AGN vs. SF
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Key Dates:
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    Closed 21 March 2014

    28 July - 1 August 2014

SOC: D. Alexander, R. Hickox, T. Theuns, A. Alonso-Herrero, F. Bournaud, R. Davies, R. Morganti, J. Mullaney, R. Somerville

LOC: J. Aird, D. Alexander, A. Annuar, R. Bower, A. Del Moro, P. Gandhi, C. Harrison, G. Lansbury, E. Rovilos, F. Stanley, M. Swinbank

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Thanks for a great workshop!

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Thanks to everyone for a wonderfully stimulating and productive week of talks and discussions. All of the talks and videos of the talks and poster talks are on line. Those who gave posters please email a PDF version of the poster to us and we will also put them on line. Click on photo above for a high-resolution version.

Workshop overview

How is AGN activity connected to star formation? This remains one of the key unsolved questions in astronomy and cosmology. Both processes are efficiently driven by a cold gas supply and we therefore may expect a loose connection. However, a slew of empirical and theoretical evidence suggest an unexpectedly tight symbiotic link between AGN activity and star formation, whereby the fuelling and regulation of one process is dictated by the other. The effectiveness of this fuelling and regulation and (most crucially) whether it is predominantly dictated by AGN activity or star formation is a matter is intense debate, and has important implications for the growth of galaxies and black holes over cosmic time.

The objective of this international workshop is to bring together observers and theorists to discuss the connection between AGN activity and star formation on small (<100 pc), large (~0.1-10 kpc), and cosmological scales to address the following key questions:

  • What evidence is there for a symbiotic connection between AGN activity and star formation?
  • What physical processes drive gas into the centre/how does AGN and star formation compete for cold gas?
  • How does star formation control AGN activity?
  • What impact does AGN activity have on star formation?
  • How different would the Universe look without AGNs?
  • What key tests and observations do we need to make progress in the field?

The AGN versus star formation workshop was held in the historical city of Durham in England on 28th July-1st August 2014. A significant fraction of the workshop programme was devoted to discussion.

Last updated: 2 August 2014
Web site creation: Manolis Rovilos; web site and poster design: George Lansbury
Image credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser; NASA/JPL-Caltech/STScI/Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale