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The Life Cycle of Dust in the Universe:
Observations, Theory, and Laboratory Experiments
November 18-22, 2013
NCU, Taiwan


This meeting aims to address the life cycle of dust in the Universe, which covers the formation, evolution and destruction of dust in a range of environments, ranging from the smallest to the largest scales. Bringing together observational and theoretical astrophysicists as well as meteoriticists and experimentalists will allow for a cross-disciplinary dialogue.

The meeting follows a successful tradition of astrophysical dust meetings, starting in Albany in 1972, with the latest edition "Cosmic Dust: Near and Far" organized by Th. Henning taking place in Heidelberg in 2008.

Since that meeting, the field of dust astrophysics has made major leaps forward with the hoist of data arriving from such missions as the infrared space telescopes Spitzer, Herschel, and Stardust, the latter returning dust samples from comet Wild-2 currently being studied in the lab. The largest telescope on Earth, ALMA, has recently come online, allowing for investigations into the origin of dust in the Universe. Thus, this is an excellent time to review the status of the field of dust astrophysics in this meeting.

The meeting aims to create an environment in which all aspects of the life cycle of dust will be discussed, from an astrophysical, chemical and mineralogical perspective, and the effect on a range of environments. Observational insights, theoretical models and experimental approaches all contribute to our view of the life cycle of dust, and the meeting will address new developments and future projects in all these areas.

On behalf of the SOC & LOC,
Ciska Kemper


Scientific Organizing Committee

  • Anja Andersen (Dark Cosmology Centre)
  • Maarten Baes (University of Ghent)
  • Eli Dwek (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
  • Haley Gomez (Cardiff University)
  • Karl Gordon (Space Telescope Science Institute)
  • Lei Hao (Shanghai Astronomical Observatory)
  • Thomas Henning (Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie)
  • Lindsay Keller (NASA Johnson Space Center)
  • Ciska Kemper (Academia Sinica)
  • Chiyoe Koike (Ritsumeikan University)
  • Typhoon Lee (Academia Sinica)
  • Margaret Meixner (Space Telescope Science Institute)
  • Vito Mennella (Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte)
  • Michiel Min (University of Amsterdam)
  • Takashi Onaka (University of Tokyo)
  • Itsuki Sakon (University of Tokyo)
  • Raffaella Schneider (Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma)
  • Darach Watson (Dark Cosmology Centre)

Local Organizing Committee

  • Tzuching Chang
  • Cindy Chiu
  • Hiroyuki Hirashita
  • Ciska Kemper
  • Lihwai Lin
  • Suh-Lian Lin
  • Ming-Chang Liu
  • Sheng-Yuan Liu
  • Ji Yeon Seok
  • Sundar Srinivasan
  • Wei-Hao Wang
  • Ronny Zhao-Geisler
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