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Constellation: The origin of Stellar Masses

Objective

CONSTELLATION will bring together 12 European teams and recruit 17 young researchers to attack some of the key problems concerning the origin of stellar masses. The scientific goals of the network are concentrated in three main tasks: the fragmentation and collapse of molecular clouds into clusters and aggregates of protostars; the formation of massive stars and their impact on their surrounding environment; the form of the low-mass and sub-stellar mass function, and the physical characteristics of brown dwarfs and planetary-mass free-floating objects.

The most important aspect of the scientific work is that each task combines multi-wavelength observational studies with state-of-the-art numerical simulations and theoretical modelling, making full use of the wide range of expertise, experience, and access to world-leading observational and computing resources within the network. In addition, CONSTELLATION will also involve integration with ongoing European e-science and 'virtual observatory' projects, and a unique schools-based outreach programme.

The young researchers employed in the network will enjoy exposure to and training in a broad range of problems in this key area of astronomy, with access to leading ground- and space-based observing facilities and supercomputers optimised for astrophysical fluid simulation. Through their involvement in distributed, network ed science and a series of schools, workshops, secondments, and conferences, they will gain important knowledge and experience from the CONSTELLATION network, as well as playing a central role in its success.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/planetary science/planets

Call for proposal

FP6-2005-MOBILITY-1
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Funding Scheme

RTN - Marie Curie actions-Research Training Networks

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
Address
Northcote House, The Queen's Drive
Exeter
United Kingdom

Participants (11)

ASTRONOMICAL INSTITUTE - ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC
Czechia
Address
Fricova 298
Ondrejov
ASTROPHYSIKALISCHES INSTITUT POTSDAM
Germany
Address
An Der Sternwarte 16
Potsdam
COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE (CEA)
France
Address
31-33 Rue De La Federation
Paris
CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Newport Road 30-36
Cardiff
ECOLE NORMALE SUPERIEURE DE LYON
France
Address
46 Allee D'italie
Lyon
FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA
Portugal
Address
Campo Grande, Edificio C7, 1 Piso
Lisboa
INSTITUTO DE ASTROFISICA DE CANARIAS
Spain
Address
Calle Via Lactea, S/n
La Laguna - Santa Cruz De Tenerife
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA
Italy
Address
Viale Del Parco Mellini 84
Roma
UNIVERSITE JOSEPH FOURIER GRENOBLE 1
France
Address
Avenue Centrale 621, Domaine Universitaire
BP 53 Grenoble
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
Address
The Old Schools, Trinity Lane
Cambridge
THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS
United Kingdom
Address
College Gate, North Street
St Andrews