We would like to invite you to participate in a symposium entitled "Mapping the Galaxy and Nearby Galaxies". This symposium will be held on 26 June - 30 June, 2006, at Ishigaki island, a tropical resort island located about 1000 km south-west from the main island of Japan and surrounded by a coral reef and beautiful tropical beaches. Ishigaki island is also the site of one of the 20 m radio telescopes in the VLBI Exploration of Radio Astrometry (VERA) network. We believe that the relaxed atmosphere promises a pleasant and fruitful symposium.
The symposium will focus on "mapping" the interstellar media and other components in galactic disks, bulges, halos, and central regions of galaxies. Thanks to recent progress in observations using radio interferometers and optical/infrared telescopes in ground and space, our knowledge on structures of our Galaxy and nearby galaxies has been growing for the last decade. Yet we do not fully understand the physics behind the observational results, and a number of questions still remain : What is the origin of spiral structure?; How should the global star formation rate be determined?; What causes the differences between our Galaxy and other nearby galaxies?; What differentiates galaxies with starburst/AGN activity from normal galaxies?
In the next decade, we will have next-generation instruments, such as ALMA, JWST, TMT, OWL, SPICA, etc.. With these telescopes, complete multi-wavelength data at high resolution will become available on the structures in our Galaxy and nearby galaxies. It is therefore good timing to have a comprehensive discussion on what has been learned so far, what are the major outstanding issues, and how we can physically understand them.
Recent numerical modeling of galaxies is much more realistic; such modeling has become an essential tool in understanding and testing physical interpretations of observational results. In this sense, this symposium is also an excellent occasion for observers and theorists to exchange results.
The symposium will cover the following topics, mainly focusing on mapping observations and related observational and theoretical studies.
This symposium is also planned in celebration of Professor Yoshiaki Sofue's 63th birthday and his retirement from the University of Tokyo. Although Prof. Sofue has worked mainly in the field of radio astronomy, the subjects in this conference reflect the wide range of research in which he has been active in over the past four decades.
SOC and LOC
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau
|Inoue Foundation for Science|
|Foundation for Promotion of Astronomy|
Oshima Prototype Engineering