Starbursts - From 30 Doradus to Lyman break galaxies

Monday 6 - Friday 10 September 2004

Conference Summary, to appear in Astronomy & Geophysics, December 2004 (pdf file)

Final version of the Programme and Abstract book (pdf file)(435KB); Late abstracts


Poster papers

List of Attendees

23 March 2004: Second Announcement released

24 May 2004: Third Announcement released

27 August 2004: Final Announcement released

SOCRichard de GrijsUniversity of Sheffield, UK; chair
Cathie Clarke IoA Cambridge, UK
Françoise Combes Observatoire de Paris, France
Uta Fritze-von Alvensleben Göttingen Observatory, Germany
Claus Leitherer STScI, USA
Max Pettini IoA Cambridge, UK
Evan Skillman University of Minnesota, USA
Roberto Terlevich INAOE, Mexico
Paul van der WerfLeiden Observatory, Netherlands
Rosa González Delgado IAA, Spain
LOC Richard de Grijs Chair
Max Pettini
Gerry Gilmore
Andrew Bunker
Paul Aslin senior departmental administrator
Suzanne Howard secretary
Andrew Batey computer officer
Richard Sword graphics officer


Large-scale starbursts are very common features of early galaxy evolution. At high redshifts, the majority of the present-day "normal" galaxy progenitors either appear to be undergoing violent gravitational interactions, or experience very active star formation throughout.

Nearby large-scale starbursts are increasingly rare, and only with the spatial resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope has it become possible to study the detailed characteristics of the nearest examples, which are often considered to be the nearest analogues to the actively star forming galaxies at high redshifts. Starbursts in dwarf galaxies, on the other hand, occur very frequently, both in the local Universe and beyond. It is now becoming increasingly clear that a large fraction of the star formation in the nearby starbursts takes place in compact, high luminosity star clusters ("super star clusters"), rather than in individual stars. However, the evolutionary fate of these young compact star clusters and their possible relationship to old globular clusters is still largely an open question.

This conference aimed at bringing together scientists (observers, theorists and modelers) studying starbursts at a range of scales, from small-scale, localized starbursts such as seen in the 30 Doradus region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, through relatively nearby galaxy-wide starbursts and interactions such as observed in, e.g., M82 and the Antennae galaxies, to their high-redshift counterparts, in particular the Lyman break galaxies.

We wanted to connect our relatively detailed knowledge of local starbursts with the wealth of new data now being obtained at increasingly higher redshifts, to address a range of scientifically exciting topics. The conference was held at a particularly interesting time, when major advances in fields related to active star formation and starbursts are coming to light, from efforts such as the GOODS survey, the GALEX explorer, and from Legacy programmes of the Spitzer Space Observatory that produced its first science results in the months leading up to the conference.


These will be published by Kluwer as part of their Astrophysics & Space Science Library series. They will include all talks in book form, and the poster contributions on CD-ROM. The proceedings will be edited by Richard de Grijs and Rosa M. González Delgado.

Deadline for manuscript submission: 15 November 2004

Because of the tight schedule we have to work to, this is a hard deadline. Late submissions cannot be accepted!

Guidelines for authors and style files should be downloaded from the Publisher's web site. DO NOT ALTER THESE STYLE FILES, or your contribution may not be accepted... (and please submit your manuscript using MNRAS-style referencing; thanks!)

You will need two style files, kapproc.cls and procps.sty, and you can use the template LaTeX file, procchap.tex.

When submitting your files, please use the convention < Last Name > < Initial >.tex or < Last Name > < Initial > < number >.tex if you submit more than one contribution. Figures should be labelled < Last Name > < Initial > < number >.ps, so that we won't get confused...

Please note that we will ONLY accept papers prepared using the LaTeX 2e / LaTeX 2.09 style files provided by the publishers. Documents prepared in ANY OTHER format will be rejected and returned to the authors.

Page allowances:
REVIEW talks: 8 pages
INVITED talks: 6 pages
CONTRIBUTED talks: 4 pages

Please do not exceed these page allowances. If you do, you may have the chance to amend your submission, but this cannot be guaranteed if we receive your submission close to our submission deadline to the publishers... This will be at the discretion of the editors.

Please DO NOT submit figures in colour; make sure they display well in black-and-white or grey-scale. We will not publish ANY figures in colour, except where the authors are willing to pay for the (significant) surcharge this incurs.

Alternatively, you may submit additional material (colour figures, animations, movies, etc.) to be included on the accompanying CD-ROM. Please mark these materials clearly!

POSTER papers will be published on an accompanying CD-ROM. Poster presenters are welcome to use the same Latex style files as talk presenters, with a page allowance within reason (we suggest to limit poster papers to 6 pages). Alternatively, you may send us an electronic version of your poster, including animations, movies, etc. Colour figures are allowed for the poster proceedings. The final decision here rests with the editors.

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