Open Forum: The Challenges Ahead

Update 04/09/2018: The comments and suggestions have been received and put together into a brief presentation, a PDF copy of which can be downloaded here.  We may post an updated version before the second Open Forum, which is scheduled for Thursday 06/09/2018.

Update 06/09/2018: You can now download (here) the summary of the first Open Forum discussion session.


On Tuesday (4 Sept.) and Thursday (6 Sept.) from 16:50 to 17:30, we will hold an “Open forum” discussion entitled “The Challenges Ahead”.

We solicit your input on the following questions:

  • What are the most important unsolved problems in star formation?
  • What do you expect will be the biggest challenges in our areas of research during the next decades?
  • What tools and approaches will be needed to address these issues?

You can submit your top-three topics as a short e-mail to John Bally before the meeting

(john.bally [at]

Alternatively, you can write your topics on the the sheet that will be handed out during registration. (To be turned-in during registration, or no latter than by the end of Mon- day’s session.) The SOC will down-select the most compelling topics to be discussed Tuesday and Thursday.

Finally, since this is an open forum, topics will also be accepted during the discussion session.

The proposers of the chosen topics may be asked to make a short (2 to 3 min.) presen- tation (verbal only) during the discussion.

Think big and be creative.

Last updated: 06 Sep 2018 at 14:46