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2nd IAA-CSIC Severo Ochoa Advanced School on Star Formation

Granada. 27th Nov-1st Dec 2023



The IAA-CSIC Severo Ochoa Advanced School on Star Formation will be held in Granada, from Monday, November 27th, to Friday, December 1st, 2023. It is directed at researchers of all levels who have a special interest in star formation. This school will include an overview of basic concepts, but aims to go beyond textbook knowledge by providing insight into the current frontiers of research and will have a strongly interactive aspect with ample room for questions and discussions. Lectures will be short 'flash lectures', no longer than 30 min, followed by questions and discussions. The participants will contribute to shaping the concluding discussions at the end of each day.

The interaction among and between participants and tutors - to get to know each other's research and perhaps even find ideas for common work - will be an important aspect of this school.

The number of participants will be limited to 60 in person. Remote participation will be possible, but is not encouraged, because the school will be highly interactive

Background image credits: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, Webb ERO Production Team



  • Angela Adamo, Stockholm University, Sweden

  • Miroslava Dessauges, University of Geneva, Switzerland

  • Patrick Hennebelle, CEA Saclay

  • Jonathan Henshaw, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

  • Benjamin Keller, University of Memphis, USA

  • Mark Krumholz, Australian National University, Australia

  • Steven Longmore, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

  • Lucio Mayer, University of Zurich, Switzerland

  • Núria Miret Roig, University of Vienna, Austria

  • Ignacio Negueruela, University of Alicante, Spain

  • Maya Petkova, Chalmers University, Sweden

  • Rainer Shödel, IAA-CISC, Spain

  • Amy Stutz, University of Concepción, Chile


  • Rainer Schödel - Head of SOC

  • Alicia Pelegrina López - LOC

  • Manuel González García - LOC


You can send any questions you may have to:



November 27th, Monday. Phenomenology and basic theory

08:30 - Registration

09:20 Welcome (Isabel Márquez, director of IAA Servero Ochoa Excellence program)

Session1: Review of Basic Observations (CHAIR: Rainer Schödel)
09:30 - 10:30 The theory of observations (Mark Krumholz)
10:30 - 11:30 The practice of observations (Steve Longmore)
11:30 - 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 - 13:00 Protostars: From Cores to MS stars (Amy Stutz)
13:00 - 15:00 Lunch break

Session 1: Cluster formation (CHAIR: Mark Krumholz)
15:00 - 16:00 The internal structure of molecular clouds (Jonathan Henshaw)
16:00 - 17:00 Star cluster formation and evolution (Núria Miret Roig)
17:00 - 17:30 Coffee break
17:30 - 18:30 Clusters and associations in the MW (Núria Miret Roig)

Social event: Icebreaker

November  28th, Tuesday. SF on small scales / Observations of SF in the Milky Way

Session 1: Review of Basic Theory (CHAIR: Mark Krumholz)
09:30 - 10:30 Discs and protostars (Patrick Hennebelle)
10:30 - 11:30 Observations of (proto-)clusters/HII regions: Overview (Amy Stutz)
11:30 - 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 - 13:00 Basic concepts of (M)HD (Patrick Hennebelle)
13:00 - 14:00 Feedback (Maya Petkova)
14:00 - 16:00 Lunch break

Session 2: A close look at star clusters (CHAIR: Angela Adamo)
16:00 - 17:00 What parameters determine the efficiency and outcome of star formation? (Patrick Hennebelle)
17:00 - 17:30 Coffee break
17:30 - 18:30 The Initial Mass Function as inferred from observations (Núria Miret Roig)
18:30 - 19:30 Multiplicity (Ignacio Negueruela)
20:30 Dinner @
Hotel Vincci Albaycin

November 29th, Wednesday. Star formation on intermediate and galactic scales

Session 1: Intermediate scales (CHAIR: Jonny Henshaw)
09:30 - 10:30 Formation and properties of Giant Molecular Clouds (Mark Krumholz)
10:30 - 11:30 Star formation on GMC scales (Maya Petkova)
11:30 - 12:00 Coffee break

Session 2: Galactic scales (CHAIR: Lucio Mayer)
12:00 - 13:00 Gas on galactic scales (Mark Krumholz)
13:00 - 14:00 The cluster population in galaxies (Angela Adamo)

Free Afernoon

November 30th, Thursday. Extragalactic star formation and starbursts

Session 1: Starbursts Extreme environments (CHAIR: Ben Keller)
09:00 - 10:00 30Dor (R136) and other nearby extreme environments (Ignacio Negueruela)
10:00 - 11:00 SF in the early Universe, Pop III stars (Lucio Mayer)
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 - 12:30 Three parallel groups for preparation of final discussion (Multipurpose Room, Board Room, Meeting Room Building C)
12:30 - 13:30 IAA Colloquium : Studying star-formation in 'collisional' galaxies with MUSE (Victor Mauricio Gómez González. Institute for Physics and Astronomy, University of Potsdam, Germany)

13:30 - 15:00 Lunch break: Prepare final discussion with representatives from the groups and leaders of final

Session 2 (CHAIR: Maya Petkova)
15:00 - 16:00 Starbursts: Theoretical considerations (Ben Keller)

16:00 - 17:00 Star formation in the Galactic Center (Jonathan Henshaw)
17:00 - 17:30 Coffee break
17:30 - 18:30 Galactic star formation and star forming clumps at cosmic noon (Miroslava Dessauges, remote lecture)

December 1st, Friday. Star formation in the past

Session 1: Star formation at high-z and at low-metallicities (CHAIR: Amy Stutz)
09:30 - 10:30 Star cluster formation during the first billion years (Angela Adamo)
10:30 - 11:30 Galactic scale SF in the first billion years (Ben Keller)
11:30 - 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 - 13:00 Globular cluster formation (Ben Keller)
13:00 - 14:00 Discussion: Hot topics and BIG questions (CHAIR: Maya Petkova + Angela Adamo)
14:00 Goodbye





The Meeting will take place at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía headquarters (IAA-CSIC), Glorieta de la Astronomía s/n, 18008 Granada. The IAA-CSIC is located 15 minutes walk from the city centre, and can be reached by bus lines S2, S0, 11 and 9.

Suggested restaurants in the surrounding area

The School dinner will take place on Tuesday at 8:30 pm at the Hotel Vincci Albaycin.




The organisers acknowledge financial support from the grant CEX2021-001131-S funded by MCIN/AEI/ 10.13039/501100011033

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