IAU Symposium 344:
Dwarf Galaxies: From the Deep Universe
to the Present

August 20 – 24, 2018



  • Kristen McQuinn, University of Texas, USA (co-chair)
  • Sabrina Stierwalt, University of Virginia, USA (co-chair)
  • Romeel Davé, Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, Scotland (co-chair)
  • Elias Brinks, University of Hertfordshire, UK
  • Chris Evans, Royal Observatory of Edinburgh, UK
  • Miriam Garcia, Centro de Astrobiología, Spain
  • Gerhard Hensler, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Claudia Lagos, University of Western Australia, Australia
  • Janice Lee, STScI, USA
  • Masami Ouchi, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Monica Rubio, Universidad de Chile, Chile
  • Yong Shi, Nanjing University, China

Scientific Rationale:

Dwarf galaxies are key tools for understanding structure formation and galaxy evolution across cosmic time. These low-mass systems allow us to not only gain a detailed understanding of stellar, chemical, and dynamical properties in the nearby universe, they also provide a unique window into the complex physics of the early universe. We are in an era where increasingly powerful observing facilities and simulations are inspiring new studies of the building blocks of structure at all epochs of the universe. This timely Symposium will bring together the broad dwarf galaxy community, with expertise ranging from local dwarf galaxies to massive star formation in low-metallicity environments, from simulations of feedback in a cosmological context to observations of the faint-end of the luminosity function at high redshift. The presentations and discussion sessions will focus on addressing major outstanding questions in galaxy formation, assembly, and evolution, and will strive to connect the many varied aspects of dwarf galaxies into a cohesive picture. With an eye to the future, the Symposium will facilitate a conversation about the challenges and opportunities presented by new and forthcoming facilities (e.g., JWST, SKA precursor and JVLA surveys, IFU surveys, E-ELT, GMT, TMT, LSST, full ALMA, and GAIA) and lay the groundwork for future cross over between these efforts and chemo-dynamical simulations. 


  • Local Group Dwarf Galaxies
  • The Interstellar Medium and Star Formation in Dwarfs
  • Metallicity, Massive Stars, and Chemical Evolution
  • The Dwarf Galaxy – Environment Connection
  • Low-Mass Galaxies at High Redshift
  • Dwarfs as Cosmological Probes  

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