Illuminating the Dusty Universe: A Tribute to the Work of Bruce Draine

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Conference: Illuminating the Dusty Universe: A Tribute to the Work of Bruce Draine
Dates:   July 6-10, 2020
Venue: Galileo Galilei Institute for Theoretical Physics, Garbasso Building, Florence, Italy
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  • From catalyzing the formation of molecules, to building up planets, to tracing cosmic star formation rates, dust has an outsized impact on the astrophysics and observational properties of the Universe. This conference is dedicated to both the nature of dust--what is it made of? where and how does it form and evolve?--and to the role dust plays in astrophysics, both directly and as a diagnostic tool. We seek to bring together a diverse set of perspectives on dust, including laboratory astrophysics, meteoritics, astrochemistry, optics, and observational astronomy across the electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Few have contributed more to illuminating our own understanding of the dusty universe than Bruce Draine of Princeton University. As we discuss the physics and astrophysics of dust, we will also celebrate his past and ongoing work in this field as well as the enduring collaborations and friendships formed along the way. The conference will be held in the beautiful and historic Arcetri district in Firenze, Italy, where Bruce spent many a sabbatical and wrote much of his text Physics of the Interstellar and Intergalactic Medium.


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The meeting will take place 6-20 July 2020, in Florence, Italy in the Garbasso Building at the Galileo Galilei Institute for Theoretical Physics

Galileo Galilei Institute for Theoretical Physics

Galileo Galilei Institute for Theoretical Physics


The organisers are committed to making this meeting productive and enjoyable for everyone involved, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, nationality, physical appearance, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion or sexual orientation. 

We adopt the Code of Conduct for the ESO workshops and conference, available on this page. Participants are expected to adhere to these guidelines.


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