Our Milky Way is by far the best­ studied galaxy in the Universe, and it has long been regarded as a benchmark for understanding disk galaxies. We have made major leaps in our understanding of the Galaxy in the last few years, enabled by Gaia, APOGEE and GALAH. However, the Milky Way is only one galaxy, and trying to understand the complex processes of galaxy formation and evolution from a single object is at best challenging, at worst naive and possibly flawed.

In this conference we aim to link Galactic and Extragalactic research, both of which bring unique perspectives to understanding how disk galaxies formed. The recent wealth of detailed Milky Way measurements from GALAH, APOGEE, LAMOST, and Gaia, combined with results from spatially resolved spectroscopic surveys such as SAMI, MaNGA, and with VLT­-MUSE, make this the ideal time to link Galactic and extragalactic research. Crucial in this discussion are the recent results from large cosmological and Milky Way zoom in simulations that show that the Galaxy might not be the ideal template for understanding disk formation as previously thought.

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Code of Conduct

It is the policy of our main sponsor ASTRO 3D that all participants in this conference are able to enjoy an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment

We are committed to making this meeting productive and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, nationality or religion. We will not tolerate harassment in any form.

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Organising Committee

Conference organisers: Jesse van de Sande (USyd) and Nic Scott (USyd)

Sponsor: Astro3D an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence

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Invited Speakers Virtual Meeting 2020

Andrew Wetzel       Annalisa Pillepich
Charlie Conroy       Gail Zasowski       
Michael Hayden       Michele Cappellari
              Ortwin Gerhard       Patricia Sánchez-Blázquez
Chiaki Kobayashi                    

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Meeting Update & Registration

This meeting will now consist of a virtual meeting in December 2020. The in-person meeting is postponed to Nov-Dec 2021. Abstract submissions have been re-opened for the online meeting. Please see the registration page for more details.

Key dates

Abstract Submission Re-Open: 1 July 2020
Abstract Submission Close: 1 August 2020
Program Announcement: 30 October 2020
Registration Deadline for virtual participation: 25 November

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Virtual Meeting

The virtual meeting will consist of pre-recorded contributed talks, with two days (December 3-4, 2020) of live invited talks combined with discussions led by SOC member. All contributed speakers will be invited to join the online discussion. On December 3-4, there will be two sessions a day of two hours each, one at 8-10am and one at 8-10pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time.