IAU Focus Meeting FM13:
Global Coordination of International Astrophysics and Heliophysics Activities from Space and Ground

August 20 – 23, 2018


Scientific Rationale:

International collaboration has always been an important part of research in astronomy, astrophysics, and heliophysics. Over the past two decades, the increasing complexity and cost of new facilities, the constrained amount of funding available from individual sources, and the rapidly increasing volume of data produced by newer facilities have made international collaboration on large ground- and space-based facilities essential to moving the fields forward. All IAU members have a stake in the strategic decisions made by nations and various scientific consortiums concerning technology development and international collaborations. This focus meeting will provide a forum to discuss how to improve coordination of global planning in astronomy, astrophysics, and heliophysics and build towards future projects in order to maximize the scientific return.


  • Global engagement on Next Generation Large Optical-UV Space Telescopes 
  • International efforts on far-IR and sub-millimeter astronomy 
  • International efforts on heliophysics 
  • Global collaboration on new astronomies: gravitational waves, neutrino astrophysics, and high energy astrophysics 
  • International efforts on ground/space synergies 
  • Global coordination of instrumentation on large ground-based telescopes 
  • Cooperation and collaboration in the ELT era 
  • Engagement of small countries in international efforts

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  • Matthew Colless - Australian National University, Australia
  • Ian Corbett - UK Athena Coustenis - Paris Obs.,
  • France Roger Davies - Oxford, UK
  • Ron Ekers - CSIRO, Australia
  • Debra Elmegreen - Vassar, USA
  • Sarah Gibson - National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA
  • Richard Green - Arizona, USA
  • Lynne Hillenbrand - Caltech, USA
  • Masanori Iye - NAO, Japan
  • Cristina Mandrini - Universidad de Buenos Aires, ArgentinaDefault size
  • Hermann Opgenoorth - Sweden
  • Maria Teresa Ruiz - U. Chile, Chile
  • David Spergel (chair) - Princeton U. & Flatiron Institute, USA
  • Yasushi Suto - University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Pietro Ubertini - INAF, Italy
  • Ewine van Dishoeck - Leiden, Neth.
  • Oskar von der Lühe - University of Freiburg, Germany
  • Patricia Whitelock - South African Astronomical Observatory, South Africa
  • Christine Wilson - McMaster, Canada
  • Suijian Xue - NAOC, China
  • Gang Zhao - NAOC, China



David Spergel

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