We are organizing a workshop of around 60 people to assess the current position that radio galaxies
hold in astrophysics and what should be the aims for the future of this field.
There have been major advances made in the way we look at radio galaxies in the past 5 years. Possibly
the most notable of these is the strong evidence which suggests that powerful radio galaxies are extremely
good probes of large scale structure in the young Universe. The recent discovery of ~20 Lyman alpha
emitters around a z=4.1 radio galaxy is testament to this and has opened the doorway to detecting significant
overdensities of galaxies when the Universe was < 10% of its present age. There has also been huge
developments in the field of black-hole demographics and the physical processes occurring with the central
kpc, consequently, we are now entering into an era where we may be able answer the question of what
makes an AGN radio loud. The results coming from both XMM-Newton and Chandra are also providing
new and exciting insights into the AGN itself and the surrounding hot gas.
These investigations have enhanced the profile of radio galaxies in a cosmological context while the more
traditional aspects of radio galaxy research such as determining the ionising mechanisms involved in
producing the extended line emission and the star formation history of the host have also been retained
and enhanced. Therefore, we are now in a position where a review of past work and current ideas is
needed along with a look forward into the future use of radio galaxies as cosmological probes and also
as test cases to investigate the physical processes which occur in and around these extreme objects.
G.K. Miley firstname.lastname@example.org
M. Jarvis Jarvis@strw.leidenuniv.nl
H. Röttgering email@example.com