Outline of the school

The primary aim of the XXXII Canary Islands Winter School is to provide young researchers with a comprehensive and up-to-date view on galaxy evolution and formation. We will focus on the build-up of galaxy clusters and processes driving galaxy formation in high density fields across cosmic time. The school will include lectures and tutorials.

Participants of the Winter School will have the opportunity to display their current work by presenting a poster.

The school is addressed to students and early postdocs working on extragalactic astrophysics. 

Renowned specialists in the field will lecture on galaxy clusters:

  • evolution of dwarf galaxies in high-density fields (Alessandro Boselli)
  • galaxy clusters (in formation) in the high-redshift Universe (Nina Hatch)
  • galaxy clusters in the local universe (Andrea Biviano)
  • numerical simulations of physical processes driving galaxy evolution (Rhea-Silvia Remus)
  • evolution of massive galaxies in high-density fields (Emanuele Daddi)
  • searches for galaxy (proto)clusters through current/future instruments/missions (Giulia Rodighiero)
  • tutorials (Claudio Dalla Vecchia)

The broad variety of topics guarantee a thorough discussion/presentations of the build-up of galaxy clusters and their key signatures during its formation and evolution. We will focus on the formation of these highdensity environments and its member galaxies. The contributions will be based both on observational and theoretical studies spanning the whole range of the electromagnetic spectrum. We will stimulate discussions on open key questions, unresolved problems, prospects and novel concepts, especially in the light of new missions and surveys. Furthermore, the lectures will be complemented by exercises/hands-on tutorials. In addition, we plan a public talk at the Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos by one of the invited lecturers.

The Winter School will take place in San Cristóbal de La Laguna (Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain) from Tuesday 23 November to Wednesday 1 December 2021. The lectures will take place on working days in English. Speakers will present their topics in series of 45-mins lectures. Additionally, there will be an afternoon hands-on and tutorial sessions. Links to the material used by the lecturers, as well as videos of the lectures, will be made available on the website of the school. Visits to the Teide Observatory in Tenerife and the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma will be scheduled as part of the activities.

Those interested in attending the school should register following the instructions provided in the registration page. Once registered, please login to the personal area of the website and complete the required information. In addition we request a letter of reference from a thesis advisor or Head of Department which should be emailed to winter@iac.es. These should reach the IAC not later than 15 September 2021. Selected candidates will be informed by 22 September 2021.