PAHRTEA – PAH Research: Theory, Experiments in an Astronomical context

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About the meeting

The early stage researchers of the MSCA-ITN EUROPAH will host PAHRTEA on September 23rd and 24th in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The goal of the meeting is to discuss both the recent scientific developments and the future of the study of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in the interstellar medium.

NOTE: EUROPAH members are encouraged to stay for the EUROPAH meetings on Wednesday 25th September.

Download the schedule here.

Venue: Faculty of Science, Huygengebouw (google maps link)

Scientific rationale

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) deliver information on the richness of the chemical inventory in space including pre-biotic molecular species. Additionally, PAH spectral signatures provide a probe of the local physical conditions in the Interstellar Medium. In the next few years, multi-billion dollar observatories, James Webb Space Telescope, METIS@ELT are to deliver new data of unprecedented quality. The meeting will serve as a platform to bring together experts in astronomical observations, laboratory astrophysics, theoretical modelling and discuss the current status and future of the PAH research.

Program and Invited Speakers

The scientific program includes three sessions with contributed talks headlined by the following invited speakers:
– Prof. Dr. Bernhard Brandl (Leiden Observatory): “Future PAH Research with METIS on the ELT” (read abstract)
– Dr. Ewen Campbell (University of Edinburgh): “Electronic spectroscopy of ions of astrochemical interest” (read abstract)
– Dr. Alessandra Candian (University of Amsterdam and Leiden Observatory): “Unveiling the molecular properties of PAHs: a leap into the JWST era” (read abstract)
There will be an award given for the best talk.

Important information for EUROPAH members: we would like to invite you to an Annual Europah Review Meeting that will take place on Wednesday morning (September 25th). It is recommended that all PIs and ESRs attend this session. It will finish before lunchtime that day.

Registration – closed

Abstract submission – closed



Organising committee

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