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Mon 22 Apr 2019
Wed 24 Apr 2019


Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
3700 San Martin Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218

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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:

  • Observational and theoretical understanding of which stars explode
  • The physical effects - including metallicity, mass loss, binarity - that control stellar death
  • The processes through which both low mass and high mass stars die
  • New discoveries of exotic transients that challenge existing paradigms
  • Latest insights on progenitors of different end fates, from type Ia supernovae to gravitational wave sources
  • Emission, chemistry, dust, outflows, and exoplanet debris from stellar death

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)


The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is a short ride away from major airports and train stations. Find information related to driving directions and relevant transportation resources on our Getting Here page.

Important Dates

September 15 Registration Opens
December 15 Abstract Submission Deadline for Students/Postdocs who are also Requesting Financial Assistance
February 1 Abstract Submission Deadline for Contributed Talks and Posters
February 15 Decisions on Contributed Talks Communicated to Submitters
March 22 Registration Ends
February 28 Decisions on Contributed Talks Communicated to Submitters


Date Event Time
Monday, April 22, 2019 Symposium 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Monday, April 22, 2019 Welcome Reception 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 Symposium 8:15 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 Small Group Dinners 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 Public Lecture - Multi-messenger Autopsies of Stellar Death (Dan Milisavljevic) 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Symposium 8:15 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Beer and Snacks 5:30 p.m.


Please see the Symposium Agenda for a full breakdown of sessions.

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