Workshop Details
Molecular astrophysics: recent successes and future challenges
03/18/2024 - 03/22/2024
Meeting Description:

The full exploitation of astrophysical spectra requires molecular data relevant to the physical and chemical processes that occur in astronomical objects. Toward this end, the scientific community has undertaken major efforts in recent years, both experimental and theoretical. In this workshop, we will bring together scientists from the molecular astrophysics and physical chemistry communities. There have been many studies of the spectroscopic signatures, chemical reactions, gas-surface interactions, and collisional energy transfer processes of molecules detected in space. Much of this work has not been motivated by astrophysics. Exposing chemists to the issues raised by the astrophysical community will be one goal of the proposed workshop. A second, parallel goal, will be to increase astronomers’ awareness of the capabilities and limitations of the methods developed by experimental and theoretical chemists. The informality of a Telluride workshop will facilitate this cross disciplinary interaction. Similar interactions have already proven to be invaluable in the field of combustion.

An important outcome will be the discussion of what new studies need to be done on modelling chemical processes involving interstellar molecules and the exploration of what molecular data are currently missing that are crucially needed for astrophysical modelling.


Instead of the traditional TSRC picnic, the organizers and TSRC have subsidized a group dinner at a nice restaurant in town.

The registration fee includes breakfast on each workshop day.

We wish to ensure an intimate workshop setting, with no more than 20 to 25 participants. If you are interested in attending, but have not received an invitation, please contact the workshop organizer before registering.

Telluride Science is about expanding the frontiers of science, exploring new ideas, and building collaborations. The workshop schedule will allow for substantial unstructured time for participants to talk and think. All participants are expected to stay for the entire duration of the workshop. Scientists are encouraged to consider bringing family or friends. Telluride offers a number of options for children's camps (including Telluride Academy, Aha School for the Arts, and Pinhead Institute). There is more information on childcare, camps, and family activities on Telluride Science's website. Feel free to contact Telluride Science's staff to help with any planning and/or coordinating care.

Meeting Venue:

Telluride Depot
300 South Townsend St., Telluride, CO 81435
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Meeting Details:

Workshop Price: $ 449.00
Early Bird Lodging Discount Available Until: 12/15/2023

A $100.00 discount is applied to your lodging cost when you register before 12/15/2023.

Cancellation Policy: Once a credit card has been charged, cancelled registrations will be subject to a cancellation fee. Registration fees will be automatically processed once registration is complete. A $25 cancellation fee will be retained from a registration refund. Lodging fee payments will be processed 60 days prior to arrival, and a $100 cancellation fee will apply if cancellations occur after a lodging fee payment is completed. Telluride Science can only guarantee a refund for the remaining lodging fees if requested prior to the cancellation deadline that is specific to each lodging provider. Telluride Science recommends that participants purchase travel insurance to protect against unforeseen, last-minute travel plan changes.

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