"For every complex natural phenomenon there is a simple, elegant, compelling, wrong explanation"
Thomas Gold

The Early Phase of Star Formation
The MPIA conference series at Ringberg Castle, Germany

Given the importance of stars in astronomy, it seems surprising that there is still no generally accepted paradigm for the initial phase of their formation process.

Hence, scientific meetings about this topic should allow for ample discussions which work best in a small group with a few ten persons.

Early phase star formation appears to be controlled by a number of physical processes.

Correspondingly, the topic requires to bring together enough persons to represent all physical aspects in form of a large conference with over 100 persons.

EPoS therefore operates with a compromise of about 70 participants packed in a small room to maintain workshop atmosphere.

EPoS meetings are not like any other meeting. The talks are short and to the point. Long discussion times dominate the scientific program. No advertisements, just talking science.

The meetings have attracted a large fraction of the scientists working in this field worldwide.

invented and organized by Jürgen Steinacker & Aurore Bacmann