IAU Symposia

IAUS 289: Advancing the physics of cosmic distances

Start date/time

August 27, 2012

End date/time

August 31, 2012


China, Nanjing


Richard de Grijs

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Coordinating Division

Division VII Galactic System

SOC Co-Chairs: Richard de Grijs (China Nanjing), Giuseppe Bono (Italy)

SOC Members: Susan Cartwright (United Kingdom), Robin Ciardullo (United States), Andrei Dambis (Russian Federation), Michael Feast (South Africa), Wendy Freedman (United States), Wolfgang Gieren (Chile), Martin Groenewegen (Belgium), Jeremy Mould (Australia), Carme Jordi (Spain), Mark Reid (United States), Myung-Hyun Rhee (Korea, Rep of), Don VandenBerg (Canada), Rogier Windhorst (United States), Ye Xu (China Nanjing)

 Editors of Proceedings: Richard de Grijs (China Nanjing), Giuseppe Bono (Italy)


  • The solar neighborhood (mostly direct methods, focus on physics in all cases)
  • From the Milky Way to the Local Group (direct and indirect methods; calibration of distance tracers)
  • Reaching Virgo cluster distances and beyond (more general methods applicable to galaxy systems)                     
  • From nearby galaxies to cosmological distances (distance measurements beyond the reasonably robust regime)
  • Common uncertainties and pitfalls; Exciting new developments and future prospects in the era of new technological developments


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