What Matter(s) Around Galaxies

Resolving the physics of the Circum-Galactic Medium.

Ph8 Lecture Theatre, Physics Department, Durham University, 19th-23rd June 2017

The programme has now been published and can be viewed here.

For info on getting to and around Durham take a look at the information here.

Image Credit: Robert Gendler/Adrien Thob/RMB

Scientific Rationale

What matters around galaxies? To tackle this question, this conference will bring together the leading experts of studies of the intergalactic and circumgalactic medium (CGM), using different methodologies (analytic theory, numerical simulations, observations) and tracers (from radio to optical, to X-ray). Specifically, we aim to discuss the following key questions:

  1. What is the origin and fate of the CGM?
  2. What are the morphological and physical properties of the CGM?
  3. What are the physical processes that shape the CGM on both large (kpc) and small (pc) scales?
  4. What is the relation between the CGM and galaxy properties?
  5. How does the CGM evolve and what can we learn by comparing different epochs and tracers?

Contributions in the form of long and short presentations centred on the above questions will aim to sketch a view of the current status of the field, and will highlight the principal open issues that future simulations and multiwavelength observations will need to address.

Important Dates

28th November 2016 - Pre-registration/abstract submission open.

1st March 2017- Pre-registration and abstract submission close.

20th March 2017- Programme announcement, early-bird registration opens.

20th April 2017 - Early-bird registration closes.

15th May 2017 - Registration closes.

19th-23rd June 2017 - Conference dates.

Scientific Organising Committee

Sebastiano Cantalupo (co-chair, LOC)
Claudia Cicone
Valentina D’Odorico
Simon Morris
Peng Oh
Claudia Scarlata
Joop Schaye
Sijing Shen
Tom Theuns

