Aims of the meeting
TASC3/KASC10 will highlight recent results from asteroseismology – in particular from Kepler and K2 – and how those results are challenging theory in the domains of stellar evolution, exoplanet and Galactic research; and will also provide a critical opportunity to focus on preparations for the upcoming launch of the NASA TESS Mission so as to maximize its asteroseismic potential. One of the legacies of the meeting will be a significant role in shaping the science programme of the TESS Asteroseismic Science Consortium (TASC). Additionally, we hope to inform final decisions on the target selection to optimize the opportunities to fully leverage the science potential of asteroseismic studies with TESS.
The workshop will be structured around a set of major science questions or themes, which also cut across the activities of the different working groups in TASC. During a session late in the workshop programme we will discuss and reflect on how activities in TASC can address the challenges posed by the major questions and themes discussed at length during the course of the week.
Scientific Organising Committee
Bill Chaplin (Chair, Birmingham)
Conny Aerts (Leuven)
Tom Barclay (NASA Ames)
Sarbani Basu (Yale)
Tim Bedding (Sydney)
Joergen Christensen-Dalsgaard (Aarhus)
Margarida Cunha (Porto)
Boris Gaensicke (Warwick)
Marie-Jo Goupil (Meudon)
Steve Kawaler (Iowa State)
Hans Kjeldsen (Aarhus)
Dave Latham (Harvard)
Andrea Miglio (Birmingham)
Arlette Noels (Liege)
Robert Szabo (Konkoly)
Local Organising Committee
Bill Chaplin (Chair)
Below is a list of registered attendees for the conference. Attendees are listed alphabetically:
| Aarslev Magnus Johan || SAC Aarhus University |
| Aerts Conny || KU Leuven |
| Ahlborn Felix ||Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research |
| Aigrain Suzanne || Oxford Astrophysics |
| Alecian Evelyne || IPAG - Université Grenoble Alpes |
| Amado Pedro || Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía-CSIC |
| Andre Quentin || CEA Saclay |
| Antoci Victoria || SAC Aarhus University |
| Appourchaux Thierry || Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale |
| Bakowska Karolina || Nicolaus Copernicus, Warsaw |
| Ball Warrick || University of Birmingham |
| Ballot Jerome || IRAP/CNRS/U. de Toulouse |
| Barban Caroline || LESIA Paris Observatory |
| Barclay Tom || NASA Goddard Space Flight Center |
| Barentsen Geert || NASA Kepler/K2 |
| Basu Sarbani || Yale University |
| Beck Paul || Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias |
| Bedding Tim || University of Sydney |
| Belkacem Kevin || LESIA Paris Observatory |
| Bellinger Earl || Yale University |
| Benbakoura Mansour || CEA Saclay |
| Benomar Othman || New York University Abu Dhabi |
| Bigot Lionel || Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur |
| Biro Barna Imre || Baja Observatory |
| Bódi Attila || Konkoly Observatory, MTA CSFK |
| Bókon András || University of Szeged |
| Bossini Diego || University of Birmingham |
| Bowman Dominic || KU Leuven |
| Broomhall Anne-Marie || University of Warwick |
| Brunsden Emily || University of York |
| Buldgen Gaël || Université de Liège |
| Buzasi Derek || Florida Gulf Coast University |
| Campante Tiago || University of Gö ttingen |
| Casagrande Luca || Australian National University |
| Chaplin William || University of Birmingham |
| Charpinet Stéphane || IRAP/CNRS/U. de Toulouse |
| Chen Xinghao || YNAO |
| Christensen-Dalsgaard Jørgen || SAC Aarhus University |
| Christophe Steven || LESIA Paris Observatory |
| Corsaro Enrico || INAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania |
