Modeling of the flux emitted by unresolved stellar populations stands as one of our most powerful tools to unveil the physics of galaxies.

With this conference, we aim at putting together the latest advances in the understanding of the stellar content in galaxies, as well as identifying the challenges for the immediate future regarding both stellar population modeling and analysis with the largest telescopes and newest simulations. This will be the ideal benchmark to celebrate the profound personal and scientific contributions that Alexandre Vazdekis has made to this topic: together with observers, theoreticians, and simulators who, like Alexandre, have devoted or will devote their lives to the study of unresolved stellar populations.

To be held at the beautiful city of El Puerto de La Cruz, Tenerife, this conference will cover a wide range of topics, from the development of detailed stellar population models to their comparison to the most distant galaxies observed in the early Universe.

Some of the key ideas to be discussed during the week-long conference are:

  • What are the current challenges of stellar population models?
  • What does the observed and simulated chemistry of galaxies tell us about their formation?
  • Is the stellar mass function universal? If not, what controls its evolution?
  • What can we learn from modeling the colors and spectra of galaxies?
  • What is the future of stellar population analyses?