Keele University

IAU Symposium 256

The Magellanic System: Stars, Gas, and Galaxies

28 July - 1 August 2008            Keele University (UK)

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The scientific programme is composed of a series of seminars, listed below (subject to small changes; invited reviews are highlighted), which will take place in the Westminster Theatre (in the Chancellor's building), and posters (currently about 80), which will be on display in the exhibition area adjacent to the Westminster Theatre for the duration of the symposium. A special poster session will take place on Wednesday afternoon, preceded by a selection of brief verbal introductions. All coffee breaks take place in the exhibition area, so posters are assured full attention. Prizes for the best posters have been kindly made available by Cambridge University Press, and will be awarded at the conference dinner in Wrenbury Hall on Thursday evening.

Sunday 27 July    
15:00-19:00 Keele Hall Registration
18:00-19:30 Keele Hall Dinner
19:30-21:00 Keele Hall Welcome reception
Monday 28 July    
    The structure and dynamics of the Magellanic System (I)
9:00-9:10 Vice Chancellor Dame Janet Finch Opening
9:10-9:40 Jason Harris The distribution of stars in the Magellanic System
9:40-10:00 Nate Bastian The spatial evolution of stellar structures in the LMC/SMC
10:00-10:20 Steven Majewski Exploring Very Extended Stellar Populations of the Magellanic Clouds
10:20-10:40Pierre North New distance and depth estimates from observations of eclipsing binaries in the SMC
10:40-11:10 Poster area Coffee
11:10-11:30 Subramaniam Annapurni Estimation of thickness of the LMC and SMC disks
11:30-12:00 Basilio Santiago The star clusters of the Magellanic System
12:00-12:30 Roeland van der Marel The kinematical structure of the Magellanic System
12:30-14:00 Comus restaurant Lunch
14:00-14:20 Nitya Kallivayalil New Results on the Proper Motions of the Magellanic Clouds: Orbits, Internal Kinematics, and Distance
14:20-14:40 Gurtina Besla The Formation of the Magellanic Stream
    Surveys of the Magellanic Clouds
14:40-15:00 Margaret Meixner Measuring the Lifecycle of Baryonic Matter in the Large Magellanic Cloud with SAGE-LMC
15:00-15:20 Yoshifusa Ita AKARI IRC survey of the Large Magellanic Cloud
15:20-15:40 John Dickel Radio continuum Surveys of the Magellanic Clouds at 4.8 and 8.6 GHz
15:40-16:10 Poster area Coffee
16:10-16:40 Scott Gaudi Verdict on dark matter from microlensing surveys
16:40-17:10 Yael Naze X-ray stellar populations in the Large Magellanic Cloud
17:10-17:30 Frank Haberl The XMM-Newton view of the Small Magellanic Cloud
17:30-17:50 Igor Soszynski OGLE-III Catalog of Variable Stars - first results
17:50-18:10 Warren Reid Significant new Planetary nebulae discoveries as powerful probes of the LMC
18:10-19:30 Comus restaurant Dinner
20:00 Keele Hall gardens Open-air Shakespeare play "Othello"
Tuesday 29 July    
    The structure and dynamics of the Magellanic System (II)
9:00-9:30 Kenji Bekki Models for the dynamical evolution of the Magellanic System
9:30-9:50 Chiara Mastropietro New models for the dynamical evolution of the Magellanic System
9:50-10:10 Joss Bland-Hawthorn A new view of Galactic accretion: the shock cascade along the Magellanic Stream
10:10-10:30 Snezana Stanimirovic The many streams of the Magellanic Stream
10:30-11:00 Poster area Coffee
    The properties of the interstellar medium
11:00-11:30 Francois Boulanger Dust life cycle and Dust/Gas correlation in the Magellanic Clouds
11:30-11:50 Caroline Bot Tracing the cold molecular gas reservoir through dust emission in the SMC
11:50-12:10 Adam Leroy The State of the Molecular Gas in the Small Magellanic Cloud
12:10-12:30 Karin Sandstrom The Spitzer Spectroscopic Survey of the Small Magellanic Cloud: Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Emission from SMC Star-Forming Regions
12:30-14:00 Comus restaurant Lunch
14:00-14:30 You-Hua Chu The violent interstellar medium of the Magellanic System
14:30-14:50 Sui Ann Mao Magnetic Fields in the Magellanic Clouds
14:50-15:10 Antonio Magalhaes The Magnetic Field Structure of the Small Magellanic Cloud
    The star formation process
15:10-15:40 Joana Oliveira The star formation process in the metal-poor Magellanic Clouds
15:40-16:10 Poster area Coffee
16:10-16:40 Norikazu Mizuno The properties of molecular clouds across the Magellanic System
16:40-17:10 Monica Rubio The properties of star forming regions in the Magellanic System
17:10-17:30 James Green Multibeam Maser Survey of methanol and excited OH in the Magellanic Clouds: new detections and maser abundance estimates
17:30-17:50 Takashi Shimonishi AKARI NIR Spectroscopy of Young Stellar Objects in the LMC: Detections of H2O and CO2 ice