| Creevey Orlagh || Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur |
| Cunha Margarida || IA, University of Porto |
| Davies Guy || University of Birmingham |
| De Cat Peter || Royal Observatory Belgium |
| de Franciscis Sebastiano || Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía-CSIC |
| De Gerónimo Francisco || Universidad Nacional de La Plata |
| de Montellano Andres || Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research |
| de Ridder Joris || KU Leuven |
| Deheuvels Sebastien || IRAP Toulouse |
| den Hartogh Jacqueline || Keele University |
| Derekas Aliz || ELTE Gothard Astrophysical Observatory |
| Di Mauro Maria Pia || INAF-IAPS Rome |
| Dressing Courtney || Caltech |
| Dupret Marc-Antoine || University of Liège |
| Eggenberger Patrick || Université de Genève |
| Elsworth Yvonne || University of Birmingham |
| Fernando Ben || University of Oxford |
| Gehan Charlotte || LESIA Paris Observatory |
| Giammichele Noemi || IRAP/CNRS/U. de Toulouse |
| Gilmore Gerry || IoA Cambridge |
| Goupil Marie-Jo || LESIA Paris Observatory |
| Grundahl Frank || SAC Aarhus University |
| Grunblatt Samuel || University of Hawaii |
| Guo Zhao || Nicolaus Copernicus, Warsaw |
| Hale Steven || University of Birmingham |
| Hall Oliver || University of Birmingham |
| Hambleton Kelly || Villanova University |
| Handberg Rasmus || SAC Aarhus University |
| Handler Gerald || Nicolaus Copernicus, Warsaw |
| Hartig Erich || University of Vienna |
| Hedges Christina || Guest Observer Office|
| Hekker Saskia || Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research |
| Hermes JJ || University of North Carolina |
| Hon Marc Teng Yen || UNSW Sydney |
| Hong Kyeongsoo || Korea Astronomy & Space Science Institute |
| Houdek Günter || SAC Aarhus University |
| Howe Rachel || University of Birmingham |
| Huber Daniel || University of Hawaii |
| Jeon Young-Beom || Korea Astronomy & Space Science Institute |
| Jevtic Nada || Bloomsburg University |
| Johnson Jennifer ||Ohio State University |
| Jørgensen Andreas Christ Sølvsten Jørgensen || Max Planck Institute |
| Jurua Edward || Mbarara Univeristy of Science & Technology |
| Kallinger Thomas || University of Vienna |
| Kamiaka Shoya || University of Tokyo |
| Kanbur Shashi || SUNY Oswego |
| Kawaler Steve || Iowa State University |
| Kiefer René || Kiepenheuer Institute for Solar Physics |
| Kim Kibeom || Kyungpook National University |
| Kiss Laszlo || Konkoly Observatory, MTA CSFK |
| Kjeldsen Hans || SAC Aarhus University |
| Kolenberg Katrien || University of Antwerp, KU Leuven |
| Koo Jae-Rim || Korea Astronomy & Space Science Institute |
| Kuehn Charles || University of Northern Colorado |
| Kurtz Donald || University of Central Lancashire |
| Kuszlewicz James || University of Birmingham |
| Lampens Patricia || Royal Observatory Belgium |
| Lares-Martiz Mariel || Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía-CSIC |
| Latham David || Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics |
| Lee Jae Woo || Korea Astronomy & Space Science Institute |
| Li Yan || YNAO |
| Li Gang || University of Sydney |
| Li Tanda || University of Sydney |
| Ligi Roxanne || INAF OA-Brera |
| Loi Shyeh Tjing (Cleo) || DAMTP Univeristy of Cambridge |
| Luan Jing || University of California at Berkeley |
| Lund Mikkel || University of Birmingham |
| Lundkvist Mia Sloth || LSW University of Heidelberg |
| Metcalfe Travis || White Dwarf Research Corp |
| Miglio Andrea || University of Birmingham |
| Mirouh Giovanni || SISSA Trieste |
| Molnar Laszlo || Konkoly Observatory, MTA CSFK |
| Moskalik Pawel || Nicolaus Copernicus, Warsaw |
| Mosser Benoit || LESIA Paris Observatory |
| Mosumgaard Jakob Rørsted || SAC Aarhus University |
