THE UNIVERSE IN THE LIGHT OF AKARI and Synergy with future Large Space Telescopes

The purpose of this Symposium is to bring together UK, Japanese, Korean, European and International researchers to:

  • present and discuss the latest astronomical results from AKARI
  • discuss the legacy of the AKARI data
  • discuss and plan opportunities to exploit the new data sets
  • discuss plans for the next major Japanese-Korean-European space telescope, including SPICA and other similar future missions, following from the legacy of AKARI

Launched in 2006, the AKARI mission carried out all sky surveys at mid- and far-infrared wavelengths, as well as providing many additional pointed observations. It operated at cryogenic temperatures for approximately 550 days, continuing as a warm mission in the near infrared until 2011.

The timing for this symposium is very appropriate, given that the European Space Agency’s flagship Herschel Space Observatory has also recently finished its phase of active data collection, since the results from AKARI provide an important synergy with the longer wavelength Herschel observations. This Symposium is intended to develop collaborative research between the UK, Japanese, Korean, European and International communities, as well as taking AKARI’s legacy forward into the future.

The science areas covered by the symposium encompass most of the interests of the astronomical communities, ranging from local studies such as asteroids in our own Solar System, to the stars and dust in our own Galaxy, out to the most distant galaxies in the Universe. The symposium will also provide a road map for future UK-Japanese-Korean-European scientific collaboration leading to the next generation JAXA led space mission, SPICA, and other similar future missions.

The conference will include dedicated sessions on:

  • The AKARI Project and its Legacy
  • Solar system objects, Zodiacal emission and Debris Disks
  • Star Formation and Stellar Evolution
  • Nearby Galaxies
  • Active Galactic Nuclei and Ultra-Luminous Galaxies
  • Deep Extragalactic surveys with AKARI
  • Multi-Wavelength Modeling of Galaxies
  • SPICA and Future Plans