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The Chemical Cosmos: Understanding Chemistry in Astronomic Environments

End of Action

The Action has ended in April 2013. We thank all people involved for their efforts.

 

Yearly Meeting 2013

The last annual meeting of the Action has been held in Windsor (UK) 2-5th April 2013. The website of the meeting can be accessed here.

 

Yearly Meeting 2012

This  meeting was held in Catania (Italy) 2-5th October 2012. The website of the meeting can be accessed here

 

Working Group 1 Meeting in Tallinn (Estonia), 29-May - 2 June 2012

"The Warm Universe - Astrochemistry at Intermediate and Elevated Temperatures"

The third meeting of Working group 1 “Radical-and ion-induced reactions” of the COST Action ”The Chemical Cosmos: Understanding Chemistry in Astronomical Environments” took place at Meriton Grand Conference & Spa Hotel, Tallinn, Estonia from May 29th to June 2nd, 2011. The meeting was organised as a joint meeting between the COST Action "The Chemical Cosmos: Understanding Chemistry in Astronomical Environments" and the Nordic Astrobiology Network.

The meeting was devoted to the subject "The Warm Universe - Astrochemistry at Intermediate and Elevated Temperatures". Many different astronomical environments and objects showing higher temperatures (star-forming regions, protoplanetary disks, circumstellar envelopes, cometary comae as well as planetary and satellite atmospheres) exhibit very interesting chemistry. The HERSCHEL space telescope has delivered a lot of new data on many objects falling under this category and future observations with the ALMA millimetre array will explore their fine structure and chemistry. Aim of this event was to update experimentalists and theoreticians about new findings concerning warmer environments in space and toprovide a forum to discuss new research ideas and projects.   

The meeting was attended by around 90 participants. Its website can be found here

 

Chemistry and Infrared Spectroscopy of Interstellar Dust

A summer school on the subject of "Chemistry and Infrared Spectroscopy of Interstellar Dust" will be held in Nijmegen (Netherlands) from 4th to 8th June 2012. The School will consist of general introductory lectures which will discuss the chemistry of dust formation, the chemical role of dust in the ISM as catalytic site for molecule formation, and the spectroscopic signatures of dust and interstellar ices.

The School is open to students of all backgrounds (experimental, observational, theoretical).

The School is funded by the EU through ITN LASSIE Network, the NWO Dutch Astrochemistry Network and COST Action CM0805.
More information about the summer school can be found at the website of the event

 

Yearly Meeting 2011

This year's meeting will be held in La Valetta (Malta) 12-14th October 2011. The website of the meeting can be accessed here. The website of the COST Annual Conference in Grenoble 2010 (6-8 October 2010) can be foundd here.

Working group 2 meeting in Edinburgh (UK), 31 August - 2 September 2011

The fourth AstroSurf meeting is being organised under the auspices of Working Group 2 of the COST Action “The Chemical Cosmos” (CM0805, http://cost.astrochemistry.eu/), the LASSIE Network ( http://www.lassie-itn.eu) and the UK AstroSurf Network (http://www.chem.ucl.ac.uk/astrosurf/home.html). It will once more bring together astronomers, molecular astrophysicists and laboratory surface scientists with a common interest in understanding the contributions to be made by surface science experiment and theory in unravelling the complexities of the chemically controlled cosmos.

Further infos about the event can be found at the website of the meeting.

Working group 3 meeting in Barcelona (Spain), 21-23 September 2011

The second meeting of Working group 3 "Planetary atmosphere chemistry" of the COST Action ”The Chemical Cosmos: Understanding Chemistry in Astronomical Environments” will take place in Barcelona, Spain from 21 to 23 September 2011 and have the title "The early evolution of the atmospheres of terrestrial planets". Information about the event can be obtained here. The oral programme of the event is now available on the WG-3 site and that registration and the submission of posters is still possible.
 

Working group 1 meeting in Prague (Czech Republic), 17-19 May 2011

The second meeting of Working group 1 “Radical-and ion-induced reactions” of the COST Action ”The Chemical Cosmos: Understanding Chemistry in Astronomical Environments” was held at Profesni Dum in Prague, Czech Republic from May 17 to May 19, 2011. It was devoted to the subject "Ion Chemistry in space". The HERSCHEL Space telescope has delivered a cornocopia of data on ions in space including a handful of new detections. Aim of this event was to update experimentalists and theoreticians about these new findings and inform astronomers about the recent developments in theoretical and experimental research in the area of ion chemistry. 

The website of the meeting can be found here.

Summer school in Bologna (Italy), 13-17 June 2011

The website of the summer school Astrochemistry with ALMA (Bologna 13-17 June 2011) at Centro Congressi CNR Bologna (Italy) is available here.

The website of the COST Annual Conference in Grenoble (6-8 October 2010) can be accessed here.

The main objective of this Action is to study chemical processes relevant to the physical conditions encountered in the interstellar medium, and on the surface and in the atmospheres of planetary bodies. The Action aims to provide new insights into the dynamics of the chemical reactions leading to molecular synthesis under such conditions and reveal how these are influenced by the ambient temperature and pressure. Special attention will also be given to the study of the novel surface chemistry prevalent on interstellar medium dust grains and planetary surfaces. The Action also aims to combine such laboratory data with complementary chemical models to allow a fuller interpretation of observational data.

Please note: From 1 November 2010 the Action is administered under the Grant System. Guidelines can be found here.

Working group 1 meeting in Boppard (Germany), 9-12 May 2010

The first meeting of Working group 1 "Radical-and ion-induced reactions" of the COST Action "Understanding the Chemical Cosmos: Chemistry in Astronomical Environments" was arranged at Hotel Ebertor in Boppard, Germany from May 9 to May 12, 2010. Detailed information about the meeting can be found here.

The meeting focussed on the new possibilities that the ALMA telescope array offers to astrochemists and is open to interested scientists outside the working group.