The 10th IMPRS Summer School

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This webpage provides information for the 10th Heidelberg Summer School on the topic of
Dynamics of the Interstellar Medium & Star Formation

The 10th Heidelberg Summer School took place September 21-25, 2015 at the "Max-Planck-Haus" (Max Planck House) in Heidelberg, Germany.


IMPRS for Astronomy and Cosmic Physics at the University of Heidelberg:

Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Astronomisches Rechen-Institut, Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, Landessternwarte Koenigstuhl, and Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies.

Scientific organizing committee:     Ralf Klessen & Simon Glover   (ITA, Heidelberg).


Invited lecturers:

   Mordecai-Mark Mac Low   (American Museum of Natural History)

   Peter Schilke     (University of Cologne)

   Alexander Tielens   (Leiden University) 

   Stefanie Walch    (University of Cologne)

Scope of the Schools:

The focus of the school is on the dynamics of the interstellar medium (ISM) and star formation. Basic aspects of the ISM such as the composition, the different phases, turbulence and the main heating and cooling processes will be discussed, as well as the chemistry of the ISM, the formation molecular clouds and star and the stellar feedback to the ISM. Another important topic is the observational approach to the ISM - the questions which tracers we can use and what observational techniques we may employ.

School format:

The IMPRS Summer School had three major components:

(1) Lectures are presented by leading experts in their fields, including Mordecai-Mark Mac Low, Peter Schilke, Alexander Tielens, and Stefanie Walch.

(2) Hands-on computer exercises were prepared for selected topics.

(3) A few presentations on specific scientific applications were given by scientists from astronomical research institutes in Heidelberg.

In addition, a social program was organized, intended to provide a pleasent and relaxed atmosphere for fruitful scientific discussions between all participants and the lectures.

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