The Universe as seen by ISO

(Oct, 20-23, UNESCO, Paris, France)

Abstracts Deadline relaxed until 30 July. Details will be provided in the Second Announcement, due late May.

Goal of the conference

The Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) was launched on November 17 1995 and has been operated successfully since then. As the first results have already shown, ISO has provided a breakthrough in our understanding of the composition of cosmic gas and dust, the physical processes related to star formation, the evolution of stars in both our and external galaxies, the mechanisms at play in the infrared galaxies and the nature of their powering sources up to cosmological distances. The infrared observations provided by ISO connect many fields of astronomy through the diagnostics of the major atomic and molecular cooling lines or important physical processes like the dust/gas exchange and the chemistry.

By the autumn of 1998, half a year after the end of the mission, many results will be available and ready for presentation. Thus, it appears appropriate at that time to hold a major scientific meeting to summarise and discuss the results obtained during the ISO mission in all fields of astrophysics.

Scientific Organising Committee:

M.E. Anderegg ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, NL
E. Becklin University of California, Los Angeles, USA
J. Cernicharo Instituto de Estructura de la Materia, Madrid, Spain
C. Cesarsky - Chair CEA-Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette, F
P.E. Clegg Queen Mary and Westfield College, London, UK
P. Cox Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Orsay, F
Th. Encrenaz Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, Meudon, F
R. Genzel MPI fuer Extraterrestrische Physik, Garching, D
Th. De Graauw SRON, Groningen, NL
H. J. Habing Sterrewacht, Leiden, NL
M. Harwit Washington, USA
G. Helou IPAC, Pasadena, USA
D. Hollenbach NASA/Ames, Moffet Field, USA
M.F. Kessler ESA, Villafranca, Spain
D. Lemke Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astronomie, Heidelberg, D
A.F. Moorwood ESO, Garching, D
A. Natta Osservatorio di Arcetri, Firenze, I
L. Nordh Stockholm Observatory, Stockholm, Sweden
H. Okuda ISAS, Kanagawa, Japan
J.L. Puget - Co-chair Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Orsay, F
M. Rowan-Robinson Imperial College, London, UK
T. Tsuji Institute of Astronomy, Tokyo, Japan.

Local Organising Committee:

P.Cox - Chair Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Orsay, F
V. Demuyt - Secretary Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Orsay, F
Th. Encrenaz Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, Meudon, F
M. Joubert CNES, Toulouse, F
L. Vigroux Saclay-CEA, F
S. Volonte ESA/Scientific Programme Directorate, Paris, F

Content of the Programme

The programme will consist of invited talks plus oral and poster contributions. Ample time will be allocated for discussions and for viewing posters. Details of the invited programme will be given in the Second Announcement.

Confirmed invited speakers include:

S. Beckwith, C. Cesarsky, P.E. Clegg, T. de Graauw, B. Draine, E. Dwek, D. Elbaz, R. Genzel, M. Harwit, G. Helou, M. Kessler, E. Lellouch, D. Lemke, A. Moorwood, P. Morris, A. Omont, J.-L. Puget, E. van Dishoeck, C. Waelkens.

Call for Contributed Papers

Papers for presentation will be selected on the basis of abstracts of approximately 300-500 words. The abstract should clearly outline the paper's major elements of interest and its originality. Papers will be selected on the basis of:

Abstracts should contain the following information:

with full mail address, phone/fax numbers and e-mail address of the contact person. Accepted abstracts will be included in an Abstracts book, to be circulated at the conference.

Abstracts should be sent by e-mail before 15 May 1998 to ''

Authors will be notified of the decision of the Programme Committee by 1 July 1998. Authors whose paper has been accepted will then receive the necessary instructions for the preparation of their manuscript.


The Proceedings will be published in the ESA Special Publications series (SP-427) within three months after the meeting. The original papers must be handed over in camera-ready form to the Editor during the workshop.

Calendar of Events

March 1998 Second Announcement: This will contain information on logistics (hotels, venue, etc..)
15 May 1998 Deadline for submission of a one-page abstract
1 July 1998 Notification of acceptance and issue of instructions for submission of papers to authors
1 July 1998 Preliminary Programme on WWW
September 1998 Registration deadline
20-23 OctoberConference
December 1998Publication of Proceedings

Symposium Fee

The registration fee for the Symposium is expected to be of order FRF 1000,-; final details will be given in the second announcement. The fee includes access to all presentations, the Abstract Book, the Symposium Proceedings, the welcome cocktail and the refreshments during the breaks.

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