referenzmodelle entwickelt, die Forschungsinstitutionen bei der Implementierung unterstützen. Anhand der Modelle von RISE-DE (Research Infrastructure Self-Evaluation Framework) und DIAMANT (Designing an Information Architecture for Data Management Technologies) wollen wir dies exemplarisch zeigen und gemeinsam diskutieren. Grundlegende Einführungen in beide Modelle durch die Autor:innen und Erfahrungsberichte aus der Anwendung in Leibniz-Instituten bilden die Grundlage für die weitere Diskussion, wie sich die Modelle auf unterschiedliche Institutsvoraussetzungen skalieren lassen und bei welchen Prozessen die Modelle in den Instituten sinnvoll eingesetzt werden können – von der Strategieentwicklung bis zur täglichen Arbeit.

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MUSE Busy Week

May 30, 2022 – June 3, 2022

AIP, Babelsberg, Potsdam

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6th RDMO Community Meeting
Oct. 4, 2021
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Der am 1. Juli 2019 verabschiedete Kodex "Leitlinien zur Sicherung guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis" der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) beschreibt in 19 Leitlinien angemessene Standards für wissenschaftliches Arbeiten. Auch der Umgang mit Forschungsdaten wird darin an verschiedenen Stellen adressiert. So wird bspw. in den Erläuterungen zur Leitlinie 13 "Herstellung von öffentlichem Zugang zu Forschungsergebnissen" die Erwartung formuliert, dass Forschungsdaten und zentrale Materialien aus Gründen der Nachvollziehbarkeit, Anschlussfähigkeit der Forschung und Nachnutzbarkeit, den FAIR-Prinzipien folgend wann immer möglich in anerkannten Archiven und Repositorien zugänglich gemacht werden.

Der 10. Workshop des AK Forschungsdaten der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft soll den Austausch zum Kodex fördern und verschiedene Fragestellungen diskutieren.

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Die Steuergruppe der Arbeitsgemeinschaft RDMO (https://rdmorganiser.github.io/rdmo_arge/)  lud gemeinsam mit dem NFDI Direktorat und dem Konsortium NFDI4Ing ein, aktiv mit einem Kurzvortrag an dem virtuellen Workshop “Erstellung von Datenmanagementplänen und  Einsatz von DMP Tools in der NFDI” teilzunehmen. 

Vor dem Hintergrund der “Leipzig-Berlin-Erklärung zu NFDI-Querschnittsthemen der Infrastrukturentwicklung” (https://zenodo.org/record/3895209#.X_hSXthKhPY) und dem darin genannten Querschnittsthema “Erstellung von Datenmanagementplänen” wollten wir den Austausch innerhalb der NFDI dazu anregen. Ziel des Workshops war es, einen Überblick über Planungen zu erhalten, wie in den NFDI Konsortien das Forschungsdatenmanagement durchgeführt und ein Datenmanagementplan (DMP) erstellt, genutzt und projektbegleitend weitergeführt werden soll. Dabei liegt ein besonderer Fokus auf den genutzten Tools wie z.B RDMO, DMPonline oder individuell erstellten Templates.

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Institutionelle Workflows zum Forschungsdatenmanagement in der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft - eine Bestandsaufnahme und Diskussion von Spannungsfeldern

Ziel des Workshops ist der Austausch und die Analyse von verschiedenen institutionellen Prozessen und Workflows zum Forschungsdatenmanagement an den unterschiedlichen Instituten der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft. Anhand von Fallbeispielen soll zunächst ein Input geliefert werden, der dann in thematischen Gruppendiskussionen vertieft und weiter erörtert werden soll. Dabei können auch Anregungen für die Optimierung oder Anpassung von bestehenden Prozessen an den Instituten thematisiert werden. Betrachtet werden sollen sowohl technische als auch organisatorische Prozesse, die den Umgang mit Forschungsdaten am Institut strukturieren und erleichtern.

Die Auftaktveranstaltung fand am 28. Oktober 2020 statt, der Workshop am 10. und 11. November 2020.

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Foundation meeting as Open Source Project

AIP, Babelsberg, Potsdam

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Rotation periods are rapidly becoming available for large numbers of cool stars, both from ground-based efforts, and also from space missions such as Kepler, Gaia, TESS, and before long, PLATO. These periods offer independent and complementary information about stars in comparison to prior techniques. For instance they are often used to derive ages for cool stars via a procedure known as gyrochronology. Rotation also helps to interpret and illuminate various magnetic and activity behaviors of stars, and rotation in turn is likely itself affected by various factors. Related topics include open clusters, membership, metallicity, binary stars, effects of close companions, and various others might be relevant to the aims of well-reasoned measurement, usage, and interpretation of rotation periods, and future prospects. The workshop will enable researchers to present their results in a more intimate setting than often possible, and significant time will be reserved for discussions and interaction.

Potsdam, Germany

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4MOST All Hands Meeting

Sept. 16, 2019 – Sept. 20, 2019

Potsdam

2-day Machine Learning workshop with focus on practical application of diverse methods to problems in modern astronomy.

