Scientific Programme

The program covers the origin and the evolution of stars and planets and focuses on major open cool-star topics such as angular momentum evolution, magnetic field generation and the appearance of hot winds, and the dynamics of very cool atmospheres.

On each of Monday, Tuesday and Thursday there will be splinter sessions after the plenary sessions. Typically, three splinter sessions run in parallel. They provide an alternative forum on topics of strong current interest in cool stars research which require more detailed discussion than the plenary sessions can provide. Both the scientific content and also the format of the splinter sessions are determined by the convenor(s). Participants willing to contribute to the splinter sessions must make arrangements directly with the convenor(s).

NEW : Final talk and poster abstract book

Sunday 20th July

18:00 to 21:00: Opening Reception & Registration (Physics & Astronomy Building, Foyer)

Monday 21st July: Where do stars and planets come from?

This session looks at the origin of the gas and dust from which stars and planets are made, the early phases of stellar and planetary lifetimes, and protoplanetary disks.
Morning session chair : Jürgen Schmitt
9:00Introductory comments and welcome by principal
9:30Eric PriestThe solar-stellar connection
10:00Anja AndersenIn the beginning: the origin of dust
10:40Aurora Sicilia-AguilarEvolved protoplanetary disks
11:30Suzan EdwardsAccretion and winds in young stars
12:10Emma WhelanT Tauri-like Outflow Activity in the Brown Dwarf Mass Regime
12:30Lunch and Posters
Afternoon session chair : Cathie Clarke
14:10Ken RiceBuilding, moving and destroying planets
14:50Jane GreavesDebris disks: clues to why stars have planets
15:10Kevin LuhmanStudying Planet Formation around Low-Mass Stars and Brown Dwarfs through Observations of their Circumstellar Disks
16:00 Splinter sessions:
19:30 Whisky Tasting (Physics & Astronomy Building)

Tuesday 22nd July: Where does the angular momentum go?

This session considers the loss of angular momentum as stars evolve and the implications for their interior structure, the generation of magnetic fields and the subsequent impact on the mass-radius relation.
Morning session chair : Jeff Valenti
9:00Aleks ScholzStellar spindown: from the Orion Nebula Cluster to the Sun
9:40Nairn R. BaliberStar-Disk Interaction and Angular Momentum Evolution in Young Clusters
10:00Scott G. GregoryThe magnetic fields of accreting T Tauri stars
10:20Manfred KükerInterior rotation, convection and dynamos
11:30Claude CatalaStellar rotation: new insight from CoRoT
12:10Soren MeibomYoung Cool Stars Divided on the Issue of Rotation
12:30Lunch and Posters
Afternoon session chair : Hugh Jones
14:20Gilles ChabrierThe mass-radius relation for low-mass stars and planets
15:00Quinn M KonopackyConstraining Evolutionary Models with New Dynamical Masses: A Keck Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics Study of Brown Dwarf Binaries
15:20Maria Victoria Rodriguez-LedesmaRotational studies of very low mass stars and brown dwarfs in the Orion Nebula Cluster
16:10 Splinter sessions:
20:30 Ceilidh (Upper & Lower College Hall) - Buy a ticket now

Wednesday 23rd July: What is the nature of magnetic field generation and transport?

This session will consider the emergence of magnetic flux through stellar surfaces and its resultant surface distribution.
Morning session chair : Andrew Cameron
9:00Clare ParnellHINODE observations of solar flux emergence
9:40Oleg KochukhovMagnetic fields in M dwarf stars from high-resolution infrared spectra
10:00Jean-Francois DonatiDynamo geometry along the main sequence
10:40Julien MorinMagnetic field topologies of M dwarfs
11:30Gregg HallinanMapping the Radio Coronae of Cool Stars and Brown Dwarfs
11:50Steve SaarHow active regions and convection affect planet hunting
12:30Lunch and Posters
14:00 Excursions to Glamis Castle/Glenturret Distillery/Falkland Palace (Leaving from New Hall) - Info - Book now
20:00Jonathan Lunine - public lecture (Physics & Astronomy Building, Theatre A)

Thursday 24th July: What happens when atmospheres get very cool?

This session will consider the dynamics and chemistry in the atmospheres of cool, low mass stars and also planets.
Morning session chair : Sandy Leggett
9:00Christiane HellingCloud formation in sub-stellar atmospheres
9:40Denise StephensThe 0.8 to 14.5 micron Energy Distributions of Mid-L to Mid-T Dwarfs, and the diagnostics of effective temperature, grain sedimentation, gas transport and surface gravity
10:00Giovanna TinettiNon-equilibrium chemistry of planetary exospheres
10:40Emily RiceDetermining the physical properties of very-low-mass stars and brown dwarfs in the near-infrared
11:30Joe HarringtonExoplanet Photometry and Spectroscopy
12:10Ben BurninghamT dwarfs all the way to 550K?
12:30Lunch and Posters
14:00 Splinter sessions:
17:00 Conference dinner at Stirling castle - More information

Friday 25th July: What happens when atmospheres get very hot?

This session will consider coronae, planetary magnetospheres and winds.
Morning session chair : Fabio Favata
9:00Beate StelzerCoronal activity with XMM-Newton and Chandra
9:40Costanza ArgiroffiUsing the Sun to study the role of flaring activity in the emission measure distribution of stellar coronae
10:00Gibor BasriMagnetic Activity in the Fully Convective Domain
10:40Anthony YeatesA Prominence Puzzle Explained?
11:30Simon PlunkettThe STEREO view of the solar wind
12:10Paola TestaGeometry Diagnostics of Stellar Coronae from Fluorescent X-rays and Flare Modeling
12:30Andrea DupreeConference summary
13:00Lunch and Posters

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