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I. Physikalisches Institut

The 6th Zermatt ISM Symposium

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Conditions and Impact of Star Formation

From Lab to Space


Zermatt, Switzerland

2015, September 7-11


In memory of Charles H. Townes


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  • Extreme Star Formation:
    High Redshifts, Starbursts, and Galactic nuclei
  • Star Formation in Disk Galaxies:
    Morphology, Structure, and Dynamics
  • Star Formation:
    Physical and Chemical Conditions, Feedback
  • Formation of Stars:
    High Mass, Low Mass, and Planetary Systems
  • Laboratory Astrophysics and Astrochemistry
  • Modelling / Theory
  • Future Opportunities:
    Observatories and Instrumentation
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Instructions for preparing your proceedings article
Abstract Book online

The proceedings will be published in the European Astronomical Society Publications (EAS) Series by EDP Sciences, printed in color. All review, invited, and contributed talks will appear in the printed version of the proceedings. A limited number of posters was selected by the SOC and will also be printed in the proceedings. The authors of the selected posters will be notified by email. The articles will receive a DOI, will be published online (table of contents, abstracts, and prefaces freely available; full text accessible to subscribers), and will be indexed at ADS.

It is in our and your interest to publish the conference proceedings as quickly as possible. After the editing process and delivery of your manuscripts to the publisher, EDP Sciences will need 3 months for publication. As we aim at a publication in February 2016, we ask for your timely collaboration. Please prepare an archive (tar, zip, etc.) including the LaTex file and all figures in standard graphics format (eps, pdf, png, jpeg, gif). Name your archive file according to the following convention: 'first name initial'_'last name'.'extension' (example: A_Dummy.tar). You have two possibilities to send your contribution:

  1. Use this weblink
    accept the certificate
    enter the password (sent to you by email)
    use the upload-icon (upper left corner) to upload your file
  2. Send the archive file to
    zermatt2015-loc [at]

    Deadline for submission: Friday, October 30th, 2015

    Please use the EAS Publications Series LaTeX template and style files included in this tarball to prepare your manuscript. Make sure that your article does not violate the total page count. The total page count for the different contributions is:

    Review talk 8 pages
    Invited talk 6 pages
    Contributed talk 4 pages
    Selected poster 2 pages

    This includes text, figures, and references. Please make sure that all references are included in the LaTex file.

    If you prefer to use bibtex or biblatex for the preparation of the manuscript, please merge the produced bbl-file in the last step with the TeX file. That means that before sending us the file, you should replace the line "\bibliography{Your_bib_filename}" in the TeX file by the content of the bbl file produced when running "bibtex Your_Article_filename.aux".

    Online talks and posters

    We intend to make talks (if requested password protected and thus only accessible to the conference participants) and posters available on the conference web pages. Please prepare a PDF version of your talk or poster, name it

    'first name'_'last name'_talk.pdf or
    'first name'_'last name'_poster.pdf

    1. Use this link to upload your talk
    2. Use this link to upload your poster

    accept the certificate
    enter the password (sent to you by email)
    use the upload-icon (upper left corner) to upload your file


    3. send PDF versions of your talks and posters to

    zermatt2015-loc [at]

    The talks and posters will be made available as soon as we have your documents on the following pages:

    Online Talks        Online Posters

    Abstract Book

    The online version of the Abstract Book can be downloaded here.

    Scope of the conference

    The 6th Zermatt ISM symposium Conditions and Impact of Star Formation - From Lab to Space (2015, September 7-11) continues the series of symposia on the physics and chemistry of the interstellar medium (ISM) which is held on a roughly 5 year cycle since 1988. It is concerned with the detailed conditions and physical processes governing the ISM out of which stars are born and which is structured by star-formation feedback on various scales. The symposium aims to bring together experts in the fields of laboratory astrophysics and chemistry, as well as observational and theoretical astrophysics who study the ISM in the Milky Way, in nearby, and distant, high-redshift galaxies. It will illuminate the progresses made over the past years in the different fields, show their impact on each other, and identify challenges which arise at the interfaces between them. It will give opportunities to summarize the legacy of past observatories such as HERSCHEL, present new striking results obtained with, e.g., ALMA and SOFIA, and focus on the exciting prospects of next generation telescopes and instrumentation to observe the ISM, star formation, and its feedback over various scales and times. In particular ALMA provides the opportunity to study the star- and planet-formation processes in unprecedented detail.

