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)
Andrea Miglio
Guy Davies
Yvonne Elsworth
Warrick Ball
Jo Cox
Tiago Campante
Steve Hale
Oliver Hall
Rachel Howe
Caitlin Jones
James Kuszlewicz
Mikkel Lund
Thomas North
Ben Rendle
Mat Schofield

Participants List

Below is a list of registered attendees for the conference. Attendees are listed alphabetically:

Andrea Miglio, University of Birmingham
Andreas Christ Sølvsten Jørgensen, Max Planck Institut für Astrophysik
Ben Rendle, University of Birmingham
Benard Nsamba, CAUP Porto
Courtney Dressing, Caltech
Dominic Bowman, KU Leuven
Don Kurtz, University of Central Lancashire
Earl Bellinger, Yale University
Edward Jurua, Mbarara University of Science and Technology
Erich Hartig, University of Vienna
Felix Ahlborn, Max Planck Institute
Filipe Pereira, CAUP Porto
Gang Li, University of Sydney
Gerald Handler, Nicolaus Copernicus, Warsaw
Gerry Gilmore, IoA Cambridge
Guy Davies, University of Birmingham
Hans Kjeldsen, SAC Aarhus University
Ian Roxburgh, Queen Mary University
Jae Woo Lee, Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute
Jae-Rim Koo, Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute
Jakob R Mosumgaard, SAC Aarhus University
James Kuszlewicz, University of Birmingham
Jie Yu, University of Sydney
Kyeongsoo Hong, Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute
Lucas Viani, Yale University
Margarida Cunha, CAUP Porto
Marica Valentini, Leibniz-Institut fur Astro
Mathieu Vrard, CAUP Porto
Matthew Schofield, University of Birmingham
Mikkel Lund, SAC Aarhus University
Oliver Hall, University of Birmingham
Otto Trust, Mbarara University of Science and Technology
Patrick Eggenberger, Universite de Geneve
Paulina Sowicka, Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center Warsaw
Rachel Howe, University of Birmingham
Regner Trampedach, SAC Aarhus University & Space Science Institute
Sarbani Basu, Yale University
Saskia Hekker, Max Planck
Shashi Kanbur, SUNY Oswego
Shyeh Tjing Loi DAMTP, University of Cambridge
Silvia Toonen, Amsterdam
Steven Hale, University of Birmingham
Tanda Li, University of Sydney
Tao Wu, YNAO
Thomas North, University of Birmingham
Tiago Campante, University of Gottingen
Tim Bedding, University of Sydney
Travis Metcalfe, Space Science Institute
Warrick Ball, University of Birmingham
William Chaplin, University of Birmingham
Xinghao Chen, YNAO
Yan Li, YNAO
Yvonne Elsworth, University of Birmingham
Zhao Guo, Nicolaus Copernicus, Warsaw
List updated: 25/04/2017

Key Dates

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
May 12: Early registration and University accommodation deadlines
June 2: Deadline for submitting abstracts for posters
June 16: Deadline for registration
July 16: Conference opens with Ice Breaker

Venue and Travel

Conference site

The conference will be held at the Edgbaston campus of the University of Birmingham (Poynting building, top floor), a short walk from the University railway station. A map of the campus can be found here. Poynting building is marked R13 on the map (Red zone).


Reaching Birmingham

Birmingham international airport (BHX), located about 10 km from the city centre, offers flights to major airports in Europe (including Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munich, Paris) and beyond. Other airports located within 3 hours from Birmingham by public transport are: London Heathrow (LHR), London City (LCY), London Gatwick (GTW), London Luton (LTN), Manchester (MAN), Liverpool (LIV), East Midlands (EMA).

Birmingham is a hub of the United Kingdom rail network, with regular connections from all parts of the United Kingdom. Rail travel times are below 2 hours from Bristol, London, Liverpool and Manchester, and about 4 hours from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle. Train timetables can be found and tickets can be booked at the National Rail website.

Birmingham airport to city centre

Birmingham airport has a very frequent train service to Birmingham New Street station in the city centre. Take a free 90 second ride in the AirRail link to Birmingham International station and buy your ticket for a 10–15 minute journey into Birmingham (cost: £2.40–£3.60 to Birmingham New Street, £2.40–£4.10 to University, depending on the train and the time of the day). Alternatively a taxi for the journey to the city centre or the University takes around 30 minutes and costs about £25.

