ESF Research Conferences

ESF-FWF Conference in Partnership with LFUI


Chaired by

Eelcovan KampenE-Mail
University of Innsbruck (LFUI)Institute for Astro and Particle PhysicsInnsbruckAustria


12-17 December 2009


Universitätszentrum Obergurgl, Ötz Valley, near Innsbruck, Austria
The Obergurgl University Centre is located at an altitude of 1940 metres, in the highest glacial village in the Tyrol, at the end of the Ötz Valley and surrounded by numerous three-thousand metre peaks.
Group transportation will be arranged from/to Innsbruck airport, via Innsbruck train station, on arrival and departure days.

Preliminary Programme

Two years ago a meeting was held to prepare observing with three major new facilities that are providing European astronomers with data in the sub-mm and far-IR wavebands: the Herschel Space Observatory (HSO), SCUBA-2 on the renewed James Clark Maxwell Telescope (JCMT), and part of the Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA). The meeting was focused on the science topic of the origin of galaxies, which benefits especially from data taken using these new telescopes. We also discussed how these results will relate to data taken at other wavelengths.

Late 2009 the first data should have been taken, so December 2009 is the right time to provide a platform to present the first science results. The aim is to bring together many of the European astronomers that have been planning these observations and those that have been improving and extending their galaxy formation models to include sub-mm and far-IR predictions at high redshift. As non-Europeans will have been active as well during this time, we aim to have a sizable fraction of the participants coming from outside of Europe in order to compare results and discuss the consequences for galaxy formation models in the light of all data obtained, including the wealth of multi-wavelength data that is being gathered using a wide range of instruments, from GALEX to Spitzer,
and from APEX to the GBT.

Final Programme last update 10 December 2009 [PDF, 486KB]
List of Speakers and Accepted Participants

Group Transportation

Two buses will be arranged on arrival and departure day between Innsbruck railway station, via Innsbruck airport and Obergurgl. The journey takes approximately 1.5 hours.  

Please book a seat on the Bus!

Bus departure times on Saturday 12 December
From Innsbruck railway station: 15.45 and 17.45
From Innsbruck airport: 16.00 and 18.00

Meeting Points:
Railway Station departure point is located opposite the main entrance. When arriving to the station, please follow the sign "Autoverladestelle".
Airport departure point is located just outside the small airport building.
The coaches will have a sign in the window indicating "ESF Research Conferences" for easy recognition.
Bus departure times on Thursday 17 December
From Obergurgl: 8.00 and 9.00


Please note that SINGLE accommodation can only be guaranteed to invited speakers. All other participants will have to share a TWIN room. In case single rooms would become available at the time of the conference, rooms will be attributed on a “first come, first served” basis. Only the TWIN conference fee should be paid to the ESF when registering. The supplement for single should be paid to the venue directly. Should you wish to be put on waiting list for single accommodation, please contact Ms. Alessandra Piccolotto

Registration Form

For accepted participants and invited speakers only

All participants - including speakers & session chairs - are kindly expected to confirm their attendance (and, when applicable, to pay the conference fee) by filling in a Registration Form.

Deadline for registration & fee payment: 14 November 2009

Financial Support

Some grants are available for young researchers to cover the conference fee and possibly part of the travel costs. Grant requests should be made by ticking appropriate field(s) in the paragraph "Grant application" of the application form.

What conference fee covers

Basic expenses comprise:

  • registration and meeting costs;
  • accommodation in twin room sharing with another participant;
  • all meals, coffee breaks and drinks included;
  • participation at the excursion and the conference dinner;
  • group transportation from/to the nearest airport.
To Pay
Conference fee will be covered by ESF and its partners0 €
AssistedConference Fee will be partially covered by ESF and its partners375 €
Early Bird
Registration and payment by October 31 
700 €
Registration and payment between November 1 and 14
800 €
Conference participation without accommodation550 €

Extra costs:

To Pay
Industry Supplement
For participants working in industry, 100 € will automatically be added to the fee
Plus 100 €
Single Room SupplementSome single rooms may be available upon request. An additional cost of 150 € will be charged for an upgrade to a single room. The supplement is payable directly to the hotel.Plus 150 €
Late Registration Supplement150 € will be charged when registering after the official registration deadline, November 14Plus 150 €


Should you need to cancel your participation, please contact the Conference Officer immediately. If notice of cancellation is received more than two weeks before the conference, all but EUR 100 will be reimbursed. No refund is possible if notice of cancellation is received less than two weeks before the conference.

ESF Contact

Conference Officer

Phone: +32 (0)2 533 2023
Fax: +32 (0)2 538 8486
Please quote 09-224 in any correspondence.


This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with the Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung in Österreich (FWF)