The Physics of the ISM

6 years of ISM-­SPP 1573:
what have we learned?

University of Cologne, Germany

February 13 - 17, 2017

Scientific organizing committee

João Alves Paola Caselli
Richard Crutcher Clare Dobbs
Bruce Elmegreen Fabian Heitsch
Mark Krumholz Steve Longmore
Jürgen Stutzki

Local organizing committee

Andreas Burkert Matthias Gritschneder
Stefanie Walch
Dominik Derigs Annika Franeck
Sebastian Haid Stefan Heigl
Andre Klepitko Daniel Seifried
Nassim Tanha

Participating institutions

DFG Priority Program 1573
"Physics of the ISM"
Universität zu Köln
SFB 956
"Conditions and impact of star formation"
University Observatory, LMU Munich

Invited speakers

Philippe André Oscar Agertz
Blakesley Burkart Daniela Calzetti
Richard Crutcher Ewine van Dishoeck
Bruce Elmegreen Antoine Gusdorf
Alvaro Hacar Cornelia Jäger
Diederik Kruijssen Mark Krumholz
Alexandre Lazarian Adam Leroy
Mordecai-Mark MacLow Eve Ostriker
Jürgen Ott Stephan Schlemmer
Svitlana Zhukovska

Scientific outline

The final conference of the ISM-SPP will be held in Cologne, Germany February 13 - 17, 2017. It will take place in the lecture hall "Alte Botanik", Gyrhofstrasse 15.

Many physical processes in the ISM have been studied in isolation and under idealized conditions. It is however their nonlinear coupling that fully characterizes the structure and evolution of the multi-phase, dynamically evolving ISM. Therefore, the ISM-SPP was dedicated to study the interplay between various processes in the ISM during the last six years.
In this conference, we aim at (i) summarizing the recent progress as well as (ii) bringing together experts from all three research pillars - laboratory studies, observations as well as theory and computations - in order to form a consistent picture of relevant physical processes in the ISM. We plan to tackle the recent progress in these nine sessions:

Session 1: Observations of multi-scale structure in the ISM

Recent observations (especially with Spitzer and Herschel) have revealed that the ISM is a highly structured, complex medium on nearly all scales. This first session will aim to set the stage by discussing recent observations and developments.

Session 2: Turbulence and dynamics of the ISM and their influence on structure formation

The interstellar medium is highly turbulent on all scales. However turbulence decays on a crossing time and therefore it is yet unclear how it is sustained and how important it is dynamically. This session will aim to highlight recent work on the turbulent ISM.

Session 3: Structure formation and scaling relations in the ISM

This session aims to discuss observational and theoretical work on large-scale structure formation in the ISM, like giant molecular clouds, within and in between spiral arms, as well as scaling relations, such as the origin of the Kennicutt-Schmidt relation and the relation of star formation rate surface density and the molecular gas surface density.

Session 4: The magnetized ISM and its influence on structure formation

Magnetic fields are ubiquitous in the interstellar medium. Observations suggest energy equipartition between the magnetic component and other forms of energy (e.g. kinetic, thermal, gravitational) and often show a distinct field morphology. In particular, a field oriented perpendicular to dense filamentary structures within molecular clouds, suggests that the magnetic field could be dynamically important and channel gas onto the filaments. This session aims to discuss the importance of magnetic fields in both observations and theoretical work.

Session 5: Feedback and phase transitions in the ISM

Feedback from massive stars in the form of ionizing radiation (and radiation pressure), stellar winds, and supernovae heats and stirs the ISM and might be responsible for dispersing molecular clouds, thus limiting the star formation efficiency. Thus, feedback drives the transition from the cold to the hot ISM phase. At the same time, gas is swept up by feedback, and new molecular cloud and star formation might be triggered, e.g. in colliding supernova shells. This session aims to discuss the impact of the different feedback processes on the ISM structure and phase distribution.

Session 6: The chemistry of the ISM

Chemistry is the key to understand observations. Recently ALMA has revealed a densely populated forest of molecular lines, which have to be understood by combining laboratory astrophysics, state-of-the-art modeling techniques, and the latest data. This session aims to discuss the different steps involved in understanding the chemistry behind the key emission and absorption lines of the different ISM phases, from the hot gas which emits in X-rays to the cold gas which lights up at sub-mm and radio wavelengths.

Session 7: The physics of dust

Interstellar dust is a catalyst for chemical processes and an important coolant of the ISM. Nevertheless, we know little about the gas-to-dust variations in the ISM and the distribution of different dust species. This session aims to address the latest efforts on observing, modeling and measuring interstellar dust.

Session 8: The ISM in extreme environments

This session aims to understand the impact of environment on the ISM phases and structure in both observations and theoretical work.

