Studying Galaxy Evolution
Spitzer and Herschel

May 28 - June 2, 2006

Mirabello Hotel
Agios Nikolaos, Crete


During the last decade considerable progress has been made in studying the populations of galaxies at high redshifts and characterizing their cosmic evolution. Results from numerous deep surveys at longer wavelengths have unveiled an aspect of galaxy evolution which had remained unknown in the past due to the obscuring effects of dust. Now it is believed that the rate of star formation shows a dramatic increase with redshift, taking place mostly in dust enshrouded galactic nuclei, and it is consistent with the formation of galaxy spheroids observed. The tip of this iceberg was revealed by the Infrared Space Observatory, yet it is only with the launch of Spitzer Space Telescope that we could readily quantify these events and present a comprehensive picture of this phase of intense activity in the Universe. With Spitzer we have the ability to probe through dust in the mid-infrared, witness baryons turning into stars and identify the galactic nuclei where material is accreting onto a massive central black hole. Even though Spitzer is still collecting data and continues to expand the discovery space of extragalactic astronomy, plans to extend this success into the far-infrared with the Herschel Space Telescope are already underway.


The purpose of this workshop is to bring together a limited number of ~80 experts on galaxy evolution and active galactic nuclei with emphasis on the physics of dust and infrared emission. The aim is to assess the state of knowledge obtained from Spitzer in order to identify the major outstanding questions and better coordinate future investigations with Herschel. As such part of the workshop will be devoted to reviews of major Spitzer extragalactic results bearing in mind the promise of Herschel. Some of the topics to be covered are:

Scientific Organising Committee

L. Armus (Caltech, USA), V. Charmandaris (Crete, Greece), G. Fazio (CfA,USA), A. Franceschini (Padova, Italy), R. Genzel (MPE, Germany), M. Griffin (Cardiff, UK), G. Helou (Caltech, USA), J.R. Houck (Cornell, USA), J-S. Huang (CfA, USA), N. Kylafis (Crete, Greece), A. Poglitch (MPE, Germany), G. Rieke (Arizona, USA), D. Rigopoulou (Oxford, UK)

Conference Program

Conference Proceedings - Deadline: October 1, 2006

Local Organising Committee

V. Charmandaris, I. Papadakis, N. Kylafis, G. Magdis


The venue of the workshop is Crete the biggest island of Greece, where according to the mythology Daedalus and Icarus took the first steps of humankind towards high altitude flying and space exploration, a critical aspect in the success of infrared astronomy...

We hope to see you there...

Dimitra Rigopoulou, Vassilis Charmandaris, Nikos Kylafis


The conference will take place in the Mirabello Hotel, a four star hotel in the suburbs of Agios Nikolaos, a picturesque city in the easter part of the island of Crete. Most participants are expected to reside in this hotel. The hotel cost, which also include two meals per day, is 100 Euros/night for a single room, 130 Euros/night for a twin room, and 65 Euros/night per person for double occupancy. Additional accomodation in nearby hotels will also be available and all relevant info will appear in this page in due time. Some details on the city of Agios Nikolaos are available [3.5MByte PDF file]. Some information on how to reach Agios Nikolaos can be found here.

Registration - Deadline: March 25, 2006

The registration fee for all participants will be 200 Euros. This includes a welcome reception, coffee breaks, conference dinner, conference material, and the cost of the conference proceedings which will be published by Crete University Press. To register you need to complete two forms:
  • The hotel reservation form [Word / PDF] (to be sent by e-mail or fax to Mitos S.A.)
  • The proposed title/abstract details (to be sent by e-mail to Dr. Rigopoulou)

For more information contact:


A visa to enter Greece is not required for citizens of the European Union, Canada, and the United States. Citizens of all other countries should contact the nearest Greek consulate to obtain all details for the visa application procedure.

Last modified: Thu Mar 2 20:29:47 EET 2006
V. Charmandaris