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



Abstract list for FM13
Poster list for FM13

Monday, 20. Aug.

Large international Space Projects: From Black Holes to Cosmology
Moderator: Roger Davies

room: N
Panel Discussions 10:30 - 12:00
Ryan Hickox
Jeff Kruk
Yannick Mellier
Gunter Hasinger
Thomas Zurbuchen
Didier Barret
Stefano Vitale
Zhan Hu

Large international Space Projects: Opportunities for Studying Exoplanets, Planet and Star Formation
Moderator: Ewine van Dishoec

room: N
Panel Discussions 13:30 - 15:00
Karl Staplefeldt
Ted Bergin
Toru Yamada
Doug Johnstone
Frank Helmich


Tuesday, 21. Aug.

Global Coordination of Ground-based Astronomy
Moderator: Debra Elmegreen

room: N
Panel Discussions 10:30 - 12:00
Xavier Barcons
Ram Ramaprakash
Pat McCarthy
Beth Willman
Phil Diamond
Alan McConnachie

Engagement of countries with emerging astronomical communities in international efforts & Governance of International Projects
Moderator: Patricia Whitelock

room: N
Panel Discussions 13:30 - 15:00
Bob Williams
Ron Ekers
Vanessa McBride
Silvia Torres-Peimbert
Peter Michelson
Alisher Hojaev


Wednesday, 22. Aug.

International Efforts in Heliophysics
Moderator: Cristina Mandrini

room: F2
Panel Discussions 15:30 - 17:00
John Morgan
Valentin Martinez
Lika Guhathakurta
Saku Tsuneta
Daniel Mueller


Thursday, 23. Aug.

Gravitational Waves and Transient Science
Moderator: Pietro Ubertini

room: B
Panel Discussions 10:30 - 12:00 (time changed)
Bruce Allen
Marica Branchesi
David Buckley
Matt Evans
Alvaro Gimenez
Suijian Xue



  • 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, Argentina
  • 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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