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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 fo 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, Universidad de Alicante, Spain

  • Maya Petkova, Chalmers University, Sweden

  • Rainer Shödel, IAA-CISC, Spain

  • Amy Stutz, Universidad de Concepción, Chile


  •     Rainer Schödel - Head of SOC

  •     Alicia Pelegrina López - LOC

  •     Manuel González García - LOC


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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 (Sala Polivalente, Sala de Juntas,Sala de Reuniones Edificio 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 Centre (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 Good-bye



How to register?

This School aims at having a highly interactive character and physical participation is therefore strongly encouraged. We will provide the possibility of limited remote participation, but please be aware that the conference will not be optimised for this mode.


The registration deadline is September 30th. You will be informed whether you have been accepted no later than October 15th. Payment of the fee should then be made within one week.

To formalize the participation you must fill in the mandatory fields in the pre-registration form. Once you have been accepted you will receive an electronic invoice to confirm your registration. Payment can be made by bank transfer or credit card.


The maximum number of  in person participants is 60. Up to half of the available slots may be reserved for staff from the IAA-CSIC. If the number of applicants exceeds 60 after the registration deadline, the SOC will decide on the applications based on factors such as geographic location, research interests and expertise, gender balance, or seniority in order to come up with an optimal mix of participants. Accepted participants will then be notified and receive an invoice. They should then proceed to payment of the registration fee. Registration will only be considered complete once the payment has been received.

Registration fee

The School fee will be 350 euros for in-person participation and 200 euros for remote participation (All attendees who belong to the IAA will receive a discount of 100€). The registration fee includes all the coffee breaks listed in the program and the school dinner on Tuesday evening. The cancellation fee will be 50%. 


Important dates

  • Opening of the registration period: Wednesday, July, 19th

  • Closure of the application period: Saturday, September 30th 

  • Meeting: from November 27th to December 1st, 2023

Code of conduct

The IAA-CSIC has a code of behaviour that all registered participants are encouraged to read and need to abide by. For any issue concerning this code, contact Alicia Pelegrina or Manuel González. More information



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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