Galaxies' Tale in Space and Time:

Tracing the

Emergence of Structure in the Universe

Workshop at the occasion of  

the retirement of Tjeerd van Albada 

Groningen, The Netherlands, March 14-15, 2002

Scientific Context    
Program(with background)    
Program(without background)    
Practical Information    

Workshop ``Tracing the Emergence of Structure in the Universe''

On Thursday March 14 and Friday March 15 the Kapteyn Institute is organizing an informal workshop on the Large Scale Cosmos, its signature in the distribution of galaxies, and the formation of structure in the Universe.

This meeting seeks to address in an informal and open setting a variety of issues concerning the origin, formation and evolution of galaxies within the context of the embedding structure of the Megaparsec Universe. All interested are invited to attend the workshop. Indeed, we encourage and welcome everyone to add and contribute to the liveliness of the various sessions !!! (for sure, no formal registration, just show up !).

The workshop is set within the context of a sequence of scientific events organized around the retirement of Professor Tjeerd van Albada. Central event is Tjeerd's farewell lecture on March 19, in conjunction with the related Symposium ``Evolution of Galaxies from High Redshifts to the Present''. Preceding this day on March 14-15 is this workshop ``Tracing the Emergence of Structure in the Universe'', seeking to embed Tjeerd van Albada's scientific interest in galaxies and dark matter within its significance for the Large Scale Universe and cosmology. Following on wednesday March 20, the detailed and versatile aspects of galaxies in the Nearby Universe will be the subject of the workshop ``The Evolution of the Local Group'', organized by E. Tolstoy and A. Ferguson.

Scientific Context

Over the past two decades we have witnessed a paradigm shift in our perception of the Megaparsec scale structure in the Universe. As increasingly elaborate galaxy redshift surveys charted ever larger regions in the nearby cosmos, an intriguingly complex and salient ``cosmic foamlike network'' foamlike network appeared to permeate the observable Universe and has established itself as a quintessential characteristic of the cosmic matter and galaxy distribution. In addition, elaborate efforts have enabled us to study the migration streams and dynamics involved in building up such structures. Meanwhile, the primordial circumstances out of which these patterns and objects have been evolving have been revealed by an array of Cosmic Microwave Background experiments. Their detailed view of the pristine Universe has revolutionized cosmology. Meanwhile, the intermediate eons of a youthful Universe have gradually been disclosing ever more secrets as large telescopes, sensitive instruments and sophisticated detectors have been leading the exploration of the high redshift Universe. Step by step the various pieces of information -- yielded by radio, infrared, optical and up to X-ray and gamma-ray frequency observations -- are assembling into a highly versatile and elaborate picture of the evolution of our Cosmos. Within this extensive context, the Megaparsec Universe has been functioning as a bedrock on which a strong basic model and scenario of structure formation has been founded, it stemming from the gravitational instability of the primordial matter distribution.

Indeed, these explorations have been so succesfull that we now seem to have arrived at a priviliged position of the overriding and dominating question of astrophysics, the formation of the galaxies ! This workshop therefore has the intent to review and discuss important aspects of these developments, in an attempt to deepen and extend our perception of the global Universe such that we may confidently embark on the search for the origin and rise of the Universe's most mighty and brilliant denizens, the galaxies !

Practical Information

Workshop Dates/Time

The workshop will be held on Thursday March 14 (afternoon) and Friday March 15, 2002.

To Groningen from Amsterdam Airport

Groningen is located approximately 220 km to the north-east of The Netherlands' main airport Schiphol near Amsterdam. Twice an hour a train connection takes you in two and a half hours from Schiphol railway station to Groningen. If you like, you can consult this time table for flights to and from Amsterdam. If you plan to travel by rail, consult the `` NS international train planner


For the program participants (i.e. invited speakers) reservations for accommodation have been made in Hotel Weeva. In case of any questions concerning these reservations please contact Ms. Hennie Zondervan (email, tfn +31 50 363 4073) or Rien van de Weygaert (email, tfn +31 50 363 4086). For any of the other attendants, we refer to the information about other hotels in and around Groningen can be found here.

Workshop Venue

The location of the workshop will be the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute of the University of Groningen, at the Zernike complex (campus) at the northeast corner of the city of Groningen. The Kapteyn institute's lecture and seminar room, ZG 161, will provide the workshop's venue. Note to participants: overhead projectors and beamers for powerpoint presentations standard available.

How to get to the Kapteyn Institute

To reach the institute from downtown or the railway station, take bus 11 or 15 until the end of the line at the Zernike Complex. The Kapteyn Institute is right in front if you upon getting off the bus. Note you will have to walk round the building to arrive at the entrance (note, small dish on top of the entrance). There is a buzzer on the front door (keep on trying upon getting no immediate answer). The Kapteyn Institute is on the first floor of this building (you have to go up one flight of stairs). See Kapteyn Institute for a more detailed description with images and maps of how to arrive at destination.


Rien van de Weijgaert can be reached in one of the following ways:

Telephone: +31 (0)50 3634086
Fax: +31 (0)50 3636100
Postal address: Rien van de Weygaert
Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Postbus 800
9700 AV Groningen
The Netherlands