This webpage provides information for the 10th Heidelberg Summer School with the topic on the

Dynamics of the Interstellar Medium and Star Formation .

The school took place September 21-25, 2015 in the Max Planck House in Heidelberg, Germany.

This school was the 10th in a series of Summer Schools with the topics:

    2006: The Physics of the Interstellar Medium,   2007: The Milky Way Galaxy,,   2008: The Art & Craft of Astronomical Instrumentation,   2009: Statistical Inferences from Astrophysical Data,     2010: First Stars and Cosmic Reionization,   2011: Characterizing Exoplanets - from Formation to Atmospheres,     2012: Computational Astrophysics,   2013: High Energy Astrophysics,   2014: Frontiers of Stellar Structure & Evolution,   2015: Dynamics of the Interstellar Medium and Star Formation2016: Astrostatistics and Data Mining,   2017: Compact Objects & Gravitational Waves,   2018: Gaia Data & Science, ...  


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, Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies.

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


Mordecai-Mark Mac Low, American Museum of Natural History
Peter Schilke, University of Cologne
Alexander Tielens, Leiden University
Stefanie Walch, University of Cologne

When & where:

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

Scope of the School:

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 has 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.

  School program

  School gallery

  List of participants

  Facebook group organized by Can Evirgen

  Summer school poster

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The summerschool is also supported by the SFB 881 on the The Milky Way Galaxy.