The Formation of the Solar System

With more than 900 confirmed exoplanets, it is becoming clear that there are many planetary systems with rather different properties to that of the Solar System. This poses the question how our own Solar System formed.

The answer to this question is not straight forward, because it is based on hints from the current state on what happened in the past. It turns out that this is an interdisciplinary endeavour, requiring knowledge of supernovae explosions, meteorites, cosmochemistry, structure and evolution of circumstellar discs, star cluster dynamics, and the early dynamical evolution of planetary systems. The goal of this workshop is to provide a platform for information exchange between these different disciplines, putting together the puzzle pieces of the Solar System formation history.

The workshop focusses on:

  • Cosmochemical constraints on the physical/chemical conditions in the Solar Nebula
  • Time scales of the dust and planetesimal growth for the Solar System
  • Models of the Kuiper belt formation
  • The role of the stellar environemt, with emphasis on star cluster dynamics
  • Early planetary system development
  • Future evolution of the Solar System