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CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS — "The Interplay Between Gas and Gravitational Dynamics"

The 16th International Conference on Modeling and Observing DEnse STellar systems (MODEST-16 NYC)
Tuesday September 6 — Friday September 9, 2016
New York City, USA

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We are pleased to announce the 16th international conference on Modeling and Observing DEnse STellar systems, "The Interplay Between Gas and Gravitational Dynamics," co-sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History.  It will be held at the American Museum of Natural History, NYC, from Tuesday, September 6 through Friday September 9, 2016.

This interdisciplinary conference will explore the complicated interaction between gas and stars in dense stellar environments, including open and globular star clusters, nuclear star clusters and galactic nuclei, dwarf galaxies, etc., with an emphasis on numerical techniques.  The meeting aims to bring together theorists and observers in order to develop realistic simulations motivated by state-of-the-art observations of dense stellar systems.

Scholars from multiple disciplines within the broader astrophysical community are invited to present and discuss their work on the interaction between gas and stars.  The focus of the meeting will be the development of numerical and simulation-based techniques capable of integrating gas hydrodynamics into existing N-body codes.  This subject is at the forefront of modern astrophysics research, and represents the next big step in our computational capabilities.

Keynote Speakers

  • Opening:


Monday, September 5, evening


Grand Central Terminal

Thursday, September 8, afternoon

Important Dates:

  • June 15, 2016: Deadline for submission of abstracts.
  • June 30, 2016: Announcement of provisional program.
  • July 1, 2016: Conference registration opens for successful submissions.
  • July 31, 2016: Deadline for early registration and revision of abstracts.
  • August 1, 2016: Late registration begins.


Fees include coffee and snacks during the conference, and the conference dinner (September 8) and tour (September 7).

  • $250 (payment by July 31)
  • $300 (payment on or after August 1)

Additional Details:

Attendance is limited to 40 participants. Submission of abstracts has been extended, and is now open until June 15, 2016.

Conference registration will thereafter be offered to those whose abstracts were selected by the Scientific Organizing Committee.

The Conference will be held in the American Museum of Natural History, on the Upper West Side of New York City.  The Museum is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition.  The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.