Astrochemistry Discussions

Molecules with ALMA at Planet-forming Scales (MAPS) Day!

Wednesday 3 November 2021
10:00 a.m. Eastern US Time

Charles Law

Chemical Substructures at 10 au Scales in Protoplanetary Disks

Jenny Calahan

Determining the 2D Thermal Structure of the HD 163296 disk

Romane Le Gal

Inferring the C/O and S/H Ratios in Protoplanetary Disks with Sulfur Molecules

2021 August (+ September) Extravaganza: Virtual Lab Tours!

Head to our video page to check out virtual lab tours from our colleagues as they show off the cool spaces in which all the science happens!


Opportunities for students, postdocs, and researchers sent to us by attendees.
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Harnack Haus, Berlin (03.10-07.10, 2022)

In 2015, we gathered at the Harnack Haus in Berlin to discuss about star and planet formation and the crucial role played by Astrochemistry in our understanding of the various steps that transform an interstellar cloud in stellar systems like our own. It is now time to meet again and present the exciting results that have been achieved in recent years, thanks to ALMA, IRAM, JVLA, GBT, APEX, SOFIA and other facilities, as well as thanks to coordinated efforts in the laboratory and theory (in particular, quantum chemistry and chemical-dynamical models of evolving clouds and disks). This will be important to cast a fresh look into the future, which we already know is going to be bright, thanks to revolutionary telescopes coming up in the near future (such as JWST and ELT) and next decades (SKA and ngVLA).

During the conference, we will make a journey through space and time, starting from interstellar clouds and then moving to cloud filaments and dense cores on the verge of star formation, to protostars and their embedded disks, to planet-forming disks to exoplanet and finally landing in our Solar System, while delving into laboratory facilities and theoretical calculations and simulations. Each evening, before dinner, there will be a general talk on each topic of the conference (the “aperitive talk”), to allow all communities to understand better the “big picture” and to facilitate finding links across disciplines, which always provide fertile ground in our journey towards understanding our astrochemical origins.

Students and young researchers will be encouraged to attend and interact with all participants, to present their work and broaden their horizons. Some financial help will be available for them upon request.

The total number of participants is limited to less than or equal to 120.

Please pre-register if you are interested in attending.

Postdoctoral position in high resolution laboratory spectroscopy

The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) in Garching (Bavaria, Germany) is a world-leading institute in space- and ground-based experimental astrophysics, with leading roles in a number of large astronomical projects. In the framework of the Max Planck Research Group (MPRG) lead by Dr. Silvia Spezzano, we are seeking one post-doctoral candidates with background in high resolution gas-phase laboratory spectroscopy (cm-wave range to IR). The goal of the research group is to follow the chemical link of our astrochemical origins, and the goal of the Postdoc project is to use state-of-the-art laboratory experiments to provide high-resolution spectroscopic data for characterising the chemical budget in all stages of the formation of stars and planetary systems, from starless cores to exoplanetary atmospheres. The appointment will be for 2 years.