From Old to Young Stars
9-13 Jul 2018 Quy Nhon (Vietnam)


Since 1993 the Rencontres du Vietnam, which is an official partner of UNESCO, has organised international scientific conferences and schools to foster exchanges between Vietnamese or Asia-Pacific scientists and colleagues from other parts of the world.

The construction of the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Science Education (ICISE) in the city of Quy Nhon (Central Vietnam) will have the ambitious objective to focus on developing Science and Education, helping young Asian students and scientists to meet with the International Science community, bringing the opportunity to accelerate their knowledge from attending lectures and sharing ideas with overseas high-level counterparts.

Scientific rationale

The Rencontres du Vietnam on the evolution of gas and dust content from evolved stars to young stars would like to bring together astronomers working on the circumstellar environment of evolved stars, astronomers working on star (and planet) forming regions and planetologists working on the origin of the solar system. A common conference bringing all together these communities should provide a better understanding of the cycle of gas and dust from old stars to young ones, in particular, to our young Sun and its planetary system.  The conference « Blowing In the Wind »  in 2016 has addressed the dynamical aspects. The 2017 conference about « Star Formation in Different environments » focusses on how stars form. This third conference is dedicated to the gas and dust physico-chemistry and evolution. We will review the molecular and dust contents of envelopes and shells around SuperNovae, AGB and planetary nebulae as those of diffuse, cold and giant molecular clouds. Special sessions will be also dedicated to the origin of material building our own Solar System (meteorite studies, Rosetta results, …). High-resolution spectroscopy provides unique information on the chemical compositions, the physical conditions, and the dynamics, in the different media from old star environments to protoplanetary disks. Thanks to its sensitivity and resolving power, ALMA is now allowing us to follow the evolution of matter along the cosmic cycle in our Galaxy and therefore such a conference is very timely. Since many Vietnamese astronomers use mm astronomy facilities to study the stellar environments, ICISE in Quy Nhon (Vietnam) is an excellent meeting point to bring international astronomers  together on this quickly evolving domain.

The conference will consist of plenary sessions with reviews, invited talks and oral presentations, (solicitated or selected from abstract submission). Special emphasis is being placed on active participation by young researchers and post-docs. Since the audience of the conference will be very broad, a large fraction of time will be dedicated to review talks.  The best poster will be awarded a prize. 

Science Organisation Committee

  • Anne Dutrey (Université de Bordeaux, France) (Co-Chair)
  • Pham Ngoc Diep (Vietnam National Space Center, Vietnam) (Co-Chair)
  • Dominique Bockelée-Morvan (Observatoire de Paris, France)
  • Edwige Chapillon (IRAM/LAB, France)
  • Young Chol Minh (Korea Astronomy & Space Science Inst, Korea)
  • Pierre Cox (JAO,Chile)
  • Maryvonne Gerin (Observatoire de Paris, France)
  • Masahiko Hayashi (NAOJ, Japan)
  • Eric Herbst (University of Virginia, USA)
  • Paul Ho (ASIAA, Taiwan)
  • Anthony Jones (IAS, France)
  • Thibaut Le Bertre (Observatoire de Paris, France)
  • Lynn Matthews (MIT Haystack Observatory, USA) 
  • Karl Menten (MPIfR, Germany)
  • Quang Nguyen-Luong (Korea Astronomy & Space science Inst, Korea)
  • Nicola Schneider (University of Cologne, Germany)
  • Eva Villaver (UAM, Spain)
  • Al Wootten (NRAO, USA)

Local Organisation Committee

  • Pierre Gratier (Université de Bordeaux, France)
  • Jean Tran Thanh Van (Rencontres du Vietnam, France)
  • Pham Tuan-Anh (Vietnam National Space Center, Vietnam) 
  • Audrey Coutens (Université de Bordeaux, France)


For general questions, contact:

For questions regarding the scientific program contact:
Anne Dutrey and  Pham Ngoc Diep

For administrative information contact:
Aimie Fong
Secretary of the Rencontres du Vietnam
BP 33
Gif sur Yvette
Tel : 33 (0)1 69 28 51 35


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