IAU Symposium 279

Nikko, Japan, 12-16 March 2012

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Last updated on Mar. 30, 2012


Scientific Goals

The Death of Massive Stars is manifest as core collapse supernovae (CCSNe) and gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). Supernovae (SNe) are a key element in our understanding of stellar evolution, chemical enrichment, and the role they play in triggering star formation. Likewise, since GRBs are the brightest beacons they are strong signposts for determining the star formation rate over large cosmic distances. In a few rare cases, a firm connection between these objects has been established; in all these cases the SN resulted from the explosion of a highly stripped star (Type Ic SN), was very luminous, and exhibited a larger-than-usual kinetic energy (up to one magnitude more than in a normal SN explosion). In contrast, there are clear cases in which no bright SN was found to be associated with a GRB, and vice versa. The quest in understanding SNe and GRBs, and the connection between them, has raised many questions, which will be reviewed at the symposium.

This symposium is coming at a very opportune time as new results and forthcoming surveys related to SNe and GRBs will be available in an era of new and proposed facilities such as the Advanced LIGO, Energetic X-ray Imaging Survey Telescope (EXIST), Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope, IceCube, Joint Astrophysics Nascent Universe Satellite (JANUS), Joint Dark Energy Mission (JDEM), JWST, Pan-Starrs, and Space multi-band Variable Object Monitor (SVOM).


Invited Speakers

Niccolo Bucciantini (NORDITA)
Andrew Bunker (U. Oxford)
Alberto Castro-Tirado (IAA-CSIC Granada)
Bethany Cobb (George Washington U.)
Alessandra Corsi (Caltech)
Paul Crowther (U. Sheffield)
Chris Fryer (Los Alamos)
Avishay Gal-Yam (Weizmann Inst.)
Stefan Immler (NASA/CRESST/GSFC)
Boaz Katz (IAS)
Thomas Kruehler (MPE)
Kei Kotake (NAOJ)
Shri Kulkarni (Caltech)
Giorgos Leloudas (Dark)
Andrew Levan (U. Warwick)
Emily Levesque (U. Colorado at Boulder)
Andrew MacFadyen (NYU)
Keiichi Maeda (IPMU)
Paolo Mazzali (MPA)
Felix Mirabel (IAFE)
Ken Nomoto (IPMU)
Kazuyuki Omukai (Kyoto U.)
Robert Quimby (IPMU)
Takanori Sakamoto (UMBC)
Patricia Schady (MPE)
Rhaana Starling (U. Leicester)
Tomonori Totani (Kyoto U.)
Schuyler van Dyk (Caltech)
Bing Zhang (U. Nevada Las Vegas)

Payment and Participants

The registration had been closed.

Registered Participants

The registration fee is 25000 JPY, which includes welcome reception, coffee/tea break, and proceedings. It does NOT include the banquet fee. The banquet fee is 5000 JPY for one person (an accompanying person under the age of 12 is free of charge).

Hotel Accommodation

Hotel booking via LOC had been closed

Important Dates and Schedules

21 October pre-registration + abstract submission open
30 November Abstract and Travel support submission closed
Mid December Scientific Program Released
Mid - Late January Hotel booking form and online payment open
10 February Deadline for online payment and hotel booking
12-16 March Scientific Sessions
12, noon: Registration desk open
12, evening: Welcome reception
14, after noon: free afternoon (see Recreation for a planned excursion)
15, evening: Banquet
11 April Deadline for submitting contributions to the proceedings


Due to the change in the schedule, we had to change the symposium site as well. The new venue is Hotel Nikko Senhime Monogatari, which is in the same Nikko area as in the original plan.

Nikko is a historicand scenic town about 150 km north of Tokyo (2 hours train ride). The famous shrines and temples (registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage) are located within 10 minutes walk from the hotel. Further information on Nikko can be found at


See here for excursions and dinner on 13th and 16th.




Peter Roming (Southwest Res. Inst., USA)
Nobuyuki Kawai (Tokyo Tech., Japan)
Elena Pian (SNS Pisa, Italy)


Zi-Gao Dai (Nanjing Univ., China)
Massimo Della Valle (INAF, Italy)
Johan Fynbo (Univ. Copenhagen, Denmark)
Neil Gehrels (NASA/GSFC, USA)
Sheila McBreen (Univ. Coll. Dublin, Ireland)
Maryam Modjaz (UC Berkeley, USA)
Ehud Nakar (Tel Aviv Univ., Israel)
Ken'ichi Nomoto (IPMU, Japan)
Paul O'Brien (Univ. Leicester. UK)
Sandra Savaglio (MPE, Germany)
Brian Schmidt (Australian National Univ., Australia)
Stephen Smartt (Queen's Univ. Belfast, UK)
Alicia Soderberg (CfA, USA)
Shoichi Yamada (Waseda Univ., Japan)
Keiichi Maeda (IPMU, Chair)
Katsuaki Asano (Tokyo Tech.)
Aya Bamba (DIAS/ISAS)
Kei Kotake (NAOJ)
Takeo Minezaki (IoA, Univ. Tokyo)
Takuya Ohkawa (Tokyo Tech.)
Toru Tamagawa (RIKEN)
Masaomi Tanaka (IPMU)
Yoichi Yatsu (Tokyo Tech.)

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