Abstracts 2008


December 1st, 12:00 hr: Pedro FIGUEIRA (Observatoire de Geneve, Switzerland)
Radial Velocities with CRIRES: Distinguishing planets from stellar phenomena

December 3, 16:30 hr: Dr. Juan Carlos FORTE (Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina, & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Early Type Galaxies: A View from their Globular Cluster Systems

December 10, 16:30 hr: Dr. Steffen MIESKE (ESO)
The most massive star clusters

December 15, 12:00 hr: Gabriel BRAMMER (Department of Astronomy, Yale University & Universidad de Chile)
Red galaxies at z>3.5: an important epoch for feedback processes in massive galaxies?


November 4, ESO Lectures: Prof. Thierry MONTMERLE (Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Grenoble, Université Joseph-Fourier CNRS, France & ESO Visiting Scientist)
12:00: The high-energy galaxy: from molecular clouds to "dark accelerators"
14:30: The high-energy young solar system: the "cradle of the Sun"

November 5, 16:30 hr: Dr. Gian Paolo TOZZI(INAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri& ESO Visiting Scientist)
Organic Grains in Cometary Comae

November 12, 16:30 hr: Prof. Thierry MONTMERLE(Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Grenoble, Université Joseph-Fourier CNRS, France & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Was a supernova present at the birth of the Sun? Facts and controversies

November 19, 16:30 hr: Dr. Sperello DI SEREGO ALIGHIERI (INAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri & ESO Visiting Scientist)
The neutral hydrogen content of early-type galaxies: new results and clues on their evolution

November 25, 12:00 hr: Dr. Margaret HANSON (University of Cincinnati, USA & ESO Visiting Scientist)
The Massive Cluster Population of the Milky Way

November 26, 16:30 hr: Dr. Pascal FOUQUE (Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées, Toulouse, France ESO Visiting Scientist)
On the use of Cepheids in the Extragalactic Distance Scale framework


October 2, 12:00 hr: Dr. Nicolas BOUCHE (MPE)
What drives star-formation at high redshifts?

October 8, 16:30 hr: Dr. Pascal FOUQUÉ(Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées, Toulouse, France& ESO Visiting Scientist)
Towards an Earth sister

October 15, 16:30 hr: Dr. Annapurni SUBRAMANIAM (Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore, India & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Spectroscopic survey of Classical Be stars in northern young open clusters

October 16, ESO Lectures: Prof. Josep PAREDES(Universitat de Barcelona & ESO Visiting Scientist)
12:00: Black holes in the Galaxy
14:30: VHE gamma-ray astrophysics

October 17, 16:30 hr: Dr. Andrei TOKOVININ(CTIO)
Statistics and origin of multiple stars

October 21, 12:00 hr: Adriane LIERMANN (Potsdam University, Germany)
Massive stars in the Galactic Center

October 24, ESO Lectures: Prof. Joel PRIMACK(University of California Observatories, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz & ESO Visiting Scientist)
12:00: A brief history of dark matter
14:30: Galaxy formation theory — Simulations and Semi-Analytic Models

October 28, 12:00 hr: Mary CESETTI (ESO)
Stellar populations of early-type galaxies in the Near-IR: observational constraints and a new Stellar Population model

October 29, 16:30 hr: Dr. Danielle ALLOIN (AIM, CEA/DSM/IRFU-Université Paris 7, Service d'Astrophysique, CEA/Saclay, & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Extremely massive young stellar clusters


September 3, 11:30 hr: Dr. Graham SMITH (University of Birmingham GB - LoCuSS)
Early Results from the Local Cluster Substructure Survey (LoCuSS)

September 9, 16:30 hr: Dr. Carl MELIS (UCLA, USA)
The Phoenix Giant Phenomenon: Active Accretion of Gas and Dust, Substantial Dusty Disks, and Planet Formation around Giant Stars

September 10, 11:30 hr: Dr. Poshak GANDHI (RIKEN Cosmic Radiation Lab., Japan)
How to say ''black hole'' in Japanese

September 22, 16:30 hr: Dr. Yazan Al MOMANY (ESO, Chile)
Resolved stellar populations: the near and far


August 5, 16:30 hr: Christina THOENE (Dark Cosmology Centre, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
GRB hosts at high resolution

August 6, 16:30 hr: Dr. Roberto DE PROPRIS (CTIO, Chile)
Galaxy merger rates from dynamically close pairs

August 7, 16:30 hr: Dr. Bruno LEIBUNDGUT (ESO)
Glimmers of old glory - supernovae in their twenties

August 20, 16:30 hr: Dr. Kristin A. WOODLEY (Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, McMaster University)
Stellar Evolution and Formation history of NGC 5128


July 02, 16:30 hr: Dr.Simon C. SCHULER (NOAO/CTIO : Cerro Tololo InterAmerican Observatory, La Serena)

July 08, 16:30 hr: Dr.Francisco MUELLER-SANCHEZ (MPE, Garching)
Molecular gas streamers feeding and obscuring the active nucleus of NGC1068

July 23, 16:30 hr: Jean-Christophe LEYDER (Liege University, Belgium)
"Challenges of high-energy observations: Eta Carinae as seen by the European gamma-ray observatory INTEGRAL"

July 24, 16:30 hr: Matteo CORRENTI (Universita' degli studi di Bologna, Italy)
Stellar relics of the hierarchical assembly of the Galaxy


