Chemical evolution and nucleosynthesis across the Galaxy

26-29 November 2018

Max-Planck House, Heidelberg

Our understanding of chemical evolution of stellar populations in the Milky Way has been revolutionised with the advent of improved theoretical models of stellar atmospheres, stellar evolution, and state-of-the-art chemo-dynamical models of the Galaxy. Such advances are more readily used to analyse data acquired through large observational programs, like RAVE, Gaia, and APOGEE, etc. and will be incorporated with future surveys such as SDSS V, 4MOST, and WEAVE providing exquisite information about the chemical structure of the Galactic disc, the halo, and the bulge. The conference will focus on three major topics, which constitute the backbone of observational Galaxy formation studies: spectroscopic diagnostics – such as nucleosynthesis, chemical abundance, and age determination; theoretical and observational aspects of stellar mergers and evolution of massive stars – with particular attention focused towards AT 2017gfo; and reviews on the state-of-the-art in chemo-dynamical modelling in the Milky Way. There will be a special format, where two afternoons will contain `non-conference’ break-out sessions, in which related open questions and hot topics will be discussed.

Conference poster

Deadline for abstract submission passed

Special satellite session

Low metallicity s-process

30 November 2018



Camilla Hansen (co-chair)
Maria Bergemann (co-chair)
Andreas Bauswein
Andy Gallagher
Andreas Koch
Andrew McWilliam
George Meynet
Friedrich Roepke
Ralph Schoenrich
Eline Tolstoy
Claudia Travaglio


Anish Amarsi
Sven Buder
Norbert Christlieb
Diane Feuillet
Andy Gallagher
Xudong Gao
Camilla Hansen
Mikhail Kovalev
Markus Kromer
Karin Lind
Jan Rybizki
Ása Skúladottir

Invited Speakers

Carlo Abate
Almudena Arcones
Giuseppina Battaglia
Piercarlo Bonifacio
Sergio Cristallo
Stephane Goriely
Raphael Hirschi
Pascale Jablonka
Hans-Thomas Janka
Andreas Korn
Maria Lugaro
Kate Maguire
Dan Maoz
Nicolas Prantzos
Nils Ryde
Ása Skúladottir
Richard Stancliffe
Karl-Friedrich Thielemann
David Yong
Gail Zasowski


Aldo Mura Guzman
Alina Leščinskaitė
Andreas Bauswein
Andy Gallagher
Andreas Koch
Andrew McWilliam
Anders Jerkstrand
Anish Amarsi
Aroa del Mar Matas Pinto
Avrajit Bandyopadhyay
Benoit Côté
Bertrand Lemasle
Bikram Sapkota
Camilla Hansen
Carolyn Doherty
Chiara Battistini
Charli Sakari
Chiaki Kobayashi
Christian Hayes
Claudia Travaglio
David Moise Nataf
David Nidever
Derek Homeier
Diane Feuillet
Diego Vescovi
Ditte Slumstrup
Eline Tolstoy
Emanuele Spitoni
Emma Louise Espersen Knudsen
Falk Herwig
Freeke van de Voort
Friedrich Roepke
Gabriele Cescutti
George Meynet
Guillaume Guiglion
Hans-Günter Ludwig
Heitor Ernandes
Henrik Jönsson
Ina Kristine Berentsen Kullmann
Ivan Cabrera-Ziri
Jacqueline den Hartogh
Jan Rybizki
Jennifer Wojno
John Donor
Jonay I. González Hernández
Karin Lind
Kim Venn
Leonard Horst
Mahdieh Navbi
Maria Bergemann
Maria Tsantaki
Marius Eichler
Martin Asplund
Michael Hanke
Mikhail Kovalev
Moritz Reichert
Neige Frankel
Norbert Christlieb
Oliver Just
R. Michael Rich
Raghubar Singh
Rahul Rana
Ralph Schoenrich
Rebecca Forsberg
Romain Lucchesi
Sabrina Gronow
Shinya Wanajo
Sho Fujibayashi
Sten Hasselquist
Sven Buder
Szabolcs Meszaros
Tamara Mishenina
Theodora Xylaki-Dornbusch
Valeria Grisoni
Valiery Vasilyev
Xudong Gao
Yutaka Hirai


Please use link to pay the registration fee

Registration/abstract submission is closed!!

There is a possibility of child care for those who need it (please contact Jan Rybizki: rybizki [at]

Travel and Conference info

Please click here to download our information-packed travel and activity guide for the upcoming conference. It includes information on how to get to Heidelberg from most local airports and train stations, and also includes information on the activities planned during the conference. We look forward to seeing you in November!

Now that the conference is fast approaching, you may wish to check the guide again as it has some updated information on travel around Heidelberg. With the Christmas season and the large amount of RNV network works that affect several important lines, the guide is very useful.

The price guide has been updated to fix a mistake made regarding the price of the weekly tram/bus ticket. They are 23.70 euros and the daily tickets are 6.75 euros.

Hotel list

While we cannot recommend any hotels over others in Heidelberg, we recommend that you look at the following hotels and hotel search engines:

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Conference dinner

The conference dinner will take place at restaurant BräuStadel on Wednesday 28/11/2018 at 18.30.
Map for the dinner and Christmas Market