The evolution of galaxies is influenced by the large scale structure of the Universe. In particular, galaxies in the dense cores of massive clusters formed most of their stars early for reasons that are not well understood. With JWST and other imminent surveys (including Euclid, NGRST and VLT-MOONS) it is finally possible to study the first phases of cluster formation in detail, at an epoch where we know galaxies are forming the bulk of their stellar mass. This occurs in rare “protocluster” environments - overdense volumes of the Universe are the progenitors of today’s massive clusters.
The aim of this workshop is to bring together scientists with complementary expertise and research specializations in the field of (proto-)clusters of galaxies. Working together, we will tackle key questions about these enigmatic systems that cannot be addressed in isolation, and prepare a combined effort to understand the formation and evolution of galaxies in dense environments across cosmic time.