ESO Workshop: The Galactic Bulge at the crossroads

Published: 09 Jun 2018
Poster for GBX2018. Background image credit: WISE/NASA

Pucón, Chile, December 10-14, 2018

The bulge is a primary component of the Milky Way, comprising ∼25% of its mass. All major Galactic stellar populations intersect there, reaching their highest densities. Exploring the bulge is fundamental to understanding Galactic formation, structure and evolution. With the advent of multiplexed spectrographs on 8-metre class telescopes, and the availability of wide-field near-infrared photometry, our knowledge of the structural, chemical and kinematical properties of the Galactic bulge has improved dramatically in the last few years. At the same time, the interpretation of the data is not straightforward, and many fundamental questions remain. In this context, a host of exciting new results are expected in 2018. This conference aims to gather the international astronomical community to discuss these developments, and to begin to establish a consensus on their interpretation.

This workshop will be centred around the following related themes:

  1. Bulge vs bar vs. disk;
  2. Chemical evolution of the bulge;
  3. Globular clusters towards the bulge;
  4. VVVX studies of the bulge;
  5. Bulge structure and kinematics;
  6. Stellar populations in the bulge;
  7. Bulge formation;
  8. Comparison to extragalactic bulges.

The abstract submission deadline is on 1 August 2018 and more information can be found via the workshop webpage.