City centre to University

The University of Birmingham main campus is located about 5 km south-west of the city centre, and has its own railway station. There are about 6 trains per hour (fewer trains on Sundays) from the city centre (Birmingham New Street station) to the University station. The tickets cost £2.30 (single), £2.90 (return). Departures are usually from platform 11 or 12 with a destination of either Longbridge or Redditch. University is the second stop. Some longer distance trains (e.g. to Hereford) also stop at University (first stop). The station is a 5 minute walk away from the conference venue. To reach the University, cross the railway by the bridge after exiting the station and continue going straight.

About Birmingham

Birmingham is the second largest city in the United Kingdom, and is a major centre for commerce and tourism. Surrounded by the historic towns of Coventry, Lichfield, Shrewsbury and Worcester, and with Stratford-upon-Avon some 20 miles away, the city is at the heart of a region with a distinctive part in the history of England.
Birmingham was at the centre of the Industrial Revolution, and retains many links to this period, with an eighteenth century canal system threading through the city and a number of industrial heritage museums in and around it. The Birmingham Lunar Society, an eighteenth century scientific society, was formed here, with regular participation from the founders of the Industrial Revolution, and included Joseph Priestley, Erasmus Darwin and James Watt among its members. Its importance was such that Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson were both corresponding members, and both made the journey to Birmingham to attend meetings here. The city also has many connections in English literature; for example, the writer and English scholar J.R.R. Tolkien was brought up in Birmingham, and it is well established that his experiences here were instrumental in the writing of his most popular works.
Today Birmingham is a vibrant and multi-cultural city, offering a wide range of different cultural spectacles, dining and nightlife. Together with its surrounding area, it offers a unique opportunity to visit a region at the very heart of England.


Accommodation options will be available in University accommodation, a 15-minute walk from the conference venue, and hotels in the city centre offered at specially discounted rates:

Booking for University accommodation and access to the discounted hotel rates will be available with registration.

A map of all accommodation sites, social venues, transportation hubs and the conference location can be found here. A still map of the accommodation locations can also be found below.


The meeting will open on Sunday 16th with the Icebreaker, and the scientific programme runs from Monday morning through to Friday lunchtime.

Science programme

The workshop will be structured around four main themes:
  • Challenges for Studies of Stellar Evolution & Stellar Interiors Physics
  • Challenges for Understanding the Structure and Evolution of Exoplanet Systems
  • 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 will also be 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, in which members of the Working Groups can discuss and reflect on the week's presentations and make final changes/adjustments for the afternoon presentations.

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.

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 (Åarhus)
  • Mikkel Lund & Rasmus Handberg (Åarhus)
  • Emese Plachy (Konkoly)
  • Andrej Prsa (Villanova)
  • George Ricker (MIT)
  • Maurizio Salaris (Liverpool)
  • Silvia Toonen (Amsterdam)

Social activities


Registration is now 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:

  • Early registration (up to 12th May) - £320
  • Late registration (13th May to 16th June) - £360
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).

If you wish to submit a talk abstract for the conference, please follow the link here.


University Accommodation
May be booked via the "REGISTER & UNI ACCOMMODATION" link at the bottom of this page. NOTE: The deadline for booking University accommodation is the early registration deadline of 12 May.

Single en-suite rooms, with free Wi-Fi and breakfast, are available at a cost of £42 per night at the new Chamberlain Hall on the University Vale site, for the nights of Sat 15 through Thu 20. Note that availability is more limited on Sat 15, and rooms will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis.

Hotel Accommodation
May be booked via the "HOTEL ACCOMMODATION" link at the bottom of this page. We have negotiated discounted rates at a number of hotels in nearby Birmingham City Centre. Again, rooms will be allocated at the discounted rates on a first-come, first-served basis.


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.

Register & Uni Accommodation

Hotel Accommodation

Conference Sponsors

We would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to the following organisations for sponsoring the conference and the contributions they have made.

University of Birmingham

Stellar Astrophysics Centre

Institute of Physics

White Dwarf Research Corporation

Submit a Talk or Poster Abstract

Deadline for submitting abstracts for talks: May 3
Deadline for submitting abstracts for posters: June 2

Please fill out the form below if you wish to submit an abstract for a talk or poster:

Please select which of the main workshop themes your abstract falls under. We will check the matches of all the abstracts carefully; if you are not sure pick the theme your abstract is closest to.