June 16, 16:30 hr: Dr. Andre MOITINHO (CAAUL - Obs. Astronomico de Lisboa & ESO Visiting Scientist
NGC 2362: Pre-main sequence evolution and brown dwarfs beyond the solar vicinity

June 18, 16:30 hr: Dr. Chris LIDMAN (ESO)
Adaptive Optics 101 - Lecture 2: "The effect of atmospheric turbulence on astronomical images"

June 19, 16:30 hr: Dr. Francesco R. FERRARO (Astronomy Dept., Bologna University, Italy)
Exotic populations in Galactic Globular clusters

June 23, 15:00 hr: Dr. Paula TEIXEIRA (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Footprints of hierarchical thermal fragmentation in the star forming cluster NGC 2264


May 7, 11:30 hr: Dr. Sebastian JESTER(CTIO)
Pan-STARRS and its high-redshift quasar search

May 15, 15:00 hr: Dr. Hans ZINNECKER(Astrophysical Institute Potsdam, Germany)
Toward understanding massive star formation

May 26, 11:30 hr: Dr. Carol A. GRADY(Eureka Scientific and Goddard Space Flight Center)
The Transition from Protoplanetary Disk to Young Planetary Systems

May 28, 16:30 hr: Dr. Isaura FUENTES-CARRERA(Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, France)
Interacting galaxies at z~0.7

May 29, 16:30 hr: Dr. Alceste BONANOS(Carnegie Institution of Washington)
The Most Massive Stars in the Local Universe


April 4, 16:30 hr: Dr. Tim DE ZEEUW (ESO Director General)
Recent Results from the SAURON Survey

April 9, 16:30 hr: Dr.Fernando PINHEIRO(Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Modelling Sub-Giant Stars

April 15, 16:30 hr: Dr. Peter ABRAHAM (Konkoly Observatory, Budapest, Hungary)
AU-scale structure and evolution of the young eruptive star V1647 Ori during its 2004-2006 outburst

April 16, 11:30 hr: Dr. Agnes KOSPAL (Konkoly Observatory, Budapest, Hungary)
High-resolution polarimetry of Parsamian 21: revealing the structure of an edge-on FU Ori-type disc

April 17, 16:30 hr: Dr. Frédéric MERLIN(Observatoire de Paris-Meudon & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Properties of the small icy bodies of the solar system

April 30, 16:30 hr: Dr. Craig HARRISON (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg)
The Stellar Populations in Early-Type Galaxies


March 11, 16:30 hr: Dr. Roberto MIGNANI (Mullard Space Science Laboratory, MSSL, University College London, UK & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Being different isn't always a bad thing. The stories of the "other" neutron stars

March 12, 16:30 hr: Dr. Karen KINEMUCHI (Universidad de Concepcion, Chile)
Probing the Outer Halo Galactic Formation: The new SDSS dSph galaxies and their variable stars

March 13, 11:30 hr: Dr. Paolo D'AVANZO (INAF-Brera Astronomical Observatory, Merate, Italy)
The optical counterparts of Accreting Millisecond X-ray Pulsars during quiescence

March 20, 11:30 hr: Dr.Alessandro EDEROCLITE (ESO/Chile)
Citius, altius, fortius: the Olympic Games of Telescopes" ( "GranTeCan and OSIRIS, a New Opportunity for European Astronomy")

March 20, 16:30 hr: Dr. Hans ZINNECKER (Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam & ESO Visiting Scientist)
An E-ELT DRM science case: stellar population and stellar dynamics in deeply embedded dense massive protoclusters


February 4, 14:00 hr: Dr. Alberto BUZZONI (INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna, Italia & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Lectures 1 & 2 on "Unconventional views of stellar populations"
PRESENTATION Lecture 1 / Lecture 2

February 5, 14:00 hr: Dr. Alberto BUZZONI (INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna, Italia & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Lectures 3 & 4 on "Unconventional views of stellar populations"
PRESENTATION Lecture 3 / Lecture 4

February 6, 16:30 hr: Dr. Michel CURE (Universidad de Valparaíso& ESO Visiting Scientist)
Radiation-driven winds with rotation from massive stars


January 9, 16:30 hr: Dr. Dominique BOCKELEE-MORVAN (Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, France)
The study of comets at millimeter wavelengths : past, present and future

January 10, 16:30 hr: Dr. Keiichi OHNAKA(MPI fuer Radioastronomie, Bonn, Germany)
The ground state of General Relativity and Dark Matter

January 16, 16:30 hr: Prof. Dainis DRAVINS (Lund Observatory & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Lineshifts in Astronomical Spectra, and the Solar-Intergalactic Connection

January 17, 11:30 hr: Dr. Virginia CORLESS (Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge)
Triaxial Dark Matter Halos: Consequences in strong and weak lensing

January 23, 16:30 hr: Dr. Catherine VLAHAKIS(Leiden Observatory & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Dust in nearby galaxies

January 28, 14:30 hr: Dr. Chris LIDMAN(ESO, Chile)
Adaptive Optics 101: A practical introduction

January 30, 16:30 hr: Dr. Michel CURE (Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Astro-Meteorology at the University of Valparaiso

January 31, 11:30 hr: Ricardo SALINAS (ESO, Chile)
The galaxy cluster Abell 545 and its "star pile"