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2019 Spring Symposium – The Deaths and Afterlives of Stars

Event Description

The stellar evolution lifecycle ends with a dramatic transformation of stars from their equilibrium state. Stellar deaths involve violent and often rapid expulsions of matter and energy, a process that itself represents an initial condition for many astrophysical topics. The rich diversity of stellar outcomes, their connections to progenitor properties, and the influence of these afterlife processes on shaping galaxies remain among the most exciting fields of astrophysics today and have been further sparked by the discovery of new classes of transients and the first detections of gravitational waves.

The Space Telescope Science Institute is excited to host the 2019 STScI Spring Symposium, “The Deaths and Afterlives of Stars”. The symposium will bring together leading experts that are pushing new research in this exciting field of astrophysics. The discussion will include,

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Conference Poster

Abstract Submission and Registration

Abstract submission for talk and poster contributions is now open. Please submit your abstract for consideration by completing the form found here.

REGISTER/PAY for the symposium by following this link:

We expect to offer modest financial support for students and postdocs who are presenting talks or posters at the meeting. To request financial assistance, please indicate in the abstract submission form if you are a student or postdoc and need financial assistance to attend the meeting. To request assistance, you must submit your talk or poster abstract by December 15, 2018.

Space permitting, symposium talks are open to faculty and staff from all local (Maryland & Washington, DC) institutions without registering.  Unregistered participants are asked to refrain from sampling the refreshments.

Please note: When you register, you will receive a name badge in your information packet. Your name badge identifies you as a registered symposium participant. Name badges are to be worn during all symposium meetings and meals, and at the symposium welcome reception.

Event Details

!!New!! A preliminary program is now available: Spring Symposium Preliminary Schedule.pdf

The symposium will begin with registration at 8:00a on Monday, April 22, 2019. You can refer to the agenda overview below for more details. The detailed agenda will be posted prior to the workshop.

Daily Event Schedule:

Day Date Event Time
Monday April 22, 2019 Registration
Welcome Reception
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
8:30 am – 5:30 pm
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday April 23, 2019 Symposium
Small Group Dinners
8:15am - 5:30pm
5:30 pm
Wednesday April 24, 2019 Symposium
Beer and Snacks
8:15am - 5:30pm
5:30 pm

Event Dates: April 22-24, 2019

Registration Fee: $200.00 USD (includes breakfast, light refreshments in the morning and afternoon, welcome/poster reception on Monday, beer and snack reception on Wednesday)

Registration Opens: September 15, 2018

Registration Ends: Friday, March 22, 2019

Abstract Submission Deadline for Contributed Talks and Posters: February 1, 2019

Abstract Submission Deadline for Students/Postdocs who are also Requesting Financial Assistance: December 15, 2018

Please submit your poster or talk abstract for consideration by completing the form found here.

Decisions on Contributed Talks Communicated to Submitters: End of-February, 2019


Symposium posters will be displayed electronically. Submit a PDF version of your poster to To ensure your poster is uploaded and ready for display, please submit a PDF of your poster no later than Monday, April 15th. The monitors provided will be Landscape 49.25" x 30.75". Note that there is no need to design your posters exactly to these specifications. Feel free to use any dimension you desire. You will be able to easily navigate and zoom in on the screen. Please be sure to make your poster large enough to ensure adequate resolution on such a large screen (i.e., do not make your poster 8" x 11").


STScI has reserved a block of rooms at the Doubletree Inn at the Colonnade, a hotel within walking distance of STScI. A special group rate of $161.00 per night (plus 15.5% applicable taxes) for workshop participants will be offered until March 22, 2019 or until all of the rooms are filled.

To make reservations at the Colonnade, you may contact the Doubletree directly at 410-235-5400 and give the group code S19 to your reservationist. Online reservations can be made by following this web page address:

Web address:
Group Name: 2019 Spring Symposium Death and Afterlives of Stars
Group Code: S19
Check-in: 20-APR-2019
Check-out: 26-APR-2019
Hotel Name: Inn at The Colonnade Baltimore - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Hotel Address: 4 West University Parkway
Baltimore, Maryland
Phone Number: 410-235-5400

Online reservations can only be made if your stay dates fall within Check-in and Check-out dates noted above. If stay period is outside these dates, you must call hotel to make your reservation.


Science Organizing Committee:

Symposium Coordinator:


Special Workshop Following the Spring Symposium

STScI will also be hosting a workshop, “Enabling Multi-Messenger Astrophysics in the Big Data Era,” April 25-26, 2019, immediately following the Spring Symposium. Participants of the Symposium may wish to attend this workshop, which requires a separate registration (see below). A brief description follows,

“The advent of extremely wide-field surveys will revolutionize multi-messenger astrophysics, and we will be able to probe new time and energy scales. The community will need to build new infrastructure and change existing paradigms to maximize the science return of these facilities. This workshop will connect scientists with statisticians, data scientists, and software developers. Together, they will highlight what infrastructure exists, identify how these pieces may be connected together into a larger ecosystem, and develop a road map to prepare for future surveys.”

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