The Warm Universe
Astrochemistry at Intermediate and Elevated Temperatures
Open Working Group Meeting of the EU COST Action
"The Chemical Cosmos: Understanding Chemistry in Astronomical Environments"
Tallinn, Estonia, 29 May - 2 June 2012
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Many different astronomical environments and objects showing higher temperatures (star-forming regions, protoplanetary disks, cometary comae, circumstellar envelopes and planetary and satellite atmospheres) exhibit very interesting chemistry. However, the subject of astrochemical reactions at intermediate and higher temperatures was often a bit neglected by many scientists studying reactions either at room temperature or at the very low temperatures encountered in dark clouds. However, astrochemistry of warmer environments has recently made some huge advances, partly through improved experimental methods and theoretical calculations, but also through discoveries obtained by new observational devices, like the Herschel Space Telescope. Future observations with the ALMA millimetre array will explore their fine structure and chemistry. Aim of this event is to update experimentalists and theoreticians about new findings concerning warmer environments in space and, hopefully provide a forum to discuss new research ideas and projects. Furthermore, one additional session is devoted to recent new developments in the general field of astrobiology. A poster session will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2011 in the evening. Information about the dimensions of poster boards will be available her in due course.
A preliminary schedule of the programme can be downloaded as. doc file from this link.Poster session
A poster session will be held on Tuesday evening with a buffet dinner. The dimensions of the poster boards are 2400 mm (height) x 970 mm (width). The board colour is white. Posters will be fixed to the walls with double-sided tape.
Confirmed speakers are:
Susanne Aalto, Chalmers Tekniska Universitet, Sweden
Although the scientific programme is rather dense, there is some time allocated in the programme to allow participants get to know the city of Tallinn and the Estonian culture.
On Thursday 31 May 2011 evening we will have a visit to the very interesting Estonian Open Air Museum. After a guided tour around the museum and some free time to walk around we will have a traditional Estonian dinner at the Kolu inn located at the museum with a folk music performance.
On Friday evening conference guests are invited to a guided city walk in the old city of Tallinn. This will be followed by a Medieval Dinner at the Olde Hansa Restaurant on Raekoja Square.
Apart from the organised programme, participants can always take a walk through the Old City in Tallinn and explore the nightlife. The proximity of the conference hotel to the Old City (5 minutes walking distance) makes this possible.
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