Invited Speakers

Program outline (topics and confirmed invited speakers, by session)

Historical Overview:​ Silvia Torres­Peimbert (Mexico) 


A census of the Post­AGB stars and PN populations

Challenges faced by PNe surveys​: ​David Frew (Hong Kong, China) [25+5]

Post­AGB nebulae studies​: ​Eric Lagadec (France) [25+5]

Infrared studies of post­AGB stars and PNe: Kyung­Won Suh (Korea) [15+5]


PNe as a versatile laboratory I (PI models, gas abundances including neutron­-capture elements, X­-rays observations, stellar yields)

PN photoionization models​: ​Christophe Morisset (Mexico)​  [25+5]

Gas­phase abundances​: ​Gloria Delgado Inglada (Mexico)  [25+5]

Atomic Data and Neutron­-capture element abundances:​ Nick Sterling (USA) [25+5]

Stellar yields and abundances: Maria Lugaro (Hungary)  [25+5]

X­ray studies of PNe: Rudy Montez (USA)​​ [15+5]


PNe as a versatile laboratory II (Molecules, dust grains, magnetic fields)

Dust in PNe​: ​Greg Sloan (USA) [25+5]

Herschel studies​: ​Griet van de Steene (Belgium)  [25+5]

Molecular studies of PNe:​ Yong Zhang (China) [25+5]

Magnetic fields associated with PNe​:​ Laurence Sabin (Mexico) [15+5] 


From the asymptotic giant branch to the white dwarf stellar phases

Advances in single and binary stellar evolutionary codes: Richard Stancliffe (Germany) [25+5]

Modelling dust production in AGB stars:​ Flavia Dell’Agli (Italy)​ [15+5]​ 

Central stars of PNe: David Jones (Spain)    [15+5]

Initial­final mass relation:​ Jason Kalirai (USA) [25+5]

Discussion session 1: Modelling and data. This broad discussion session will include stellar and  hydrodynamic modeling topics, and also the binary issue. The following people (De Marco, Frank, Lugaro, Soker) will act as moderators/ facilitators for the discussion.


The connection between binary evolution and PN phenomena

Binaries and AGB stars:​ Sofia Ramstedt (Sweden)  [25+5]

Binaries and PNe ­ observations: Brent Miszalski (South Africa) [25+5]

Binaries and other interacting stars: Hyosun Kim(Korea) [25+5]

Common­envelope evolution and hydrodynamical models: Jason Nordhaus (USA) [25+5]


PNe in nearby galaxies and chemical evolution

Abundances and gradients in nearby galaxies:​ Fabio Bresolin (USA) [25+5]

Abundances and gradients in M31​: ​Xuan Fang (Spain)​ [15+5]

Chemical evolution of galaxies​: ​Mercedes Molla (Spain)  [25+5]


PNe outside of the local group

PNe as dynamical probes​: ​Lodovico Coccato (Germany) [25+5]

The VIRGO PN population and the mass assembly in M87: Alessia Longobardi (Italy) [15+5]​ 

he PN luminosity function​: ​Roberto Mendez (USA) [15+5]

PNe and GAIA:​ Mina Manteiga (Spain) [15+5]​ 


Final conference summary: Sun Kwok (Hong Kong, China)

Discussion session 2: planetary nebulae and forefront instrumentation. This session will include early results by ALMA, and the planning for the LSST, JWST, and the ELTs era. The following (Manchado, Arnaboldi, Jacoby, Meixner) will act as moderators/ facilitators for this broad discussion. We expect this to follow several contributed talks on these subjects.