December 13-17, 2010
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Symposium Abstract

This Symposium will be the opportunity to examine the possible links between nearby, mature galaxies and the distant objects that our deepest extragalactic surveys now routinely uncover. Major open questions pertaining to the evolution of these objects into the galaxies we see today will be addressed and confronted to theoretical models of galaxy formation and evolution. In recent years, the multi-wavelength mapping of galaxies has enabled a new vision of their structure and composition that may, or may not, be compatible with theoretical precepts.

The Symposium will bring together theorists and observers in an attempt to reach a common understanding of the puzzles that our research has recently unfolded, largely through the study of galaxy dynamics and their stellar populations at low and high redshifts. With MeerKAT (Karoo Array Telescope) and SALT (South African Large Telescope) in operation in South Africa and Astrophysics being developed in Burkina Faso, it seems timely to hold such a meeting in Africa, especially following the IYA and the resolution of the 2009 IAU General Assembly asking to support the development of Astronomy in emerging countries.


The main themes for this meeting are:

Multi-wavelength surveys of deep fields
Multi-wavelength surveys of large nearby galaxy samples (UV, optical, IR, CO, HI, ...)
3D surveys of low, intermediate and high redshift galaxies
Interpretation of high redshift kinematical data (mergers, star bursts, ...)
High redshift progenitors of local galaxies
Downsizing, high redshift red galaxies, bimodal galaxy populations, scaling relations
Baryon acquisition and settling of baryons in cold disks
Integrated and resolved stellar populations
Star formation and mass assembly history of galaxies
Models of galaxy evolution and cosmological simulations

The Program Organizing Comittee will consider any proposed contributions but priority will be given to those that are related to the selected themes for IAU S277.

Important Dates

February 1st, 2010 : First Announcement and Web registration opens
April 2nd, 2010 : Second Announcement
June 15, 2010 : Deadline of early registration
June 15, 2010 : Deadline for application for an IAU grant. No later applications will be considered
July 15, 2010 : Deadline for submission of titles and abstracts. No later submissions will be considered
August 1st, 2010 : Decisions about IAU grants
September 1st, 2010  SOC decision about contributed talks & posters
September 15, 2010 : Deadline for payment of early registration fees (500 $CAD)
October 1st, 2010 : Final program
November 1st, 2010 : Deadline for hotel booking
November 1st, 2010 : Deadline for tours' pre-booking (late booking available at the meeting)
November 1st, 2010 : Deadline for modifications to the presentation's title or abstract
November 15, 2010 : Deadline for payment of late fees (750 $CAD)
December 13, 2010 : Beginning of IAU Symposium No. 277
December 17, 2010 : End of IAU Symposium No. 277
December 17, 2010 : Deadline for submission of papers for the Proceedings and Copyright forms. No later submissions will be considered
January 17, 2011 : Deadline for submission of revised papers for the Proceedings. No later submissions will be considered
June 17, 2011 : Publication of the Proceedings

Financial support from:

IAU Univ de Ouaga LogoODAUO Logo POPSud
Optitec Plus UNESCOiUPAP
Université de Montréal International Science Programme at Uppsala University MESSRS Burkina Faso