Lowell astronomers organize and host professional workshops each year, bringing astronomers from around the world to Flagstaff to discuss a wide range of topics and problems in modern astronomy.

These workshops typically require their own set of Web pages, and we provide links below to many of them.  Clicking these links will open a new tab in your browser.

  • The Formation and Evolution of Exponential Disks in Galaxies  Our 2014 fall workshop focuses on exponential stellar disks in galaxies, addressing fundamental questions about the identity, formation, properties, and behavior of these ubiquitous features.
  • New Horizons Workshop on Icy Surface Processes  This 2011 fall workshop was sponsored by NASA’s New Horizons mission, on course to explore the Pluto system in 2015. The workshop’s focus was processes relevant to geology and compositions of icy surfaces.
  • Solar Analogs II  The 2009 Lowell Fall Workshop will focus on the Sun and its closest stellar cousins and how they vary over time. Visit the workshop web site to see the list of scheduled talks and participants.
  • The “Contifest,” October 12-15, 2008  Dr. Phil Massey convened Massive Hot Stars: A Lifetime Of Influence from October 12-15, 2008, to honor the career of Dr. Peter S. Conti. About 80 participants from 12 countries came to Flagstaff for this 2 1/2 day workshop.
  • The Outer Edges of Dwarf Irregular Galaxies, October 10-11, 2002  Convened by Drs. Deidre Hunter and Sally Oey, the 65 attendees at this workshop discussed some of the most extreme environments for star formation: the tenuous edges of small galaxies.
  • Pluto and Triton: Comparisons and Evolution Over Time, September 23-24, 1999 Convened by Dr. Grundy, this workshop focused on comparative planetology of the then 2 known bodies in the outer solar system with volatile ice-rich surfaces: Pluto and Triton. Discussion centered on the formation, early history, geology, and surface compositions of these worlds and how they evolved over time.
  • Optical/IR Interferometry Workshop, October 4-9, 1998 Thanks to the presence of the innovative Navy Prototype Optical Interferometer at our Anderson Mesa observing station, we hosted 125 astronomers to discuss methods and techniques of doing optical and IR interferometry. The workshops was generously sponsored by the United States Naval Observatory, the Naval Research Lab, and the National Science Foundation.
  • Exploring the Kuiper Belt: Where Do We Go From Here?, September 3-4, 1998
  • Solar Analogs, October 5-7, 1997  We held a conference on Solar Analogs: Characteristics and Optimum Candidates from October 5-7, 1997, to discuss the nature of Sun-like stars.
  • The Role of Small Telescopes in Modern Astronomy, October 14-15, 1996  Our first fall workshop addressed the issues of science that can be done with non-monstrous telescopes, and the future of broad access to such facilities by the astronomical community.
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