AIP

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CESRA, the Community of European Solar Radio Astronomers, organizes triennial workshops on investigations of the solar atmosphere using radio and other observations. Although special emphasis is given to radio diagnostics, the workshop topics are of interest to a large community of solar physicists. The format of the workshop will combine plenary sessions and working group sessions, with invited review talks, oral contributions, and posters.

The CESRA 2019 workshop will place an emphasis on linking the Sun with the heliosphere, motivated by the launch of Parker Solar Probe in 2018 and the upcoming launch of Solar Orbiter in 2020. It will provide the community with a forum for discussing the first relevant science results and future science opportunities, as well as on opportunity for evaluating how to maximize science return by combining space-borne observations with the wealth of data provided by new and future ground-based radio instruments, such as ALMA, E-OVSA, EVLA, LOFAR, MUSER, MWA, and SKA, and by the large number of well-established radio observatories.

Telegrafenberg, Potsdam

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Recent observational results from space missions, such as the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS), Kepler and others that were launched in the past 10 years, as well as from the new large solar and stellar telescopes, such as GREGOR and ALMA, and advanced instrumentation, have convincingly demonstrated that the progress in our understanding of how magnetic fields are generated, emerge from the interior, organize in active regions, and cause powerful eruptions can be achieved only by developing a unified approach and studying relationships between solar and stellar magnetism. Developing a synergy of solar and stellar astronomy is essential in solving grand-challenge problems of the primary mechanisms of stellar magnetic activity and its effects on star-planet relations.

An important key issue is that the same or similar phenomena occur on the Sun and other stars under different conditions (different age, metallicity, rotation rate etc) and studying these similarities and differences will help to uncover the underlying physical mechanisms, their evolution in time and impacts. Specifically, the proposed program includes discussions of new emerging topics that are of interest to both solar and stellar astronomers, such as magnetic field diagnostics of the chromosphere and corona using observations of chromospheric lines and initial data from ALMA (which became available earlier this year), detection of stellar magnetospheres, and detailed mapping of the magnetic fields on the surface of stars. Previously, such mapping was possible only for the Sun. Therefore, it is very interesting and important to compare the solar and stellar results, and also discuss how the surface magnetism structure and evolution are related to the generation of magnetic in the solar and stellar interiors.

Hosted by AIP and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Copiapo, Chile

Copiapo, Chile

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Deciphering the structure and formation history of our Galaxy will provide important clues to understanding galaxy formation in a broader context. Wide-field multi-object spectroscopic surveys play a particularly important role in the analysis of the Milky Way: Spectroscopy enables us to measure the radial velocity (RV) as a key component of the six-dimensional phase space of stellar positions and velocities, which in turn allows us to study the details of Galactic dynamics. Spectroscopy also facilitates the measurement the abundance of chemical elements in a stellar atmosphere which holds important clues on the initial chemical composition of the interstellar medium and its subsequent metal enrichment.
However, despite the importance of stellar spectroscopy for Galactic Archaeology, the data situation in the early 2000s was far from satisfactory. RVs were listed for some 50,000 stars in the databases of the Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg (CDS), an astonishingly small number compared to the approximately one million spectra available for galaxy redshifts listed at that time. Furthermore, these spectra comprised a very heterogeneous sample in terms of selection, resolution, epoch and Signal-to-Noise. The situation change somewhat with the advent of the Geneva Copenhagen Survey (GCS), which however covered only a sphere
of about 100 pc radius around the sun (the so-called Hipparcos sphere).

RAVE was the first systematic stellar spectroscopic survey focussed on questions of the structure and evolution of the Galaxy. Originally designed mainly to obtain radial velocities, the spectra are of high enough quality to extend the data products to include atmospheric parameters and chemical abundances. A series of 5 public data releases provided an increasing number of targets and increasingly refined data products including atmospheric parameters, and chemical abundances with the final data release, including some 500,000 spectra, being close to publication. The RAVE data releases were complemented by value-added catalogues, including spectrophotometric distances, automated spectral classification as well as catalogues of active stars and of candidates for very metal-poor stars. Furthermore, RAVE has meanwhile been complemented by surveys of similar or even larger size at lower (SEGUE, LAMOST) and higher spectral resolution (APOGEE, GaiaESO, GALAH). Future surveys like SDSS-V, WEAVE, PFS and 4MOST will further extend our census of the Milky Way, eventually reaching tens of millions of spectra.

Babelsberg, Potsdam

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Hubble Pre-Symposium for WE-Heraeus-Symposium, part of the Berlin Science Week
Nov. 8, 2018

The Hubble law discovered in 1929, i.e. the linear relation between the recession velocity of galaxies and their distance, is the cornerstone of modern cosmology and of the Big Bang model. In this model, the proportionality constant H0 in this relation, the so-called Hubble constant, is also the ratio of the expansion rate and size scale of the cosmos, the inverse ratio thus directly giving the age (and characteristic length) scale of the cosmos. To accurately determine H0 has thus been a major focus in observational cosmology and astrophysics over the past 90 years.

However, the history of determining H0 has been full of systematic problems, inconsistencies and controversies from its very beginnings.

Berlin, Germany

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