Scientific Rationale

Theoretical and observational studies over the last decade have given a new impetus in our understanding of star and planet formation. New powerful ground-based and space telescopes are currently unveiling the secrets of young stars from their earliest stages of formation until planets form around them. At the same time old theories are tested, new ideas are born, and new theories are emerging. Thus, instead of being on the top of a mountain admiring the “star formation view”, we are still in a labyrinth looking for answers.

This meeting will honour the contributions to star formation of Prof. Anthony Whitworth (Cardiff University, UK), and offer the opportunity to celebrate his 66th birthday. The program will be designed so as to reflect his past and current interests and it will include both invited and contributed talks. In the spirit of ancient Greek symposia it would be full of science, but also fun and story-telling.


- The initial stages of star formation

- The formation of binary stars

  1. -The minimum mass for star formation: low-mass stars and brown dwarfs

- The connection between star formation and planet formation

- Triggered star formation, HII regions

  1. -The CMF-IMF relation and the statistical properties of low-and high-mass stars

- New frontiers in computational methods of star formation


The conference will take place at the Orthodox Academy of Crete (OAC), which is located at the village of Kolymvari, near Chania, on the north west region of Crete, Greece. The OAC is a modern conference centre  situated in a beautiful location near the sea and next to a 17th-century monastery.

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Philippe André

Matthew Bate

Ian Bonnell

Cathie Clarke

Patrick Hennebelle

Simon Goodwin  (Co-Chair)

Shu-ichiro Inutsuka  


Ralf Klessen

Pavel Kroupa

Mark Krumholz

Mark McCaughrean

Jan Palouš

Derek Ward-Thompson (Co-chair)

Hans Zinnecker


Annabel Cartwright

Thomas Bisbas

David Hubber

Spyros Kitsionas

Dimitris Stamatellos (Chair)

Steffi Walch

Richard Wünsch



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There will be a limit of 125 participants. Registration is now closed. The deadline for payments is 15th March 2012.

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