Photodissociation in astrochemistry

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Leiden Observatory is hosting a workshop on the subject of photodissociation in astrochemistry on 3-5 February 2015 at Leiden in The Netherlands. This focussed workshop seeks to clarify the outstanding questions and priorities relevant to the forthcoming era of astrochemistry, and evaluate the present and future capabilities of spectroscopists and chemical physicists. We hope to encourage the investigation of photodissociation problems of immediate interest to astrochemistry. The format of the meeting will be in the spirit of a true workshop, with plenty of time for discussions and interactions. The number of participants will be limited to about 40.

Venue and accomodation

The workshop will be held in Kasteel Oud Poelgeest, a beautifully renovated castle on the border of the city of Leiden (map). Leiden is easily reachable by train or car from the nearby international airport of Amsterdam Schiphol. We have arranged for a three nights accomodation package at Poelgeest itself for a total cost of €340, which combined with the workshop registration includes all meals for three days. There are also many other hotels in Leiden. For example, the Golden Tulip and Ibis are handy to the central train station.

Connections between the venue and Amsterdam/Schiphol airport

The train connection between Amsterdam/Schiphol airport and Leiden Central Station is very good, with trains departing every 15 minutes and the journey requiring 20 minutes. Travelling from Leiden Central to nearby Kasteel Oud Poelgeest is possible by bus. Good advice on public transport may be found here. The taxi fare between Schiphol airport and Poelgeest is around €65, and between Leiden and Poelgeest around €10.

Registration fee

The workshop fee is €120 (invitees exempt) which also provides for coffee break refreshments and lunches. There is also a sponsored workshop dinner in the centre of Leiden on February 3, and a buffet dinner at the venue on February 4. Payment of the workshop fee and Poelgeest accomodation costs is due upon departure. There is also limited support for travel and accomodation costs upon inquiry.

Proposed topics for discussion

Problems in astrochemical photodissociation Capabilities and challenges of laboratory experiments Theoretical methods [Back]