| Moya Andres || University of Granada & Centre of Astrobiology (INTA-CSIC) |
| Murphy Simon || University of Sydney |
| Netzel Henryka || Nicolaus Copernicus, Warsaw|
| Nielsen Martin || New York University Abu Dhabi |
| North Thomas || University of Birmingham |
| Nsamba Benard || IA, University of Porto |
| Ouazzani Rhita-Maria || LESIA Paris Observatory |
| Pedersen May Gade || KU Leuven |
| Pepper Joshua || Lehigh University |
| Pereira Filipe || IA, University of Porto |
| Pinsonneault Marc || Ohio State University |
| Plachy Emese || Konkoly Observatory, MTA CSFK |
| Polinska Magdalena || Institute Astronomical Observatory, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan |
| Prat Vincent || CEA Saclay |
| Prsa Andrej || Villanova University |
| Reese Daniel || LESIA Paris Observatory |
| Rendle Ben || University of Birmingham |
| Ricker George || MIT |
| Roxburgh Ian || Queen Mary University of London |
| Salabert David || CEA Saclay|
| Salaris Maurizio || ARI - Liverpool John Moores University |
| Santos Angela || IA, University of Porto |
| Schofield Mathew || University of Birmingham |
| Scott Laura || Keele University |
| Sekaran Sanjay || KU Leuven |
| Serenelli Aldo || Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC) |
| Shutt Thomas || University of York |
| Silva Aguirre Victor || SAC Aarhus University |
| Skarka Marek || Konkoly Observatory, MTA CSFK |
| Sowicka Paulina || Nicolaus Copernicus, Warsaw |
| Stello Dennis || UNSW Sydney |
| Stokholm Amalie || SAC Aarhus University |
| Szewczuk Wojciech || Astronomical Institute of the Wroclaw University |
| Tayar Jamie || Ohio State University |
| Thomas Alexandra || University of Birmingham |
| Toonen Silvia || Amsterdam |
| Trampedach Regner || SAC Aarhus University |
| Triaud Amaury || University of Birmingham |
| Trust Otto || Mbarara Univeristy of Science & Technology |
| Valentini Marica || Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik |
| van Saders Jennifer || Carnegie Observatories |
| Verma Kuldeep || SAC Aarhus University |
| Viani Lucas || Yale University |
| Vrard Mathieu || IA, University of Porto |
| White Tim || SAC Aarhus University |
| Wu Tao || YNAO |
| Yildiz Mutlu || Ege University |
| Yu Jie || University of Sydney |
List updated: 22/06/2017, Number of attendees: 163.
The key dates and deadlines for the TASC3/KASC10 conference are as follows:
February 13: Registration opens
May 3: Deadline for submitting abstracts for talks NOW CLOSED
May 12: Early registration and University accommodation deadlines NOW CLOSED
June 2: Deadline for submitting abstracts for posters NOW CLOSED
June 16: Deadline for registration NOW CLOSED
July 16: Conference opens with Ice Breaker
- How do I transfer my talk to the venue's computer?
You can copy it to the computer using a USB drive or you can
Dropbox File Request prior to your session.
You will be prompted for your name and email address when you upload the talk. This dropbox will be visible
only to the LOC.
- What presentation formats can I use on the venue's computer?
PDF or anything that PowerPoint can load (e.g. .ppt and .odp).
- Can I use my own laptop to present?
We recommend that you use the desktop computer in the lecture
theatre. We plan to stream the meeting, as per previous
TASC/KASC meetings. You can use your own computer but we will
not be able to stream your slides. If you must use your own
computer, you can connect it via HDMI or VGA and there are power
outlets available for presenters on the lectern.
You should also check in advance that your talk displays OK on the projector etc.
- I don't want my talk to be streamed. What should I do?
