UK E-ELT Science Workshop III

Towards first light

Galaxy Formation and Evolution with the European ELT

Venue: Royal Astronomical Society, London

Dates: 13 - 15th January 2010


Logistical & Conference information is now available

Registration to attend is still open

Current List of Participants


The sensitivity and spatial resolution afforded by the E-ELT will revolutionise our understanding of the formation and evolution of galaxies from reionisation to the present-day. This informal workshop aims to bring together the UK extragalactic community to discuss the potential of the E-ELT and its proposed instrument suite in addressing key open questions in this field, including:

- When did stars assemble into today's galaxies?
- What is the metal enrichment history of galaxies and the IGM?
- Feedback: what sources are responsible for quenching star formation?
- First light: What is the nature of the earliest galaxies?
- What is the nature of the host galaxies of super-massive black holes and gamma ray bursts?
- What sources are responsible for reionisation?
- How many types of matter exist? What is dark matter? Where is it?
- What is dark energy? Does it evolve? How many types are there?

The E-ELT promises the means to study galaxies at all redshifts down to the scales of individual HII regions, addressing the issue of feedback in galaxies, and spectroscopically confirming and characterising the earliest galaxies emerging from the Cosmic Dark Ages. With first light forseen in 2018, there will be clear synergies between the E-ELT and current and future facilities including ALMA, Herschel, IXO, JWST, LOFAR, SCUBA-2, SKA and SPICA.

The ASTRONET Infrastructure Roadmap identified the E-ELT as the first of two top-priority facilities to be implemented in the coming decade. The E-ELT project is currently nearing the end of the 3-year detailed design phase for the telescope and a full construction proposal (including the final science case) is due in the latter half of 2010. The discussions and contributions to this workshop will provide an opportunity for the community to contribute to the E-ELT extragalactic science case and the definition of requirements for the proposed instrument suite ahead of the construction proposal. The UK is one of the major contributors to the design studies for the proposed E-ELT instrument suite and development of the science case, and is also involved in industrial design studies for the telescope. The workshop will include updates from the UK E-ELT project office and instrument teams complemented by a broad range of contributed talks from the community on the promise of the E-ELT for intermediate- to high-redshift extragalactic research.

Registration and Abstract Submission

Please register your interest in attending this workshop. If you would like to provide an oral or poster contribution to the workshop you can also submit an abstract on the same form. The deadline for abstract submission is Monday 30th November. A preliminary program will be available in early December.

We encourage potential E-ELT users to participate, especially students, postdocs and those new to the project. A limited amount of funding is available to assist with travel expenses, with preference given to students and those who would otherwise be unable to attend. If you wish to be considered for a small travel grant please email verma AT

We look forward to seeing many of you,

  Aprajita Verma
  Isobel Hook
  Steve Warren
  Malcolm Bremer
  Tom Theuns
  Jim Dunlop

More Information on the E-ELT:
   ESO E-ELT pages - exposure time calculators and technical data
   UK E-ELT Project Pages - overview of the UK's role in the project

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