The Early Life of Stellar Clusters

The goal of the workshop is to bridge the artificial divide between the fields of star formation and stellar dynamics. Star formation provides the initial conditions for the long term evolution of stellar clusters, while the dynamics of stars in clusters after star formation has ceased can inform on the conditions that have prevailed in the environment in which the clusters have formed.

The central topics of the workshop will thus focus on:
  • Reviewing the status of observations of star forming regions and young stellar clusters and discuss the prospects with current and future ground based and space-borne telescopes
  • Characterizing the dependence of the IMF, the SFE, binarity, sub-clustering, mass segregation, ages spreads on the environment in which stars form
  • Exploring the effects of any variability in the outcome of the star formation process on the dynamical evolution of stellar clusters.
  • Assessing the importance of the different modes of stellar feedback and highlighting their importance on the clusters SFE, dynamics, and survival
  • Discussing the advances in the numerical modeling of star formation and the dynamical evolution of stellar clusters and the necessity of having platforms that integrate all the required physics.