Just inform a member of the LOC as soon as possible
and we will disable the streaming service during your
- Will there be a microphone for speakers?
Yes. Speakers will have a lapel microphone and there will be
two roaming microphones for questions.
- What size should my poster be?
- Can I print my poster at the University of Birmingham to collect when I arrive?
Yes. You can order an A0 paper/fabric poster for 20/30 GBP
from the University's Central Print service and collect from
the Print Me
shop in the University Centre on campus 48 hours later
is your responsibility to order and collect
the poster! You can pay with cash or card when you collect your
Central Print directly to arrange this and
ask Warrick Ball
for the discount code. Note that the print shop is closed over
- One-minute poster presenters
If you chose to give a one-minute poster talk, we will
contact you directly with more information.
Travel, venue and accommodation
The conference will take place on the main campus of the University of
Birmingham, a few miles south of the centre of Birmingham, the UK's
second city. The University has its own train station, served up to
six times per hour by trains from central Birmingham. The campus is
an easy walk from University accommodation at Chamberlain Hall.
Birmingham International Airport, about 10 km east of the city, is
frequently served by trains to the city centre (Birmingham New St) and
offers flights to major airports in Europe and beyond.
If you are arriving at London, there is a frequent train service from London Euston railway station to New Street Station (journey time around 1 hour 30 minutes). From Heathrow Airport, take the Heathrow Express train to Paddington Station and then the Underground or a taxi to Euston Station. Alternatively, an Airbus runs from Heathrow Airport direct to Euston Station. From Gatwick Airport, take the Airport Express train to Victoria Station and then the Underground or a taxi to Euston Station.
See also the following travel pages on the University of Birmingham website.
All important conference locations are shown on this Google Map.
Conference registration and check-in for University accommodation
- Where do I register for the conference when I arrive?
If you are attending the Ice Breaker on the Sunday, there
will be a registration desk in the Bramall foyer (see
Getting Around, below) that is open between 17.30 and
20.00. If you have a poster, you will also be able to put
this up on Sunday evening (again, see Getting Around,
below). From Monday to Friday, you can register at the
conference hub (see below).
- Where do I check-in to the University accommodation?
Check-in is available at Chamberlain Hall itself
(address: Church Rd Birmingham B15 3AS) at any time of
If you are attending the Ice Breaker on Sunday evening,
you can check-in there instead between 17.30 and 20.00.
You will be able to leave your luggage in the cloakroom,
which will be staffed throughout the event.
- Where on campus are the conference venue and Ice Breaker?
The on-campus venues are all very close to the Clock
Tower, which dominates the centre of campus. If you head
towards the Clock Tower, you can't go wrong!
Talks will be in the main lecture theatre (S02) on the
top floor of the Physics Poynting Building (R13
maps). The entrance to the building is on the south
side, opposite the Nuffield Building (R9), and will have
signs outside. There will also be a member of the LOC
around on Monday morning. The conference hub will be in
the Physics Museum room (S04), right next to the main
theatre. Posters will be in the Bridge Study Room
(between R13 and R15) while tea/coffee and lunch will be
served both in the Bridge Study Room and in the Physics
Coffee lounge, on the same floor as the main theatre. All
areas will be clearly signed.
The Ice Breaker will be held in foyer of the nearby
Bramall Music building (R12).
- How do I get to the conference venue from the city centre?
Depending on which is nearest, we recommend taking the
train to the University station (UNI) from either
Birmingham New Street (BHM) or Five Ways (FWY). Trains
will be heading towards Longbridge or Redditch and run
roughly every 10 minutes. From New Street, University is
the second stop (after Five Ways) and the journey takes
about 7 minutes. Some longer distance trains from New
Street (e.g. towards Hereford) also stop at University, in
which case University is the first stop.
A return ticket, valid at any time of day, costs 3 GBP.
The conference venue will be signposted from University
station and a member of the LOC will be at the station on
Sunday evening and Monday morning.
