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THE ROLE OF MERGERS AND FEEDBACK IN GALAXY FORMATION

Ringberg Castle, Germany
31st October - 6th November 2004

email: ringberg@mpe.mpg.de

URL: http://www.mpe.mpg.de/ir/meetings/ringmerg2004.html



FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT

We are pleased to announce a workshop entitled "The Role of Mergers and
Feedback in Galaxy Formation" to be held at Schloss Ringberg (Ringberg
Castle) in Bavaria from 31 October to 6 November 2004.

PURPOSE OF THE WORKSHOP:

As is traditional for our workshops, we take an interdisciplinary approach
to a well-focussed topic.  This year we will explore the roles of merging
and feedback in galaxy formation, with particular emphasis on the
formation of massive galaxies and QSOs at z~2-3.  We intend to stimulate
intense discussions between theorists and observers. We also want to
compare the detailed physical knowledge of the local universe with the
wealth of empirical results at high redshift. Topics will include:

 - Properties of massive galaxies at high redshift
 - Galaxy evolution: clues from the local universe
 - Star formation in extreme environments
 - Feedback due to starbursts and AGN
 - Properties and simulations of mergers
 - The physical connection between powerful starbursts and AGN
 - Models of galaxy formation and evolution

Due to space limitations in the lecture hall and dining room at the
castle, attendance is limited to 65 people, and participation in the
workshop will be by invitation only. The structure of the workshop
will be one where there are a combination of comprehensive review talks
and highlights from important recent work. The presentations will be 25-30
minutes including questions to allow maximum time for targeted discussion
sessions and debates throughout the week.

SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:

  Linda Tacconi, Reinhard Genzel, Dieter Lutz, and Matt Lehnert (SOC and LOC)
  Ralf Bender
  Andi Burkert
  Andrea Cimatti
  Guenther Hasinger
  Guinevere Kauffmann
  Olivier LeFevre
  Simon Lilly
  Ian Smail
  Rachel Sommerville
  Chuck Steidel
  Wil van Breugel

WORKSHOP VENUE:

The venue for the workshop is the Schloss Ringberg, a turn of the
century castle located in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, and
overlooking the Tegernsee. Located about 70 km south of Munich, the
Tegernsee is a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains and small
resort villages.  The peaceful location, relaxed meeting schedule,
and attendance limit of 65 set by the size of the castle are all
conducive to an informal workshop atmosphere offering many
opportunities for stimulating discussion.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE AND LOGISTICS:

Participants should plan to arrive in the Munich area by Sunday evening,
October 31.  We will open the workshop with a welcome buffet at
Ringberg Castle on Sunday evening.  The scientific sessions will
start first thing on Monday, November 1, and run through Friday evening,
November 5.  The LOC will provide transporation from Munich airport and
central Munich to Ringberg Castle on Sunday, and return transportation
after breakfast on Saturday, November 6.  We will schedule a free
afternoon during the workshop, which will include a trip to a nearby
tourist attraction, and ending with the conference dinner.  Given the
unreliability of Bavarian weather in early November, we will not plan a
conference hike this time!

The LOC will pay for lodging and meals of all participants for the
duration of the workshop. We will arrange accommodation either at Ringberg
Castle (which has rooms for 35-40 people) or at a hotel in one of the
nearby villages.  Lunch and dinner are provided for all participants at
Ringberg Castle.  The LOC will arrange for daily transportation from the
hotel(s) to the castle (about a 10-15 minute drive) in the morning in time
for the first session, and back to the hotels after dinner/socializing
time.  To subsidize the costs for transportation and the conference
excursion we will likely have a small conference fee of about 100 Euros.

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