News Oct. 3

logo Thank you everyone for a great conference with many lively discussions between different fields and hopefully, many fruitful collaborations will come out of this. Despite all the work we enjoyed the conference as much as you did and we were very happy about all the positive feedback you gave us. Certainly, this will not be the last meeting of this kind and topic, stay tuned!
Talks are now online, have a look under "participants". We did not manage to downsize all the files, so better be at a place with good internet connection when you want to download them. If you have any issue with your talk or you have material that you do not want to see online, please let us know.
We will collect your pictures in a flickr group (by invitation only!). If you have already collected your pictures somewhere online, please send us the link. If not, please open/go into your flickr account, upload pictures into an album with an obvious title, tag them with your name + add the pictures to the group (flickr has no albums for groups!).
The conference email will not be checked regularly any more, for any immediate issues, please contact the organizing team by the emails you find in the printed program.


This conference brings together two different communities that have more in common than they think. Birth, life and death of massive stars are a crucial part of every galaxies' evolution at some point in its history. The chemical composition of the stellar populations in the galaxy is linked to the properties of the massive star and hence its final fate.
Massive stars occur more often in star-bursting galaxies and heavily star-forming regions inside larger galaxies. But how was this star-formation triggered? In return, massive stars provide kinematical and chemical feedback to their surroundings often stretching beyond the galaxy via galactic winds. Shocks can lead to new star-formation or inhibit it, dust is created and destroyed. What is the imprint of massive stars on their environment and how can we detect them?
Also, the known final states of massive stars have become more and more diverse in the last few years. Supernovae have diversified in many different classes, GRBs continue to be puzzling and some very odd ones are discovered every now and then. What are the different progenitors leading to different kinds of stellar explosions and why? Can stellar evolution modeling provide us with concrete conditions for different kinds of stellar explosions and observables of their environments?

We will discuss about galaxies, star-formation and massive stars to better understand their mutual influence. Contributions from all wavelengths and redshifts are welcome from both observers and modelers. Here is a list of topics that we plan to cover:

  • GRBs, SNe, WR stars and their hosts
  • Diversity of GRBs and SNe
  • Life and death of massive stars
  • Influence of stellar explosions on their environment
  • Galaxy evolution and starburst galaxies
  • High-redshift star-forming galaxies
  • Star-formation triggers
  • Stellar populations and their evolution
  • Evolution of star-formation and chemical abundances over the history of the Universe
  • IFS and other resolved techniques
  • Multi-wavelength observations of star-forming galaxies
  • Stellar evolution modeling and end-states of massive stars

The conference will be held in Las Negras, a small village in the middle of the Cabo de Gata nature park (see venue) with unspoilt beaches surrounded by old volcanic landscape. The weather in late September is warm and sunny and the water temperature the highest of the season. For any questions please contact us at

Important dates

  • Registration open: May 1
  • Abstract and registration deadline: June 30
  • Final program: July 15
  • Hotel reservation: expired
  • Reduced registration fee: Sept. 1
  • Conference: Sept. 23-27


The conference is organized primarily by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC) and includes people from both the GRB field and the "Estallidos" (starburst) group.

  • Christina Thöne (IAA), chair
  • Antonio de Ugarte Postigo (IAA/DARK), co-chair
  • Javier Gorosabel (IAA/UPV-EHU)
  • José M. Vílchez (IAA)
  • Sebastian Sanchez (IAA/CAHA)
  • Carolina Kehrig (IAA)
  • Ricardo Amorín (IAA)

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