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TIARA Workshop - From Chemistry to Life
December 3-7, 2007
7F of Condensed Matter Sciences and Physics Department Building, NTU, Taipei


Discussion Topics within the Workshop

The theme of the workshop is motivated in the general context of Astrobiology, Origins of Stars and Planetary Systems, and Origins of Life. We would like to address pressing problems in the general context related to star formation processes such as, but not limited to, the following topics:

  1. Chemical reactions and evolution in cloud cores, jets/outflows, and disks
  2. Chemistry in shocks
  3. Molecular Chemistry
  4. Biomolecules and Life
  5. Dust grains in the Interstellar Medium and Meteorites
  6. Infrared Spectroscopy and Laboratory Experiments
  7. Chemical reactions related to gas-solid phases and meteoritic evidences

Additionally, we would like to maximize the interactions between our invited participants from overseas and local astronomers from within the institute and local universities.

Format of the Workshop

The emphasis of this workshop will be on discussions rather than formal presentations. Hence we envision several talks per day, with the rest of the time devoted to informal discussions and working sessions. Our experience shows that such a format will encourage interaction and possible collaboration. However, such format can not accommodate a large group. Thus the total number of both local and overseas invited participants will be limited to about 30. Please email to apply. Students from within Taiwan are welcome to join the lectures, free of cost. Advance registration is required.

The weekend following the workshop will offer an opportunity for those interested in touring some must-see places such as the Palace Museum or Taroko Gorge. We will assist in organizing tours for the participants.

Organizing Committee