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Royal Astronomical Society Specialist Discussion Meeting

The Origin of Dust in Galaxies in the Herschel and ALMA Era

Friday 9th March 2012

Geological Society Lecture Theatre, Burlington House, Piccadilly

Dust grains are ubiquitous in the interstellar medium of galaxies. They are responsible for the formation of molecular hydrogen and for absorbing and re-emitting up to 90% of the energy from galaxies, as well as providing an effective coolant for star formation. Although important in a number of astrophysical processes, the origin and consequently the chemical make-up and emission properties of dust grains is largely unknown. Since the launch of the Herschel Space Observatory and Planck Satellite in 2009, we are beginning to understand far more about the origin and composition of dust. This has consequences for understanding the physical properties of dust grains, which in turn is crucial to correctly interpret results from studies of galaxy evolution and star formation with Herschel, and ultimately ALMA.

Download the programme here and the poster here. This Specialist Discussion Meeting is open to all; admission is free for RAS members, £15 for non-members (£5 for full-time students). Further details can be found at the RAS meetings pages, a location map can be found here.

Confirmed Speakers

Invited talks include reviews from:
Xander Tielens (Leiden)
Anja C. Andersen (DARK, Copenhagen)
Chris Carilli (NRAO, Cambridge)

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10.00 - 10.30 Coffee
10.30 - 15.30 Specialist Discussion Meeting
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee
16.00 - 18.00 Ordinary Meeting

Participants (whether Fellows of the RAS or not) are encouraged to attend the free Monthly Astronomy and Geophysics Ordinary Meetings, where topics are presented at a level suitable for a more general audience.


Haley Gomez (Cardiff) - haley[dot]gomez[at]
Mikako Matsuura (UCL) - mikako[at]
Robert Kennicutt (Cambridge) - robk[at]

Poster Contributions

We encourage participants to present posters, particularly early-career researchers and PhD students working on relevant topics. The participants will be able to view the posters over coffee and during the lunch break. If you wish to submit a poster, please send an email with title and authors to Haley Gomez (haley[dot]gomez[at]