Birth, life and fate of massive galaxies and their central beating heart, Favignana Island, Italy, 3-7 September 2018



Birth, life and fate of massive galaxies and their central beating heart

Favignana Island, Italy, 3-7 September 2018


15 April 2018 Abstract submission
15 June 2018, fee payment
Scientific rationale
Massive galaxies are among the most interesting objects in our Universe, as they are peculiar in many aspects. They are few, but they account collectively for half of the stars ever formed. They are mostly quiescent nowadays but they are believed to have undergone an impressively efficient phase of star formation long ago, when our Universe was a quite different and turbulent place. There is convincing evidence that such behemoths evolve much faster with respect to the lower mass counterparts, reaching quiescence shortly after the powerful starburst. In addition, they live in the most extreme environments, like galaxy groups and clusters where the frequent mergers and the interaction with the hot intra-group- and intra-cluster-medium might seriously affect their properties. They host super-massive black holes (BH) at their center and are likely the most affected by the powerful winds and jets generated by the active galactic nucleus (AGN) accreting disc.
How they form and evolve and what’s their relation with their environment and central BH are questions still at the core of modern galaxy evolution studies. The conference  will review the most recent observational and theoretical results about the life of such giant systems from their birth to their death.
To this aim, the conference will review the following aspects:
  • Observations of the most distant massive galaxies and of their properties, number density and environment
  • Observations of the co-evolution of massive systems and the cosmic web: from proto-clusters, to local clusters through galaxy groups.
  • Observations of co-evolution of massive host and central black-hole: occurrence of AGN activity and AGN driven winds or radio jets, direct effect of AGN feedback on massive galaxy properties.
  • Observational constraints of the massive galaxy gas accretion rate and mass loading factor across cosmic time.
  • Evolution of the most important scaling relations, such as the mass-metallicity, mass-size and stellar mass-host halo mass relations.
  • Predictions of the state of the art simulations and review of the limits of the current paradigm of galaxy formation.
  • Future prospects of new galaxy evolution surveys and projects
Scientific Organizing Committee
  • Paola Popesso, Excellence Cluster Universe, Germany (co-chair)
  • Angela Bongiorno, INAF, Rome, Italy, (co-chair)
  • Andrea Cimatti, University of Bologna, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Italy
  • Mark Dickinson, NOAO, Tucson, USA
  • Klaus Dolag, Munich Sternwarte, Excellence Cluster Universe, Munich, Germany
  • Adriano Fontana, INAF, Rome, Italy
  • Vincenzo Mainieri, ESO, Excellence Cluster Universe, Germany
  • Simona Mei, Univ. Paris Diderot - LERMA - Observatoire de Paris, Paris, France
  • Enrico Piconcelli, INAF, Rome, Italy
  • Lucia Pozzetti, INAF, Bologna, Italy,
  • Mara Salvato, MPE, Excellence Cluster Universe, Garching, Germany
Local Organizing Commitee
  • Angela Bongiorno
  • Paola Popesso
  • Sonja Lutz-Lampertseder
  • Alice Concas
  • Laura Morselli
Invited Speakers
  • Mariangela Bernardi, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Robert Feldmann, Institute for Computational Science, University of Zurich, Zurich
  • Emanuele Daddi, Institut de recherche sur les lois fondamentales de l'Univers, CEA, Paris
  • Megan Donahue, Michigan state University, USA
  • Davor Krajnovic, Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam, Potsdam
  • Chris Harrison, European Southern Observatory, Garching
  • Claudia Maraston, The Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, Portsmouth
  • Yinjie Peng, The Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Peking University, Peking
  • Alvio Renzini, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova - Inaf, Padova (opening talk)
  • Raffaella Schneider, University of Rome La Sapienza, Rome
  • Bram Venemans, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Heidelberg
  • Marta Volonteri, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris - IAP, Paris