Confirmed Participants

Registered Participants

  • Arrigoni Battaia, Fabrizio (ESO)
  • Bartle, Steph (Durham University)
  • Becker, George (University of California, Riverside)
  • Berg, Michelle (University of Notre Dame)
  • Berg, Trystyn (University of Victoria)
  • Bielby, Richard (Durham University)
  • Bik, Arjan (Stockholm University)
  • Bouma, Sietske (University of Potsdam)
  • Bregman, Joel (University of Michigan)
  • Cantalupo, Sebastiano (ETH Zurich)
  • Carniani, Stefano (University of Cambridge)
  • Ceverino, Daniel (Heidelberg University)
  • Chen, Hsiao-Wen (The University of Chicago)
  • Churazov, Eugene (Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics)
  • Cicone, Claudia (INAF)
  • Codoreanu, Alex (Swinburne University)
  • Concas, Alice (Excellence Cluster Universel)
  • Cooke, Ryan (Durham University)
  • Dave, Romeel (University of Edinburgh)
  • Davies, Jonathan (Liverpool John Moores University)
  • Davis, Julie (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • De Breuck, Carlos (ESO)
  • D'Odorico, Valentina (INAF)
  • Du, Xinnan (UCLA)
  • Ellison, Sara (University of Victoria)
  • Falkendal, Theresa (ESO)
  • Farina, Emanuele Paolo (MPIA)
  • Faucher-Giguere, Claude-Andre (Northwestern University)
  • Finlator, Kristian (New Mexico State University)
  • Finley, Hayley (Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planetologie (IRAP))
  • Fox, Andrew (STScI)
  • Fraternali, Filippo (University of Bologna)
  • Fumagalli, Michele (Durham University)
  • Gaikwad, Prakash (National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, TIFR)
  • Gallego, Sofia (ETH Zurich)
  • Ginolfi, Michele (INAF)
  • Gutcke, Thales A. (MPIA)
  • Haehnelt, Martin (University of Cambridge)
  • Hayes, Matthew (Stockholm University)
  • Heckman, Timothy (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Horton, Ryan (University of Colorado Boulder)
  • Hummels, Cameron (Caltech)
  • Ji, Suoqing (UC Santa Barbara)
  • Joshi, Ravi (Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics)
  • Kacprzak, Glenn (Swinburne)
  • Keating, Laura (University of Cambridge)
  • Keres, Dusan (UC San Diego)
  • Kim, Sam (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)
  • Klitsch, Anne (Durham University)
  • Kolwa, Sthabile (European Southern Observatory)
  • Lan, Ting-Wen (University of Tokyo)
  • Leclercq, Floriane (CRAL)
  • Lehner, Nicolas (University of Notre Dame)
  • Lehnert, Matthew (CNRS)
  • Liang, Cameron (The University of Chicago)
  • Lochhaas, Cassandra (The Ohio State University)
  • Lokhorst, Deborah (University of Toronto, Dunlap Institute)
  • Lopez, Sebastian (Universidad de Chile)
  • Mackenzie, Ruari (Durham University)
  • Madau, Piero (University of California)
  • Martin, Chris (California Institute of Technology)
  • Martin, Crystal (UC Santa Barbara)
  • Mas-Ribas, Lluis (University of Oslo)
  • McCourt, Michael (UC Santa Barbara)
  • McKinnon, Ryan (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Meiksin, Avery (University of Edinburgh)
  • Mitchell, Peter (CRAL)
  • Morris, Simon (Durham University)
  • Murray, Norman (University of Toronto)
  • Neeleman, Marcel (UC Santa Cruz)
  • Nelson, Dylan (MPA)
  • Nielsen, Nikole (Swinburne University of Technology)
  • Oh, S. Peng (UCSB )
  • Peroux, Celine (Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille)
  • Perrotta, Serena (UC Riverside)
  • Pezzulli, Gabriele (ETH Zurich)
  • Pieri, Matthew (Aix-Marseille University, CNRS)
  • Pointon, Stephanie (Swinburne University of Technology)
  • Popping, Attila (UWA)
  • Prescott, Moire (New Mexico State University)
  • Prochaska, J. Xavier (UC Santa Cruz)
  • Rafelski, Marc (Space Telescope Science Institute)
  • Rauch, Michael (Carnegie Institution for Science)
  • Remming, Ian (University of Chicago)
  • Richardson, Mark (University of Oxford)
  • Robert, Paul Frederic (Swinburne University of Technology)
  • Saust, Rikke (AIP, Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam)
  • Scannapieco, Evan (Arizona State University)
  • Scarlata, Claudia (University of Minnesota)
  • Schaller, Matthieu (Durham University)
  • Schaye, Joop (Leiden University)
  • Shen, Sijing (University of Oslo)
  • Steidel, Charles (Caltech)
  • Stocke, John (U of Colorado)
  • Tejos, Nicolas (Millennium Institute of Astrophysics)
  • Theuns, Tom (Durham University)
  • Umehata, Hideki (Open University of Japan)
  • Veilleux, Sylvain (University of Maryland)
  • Voit, Mark (Michigan State U)
  • Vossberg-Straw, Ann-Christine (ETH Zurich)
  • Werk, Jessica (University of Washington)
  • Wisotzki, Lutz (Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik (AIP))
  • Wotta, Christopher (University of Notre Dame)
  • Zheng, Yong (Columbia University)
  • Zjupa, Jolanta (Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies HITS )
  • Conference Programme

    The conference programme is given below. Long talks (L) are 20 mins (+ questions), whilst short talks (S) are 10 mins (+ questions). Flash talks are allotted 2 mins each. Coffee will be served in the 30 min breaks, whilst lunch will be 1:30hrs (except Wednesday where it will be 1hr to allow for afternoon activities).


    Registration: 08:00 - 08:50
    Introduction: 09:00 - 10:30
    P. Madau (Opening Review, L)
    C. Steidel (L)
    J. X. Prochaska (L)
    Session 1: 11:00 - 12:35
    A. Meiksin (L)
    C.-A. Faucher-Giguère (L)
    S. Shen (S)
    D. Nelson (S)
    M. Richardson (S)
    Session 2: 14:00 - 15:30
    M. Prescott (L)
    L. Wisotzki (L)
    F. Leclerq (S)
    H. Finley (S)
    Flash-talks: D. Ceverino, T. Gutke, H. Umehata, C. Lochhaas, T. W. Lan, J. Zjupa.
    Session 3: 16:00 - 17:30
    C. De Breuck (L)
    Crystal Martin (L)
    M. Lehnert (L)
    T. Falkendal (S)


    Session 4: 09:00 - 10:30
    S. Cantalupo (L)
    F. Arrigoni-Battaia (L)
    M. Rauch (S)
    S. Gallego (S)
    Flash-talks: E. Farina, M. Ginolfi, C. Hummels, S. Kim, S. Kolwa, R. Saust .
    Session 5: 11:00 - 12:35
    E. Scannapieco (L)
    R. Davé (L)
    D. Kereš (S)
    R. McKinnon (S)
    I. Remming (S)
    Session 6: 14:00 - 15:30
    N. Murray (L)
    M. McCourt (L)
    M. Haehnelt (S)
    G. Pezzulli (S)
    Flash-talks: R. Horton, S. Ji, C. Liang, L. Mas-Ribas, P. Mitchell, A. Vossberg-Straw.
    Workshop 1: 16:00 - 17:30
    Session for discussion in small groups on the key questions of the scientific rationale.