    The conference will review the processes and conditions in the ISM of star forming high redshift disks, in starburst galaxies and distant galactic nuclei, as well as in nearby galaxies and our Milky Way. Emphasis will be given to the dynamics and chemical composition of the ISM ranging from the extreme environment of galactic nuclei over the diffuse ISM and PDRs to dense molecular clouds. Continuing to smaller scales, local conditions of star formation in filaments and cores and the feedback through radiation and outflows will be covered. In the field of astrochemistry and laboratory astrophysics the conference provides the opportunity to discuss recent progress in our understanding of the micro-physics of molecule formation and excitation, dust formation, and chemistry. Finally, the symposium will give an occasion to discuss the requirements for future telescopes and instrumentation projects.

    The symposium will again take place at the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, Zermatt, Switzerland. It is organized by the member institutions of the Coordinated Research Center 956: the I. Physikalisches Institut at the Universität zu Köln, the Argelander-Institut für Astronomie at the Universität Bonn, and the Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Bonn, together with the Stiftung Hochalpine Forschungsstationen Jungfraujoch und Gornergrat, Bern, Switzerland. The conference is sponsored by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

    Those of you who have attended one of the previous ISM-Symposia in Zermatt will recall breathtaking scenery of the high alpine village as well as the pleasant atmosphere in the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, which again serves as the conference venue. For those of you who will participate for the first time, be assured that this conference takes place in an unforgettable setting.

    The car-free village of Zermatt (1,620 m) is situated at the upper end of the Matter-valley and at the foot of Switzerland's highest peaks. It offers excellent infrastructure, the picturesque Walser village with houses dating back more than 500 years and a gorgeous view of the Matterhorn. Everything is within walking distance, from shops to romantic neighborhoods and quiet corners.

    The conference will be limited to approximately 200 participants; this is based on the space available in the conference hall at the Zermatterhof.

    Review and invited speakers

    Review talks will be 30 minutes + 5 minutes for discussion.
    Talks for invited speakers will be 15 minutes + 5 minutes discussion.

    List of confirmed speakers:


    Extreme Star Formation

    Star Formation in Disk Galaxies


    Nick Scoville

    Star formation at high redshifts

    Susanne Aalto

    Star formation in disk galaxies

    Invited speakers

    Volker Bromm
    Steve Longmore
    Linda Tacconi

    Star formation in the first galaxies
    Massive cluster formation
    Gas properties and feedback

    Alberto Bolatto
    Suzanne Madden

    CO/H2 conversion factor
    Star formation in low metallicity environments


    Star Formation
    (Physical and Chemical conditions, Feedback)

    Formation of Stars
    (high Mass, low Mass, Planetary Systems)


    Jonathan Tan

    From insterstelllar clouds to stars

    Shu-ichiro Inutsuka
    Peter Schilke

    Low-mass star formation
    High-mass star formation

    Invited speakers

    Claudia Cyganowski
    Mario Tafalla
    Fumitaka Nakamura
    Ted Bergin

    Chemistry in high mass star forming regions
    Outflows and shock chemistry
    Feedback, observations
    Chemistry in low mass star forming regions

    Frederique Motte
    Thushara Pillai
    Leonardo Testi

    Star formation and filaments
    Infrared Dark Clouds
    Protoplanetary disks


    Laboratory Astrophysics and Astrochemistry

    Modelling / Theory


    Sandra Brünken

    Laboratory Astrophysics

    Rob Garrod
    Patrick Hennebelle

    Modelling star formation

    Invited speakers

    Catherine Walsh
    Elisabetta Palumbo
    Stephan Schlemmer
    Edith Fayolle

    Disk chemistry
    Gas phase chemical reactions
    Surface reactions and high energy particle impact

    James Dale
    Stefanie Walch
    Mark Krumholz

    HII regions
    Feedback, theory
    Formation of molecular clouds, cloud structure & regulation of SF


    Future Opportunities (new Observatories and Instrumentation)

    Invited speakers

    Oliver Krause
    Bernhard Brandl
    Crystal Brogan
    Frederic Gueth


    Frank Helmich
    Gordon Stacey
    Erick Young




    A list of participants can be found here.


    The prime accommodation for the conference is the Zermatterhof, which again offers very special rates, considering its high standards of a Swiss 5-star Grand Hotel. Zermatterhof guests are welcome to relax in the alpine spa area including pool, whirlpool, sauna landscape with hot-air sauna, steam bath, an alpine and an ice grotto as well as to work out in a modern gym.

