IAU symposium 314:
Young Stars & Planets Near the Sun

Research over the past two decades has led to the discovery of hundreds of young stars within 100 parsecs of the Sun. Many of these stars have been classified as members of kinematic “moving groups”, whose ages range from an extremely youthful (by astrophysical standards) 8 million years, up to a still very young 200 million years. Because these groups represent the closest young stars to the Earth, they constitute the best sample available to investigate the early evolution of low-­mass to intermediate-mass stars. Their members represent the most convenient targets with which to obtain direct information on the conditions and timescales associated with the evolution of circumstellar disks, and the subsequent formation and early physical and dynamical evolution of planetary systems.

This symposium of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) will bring together scientists working on nearby young stars from multiple research perspectives, and from all over the world. The meeting will feature sessions on the identification, ages, and origins of nearby young stars, new constraints these young stars put on theories of early stellar evolution, the dispersal of protoplanetary disks and the origins of debris disks, and the early evolution of planetary systems. Scientists will also discuss the prospects for advances in the study of nearby young stars and planets resulting from new and future large astronomical observatories on Earth and in space (e.g., ALMA, GAIA, GPI, SPHERE, JWST).

Presentations made during the symposium (talks and posters) are available in the form of PDF files. These files can be accessed under the link below:


Conference Dates and Location

Monday, May 11, 2015 – Friday, May 15, 2015 Georgia State University
Student*University Center
44 Courtland Street SE
Atlanta, GA 30303