Star Formation 2016

21 - 26 August 2016
University of Exeter, Devon, UK

Logo Credit: Matt Tapp. Image Credit: NASA/CXC/Penn State/L. Townsley et al.

Star Formation 2016

21 - 26 August 2016
University of Exeter, Devon, UK

Conference photo

Programme, abstracts, poster titles and participant list

The programme for the conference, including talk abstracts, poster titles, and a particants list is available for download. In the interests of the environment we are not providing this as a hardcopy, but you will be provided with the programme summary in your welcome packs. The poster list as a separate document is here.

Arrival information

Please see the Local Information for advice about arriving in Exeter, poster preparation, and campus details.

Science programme announced

We are pleased to announce that the draft scientific programme is available for download.


The Astrophysics Group at the University of Exeter is hosting an international conference devoted to the field of star formation. We invite abstracts that span the full range of our field; over five days we will have sessions covering molecular clouds, protostellar cores, young stellar clusters, protostars, and planet-forming discs. Our goal is to create a vibrant programme showcasing the exciting developments in our field and those driving them. Of course there will be plenty of time for social interaction including a barbeque, a conference dinner and various excursions, during which you can explore this beautiful part of England.

Invited Speakers

Richard Alexander, University of Leicester, UK
Catherine Espaillat, Boston University, USA
Anaëlle Maury, CEA Saclay, France
Stella Offner, UMass Amherst, USA
Nicolas Peretto, University of Cardiff, UK
Kengo Tomida, University of Osaka, Japan
Stefanie Walch, University of Cologne, Germany
Nick Wright, University of Keele, UK


The last decade or more of observational star formation has been characterised by wide-field, multi-wavelength surveys. These studies have provided a rich database across star formation, from the collapse of filaments to the identification of transitional discs. The new era for star formation will be dominated by high-angular resolution instrumentation, where individual objects, carefully mined from the rich seam of survey data, are probed spatially and kinematically in unprecedented detail.

Our theoretical understanding of the star formation process has undergone a parallel revolution. From GMCs to planet-forming discs, there is a growing realisation that the role of radiation and chemical feedback in controlling fragmentation and accretion processes is key. The comparison of simulations with observational data is also reaching a new level, with the generation of synthetic spectral, imaging, and visibility data directly from hydrodynamical models.

Our aim is to bring the community together to discuss and consolidate the results of large scale surveys and prepare for the era of targeted, high-resolution exploitation of this knowledge. Equal emphasis will be placed on theoretical and numerical research, with a particular focus on the interface between observations and theory. The meeting will be hosted by the Astrophysics Group at the University of Exeter in the south-west of England. As well as traditional invited reviews, contributed talks and posters there will be a morning of break-out sessions and access to interactive display tables suitable for visualisation of complex survey data or simulations. Crucially there will also be extensive opportunity for interaction away from the lecture theatre, with catered lunches, evening social events, and organised trips, as well as the conference dinner.

Location and organisation

The city of Exeter dates back to the Roman occupation and is the county town of Devon. The centre of Exeter is dominated by its 13th century cathedral and is described by the Lonely Planet Guide as an old city with a young heart, thanks to its large student population. The county of Devon is one of the most beautiful in England, boasting two national parks (Dartmoor and Exmoor) and two stretches of coastline, with long, sandy beaches. It is close to two World Heritage sites: Stonehenge and the Jurassic Coast).

The meeting will be held on the University of Exeter’s campus, in the new Forum building with talks in the Alumni Lecture Theatre and lunches and posters in the Street. Bed and breakfast accommodation will be provided in Holland Hall, a short walk from the Forum, in ensuite double-bedded rooms.

The scope of the 5-day programme will cover GMC formation, cloud structure and filaments, core formation, accretion and outflow processes, emergent stellar populations and the IMF, discs across the mass spectrum, finishing with structured discs as signatures of planet formation.

Latest News

23. March 2016

Sponsorship from the RAS

We are pleased to announce that the Royal Astronomical Society is sponsoring the conference. The money will be used to provide financial aid to early career researchers. Please go to the registration page to find out how to apply.