Galaxy Groups and Clusters II:
Laboratories to study galaxy evolution

October 23-26, 2017 - La Serena, Chile.

A meeting organized by the
Physics and Astronomy Department of the University of La Serena.


Scientific Rationale:

Groups and clusters of galaxies are ideal laboratories to study galaxy transformation and evolution. The environment clearly plays an important role in the evolution of galaxies, however, there are several questions that remain open. For instance, how and when does the star formation quenching in galaxies occur? Does the group environment play any significant role in this context? What is the dominant quenching mechanism in dense environments?. The use of multiwavelength and IFU surveys such as SAMI, MaNGA, CALIFA, as well as new facilities like ALMA, MUSE, KMOS, have been used to find answers to these important questions. In addition, the inclusion of state-of-the-art simulations has been extremely useful to explain current observations and understand the underlying physics. However, these efforts should be increased and improved to understand in detail the processes in groups and clusters that transform galaxies. This fact and the need to review the current state of this field have motivated us to organize the second version of a successful meeting that took place a couple of years ago.


The main motivation of this meeting is to discuss recent results related to the evolution of galaxies in different environments, such as groups and clusters of galaxies, from an observational and theoretical point of view. In this second edition, participants are encouraged to highlight the potential of mutliwavelenght surveys, 3D spectroscopy, and advanced simulations in the study of galaxy evolution in dense structures.