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 shows 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 ASTRO 3D that its members and all participants in Centre activities are able to enjoy an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment - see further ASTRO 3D Code of Conduct.

ASTRO 3D is committed to making its meetings and events 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)

Sponsors: "Astro3D" an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence

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Invited Speakers

Invited speaker list will be announced soon

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Meeting Format

This conference will be talk ­light, discussion heavy. Therefore, we will limit the number of talks, with extended discussion session dispersed throughout the program. In addition to 10 invited speaker, we aim for 40 additional contributed talks and 20 poster slots. Good balance in gender and career stage amongst all participants is very important to us. Representatives from diverse backgrounds and expertise are specifically encouraged to register. In special circumstances we will be offering the option for giving a remote talk.

Key dates

Abstract Submission Open: 1 April 2020
Abstract Submission Close: 1 June 2020
Program Announcement: 1 August 2020
Registration Deadline: 1 September

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The conference will take place in the beautiful city of Wollongong, NSW Australia.

Transportation: there is a good connection by train from Sydney Airport to Wollongong (approximately 1hr).