The Modern Radio Universe, 22 - 26 April 2013, Bonn, Germany



The Modern Radio Universe

22 - 26 April 2013, Bonn, Germany




80 years ago, in spring 1933, Karl Jansky published his discovery of cosmic radio emission. This paved the way not only for a new discipline, radio astronomy, but also for an exploration of the universe that now encompasses almost the entire electromagnetic window.


Nowadays, radio astronomy is about to enter into yet another "golden era" with a number of new or upgraded radio facilities coming online and major new initiatives, like the SKA, are starting up. This conference will try to highlight the original and exciting science currently being produced by radio astronomical facilities, such as the Effelsberg telescope, the GBT, LOFAR, ALMA, the Karl Jansky VLA, eMERLIN, EVN, VLBA, as well as the pathfinder experiments of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), and others.


The advanced science delivered by the radio astronomical community will improve our current knowledge of the universe, highlight new trends, and address key questions in modern astrophysics that may lead us to even more ambitious science goals to be targeted by future radio facilities like the SKA.

Science areas that will be discussed are amon

g others: Cosmology, galaxy evolution, AGN and compact objects, star formation, interstellar medium, The Milky Way and Galactic science, radio transients, fundamental and astroparticle physics, extreme physics and associated theory. In particular:

* From the dark ages to cosmic large scale structure (EoR, dark energy, HI web)
* Galaxies and galaxy evolution (HI, radio continuum, magnetic fields)
* Stars and star formation (masers, radio stars, planetary radio emission, disks)
* Interstellar and Intergalactic Medium (physical processes in the ISM and IGM)
* Compact Objects (AGN, X-ray binaries, neutron stars, radio transients)
* Tests of fundamental physics (pulsars, fundamental constants)


The last Modern Radio Universe took place 2007 in Manchester commemorating 50 years of the Lovell telescope and looking forward towards the SKA. This issue of the conference commemorates the groundbreaking work of Karl Jansky 80 years ago and comes 40 years after the Effelsberg 100m telescope started operations.


The conference will consist of invited talks (approx. 20 min) and 15 min contributed talks (potentially a few 30 min review talks) plus posters. In short, combining past and future of radio astronomy, the main focus of the science presentations, will be to make an inventory of outstanding science results that are presently being obtained by the newly upgraded or constructed facilities.


M. Kramer (chair; MPIfR), H. Falcke (chair; Radboud Uni Nijmegen), F. Bertoldi (AIfA), F. Combes (Paris), T. de Graauw (ALMA), P. Diamond (SKA), A. Eckart (Uni Cologne), B. Fanaroff (SA SKA), R. Fender (Uni Southampton), L. Feretti (INAF), T. Fieseler (Juelich), D. Frail (NRAO), M. Garrett (ASTRON), R. Laing (ESO), K. Menten (MPIfR), L. V. Montenegro (IAA), M. Reid (CfA Harvard-Smithsonian), A. Zensus (MPIfR)


H.-R. Kloeckner (chair), G. Breuer, S. Bruschi, H. Falcke, M. Huynh, M. Kramer, J. Lazio, M. Zwaan


MPIfR, MPG, SKA Organisation, European SKA Consortium, SKA project office, RadioNet 3


Supported by:
German Long Wavelength Consortium, Argelander-Institute for Astronomy University of Bonn, Astronomical Institute University of Bochum, I. Physikalisches Institut University of Cologne, Radboud University Nijmegen


Social activities:
Boat trip on the Rhine, reception, soccer match, conference dinner, free visit to the museum, trip to Effelsberg.


Conference fee:
The conference fee of 250 Euro will include coffee, lunch and social activities. An additional fee of 50 Euro for the conference dinner is needed to cover the cost.


Rheinisches Landes Museum Bonn
Colmant Strasse 14-16
53115 Bonn
The museum is located right next to the Bonn train station and is in short walking distance to the Bonn downtown area. The museum displays the history of the Rhineland area (prehistoric, Roman, medieval) and holds the original remains of the Neanderthal man.


A contingent of about 150 rooms has been made available in various hotels via a "Tourismus & Congress" company. Included in the room bookings is a public transport ticket directly usable from the Bonn/Cologne airport.


Important dates:
Registration open --- September 25th, 2013
Registration deadline --- April 1st, 2013
Abstracts deadline --- February 15th, 2013
Conference dates --- April 22nd - 26th , 2013


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