IAU Regional Meetings

SpS3: Galaxy evolution through secular processes

Start date/time

August 20, 2012

End date/time

August 24, 2012


China Nanjing


Ron Buta

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Coordinating Division

Division VIII Galaxies & the Universe

SOC Co-Chairs: Ronald J. Buta (United States), Daniel Pfenniger (Switzerland)

SOC Members: John Kormendy (United States), Simon White (Germany), Kenneth C. Freeman (Australia), Xiaolei Zhang (United States), Robert C. Kennicutt (United Kingdom), Eija Laurikainen (Finland), Jerry Sellwood (United States), Juntai Shen (China Nanjing), Reynier Peletier (Netherlands), Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro (Spain), Johan Knapen (Spain), Lia Athanassoula (France),  Bruce G. Elmegreen (United States), Françoise Combes (France) 

Editors of Proceedings: Ronald J. Buta (United States), Daniel Pfenniger (Switzerland) 


  • Observational evidence of secular evolution in Milky Way/other galaxies
  • Influence of internal/external perturbations
  • bulges/disks stellar populations
  • Star formation, recycling, chem evol.
  • Early vs late-type galaxies
  • Theoretical mechanisms
  • Lambda-CDM model vs secular evolution
  • Role of collective effects
  • Results of numerical simulations
  • Implications new instruments/surveys

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