Network meeting 2008

The European Network "The Molecular Universe" organizes its final Network meeting from September 1 through September 5, 2008 at Boppard/Rhein, Germany.

The main purpose of this last network meeting is to sum up all the work of the networks ERs and ESRs. Therefore all ERs and ESRs are supposed to participate in this meeting, even when they already left the network. In order to prepare an interesting program it is mandatory to receive abstracts from all ERs and ESRs in advance. The scientific organizing committee will select topics and speakers to finalize the program which will be oriented with respect to the main scientific topics of our network. We therefore encourage all participants of the network to contribute to our last meeting. We are looking forward to a fruitful network meeting.

Over the next five years, European ground-based and space-based missions will open up the universe to high spatial and spectral resolution studies at infrared and submillimeter wavelengths. This will allow us to study, in much greater detail, the composition and the origin and evolution of molecules in space. Moreover, molecular transitions in these spectral ranges provide a sensitive probe of the dynamics and the physical and chemical conditions in a wide range of objects at scales ranging from budding planetary systems to galactic and extragalactic sizes. Hence,these missions provide us with the tools to study key astrophysical and astrochemical processes involved in the formation and evolution of planets, stars, and galaxies.