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IAU Symposium 295 - The intriguing life of massive galaxies

27 Aug 2012 - 12:00am
31 Aug 2012 - 11:59pm
Website: http://www.icg.port.ac.uk/IAUS295 Organiser: Daniel Thomas The IAU Symposium 295, to be held during the IAU General Assembly in August 2012 in Beijing, China, is dedicated to the formation and evolution of massive galaxies. These objects pose one of the most serious challenges to our understanding of structure formation in the Universe. If we want to reconstruct the intriguing life of massive galaxies, we need to map their entire evolution over cosmic time, and this requires a variety of observational and theoretical approaches. After the overwhelming progress in galaxy evolution over the past decade, recent and near-future advances in telescope technology and computer power for large-scale simulations, as well as the launch of massive galaxy surveys will lead to a further leap in our understanding of galaxy formation. The IAUS 295 will bring together observers and theorists to discuss recent progress in the field and to plan ahead for future challenges. The symposium will cover the life of massive galaxies from the formation of the first galaxies in the early Universe, through their evolution with redshift to massive galaxies in the local Universe touching upon all kinds of issues relates to the life of massive galaxies including gas accretion and star formation, feedback and quenching, black hole growth, mass assembly, galaxy mergers and interactions, chemical enrichment and stellar populations, dark matter, galaxy environment, galaxy haloes, and satellite accretion both from a theoretical and observational perspective.