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The Many Pathways to Galaxy Growth 2015


22th - 26th June 2015, Prato, Italy


Scientific Rationale

The aim of this conference is to bring together theorists and observers to discuss the many pathways that lead to, and restrict, galaxy growth. While there have been very significant advances in our understanding of galaxy growth since the start of the 21st century, key details have yet to been understood.

What are the relative roles of galaxy mergers and secular evolution in galaxy growth? What mechanisms are enhancing and regulating star formation within galaxies? How do these mechanisms for enhancing and regulating galaxy growth vary with both galaxy mass and redshift?

Topics to be discussed at the conference include (but are not limited to), the most massive galaxies, disks across the Universe, the challenge of dwarf galaxies, galaxy growth at the highest redshifts, the importance of secular evolution, gas and the fuelling of star formation, the importance of mergers, the role of environment, and feedback.


The conference will consist of 4.5 days of talks (and posters), including contributed talks and longer invited review talks. Invited speakers include Michael Boylan-Kolchin, Shardha Jogee, Karen Masters, Pierluigi Monaco, Gergö Popping, Ned Taylor and Emily Wisnioski. To encourage the exchange of ideas, there will be ample time for questions after each talk and appropriate time for informal discussions during coffee breaks and lunches.

Important Dates

20th February 2015Talk and Poster abstracts due
6th March 2015Selected Talks and Posters announced
20th March 2015Registration Fee due
22th - 26th June 2015Conference


Michael Brown (Chair)
Samantha Penny (Deputy Chair)
Eric Bell
Alessandro Boselli
Luca Cortese
Gabriella De Lucia
Jennifer Lotz
Rachel Somerville