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:

Name Institute
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
Hong Kyeongsoo Korea Astronomy & Space Science Institute
Hong Marc Teng Yen UNSW Sydney
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 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
Yildiz Mutlu Ege University
Yu Jie University of Sydney

List updated: 22/06/2017, Number of attendees: 163.

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   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

Talk/Poster Info


  • 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 upload it to this 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.

  • 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 talk.

  • 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?

    A0 portrait.

  • 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 (map). It is your responsibility to order and collect the poster! You can pay with cash or card when you collect your poster. Please email Central Print directly to arrange this and ask Warrick Ball for the discount code. Note that the print shop is closed over weekends.

  • 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.

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 day.

    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.

Getting around

  • 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 on campus 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: University (UNI), Five Ways (FWY), Birmingham 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 15 minutes.

    Trains between the airport from Birmingham New Street operate roughly from 6 AM until midnight. For detailed timetables, you can find more information on the airport's website.

    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 then either

    • 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 centre.

  • Is there transport for the excursions?

    Yes. We will communicate the details each day during the conference.

  • Where should I eat?

    Central Birmingham has more eateries than we can possibly list here. The city has been dubbed the UK's gastro-capital! Near the University accommodation, your options are mainly:

    • Walk to Harborne High Street.
    • Walk to Selly Oak (the main student area).
    • Walk to Broad 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.

Science programme

The workshop will be structured around four main themes:
  1. Challenges for Understanding the Structure and Evolution of Exoplanet Systems
  2. Challenges for Studies of Stellar Evolution & Stellar Interiors Physics
  3. Challenges for Understanding Stellar Evolution in Binary/Multiple/Interacting Systems
  4. 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

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.

Social activities


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:

  • Early registration (up to 12th May) - £320   NOW CLOSED
  • 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).


University Accommodation
No longer available

Hotel Accommodation
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.


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

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 rooms:

    • lecture theatre S06, next to the Physics Museum in Poynting; and
    • rooms G07, G13, G17, G18, G19 and G22 in the nearby Nuffield building (R9 on campus maps).
    If you would like to book a room, please email us or speak to a member of the LOC during the week.

  • 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 prompts.

    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 invoice?

    The registration pack will include a certificate of attendance (to prove attendance) and an invoice (to prove payment).