Galaxy Evolution and Environment - Announcements
Final Announcement
26 March 2009

Galaxy Evolution and Environment
Final Announcement
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia :: 30 March—3 April 2009

This is a final announcement for the conference, just to remind you that the opening reception will be held on Sunday evening from 6:30-8:30 on Level 3 of the Prince Hotel at No. 4 Jalan Conlay.

Otherwise, the registration desk will be open at the conference venue at 8:45 on Monday, in advance of a 9:00 start. As a reminder, the conference venue is the University of Nottingham Teaching Centre on Level 2 of the Chulan Tower at No. 3 Jalan Conlay (the tall red building just down the street from the hotel).

The weather is Kuala Lumpur is hot and mostly sunny, with intermitent thunderstorms. An umbrella might be a useful item to bring to cope with sudden tropical showers!

We look forward to welcoming you in Kuala Lumpur shortly.

Meghan, Mike and Frazer
on behalf of the Organizing Committee

Third Announcement
26 February 2009

Galaxy Evolution and Environment
Third Announcement
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia :: 30 March—3 April 2009

We look forward to wishing you "Selamat Datang", or "Welcome" to Malaysia. Here is some practical information relating to travel and conference logistics.


The final program and participant list are available at

Please ensure that posters fit into a space measuring 33"W x 47"H (ie, A0 size in portrait orientation). Materials will be provided for mounting posters, and there will be prizes for the best posters.

Participants may use their own laptops for talks. We will not be publishing conference proceedings, but we will request a PDF copy of slides after the talks to be placed on the website.

There will be wireless internet and computer terminals available at the conference venue.

Hotel Reminder

As of last week there were still rooms available at the conference hotel so we urge you to book soon if you have not already done so.

The booking form is available here and should be faxed directly to the hotel:

Travel Info

If arriving at KL International Airport, the fastest way into the city is via the KLIA Ekspres Train, which takes 28 minutes and arrives into the central station KL Sentral. One-way/return fares are RM35/RM70, with departures every 15 minutes. From KL Sentral you will need to continue to the hotel by taxi, which are plentiful and cheap (however you should insist that they use the meter).

Alternatively, taxis direct from the airport operate on a fixed-fare coupon system (available from a counter in the Arrivals Hall) and can be cost-effective if shared. The journey should take approximately one hour.

Social Events

  • Sunday March 29: Opening reception, Prince Hotel, 18:30 - 20:30. Registration packs will be available for collection, and light refreshments will be provided.
  • Tuesday March 31: evening trip to the KL Aquarium (open until 20:00). This will be an informal jaunt to the nearby Aquarium following Tuesday's session, for whoever is interested (no advance booking required).
  • Thursday April 2: Conference dinner, Seri Melayu, 7:00. The conference dinner will take place at this restaurant and Malaysian cultural showcase, located close to the hotel and conference venue.

    Please note: we have extra tickets for the conference dinner available for partners and guests. If you require one please email us at and we will reserve one for you.

We look forward to seeing you in hot and humid Kuala Lumpur!

Meghan, Mike and Frazer
on behalf of the Organizing Committee

Second Announcement
27 October 2008

Galaxy Evolution and Environment
Second Announcement
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia :: 30 March—3 April 2009


The registration fee (in British pounds: 175 or 87.50 for students) is payable by credit card. For more details and to download the form, see (available 24 October)

To confirm registration, the fee must be received by November 30 2008. Unfortunately, due to the long waiting list, we cannot hold unpaid places after this date.

Cancellation policy: please note that the cutoff for a refund of registration fees in the case of cancellation is February 15 2009.


We have arranged a block of rooms at the 5* Prince Hotel and Residence located only a few minutes away from the conference venue. The special rate is from RM350 for a double room or RM320 for a single. Rates quoted are subject to a 10% service charge and 5% Government tax. As of October 2009, the double room rate is roughly equivalent to 75 Euro/60GBP/100US$.

Please reserve your room as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Bookings must be made directly with the hotel, and are not the responsibility of the hotel organizers. For more details, see (available 24 October).

Discussion board

For the convenience of participants, we have created an online discussion board here: .You are welcome to make use of this board to find a roommate, discuss travel arrangements, or simply introduce yourself in advance of the conference.

We look forward to seeing you in Kuala Lumpur!

the Scientific Organizing Committee

First Announcement
01 July 2008

Galaxy Evolution and Environment
First Announcement
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia :: 30 March—3 April 2009

If you would like to be kept informed about this conference and to receive the future announcements, please sign up at the website,

Scientific Rationale

In the past decade, a vast amount of progress has been made in understanding the formation and evolution of galaxies. In particular, the question of whether these processes are driven by nature or nurture now has a fairly unequivocal answer: it is both. Indeed, it has become clear that any such division between intrinsic and extrinsic processes in galaxy evolution is rather artificial, since the two are inextricably linked. The purpose of this conference is to attempt to disentangle this rather complex coupling in order to understand how their interplay can lead to the rich and beautiful diversity of galaxies that we see in the Universe around us.

Just as a distinction between nature and nurture can prevent us from taking a holistic view of galaxy evolution, so divisions between observations at different wavelengths and redshifts, simulations and theory can inhibit a full understanding of galaxy evolution. The aim of this conference is to synthesize these diverse lines of research by dividing the programme into astrophysical rather than astronomical strands. The intention is that speakers should place their own contributions in a broader context, in order to develop understanding of the individual underlying physical processes that shape galaxy evolution.

Scientific Topics

Topics to be covered will include:

  • Internal processes that shape galaxies
  • Evolution of individual galaxies
  • Evolution of galaxy pairs and mergers
  • Evolution of galaxies in groups
  • Evolution of galaxies in clusters
  • Influence of large-scale structure on galaxy evolution


The conference will be limited to 110 participants. The conference registration fee will be around GBP 175, with a half fee waiver for students. The fee includes the opening reception, morning and afternoon refreshments, and daily lunch. For maximum flexibility, accommodation is the responsibility of the participants, but we will be arranging for a special rate at a good hotel immediately adjacent to the conference venue.


The University of Nottingham has developed close ties with Malaysia, leading to the opening of its campus there in September 2000. The conference will take place at the University’s Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre at Chulan Tower, in the heart of the city. The Teaching Centre provides lecture facilities, a room for posters and coffee, a computer terminal room, and a number of smaller seminar rooms for break-out discussions.

Founded in the 19th century, Kuala Lumpur has grown into a vibrant multicultural city, with a range of heritage, art, architecture, shopping, entertainment and cuisine to match. It also provides the ideal starting point from which to explore the diverse scenery of Malaysia, from mountains to rainforest to beaches. The Malaysian Grand Prix is provisionally scheduled for April 5th 2009.

Key dates

Mailing list sign-up opens      24 June 2008
Registration opens                21 July 2008
Talk/poster abstracts due      30 September 2008
Preliminary talk schedule     15 October 2008
Registration fee due             15 November 2008
Conference begins               30 March 2009

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Michael Balogh
Betsy Barton
Kenji Bekki
Richard Bower
Chris Conselice
Pat Côté
Richard Ellis
Bianca Poggianti
Jason Prochaska
Kim-Vy Tran

Please circulate this message to any of your colleagues who might be interested. The conference second announcement will only be sent to those people who sign-up on the conference web site,

Meghan Gray
On behalf of the organisers
(Meghan Gray, Michael Merrifield, Frazer Pearce, Duncan Forbes, Jiasheng Huang, Tadayuki Kodama, Alice Shapley, Ravi Sheth, Christian Wolf)

The University of Nottingham