Final Conference

From Gas to Stars:
The Links between Massive Star and Star Cluster Formation

16-20 September 2019, Yorkshire Museum, York UK

We are pleased to announce a conference on the formation and early evolution of massive star clusters.

The aim of the conference is to bring together the communities who study the properties of the natal giant molecular clouds, with those who study the stellar populations. The release of Gaia DR2 in 2018 allows the structure of young stellar cluster and associations to be defined well for the first time. It also allows us to study more embedded structures, before the gas is fully dispersed. By contrasting the results obtained in this way with those that study the gas and dust component, in particular results from Herschel and ground based follow-ups with arrays such as ALMA and NOEMA, we can hope to understand how these massive star formation regions change as they evolve.  Bringing these separate communities together in this way is especially timely. We also plan to bring together those with an overall view of the larger scale pictures of how such structures form in the first place down to those who are more interested in how the accretion disks from which the stars are formed feed and are disrupted in the cluster environment.


The conference will combine observational and theoretical aspects, with topics including:

  • The global picture of young star clusters and giant molecular clouds in the Galaxy.
  • Properties of star forming clouds.
  • Evolution of molecular clouds: feedback and dissipation.
  • Population and structures of young clusters and OB associations.
  • Dynamics of young clusters and OB associations.
  • Protostars in clusters.

Confirmed Invited Speakers

  • Tristan Cantat-Gaudin
  • Timea Csengeri
  • Adam Ginsburg
  • Helen Kirk
  • Marina Kounkel
  • Michael Kuhn
  • Yueh-Ning Lee
  • Richard Parker

Scientific Organising Committee

Hervé Bouy, Ignacio de la Calle, Paul Clark, Roberto Galván-Madrid, Alvaro Hacar, Stuart Lumsden (chair), Estelle Moraux, Rene Oudmaijer, Stefanie Walch


The conference will be held at the Yorkshire Museum, in the heart of York, an ancient city in the north of England (  York has excellent rail connections to Leeds, London and Manchester.

Abstract Submissions

Abstract submissions can be made now for both posters and talks. Our aim is to give preference where possible to early career researchers. The deadline for submission is 30th June for both.

Registration Fee

The registration fee for the conference is £300. This will include coffee, lunches and the conference dinner. Registration will close on 31st July.

All details are on this website but if you have any questions about the conference then please contact us by email.


Best Regards,

Local Organising Committee


The conference is hosted by the StarFormMapper (SFM) project, an EU Horizon2020 funded (grant number 687528) collaboration between the University of Leeds, University of Cardiff, University Grenoble Alps, University of Leiden,  and Quasar Science Resources SL. 


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