| Last updated: June 27, 2002
| Aim of the
Half or maybe two thirds of the stars in the Universe are
binaries. Among them, symbiotic stars are recognized to be
important objects not only to understand better stellar evolution in
binary stars, but also to discuss phenomena that are relevant to a
number of other astrophysical fields.
As 5 years have passed since the last international workshop
dedicated to the subject, this conference is aimed at reviewing the
state-of-the-art in the field of symbiotic stars, as well to
emphasize, for the first time in a comprehensive way, the links to
other branches of astrophysics, such as red giants, planetary nebulae,
novae, supersoft X-ray sources and supernovae.
To achieve these goals, invited review talks given by leading
scientists in all the fields above are planned, as well as a number of
contributed talks and posters presenting the recent results on the
The conference will cover the following topics:
- Recent progresses in the determination of orbital and stellar parameters
of symbiotic stars and related binary systems
- Evolutionary paths leading to symbiotic stars and to their progeny
- The red giants of symbiotic stars compared to single red giants and
- The nature of the hot component and the physics of their outbursts
- New observations of the circumstellar material and its origin (winds
interactions and photoionisation)
- Modelling large-scale outflows from symbiotic stars and their links with
- The relation with classical novae, cataclysmic variables,
supersoft X-ray sources, and SN Ia
- Future surveys and science perspectives
Training sessions especially dedicated to young researchers are
also planned, in the form of short workshops leaded by senior
astronomers and aimed at discussing in depth specific topics of the
conference. Young researchers will also be encouraged to present their
work in the form of talks or posters.
The list of invited speakers is:
|B. Balick (USA)
||M.F. Bode (UK)
||R.L.M. Corradi (UK)
||I. Hachisu (Japan)
|I. Iben (USA)
||A. Jorissen (Belgium)
||M. Livio (USA)
||J. Mikolajewska (Poland)
|U. Munari (Italy)
||H. Nussbaumer (Switzerland)
||H.M. Schmid (Switzerland)
||H.E. Schwarz (Chile)
|E.M. Sion (USA)
||N. Soker (Israel)
||J. Sokoloski (USA)
||T. Tomov (Poland)
|P.A. Whitelock (South Africa)
| The conference is organised by the Isaac Newton Group of
Telescopes(ING), La Palma, Canary Spain, with the collaboration of
the Instituto de Astrofisica de
Canarias, Tenerife, Spain.
See the overview
of ING and the observatory, strategic
issues for ING, or our Public Information
for more information on ING, your host for this conference.
A Scientific Organising Committe (SOC)
and a Local Organising Committe (LOC) have
been composed. Information about the venue of the conference and
accomodation will be provided later during 2001. Both oral and poster
contributions will be published in a Proceedings book.
Registration has formally closed, but we can still accept a few late
registrations. Just fill the included Registration form, and we will soon
contact you. Note that the total number of participants will be
limited to 120, and early registrations will have the precedence over
the latest ones.
The registration fee has been fixed to 150 Euros,
and will be paid by participants upon arrival at the conference. Only
cash (no credit card) is accepted.
The final list of participants, invited speakers, contributed
talks, and posters, will be announced on April.
Financial support is provided by the European Commission.
High-Level Scientific Conferences. Additional support is
provided by the ING, the IAC, the Exmo. Cabildo Insular de La Palma (local
government) and by the Patronato de Turismo de La
Palma (tourist board).
Please read the financial support section for more details.
Romano Corradi & Joanna Mikolajewska (Co-chairs, SOC)