    Session 7: 09:00 - 10:30
    V. D'Odorico (L)
    G. Becker (L)
    S. Perrotta (S)
    K. Finlator (S)
    L. Keating (S)
    Session 8: 10:55 - 12:00
    M. Fumagalli (L)
    N. Lehner (S)
    M. Pieri (S)
    Flash-talks: M. Berg, X. Du, R. Mackenzie, N. Nielsen, P. Robert, C. Wotta.
    Session 9: 13:00 - 14:40
    C. Péroux (L)
    S. Lopez (S)
    G. Kacprzak (S)
    R. Bielby (S)
    M. Rafelski (S)
    M. Neeleman (S)
    Free afternoon: 14:40 -
    Check here for for information on organised options and ideas to explore the area.

    Wednesday 19:00 - Conference Dinner (Durham Town Hall, Market Place)


    Session 10: 09:00 - 10:35
    J. Werk (L)
    J. Bregman (L)
    T. Heckman (L)
    J. Stocke (L)
    Session 11: 11:00 - 12:40
    H. W. Chen (L)
    A. Fox (L)
    F. Fraternali (L)
    S. L. Morris (S)
    Flash-talks: A. Bik, A. Concas, P. Gaikwad, A. Klitsch, A. Popping, N. Tejos.
    Session 12: 14:00 - 15:40
    M. Hayes (L)
    C. Scarlata (S)
    S. Ellison (S)
    Yong Zheng (S)
    D. Lokhorst (S)
    T. Theuns (S)
    Workshop 2: 16:10 - 17:40
    Session for discussion in small groups on the key questions of the scientific rationale.


    Session 13: 09:00 - 10:30
    S. Veilleux (L)
    E. Churazov (L)
    M. Voit (L)
    P. Oh (S)
    Session 14: 11:00 - 12:45
    C. Cicone (S)
    S. Carniani (S)
    T. Berg (S)
    Chris Martin (L)
    Summary talk: J. Schaye (L)
    Concluding remarks (S)
    Conference End

    Things to do in Durham (and places to stay)

    Wednesday Social Activities

    We have planned some fun activities for Wednesday afternoon, ranging from a stroll through Durham city to basketball/volleyball tournaments. Don't forget to pack your sportswear.
    Option 1: Basketball/volleyball tournaments at the Durham University Sports Centre;
    Option 2: A stroll along the river Wear in Durham city, including stops at the Cathedral, Oriental Museum and Botanic Garden (all free entrance);
    Option 3: If weather permits, a 5-mile circular walk into the countryside north of the Durham city centre and through Aykley Woods Local Nature Reserve.
    While in Durham, you may consider visiting the Collections Gallery at Durham Cathedral, where the Magna Carta will be on display. For more information see the cathedral website.

    Kids & Childcare

    For those bringing kids to Durham during the conference, there are suggestions of where to keep kids entertained on the Things to do page.
    For under-5's we've contacted a local nursery (Stepping Stones) who are able to take a small number of extra children during the conference. You can contact Stepping Stones directly via the contact page on their website to make the necessary arrangements (please do this as early as feasible).
    Alternatively, you can find a list of registered local childcare professionals at the Durham County Council Families Information Service.

    The Venue

    The conference will be held in the Ph8 Lecture Theatre in the Rochester Building (Physics Department), on the Durham University Science site. The nearest airport is Newcastle Airport (about 40min-1hr by taxi) and the nearest train station is in Durham City centre (25 min walk or a 5 min taxi ride). For more information, see here.

    Places to eat and drink

    Durham has a wide range of restaurants and cafes around town. If you'd like some ideas on where to go to eat, we've listed a selection of the options within walking distance of the Physics Department and the town centre here.

    Places to Stay

    For information about accommodation options, see here.

    Things to do

    For suggestions on activities during your free time, see here.

    Pre-registration and abstract submission

    Abstract submission is now closed.

    If you wish to attend the meeting but have not submitted a pre-registration, please contact the LOC at what.matters@durham.ac.uk.


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      Ogden Centre West, Durham University
      Durham, DH1 3LE
      United Kingdom
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