Session 9: Connecting the ISM and its galactic environment

Does the ISM evolution depend on the galactic environment? Observations seem to suggest environmental dependencies, but theoretically these are not well understood. Which parameters are most important? The large-scale structure of the galaxy? The mid-plane pressure? The overall star formation rate? This final session will connect the local and (super-)galactic scales and thus, place our understanding of the ISM evolution in the galactic context.



NEW: The program of the conference is now online!


All the talks held at the conference can be found here. They are listed in chronological order by the talker's name according to the programm sheet.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Philippe André Bruce Elmegreen Mark Krumholz Ewine van Dishoeck Jürgen Ott
Johanna Malinen Henrik Beuther Stefanie Walch Raana Nordon Katie Jameson
Peter Kalberla Mika Juvela Rolf Kuiper Valeska Valdivia Jens Kauffmann
Gina Panopoulou Julia Roman Duval Jonathan Mackey Livia Vallini Mattia Sormani
Roland Diehl Todor Veltchev Sebastian Haid Stephan Schlemmer Alvaro Sánchez-Monge
Alvaro Hacar Sarah Ragan Sam Geen Antoine Gusdorf Sharanya Sur
Jouni Kainulainen Bram Ochsendorf Eve Ostriker Daniel Seifried Diederik Kruijssen
Timea Csengeri Daniela Calzetti Richard Klein Claire Murray Anna Schauer
Jaime Pineda Sharon Meidt Jane Arthur Eric Pellegrini Thomas Bisbas
Mordecai MacLow Naomi McClure-Griffiths Cornelia Jäger Thiem Hoang
Emeric Bron Enrique Vázquez-Semadeni Wanggi Lim Adam Leroy
Philipp Girichidis Richard Crutcher Raymond Oonk Frank Bigiel
Alex Hill Thushara Pillai Sara Rezaeikhoshbakht Diane Cormier
Javier Ballesteros-Paredes Juan Soler Harald Mutschke Marc-Antoine Miville-Deschênes
Blakesley Burkhart Juan Ibáñez-Mejía Svitlana Zhukovska Bastian Körtgen
Stefan Heigl Rainer Beck Andrea Bracco Oscar Agertz
Roxana-Adela Chira Alexandre Lazarian Isabelle Grenier Alexander Pettitt
Kenny Wood Stefan Reissl Yuefang Wu Yuan Wang
Gemma Busquet Phil Cigan Daniel Callanan
Dinesh Kandel Jürgen Kerp


Early registration deadline: November 22nd 2016
Talk and poster abstract submission deadline: November 22nd 2016
Final registration deadline: January 15th 2017

Due to the large number of registered participants, we can only accept new registrations under reserve.

Registration is now open!

abstract submission is now closed

The conference fee for early registration is 50.00 Euros for students and 100.00 Euros for post-docs and senior scientists. The early registration fee has to be paid until the end of 2016. If you register after November 22nd or if you want to pay later, then the registration fee is 100.00 Euros for students and 150.00 Euros for post-docs and senior scientists. 2.00 Euros administration fee will be added to the price.

You can register by following the link below. Participants will receive an email containing the details about the payment.



