This conference has been cancelled.


Stellar clusters play a crucial role in astrophysics, because they provide homogeneous samples of stars of the same age and metallicity. In fact, they can be considered as astrophysical laboratories, because they provide snap shots at different times. That is, any particular association allows study of dependencies with stellar mass, whereas the comparison of stars of the same mass but belonging to different associations allows one to derive how any property depends on age.

Gaia has forced us to revisit many of our assumptions: better proper motions yield new membership lists, improved distances translate into different age estimates.  The results from DR2 are starting to be digested, but a huge effort to truly understand the implications from Gaia in many diverse areas is needed. In addition, new large photometric and spectroscopic surveys are providing an amazing amount of data concerning open clusters (Gaia-ESO, Vista, K2, TESS, and so on). This wealth of data has to be put in context within the new Gaia framework.

In this realm, the Pleiades cluster has a very significant role, due to its age and proximity. Thousands of papers have been devoted to this amazing cluster. It is truly a stepping stone to understand key stellar properties such as rotation, activity, internal mixing, etc. In a wider context, the Pleiades together with younger and older  siblings may allow us to put planetary formation in better context.

This conference is devoted to the Gaia DR2 exploitation in the context of the stellar (and substellar) members of stellar clusters and associations. The goal is to provide a venue to present the most up-to-date results and to foster new collaborations, keeping in mind that future Gaia DR will provide new waves of amazing data and surprising results which will shape our astrophysical knowledge. We plan  to have special session devoted to Big Data and new tools and techniques.


Invited speakers (confirmed)

  • Alessandro Lanzafame (Università di Catania, Italy)
  • Anna Brucalassi (Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Italy)
  • Francesca D'Antona (INAF-OAR, Italy)
  • Jerome Bouvier (Observatoire de Grenoble, France)
  • John Stauffer (IPAC-Caltech, US)
  • Luisa Rebull (IPAC-Caltech, US)
  • Rob Jeffries (Keele University, UK)
  • Sean Matt (U. of Exeter, UK)
  • Simon Portegies Zwart (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
  • Tristan Cantat-Gaudin (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)


Scientific Organizing Comitee

  • David Barrado, CAB (chair)
  • María Morales-Calderón, CAB (co-chair)
  • Alcione Mora, ESAC
  • Carme Jordi, Universidad de Barcelona
  • Corinne Charbonnel, Université de Genèva
  • David Soderblom, Space Telescope Science Institute
  • Giusi Micela, Osservatorio di Palermo
  • Jerome Bouvier, Université Grenoble Alpes
  • John Stauffer
  • Lee Hartmann, University of Michigan
  • Luisa Rebull, IPAC, Caltech
  • Lynne Hillenbrand, IPAC, Caltech
  • Marc Pinsonneault, Ohio State University
  • Minia Manteiga, Universidade da Coruña
  • Nuria Calvet, University of Michigan
  • Sofia Randich, Osservatorio di Arcetri
  • Timo Prusti, ESA


Local Organizing Comitee

  • María Morales-Calderón (chair)
  • Minia Manteiga (co-chair)
  • David Barrado
  • Nuria Huélamo
  • Carlos Rodrigo


Important Dates


  • Deadline for abstract submission: June 8th, 2019
  • Deadline for early registration: July 8th, 2019
  • Preliminary program: first week of July
  • Deadline for late registration: August 31st, 2019