The map below shows the route from the train station to the
Bramall Music Building (R12, for the Ice Breaker) and the
conference venue (R13, Poynting Building).
- How often do trains run to and from University station?
Roughly every 10 minutes to and from Five Ways and Birmingham
New Street. Live departure boards can be viewed online:
New Street (BHM). Trains towards the city centre depart
from platform 1.
- How do I get to the conference venue from University accommodation?
The walk to campus is straightforward and takes about 20
minutes. The Google Map below shows the route, which runs mostly
along Edgbaston Park Rd. By clicking on the map, you can also
choose the public transport option to see bus routes.
Buses X64 and 98 go towards the University from the
corner of Church Rd and Arthur Rd. Get off at stops School
of Education or University North Gate, from which the
conference rooms are a 5 minute walk.
Do not board buses at the University
accommodation that have been specifically arranged for the
Institute of Physics conference that's also happening on
campus (see At the Conference, below). These buses are
exclusively for the delegates of that meeting.
- How do I get to the city from the airport?
Getting the train is a straightfoward and most popular
option. A free monorail shuttle connects the airport to
the train station (Birmingham International) from which
trains to Birmingham New Street (the city's main central
station) run about every 15 minutes. You can buy tickets
from the ticket machines at the train station for at most
about 4 GBP one-way. The train journey takes about 10 to
Trains between the airport from Birmingham New Street
operate roughly from 6 AM until midnight. For detailed
timetables, you can find more information on
A taxi to the city centre or the University accommodation
will cost about 40 GBP.
- How do I get to the University accommodation from the airport?
We suggest first getting to the city centre (see above) and
- hiring a taxi (our recommendation),
- taking a train one stop to Five Ways and walking one mile,
- taking a train two stops to University and walking just over a mile, or
- taking buses X64 or 98 (hop off at Church Rd).
At Birmingham New Street station, there is also a long taxi
rank just outside, in the direction of the Bullring shopping
- Is there transport for the excursions?
Yes. We will communicate the details each day during the
- Where should I eat?
Central Birmingham has more eateries than we can possibly
list here. The city
dubbed the UK's gastro-capital! Near the University accommodation, your options are mainly:
Oak (the main student area).
St, along which there are many restaurants. The Five
Ways roundabout at the South end of Broad St is an easy 15
minute walk from the University accommodation.
Specific recommendations in Harborne:
For those who are so inclined, there are two Michelin-starred restaurants near the University accommodation:
The detailed science programme is available here
Structure of the programme
Click on the image below to open the structure of the programme as a pdf.
The workshop will be structured around four main themes:
- Challenges for Understanding the Structure and Evolution of Exoplanet Systems
- Challenges for Studies of Stellar Evolution & Stellar Interiors Physics
- Challenges for Understanding Stellar Evolution in Binary/Multiple/Interacting Systems
- Challenges for Stellar Populations and Galactic Archaeology Studies
Each theme has a review talk on the first day, to address progress and challenges for that area; and associated session time during the week, including invited and contributed talks. There are also review and invited talks on TESS, TASC, TASC Working Group 0 (which has been tasked with producing analysis-ready TESS lightcurves for TASC), Gaia and PLATO.
On Thursday afternoon we will have a special TASC session, in which the TASC Working Groups will present and discuss the potential that TESS offers for them under each of the four main themes (30 min per group, including time for discussion), and issues relating to target selection and data requirements. We have also scheduled time on Thursday morning (1.5 hours) to have parallel Working Group sessions.
On Friday morning there will also be an open plenary discussion session, in which we will reflect on the opportunities and challenges raised during the week (in particular TASC target selection).
