Dense Cores: Origin, Evolution, and Collapse

Dense cores are the molecular cloud structures that spawn low-mass stars, and perhaps massive stars as well. Given their pivotal role, many in the star formation community have devoted considerable energy to studying them, both observationally and theoretically. This three-day meeting will bring together researchers working at the forefront of this exciting area. We envision an informal and highly interactive workshop, with much time devoted to lively group discussion.