18:00-19:30 Comus restaurant Dinner
19:30 Westminster Theatre Public lecture "Astronomy before History"
Wednesday 30 July    
9:00-9:20 Remy Indebetouw Insights from Spitzer on massive star formation in the LMC
9:20-9:40 Elena Sabbi Time resolved star formation in the SMC: the youngest star clusters
9:40-10:00 Dimitrios Gouliermis The sub-solar IMF in the Large Magellanic Cloud
    The star formation history and chemical evolution
10:00-10:30 Vanessa Hill The star formation history and chemical enrichment of the Magellanic System
10:30-11:00 Poster area Coffee
11:00-11:20 Andrew Cole Breaking the Age-Metallicity Degeneracy: The Metallicity Distribution Function and Star Formation History of the LMC
11:20-11:40 Eva Grebel The Age-Metallicity Relation of the Small Magellanic Cloud
11:40-12:00 Noelia Noel The Star Formation History of 12 SMC fields
12:00-12:20 Ricardo Carrera The chemical enrichment history of the Magellanic Clouds field population
12:20-14:00 Comus restaurant Lunch
14:00-14:20 Carme Gallart Outside-in disk evolution in the LMC
14:20-14:40 Aaron Grocholski Metallicity and Kinematics of a Large Sample of LMC and SMC Clusters
14:40-15:00 Andrea Ahumada Integrated spectral properties of 41 compact star clusters of the Magellanic Clouds
15:00-15:20 Alessio Mucciarelli The chemical signatures of the Large Magellanic Cloud globular clusters
15:20-15:40 Dougal Mackey Multiple stellar populations in rich LMC star clusters
15:40-16:10 Poster area Coffee
    Poster session
16:10-17:00 selected Brief poster presentations
17:00-18:00 all Poster viewing
18:00-19:30 Comus restaurant Dinner
19:30 University Chapel Classical concert
Thursday 31 July    
9:00-9:20 Richard de Grijs Star cluster evolution in the Magellanic Clouds revisited: the effects of infant mortality
9:20-9:40 Guillermo Bosch Gemini/GMOS detection of stellar velocity variations in the ionising cluster of 30 Dor
    The Magellanic Clouds as laboratories of stellar astrophysics
9:40-10:10 Chris Evans The properties of early-type stars in the Magellanic Clouds
10:10-10:30 Raphael Hirschi Stellar evolution models at the Magellanic Clouds' metallicities
10:30-11:00 Poster area Coffee
11:00-11:20 Alceste Bonanos A Survey of the Most Massive Stars in the Magellanic Clouds
11:20-11:40 Christophe Martayan The WFI Halpha spectroscopic survey of the Magellanic Clouds
11:40-12:00 Vallia Antoniou A comprehensive study of the link between star-formation history and X-ray source populations in the SMC
12:00-12:20 Robin Corbet Properties of X-ray Binaries in the Magellanic Clouds from RXTE and Chandra Observations
12:20-12:40 Malcolm Coe The extraordinary High Mass X-ray Binary population in the SMC
12:40-14:00 Comus restaurant Lunch
14:00-14:30 Gisella Clementini Pulsating variable stars in the Magellanic Clouds
14:30-14:50 Wolfgang Gieren Direct distances to LMC Cepheids from the infrared surface brightness technique
14:50-15:10 Paola Marigo TP-AGB stars in the Magellanic Clouds
15:10-15:30 Leandro Kerber Analysis of HST CMDs of 15 intermediate-age LMC clusters: self-consistent physical parameters and 3D distribution using different stellar evolutionary models
15:30-16:00 Poster area Coffee
16:00-16:20 Rurik Wahlin (spectroscopic measurements of dredge-up in cluster carbon stars)
16:20-16:40 Thomas Lebzelter A study of AGB stars in LMC clusters
    The final stages of stellar evolution and feedback
16:40-17:00 Gregory Sloan Spitzer spectroscopy of mass loss and dust production in the Magellanic Clouds
17:00-17:20 Geoffrey Clayton Dust Around Red Supergiants in the Magellanic Clouds
17:20-17:40 Els van Aarle Post-AGB stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud
18:30 (bus) Wrenbury Hall Conference dinner
Friday 1 August    
9:30-10:00 Letizia Stanghellini Planetary Nebulae in the Magellanic Clouds
10:00-10:20 Michaela Kraus On the huge mass loss of B[e] supergiants in the Magellanic Clouds
10:20-10:40 Manfred Pakull High-excitation nebulae around Magellanic Wolf-Rayet stars
10:40-11:10 Poster area Coffee
11:10-11:40 Rosa Williams Supernova remnants in the Magellanic Clouds
    Magellanic type systems as a class
11:40-12:10 Eric Wilcots Magellanic type galaxies throughout the Universe
12:10-12:30 Elena D'Onghia Little Dwarf Galaxies survive with bigger Dwarfs: Understanding the Milky Way and the faintest Galaxies
12:30-14:00 Comus restaurant Lunch
14:00-14:20 Brandon Lawton Evidence of Magellanic-like Moderate Redshift HI-Rich Galaxies
14:20-15:20 Jay Gallagher &
Joss Bland-Hawthorn
Achievements and challenges in Magellanic Clouds research
15:20-15:30   Closing

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