Confirmed invited speakers
- Suzanne Aigrain (Oxford)
- Evelyne Alecian (Grenoble)
- Kevin Belkacem (Meudon)
- Luca Casagrande (ANU)
- Joris De Ridder (Leuven)
- Courtney Dressing (Caltech)
- Patrick Eggenberger (Geneva)
- Yvonne Elsworth (Birmingham)
- Gerry Gilmore (Cambridge)
- JJ Hermes (North Carolina)
- Dan Huber (Hawaii)
- Hans Kjeldsen (Aaarhus)
- Mikkel Lund & Rasmus Handberg (Aaarhus)
- Emese Plachy (Konkoly)
- Andrej Prsa (Villanova)
- George Ricker (MIT)
- Maurizio Salaris (Liverpool)
- Silvia Toonen (Amsterdam)
Social Events & Public Lecture
On Tuesday 18th July at 19:00 Professor Yvonne Elsworth will be giving the conference public lecture "Good Vibrations – taking the pulse of a star", which is sponsored by the Institute of Physics (IoP).
See IOPEveningLectures for more information and to book your ticket.
Registration is still OPEN. Please read the following information carefully before you commit your registration. The link to confirm your registration can be found at the end of the page. During registration, there will be options for accompanying persons, as well as your menu choice and any dietary requirements for the conference dinner. The registration fees and deadlines are listed below:
The registration fee includes tea/coffee breaks and all lunches, as well as all social events (Sunday evening Ice Breaker, Monday evening Mixer, Wednesday afternoon excursion and Thursday evening Conference Dinner).
- Early registration (up to 12th May) - £320 NOW CLOSED
- Registration (13th May to 16th June) - £360
No longer available
May be booked via the "HOTEL ACCOMMODATION" link at the bottom of this page.
If you require a visa to enter the UK, after you have registered we will send you a general invitation letter confirming that you will be attending the conference.
Note that the UK Government stipulates that this letter must include your date of birth. We ask for this information during registration.
Please note that the requirements to enter the United Kingdom on academic business are becoming more stringent and you should register and apply as soon as possible to ensure the visa application is processed before the conference starts.
At the conference
- Who can I ask for help?
Members of the LOC will be recognizable via their bright orange
lanyards and conference t-shirts.
- Why are there so many people on campus?
Be aware that there is another conference happening on campus
(the Institute of Physics' International Conference on Women in
Physics) at the same time as TASC3/KASC10. Only follow signs
specifically for TASC3/KASC10!
- Where are the breakout rooms?
The Physics Coffee Lounge and Bridge Study room have plenty of
space for informal meetings. We have also booked breakout
would like to book a room,
us or speak to a member of the LOC during the
- lecture theatre S06, next to the Physics Museum in Poynting;
- rooms G07, G13, G17, G18, G19 and G22 in the nearby
Nuffield building (R9 on campus maps).
- How do I connect to the Wifi?
You can connect either via eduroam or the local guest network.
To connect to eduroam, please look up details at your local
institution. For the local guest network, connect to the
network WiFiGuest on your device and follow the
If you are staying in the University accommodation, Wifi access
is the same as on campus.
- Where can I recharge my laptop/phone/etc.?
There are in essence no sockets in the main lecture theatre.
If you would like to leave your laptop to charge, you can leave it
at the conference hub, which will be staffed for all the sessions.
There are also sockets at the lecture theatre side of the upstairs
lunch/coffee area (Coffee Lounge) and plugs along both walls of
the poster are (Bridge Study Room). No-one will be monitoring
these locations so do not leave anything unattended in
these unstaffed areas.
- Is the meeting being streamed?
Yes! We plan to stream the meeting, as per previous TASC/KASC
meetings. Details will be posted before the meeting.
If you are presenting and do not want your
presentation to be streamed, please inform a member of the LOC as
soon as possible.
- Where can I print my boarding pass (or anything else) during the meeting?
Ask a member of the LOC or go to the conference hub (in the
museum next to the main lecture theatre).
- Where can I get a certificate of attendance and/or an
The registration pack will include a certificate of attendance
(to prove attendance) and an invoice (to prove payment).