Splinter Meeting GalaxyEvol

Milky Way and Nearby Galaxies: Templates for Galaxy Evolution Studies

Time: Thursday September 12, 16:15-18:00 and Friday September 13, 16:15-18:00 CEST (UTC+2)

Room: S21

Convenor(s): Dario Colombo, Mallory Thorp, Agata Karska, Frank Bigiel
Argelander-Institut für Astronomie - Universität Bonn

With the advent of powerful facilities such as ALMA, JWST, CCAT/FYST, and MeerKAT, new opportunities arise to explore star formation regimes and environments with respect to a greater diversity of galaxies once inaccessible, creating a comprehensive picture of the baryon cycle throughout cosmic time. These cutting-edge instruments promise to revolutionize our understanding of galaxy evolution by providing unprecedented high-resolution and high-sensitivity observations. While new technologies open new frontiers, the level of detail contemporary studies of the Milky Way and nearby galaxies provide is unmatched. Both are indispensable targets for the high-resolution observations that allow us to unravel the subtle nuances of star formation processes while providing additional perspective of how these processes shape galactic structures and evolution. By leveraging the unique characteristics of the Milky Way and nearby galaxies, and the novel views new facilities provide for these galaxies, we can move towards a more comprehensive understanding of the interconnected nature of star formation and galaxy evolution. This session aims to connect communities studying the Milky Way, nearby galaxies, and the broader context of galaxy evolution, with a focus on investigating how the properties and distribution of cold gas, from atomic to diffuse or dense molecular gas, regulate star formation (and its cessation) in galaxies. The focus of the session will be on observational studies. We envision a session divided into 4 blocks: star formation and gas distribution in the (inner) Milky Way, low metallicity environments (outer Galaxy, LMC/SMC, dwarf galaxies), star-forming nearby galaxies, and galaxy-evolution related surveys/studies. The topic of the blocks will be introduced by 4 invited speakers. The rest of the time will be dedicated to contributed talks. Additionally, we will dedicate the last 15-20 minutes of each day session to open discussions concerning remaining questions in these fields, and how new observational undertakings will help bridge the gap between local star formation and galaxy evolution.


Thursday September 12, 16:15-18:00 Milky Way and Nearby Galaxies: Templates for Galaxy Evolution Studies (S21)

Friday September 13, 16:15-18:00 Milky Way and Nearby Galaxies: Templates for Galaxy Evolution Studies (S21)

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