The Early Phase of Star Formation
The MPIA conference series at Ringberg Castle, Germany
                 
EPoS 2018 Objectives
Since the discovery of Bok globules in the 1940s, the initial phase of the star formation process has been the target of intense scientific research, and yet we are unable to arrive at a generally accepted paradigm.

EPoS 2018 had a focus on archetypes with the potential to concentrate our efforts.
Are there archetypes in the early star formation process, objects or constructs that combine all relevant processes? Or is the variety in object properties, initial conditions, and model assumptions too large to define prototypical cases?

Early formation of stars from the low- to the high-mass regime is considered.

Individual astrophysical topics of interest are: triggered star formation, clustered star formation, cores, chemistry, collapse, fragmentation, jets, competitive accretion, giant molecular clouds, binarity, magnetic fields, initial mass function, turbulence, X-rays, and early phases of disks.
The EPoS way: Large group, small room, remote location. Consider all aspects. Short talks, intense discussions.