Jorge Abreu-Vicente Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy
Björn Adebahr ASTRON
Andreasyan Hasmik Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory
Marcus Albrecht Argelander-Institut für Astronomie
Christian Alig University Observatory, LMU Munich
Joao Alves University of Vienna
Philippe André CEA Saclay - Lab. Astrophysique (AIM)
Jane Arthur IRyA-UNAM
Javier Ballesteros-Paredes University of Heidelberg
Somaye Bazargan University of Zanjan
Rainer Beck MPIfR
Frank Bigiel ZAH, Univ. of Heidelberg
Goranka Bilalbegovic University of Zagreb
Thomas Bisbas University of Florida & MPE
Andrea Bracco Laboratoire AIM, CEA-Saclay, France
Robert Brauer University of Kiel, Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics
Alexander Breier University of Kassel
Emeric Brin ICMM-CSIC
Sandra Brünken I. Physikalisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
Aaron Bryant Universität Stuttgart
Andreas Burkert University Observatory, LMU Munich
Blakesley Burkhart Harvard
Gemma Busquet Institut de Ciències de l'Espai (IEEC-CSIC)
Daniel Callanan Liverpool John Moores University
Juan Camilo Ibanez-Mejia University of Cologne
Jeremy Chastenet Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore
Vivien Chen National Tsing Hua University
Melanie Chevance ARI/ZAH/Universität Heidelberg
Roxana-Adela Chira Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie
Phil Cigan Cardiff University
Seamus Clarke Cardiff University
Claudia Comito University of Cologne
Diane Cormier University of Heidelberg
Richard Crutcher University of Illinois
Timea Csengeri Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy
Yudong Cui University of Tuebingen
Davide Decataldo Scuola Normale Superiore
Helga Denes CSIRO/ANU
Dominik Derigs University of Cologne
Roland Diehl MPE Garching
Tim Dressler University of Cologne
Maximilian Eisenreich Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics
Bruce Elmegreen IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Fateme Fehresti University of Zanjan
Annika Franeck University of Cologne
Philipp M. Gast Leibniz-Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)
Sam Geen University of Heidelberg
Lorenzo Gioannini Dipartimento di Fisica, Sezione di Astronomia, Universita di Trieste
Philipp Girichidis HITS, Heidelberg
Martin Glatzle Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Technical University of Munich
Berare Göktürk Ludwig-Maximillians-Universitat München
Sam Green Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
Jonas Greif University Observatory, FSU Jena
Isabelle Grenier University Paris Diderot and CEA Saclay
Matthias Gritschneder University Observatory, LMU Munich
Alvaro Hacar Leiden Observatory
Lionel Haemmerlé Institut für Theoretische Astrophysik, Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg
Sebastian Haid University of Cologne
Kevin Harrington Argelander Institut fur Astronomy/ Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy
Stefan Heigl LMU/MPE
Fabian Heitsch University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Beuther Henrik Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy
Jonathan Henshaw Liverpool John Moores University
Gerhard Hensler University of Vienna
Alex Hill Haverford College
Thiem Hoang Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute
David Hubber USM/LMU, Excellence Cluster Universe
Alex Hygate Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie / Astronomisches Rechen-Institut, Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg
Katharina Immer ESO
Arshia Maria Jacob Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy
Cornelia Jäger Laboratory Astrophysics Group of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy at the FSU Jena
Sarah Jaffa Cardiff University
Katie Jameson Australian National University
Ondrej Jaura ITA ZAH Uni Heidelberg
Sarah Jeffreson ZAH
Maria Jesus Jimenez Donaire ZAH, University of Heidelberg
Jin-Long Xu National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Prabesh Joshi University of Cologne
Gilles Joncas Université Laval
Jessy Jose Kavli Institute for Astronomy & Astrophyics
Mica Juvela University of Helsinki
Jouni Kainulainen Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy
Peter Kalberla Argelander-Institut fuer Astronomie, Universitaet Bonn
Dinesh Kandel University of Alberta
Sachin Kaothekar MIT, Ujjain, (M.P.), India
Jens Kauffmann Max-Planck-Institut fuer Radioastronomie
Jürgen Kerp Argelander-Institut fuer Astronomie, Bonn University
Sergey Khoperskov GEPI, Observatoire de Paris
Richard Klein University of Califronia, Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Andre Klepitko University of Cologne
Ralf Klessen Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg
Sladjana Knezevic Weizmann Institute of Science
Anders Kölligan Tübingen University
Bastian Körtgen Hamburger Sternwarte
Sthabile Kolwa ESO
Jan Kotlarz Institute of Aviation
Alfred Krabbe University of Stuttgart
Martun Krause University of Hertfordshire
Dhanesh (DK) Krishnarao University of Wisconsin-Madison
Diederik Kruijssen Heidelberg University
Rolf Kuiper University of Tübingen
Mark Krumholz Australian National University
Yueh-Ning Lee AIM/CEA Saclay
Adam Leroy Ohio State University
Frank Lewen University of Cologne
Guang-Xing Li USM Munich
Wanggi Lim University of Florida
Steven Longmore Liverpool John Moores University
Danielle Lucero Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Groningen
Kristin Lund University of St Andrews
Jonathan Mackey Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
Mordecai-Mark MacLow American Museum of Natural History
Nikhil Mahajan Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto
Johanna Malinen University of Cologne
Ayushi Mandlik Argelander Intitute from Astronomy
Antoine Marchal Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale
Sergio Martínez-González Astronomical Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences
Michael Mattern Max Planck Institut für Radioastronomie
Naomi McClure-Griffiths Australian National University
Karl Menten Max Planck Institut für Radioastronomie
Dominique Meyer Universität Tübingen
Sac Nicté Medina Max Planck Institut für Radioastronomie
Sharon Meidt MPIA
Fanyi Meng University of Cologne
Marc-Antoine Miville-Deschenes Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale
Claire Murray University of Wisconsin - Madison
Harald Mutschke Astrophysikalisches Institut, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Le Ngoc Tram LRA/ENS - Observatoire de Paris
Raanan Nordon Tel Aviv University
Ikechukwu Anthony Obi International School for Advanced Studies, Italy
Bram Ochsendorf Johns Hopkins University
Raymond Oonk Leiden University, Leiden Observatory
Volker Ossenkopf-Okada University of Cologne
Eve Ostriker Princeton University
Jürgen Ott National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Paolo Padoan ICREA & University of Barcelona
Liubin Pan Harvard-Smithsonian CfA
Gina Panopoulou University of Crete
Eric Pellegrini ITA ZAH Heidelberg
Alexander Pettitt Hokkaido University
Yurii Pidopryhora Argelander Institut for Astronomy
Thushara Pillai MPIfR
Jaime Eduardo Pineda Fornerod Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik
Fiorella Lucia Polles CEA Saclay - Lab. Astrophysique (AIM)
Sarah Ragan Cardiff University
Stefan Reissl University of Heidelberg
Ramon Rey-Raposo University of Surrey
Sara Rezaeikhoshbakht Max Planck institute for Astronomy
Manuel Riener Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie
Javier Rodón Onsala Space Observatory
Michael Rugel Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy
Bekov Sabit L.N.Gumilyov Eurasian National University
Mahya Sadaghiani University of Cologne
Nina Sanches Sartorio INPE - National Institute of Space Research
Alvaro Sanchez-Monge University of Cologne
Alberto Sanna MPIfR
Anna Schauer ZAH / ITA
Peter Schilke University of Cologne
Anika Schmiedeke Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik
Nicola Schneider University of Cologne
Andreas Schwörer University of Cologne
Daniel Seifried University of Cologne
Juan Soler CEA/Saclay
Basilio Solis Argelander Institute for Astronomy, University of Bonn
Mattia Carlo Sormani Institut für Theoretische Astrophysik der Universität Heidelberg
Jürgen Stutzki University of Cologne
Sharanya Sur Indian Institute of Astrophysics
Sümeyye Suri University of Cologne
Nassim Tanha University of Cologne
Neven Tomicic Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
Robin Tress Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Heidelberg
Sandra p. Trevino-morales Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM-CSIC)
Valeska Valdivia Service d'Astrophysique, CEA-Saclay
Livia Vallini Nordita
Bert Vandenbroucke School of Physics & Astronomy, University of St Andrews
Evgenii Vasiliev SFedU & SAO RAS
Enrique Vazquez-Semadeni IRyA UNAM
Gabriel J. Vazquez Instituto de Ciencias Fisicas, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Todor Veltchev University of Sofia, Faculty of Physics
Charitarth Vyas Argelander Institute for Astronomy
Stefanie Walch University of Cologne
Yuan Wang Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
Helmut Wiesemeyer Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie
Benjamin Winkel MPIfR
Kenny Wood University of St Andrews
Yuefang Wu Peking University
Friedrich Wyrowski MPIfR Bonn
Michal Zajacek University of Cologne
Martina Zámečníková Charles University Prague
Miaomiao Zhang Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
Hans Zinnecker Deutsches SOFIA Institut, Univ. Stuttgart
Svitlana Zhukovska Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics
Laura Zschaechner Max Planck Institute for Astronomy

