The purpose of the workshop is to look at recent advances and
future prospects from observations, theory, and simulations in
our understanding of the origin and evolution of massive galaxies.
Emphasis will be given (but not restricted) to z > 1, where it is
believed that most of the stellar mass in massive galaxies was put
in place. Extensive surveys have now well mapped the massive tail
of the galaxy population up to z ~ 1. Observational and theoretical
focus is shifting to z > 1, largely driven by instrumental progress.
In parallel, simulations of increasingly large cosmic volumes and
resolution, and incorporating ever better constrained prescriptions
for key phenomena now provide extensive sets of testable predictions
at all cosmic epochs. These impressive advances are bringing new
insights, many of which cause us to reconsider our current views
of distant massive galaxies, and of galaxy formation and evolution
The main objective of the workshop is to bring together researchers
from the observational and theoretical communities for a thorough
and lively discussion on this theme. Specific goals will be to report
on the latest findings and developments, to identify (in)consistencies
between, and uncertainties of observations and models, and to consider
ways forward to make progress. To foster fruitful exchange, the format
of the workshop will provide ample opportunities for general and informal
discussions. The expertise of the participants will encompass diverse
and significant aspects related to massive galaxy formation/evolution.
Natascha M. Forster Schreiber
Pieter van Dokkum
To promote discussions and active interactions, the attendance will
be limited to about 50. The format of the workshop will include ample
time for discussion. Several sessions are foreseen for smaller working
groups pairing observers and theorists to devise strategies to address
specific questions. The aim of the working groups is to enable more
in-depth discussions, the outcome of which will form the basis of the
final general discussion of the meeting.
The Lorentz Center provides an ideal environment for this workshop
format, with meeting rooms and office space for participants.
Outline of topics
1. Censuses and distribution functions
2. Co-evolution of massive galaxies/AGN/QSOs/Black holes
3. Linking luminous and dark matter
4. Mass assembly and processes driving evolution (merging/infall,
environment, star formation, feedback, dynamical processes).
5. Evolutionary synthesis modeling.