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Scientific Rationale

We are going through the first period of what will be a revolutionary decade for Astrophysics and Cosmology. JWST and ALMA are both giving an unprecedented view and the deepest possible understanding of star formation inside the Milky Way and the distant Universe. The near- and mid- infrared cameras of JWST have already changed our view both in nearby clouds and in galaxies of the Early Universe. At the same time, innovative and very advanced computational approaches allow the simultaneous solution of radiation-magnetohydrodynamics (RMHD) coupled with chemistry, offering the most complete picture of how the interstellar medium evolves across the epochs.

The aim of this conference is to bring together the communities that observe the Universe through the “eyes” of state-of-the-art telescopes and interferometers with those that use cutting-edge RMHD and chemical simulations, whose mutual goal is to study the origin and evolution of the local and distant interstellar medium. The conference will take place at the foot of the world famous Mt. Olympus from Monday 29 May to Friday 2 June 2023. This is the third Olympian Symposium focussing on star-formation, a series of Symposia that started in 2014.

Discussion topics

  • Formation and evolution of galactic discs
  • Star Formation Rate across the epochs
  • PAH, Dust, and Molecular gas tracers in the low- and high- redshift Universe
  • Star formation in extreme environments (AGNs, mergers)
  • Fragmentation and the Protostellar Mass Function
  • Massive Star Formation and Feedback in molecular clouds
  • Planet formation and disc evolution

Invited Speakers

Angela Adamo (Stockholm University, Sweden)
Daniela Calzetti (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
Kalliopi Dasyra (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)
Mike Grudić (Carnegie Observatories, USA)
Yuichi Harikane (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Tereza Jerabkova (European Southern Observatory, Germany)
Pamela Klaassen (UK Astronomy Technology Centre, United Kingdom)
Yueh-Ning Lee (National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan)
Nicole Nesvadba (Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, France)
Elena Sabbi (STScI Science Mission Office, USA)
Karin Sandstrom (University of California, USA)
Rowan Smith (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
Vivian U (University of California Irvine, USA)
Freeke van de Voort (Cardiff University, United Kingdom)
Nienke van der Marel (Leiden Observatory, Netherlands)


Scientific Organizing Committee
Thomas Bisbas (Zhejiang Lab, China; co-chair)
Anna Rosen (UC San Diego, USA; co-chair)
Blakesley Burkhart (Rutgers University, USA)
Brandt Gaches (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
Anna McLeod (Durham University, United Kingdom)
Kei Tanaka (University of Colorado Boulder, USA & Tokyo Tech, Japan)
Zhi-Yu Zhang (Nanjing University, China)

Local Organizing Committee
Olympian Center for Astrophysics


Very Early Fee (December 5 – December 31, 2022): 290 Euros
PhD Student Fee (December 5, 2022 – March 4, 2023): 290 Euros
Early Fee (January 1 – March 4, 2023): 370 Euros
Late Fee (March 5 – May 24, 2023): 450 Euros
On-sight (May 25 – May 29, 2023): 500 Euros

Important Dates

The Olympian Symposium 2023 will take place in the Olympic Riviera, Pieria, Greece. It is the fourth conference of the Olympian Symposium Series. The venue of the conference is close to Olympus mountain, world famous for its mythology and for being the home of the twelve ancient gods.

    December 5, 2022: Abstract submission opens

      December 31, 2022: Deadline of very early fee (290 Euros)

        January 29, 2023: Abstract submission closes

          February 19, 2023: Announcement of talks and posters

            March 4, 2023: Deadline of early fee (370 Euros) & PhD students fee (290 Euros)

              May 24, 2023: Deadline of late fee (450 Euros)

                May 29, 2023: Conference starts

Paralia Katerinis
Mt. Olympus
Pieria, Greece

Monday to Friday
May 29 to June 2, 2023

Mediterranean Village Hotel & Spa

Paralia Katerinis, Olympic Riviera,
Pieria, Greece