    The Zermatterhof offers about 70 rooms. We have secured an additional contingent of rooms at different hotels in Zermatt, covering a range of cost categories.

    Booking of the accommodation will be done together with the registration through the conference registration webpage.

    For information on how to get to Zermatt, please visit:
    Conference on-site registration
    Registration at the conference starts on Sunday September 6th between 16:00 and 18:00 in the Zermatterhof. You can also register during the regular conference times from Monday September 7th on.
    Welcome reception
    The Welcome reception will be on Sunday September 6th between 18:00 and 19:00 in the Zermatterhof.
    Excursion to the Gornergrat:
    We are now able to offer you an excursion to the Gornergrat with the Gornergrat Railway for CHF 34.00 (regular fee CHF 86.00). Besides the most spectacular and stunning view over the alps (twenty nine mountains higher than 4000 m), HFSJG will offer a guided tour through the former KOSMA telescope site       which is presently starting up as a public outreach center for astronomy.
    If you would like to register for the excursion, please do so as soon as possible and the latest by August 25th using this link at CSM.
    The registration is now open, please register via CSM Congress & Seminar Management
    Deadline for registration with Abstract for talks is April 30th.
    The conference fee is 500 CHF. Students will pay a reduced fee of 300 CHF. Participants who register after May 31st, 2015, will have to pay an enhanced fee of 580 CHF and 380 CHF, respectively. Please see the registration website for the details.
    You can register for a contributed talk (15 minutes + 5 minutes discussion) or for a poster presentation. The SOC will select the contributed talks and talk applications not selected by the SOC for oral presentation will be converted into poster presentations.
    Registrations will be handled on a first-come first-served basis. Once the number of registrations exceeds the participant limit, later registrants will be put on a waiting list.
    The conference fee covers all conference related costs (abstract book, beverages during the coffee breaks, a printed copy of the Conference Proceedings).
    Child care will be available free of cost. Please indicate child care demand during registration (tick box).
    Please feel free to contact the local organizing committee
    (zermatt2015-loc [at]  if you have any further questions. 
    Instructions for preparing and submitting the Abstract
    Abstracts must be prepared using the LaTex template you find here. You can include figures in your Abstract (eps, jpeg, and pdf allowed), but text plus figures in the final PDF must not exceed one page.
    This tarball contains the LaTex template, an eps and pdf figure used to generate the final PDF (also included).
    After preparing your Abstract, please submit it as a compressed archive file (.tar, .gz, .zip, etc.; file size limited to 20 MB) containing your edited LaTex file plus figure files and the PDF of your Abstract via CSM Congress & Seminar Management.


    Important dates and deadlines
    1 March 2015 Opening of pre-registration and abstract submission  
    Monday 04 May 2015 (23:59 CEDT) Deadline for registration with Abstract for a talk

    The registration is kept open beyond this deadline, but no further talks can be registered. Registration for posters is still possible.
    Once the number of registrations exceeds the participant limit, later registrants will be put on a waiting list.

    Submission of abstracts for posters

    Please follow the instructions above to prepare your poster abstract and email your compressed archive to

    zermatt2015-loc [at]

    31 May 2015 Deadline for registration with reduced payment.
    Registration with poster presentation still possible, but enhanced rates apply after this deadline.
    31 May 2015 or a few days later Feedback on SOC selection of contributed talks or posters  
    22 June 2015 Deadline for cancellation of registration in case of abstract rejection  
    7 - 11 September Conference  
    Scientific organizing committee
    Local organizing committee

    Yuri Aikawa, Kobe University, Japan
    Maite Beltran, Osservatorio di Arcetri, Italy
    Paola Caselli, MPE, Germany
    Paul Goldsmith, JPL/Caltech, USA
    Michiel Hogerheijde, Sterrewacht Leiden, Netherlands
    Diego Mardones, Univ. de Chile, Chile
    Norm Murray, Univ. Toronto, Canada
    Evelyne Roueff, Obs. Paris, France
    Andrew Walsh, Curtin University, Australia
    Anthony Whitworth, Cardiff University, UK

    Oskar Asvany
    Arnaud Belloche
    Susanne Herbst
    Yoko Okada
    Volker Ossenkopf
    Markus Röllig
    Alvaro Sanchez-Monge
    Reinhold Schaaf
    Daniel Seifried
    Robert Simon
    Gwendoline Stephan
    Jürgen Stutzki
    Sumeyye Suri
    Friedrich Wyrowski