Star Formation and
Young Stars in Cygnus

31st January - 2nd February 2018, Keele University, UK

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Aims of the meeting

The Cygnus star forming complex is the nearest truly massive star forming region to the Sun. It is home to hundreds of thousands of young stars and many thousands of massive O and B-type stars, in multiple star clusters and OB associations, including the prominent Cygnus OB2 association. In the massive Cygnus X giant molecular cloud star formation is still ongoing in numerous sites, particularly the DR21 molecular filament, which is actively forming massive stars. The region has drawn comparison with young massive clusters and star forming regions in our galaxy and in neighbouring galaxies, yet at a distance of only 1.4 kpc it can be studied at a level of detail not accessible to more distant regions.

Following many exciting results from NASA's Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes and ESA's Herschel Space Observatory we are poised to enter a new era of discovery thanks to upcoming data releases from ESA's astrometric Gaia satellite and forthcoming spectrosopic surveys with WHT/WEAVE. This workshop will bring together experts in the Cygnus region to present recent results and discuss our understanding of the entire Cygnus star forming complex.

The final day of the meeting will focus on planning the upcoming WHT/WEAVE high-resolution survey of Cygnus (survey lead Artemio Herrero) and will be open to survey members and interested individuals from WEAVE member countries.

Invited Speakers

- Sylvain Bontemps, Université Bordeaux
- Cathie Clarke, Cambridge University
- Timea Csengeri, Max Planck Institut für Radioastronomie
- Jeremy Drake, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
- Jesús Maíz Apellániz, Centro de Astrobiología, Madrid


The full programme for the first two days of the meeting is as follows:

Wednesday 31st January
09:40Cathie Clarke Review: Cygnus and its place in the Milky Way
10:25Facundo Albacete Colombo / Jeremy Drake Diffuse X-ray Emission in Cygnus OB2
11:20Sylvain Bontemps Review: The ISM and GMCs in Cygnus
12:05Raymond Oonk The Cygnus region in unprecedented detail at the lowest frequencies
12:30Joe Hora Relationships between Infrared Dark Clouds and Young Stellar Object Populations in Cygnus-X
14:10Timea Csengeri Review: Pre-stellar objects in Cygnus
14:55Sally Makin Star formation in Cygnus-X: A systematic search for young stellar outflows
15:50Rob Gutermuth Star Formation and Early Evolution in Cygnus-X from SESNA
16:15Phil Lucas Variable and Eruptive YSOs from UKIDSS
16:40Julia Roquette Near-infrared variability and rotation of young low-mass stars in Cygnus OB2: a tale on the environmental influence on the early stellar evolution?
19:00Conference Dinner [ Buses will depart Travelodge at 18:15 and 18:45 ]
Thursday 1st February
09:30Jeremy Drake Review: Low-mass young stars and clustering in Cygnus
10:15Ettore Flaccomio X-ray spectral characterization of the young Cygnus OB2 population
11:10Mario Guarcello Photoevaporation and close encounters: how the environment around Cygnus OB2 affects the evolution of protoplanetary disks
11:35Emilio Alfaro Kinematic structure of the Cygnus OB1 association and other possible WEAVE targets
12:00Nick Wright The Dynamics of Cygnus OB2
13:40Jesús Maíz Apellániz Review: Massive stars in Cygnus
14:25Saida Caballero Nieves Cyg OB2 Unveiled: A closer look at the multiplicity properties of massive stars
14:50Danielle Fenech The eMERLIN Legacy L-band Cyg OB2 Radio Survey (COBRaS)
15:45Paul Crowther The Wolf-Rayet Population in Cygnus
16:10Sara Berlanas Exploring massive stars in the Cygnus OB2 association
16:35Ignacio Negueruela Berkeley 87, a small-sized laboratory for massive star evolution in Cygnus
17:00Closing Remarks

The third day of the meeting will focus on the planning of the WEAVE spectroscopic survey of Cygnus and will run from 9am to 3pm. This will mainly be of interest to participants either in the WEAVE project or affiliated to WEAVE partner countries (eligible to participate in the survey).

Venue, Accommodation and Travel

The meeting will be held at Keele University in the Sustainability Hub. Keele University can be found near the towns of Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent and is accessible from the nearby international airports at Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool, or a short taxi ride from Stoke on Trent railway station. Directions can be found here and maps of the campus here. More information on travel to the area and information on buses and taxis to Keele University can be found here.

Local accommodation options are listed here.

Local restaurants are listed here.


There is no registration fee for this meeting, but the number of participants will be limited so prior registration is required. If you would like to attend please send an email to including your full name and affiliation.

A list of currently registered participants is available here.

Scientific Organising Committee

- Nick Wright, Keele University (co-chair)
- Artemio Herrero, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (co-chair)
- Janet Drew, University of Hertfordshire
- Ignacio Negueruela, Universidad de Alicante
- Nicola Schneider, University of Cologne


If you have any queries about this meeting please contact Nick Wright at