Venue and Accommodation

The conference will take place in the lecture hall "Alte Botanik" in Gyrhofstrasse 15, 50931 Cologne.

On Sunday evening, February 12th 2017, there will be a welcome reception in the seminar building 1 in Weyertal 119a, next to the RRZK (Regionales Rechenzentrum Köln).

We have reserved a contingent of rooms in three different hotels for the participants of the conference. The keyword for using the contingent is "ISM 2017". By mentioning the keyword while booking your room, you can access the contingent. One can reserve rooms from this contingent up to January 1th 2017.

Lunch map

You can find lunch possibilities nearby the lecture hall HERE

Public transport

The following link gives an overview of public transport Please click HERE

List of the hotels

In all prices breakfast is included.

AMERON Hotel Regent Cologne
Melatengürtel 15
50933 Cologne
Tel: +49(0)221 549 90
Price: 115.00 euros for single rooms and 129.00 euros for a shared room (two person)
Hotel Ibis Koeln Centrum
Neue Weyerstrasse 4
50676 Cologne
Tel: +49(0)221 20960
Price: 79.00 euros for single rooms and 90.00 euros for a shared room (two person)
Hotel Flandrischer Hof in Cologne
Flandrische Straße 3-11
50674 Cologne
Tel: +49(0)221 2036 0
Price: 74.00/82.00 euros for single rooms and 99.00 euros for a shared room (two person)

Social event

On Wednesday February 15th, we have planned two separate tours for excursion.

1. A guided tour to the Cologne Cathedral and its treasury.

2. A guided tour to the 100m radio telescope Effelsberg.

*NEW* Information about the excursion and the dinner
Download HERE.


Address Email
I. Physics Institute LOC
University of Cologne ism2017 (at)
50937 Cologne