Advances in Computational Astrophysics: Methods, Tools and Outcomes

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Location:  Cefalù (Sicily), Italy


Scientific Rationale:
Contemporary ground-based and space telescopes are fundamental tools for the study of the Cosmos. However, without a deep knowledge of the underlying physical processes, telescopes alone cannot help us to understand the physical Universe, the main topic of Astrophysics. Due to the complexity of the physical phenomena involved, from the atomic and molecular scales up to the large scales of the cosmic structures, as well as to the pervasive presence of gravity as a fundamental engine acting on all the spatial scales, this knowledge may be obtained through the use of massive simulations. This is made true thanks to the concurrent progress of computing machines and software. In this workshop, we intend to gather some of the most active researchers in various fields of computational Astrophysics (such as Stellar Formation and Evolution, Supernovae, Stellar Systems, Compact Interacting Objects, etc.) to talk about specific and common methods used in their studies, as well as about results and the way to make them available to the scientific community.

Scientific Topics:
– Fundamental physical processes (transport, advection, convection, etc.);
– Stars: formation, evolution and final phases;
– Supernovae and progenitors;
– Compact interacting objects and gravitational waves;
– Stellar systems: from small to large N-body problems;
– Large-scale Structure;
– Supercomputing methods and visualization tools.


D. Arnett (Univ. of Arizona, USA),
W. Benz (Univ. of Bern, CH),
S. Borgani (Univ. di Trieste, Italy),
R. Capuzzo Dolcetta (Univ. of Roma La Sapienza, Italy, co-chair),
A. Chieffi (INAF-IASF, Roma, Italy),
J. Isern (IEEC-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain),
M. Limongi (INAF-OAR, Roma, Italy, co-chair),
A. Mezzacappa (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA),
J. Monaghan (Monash Univ., Aus),
B. Moore (ETH, Zurich, CH),
E. Mueller (MPI, Garching, DE),
L. Rezzolla (AEI, Potsdam, DE),
R. Rosner (Univ. of Chicago, USA),
T. Theuns (ICC, Durham, UK),
A. Tornambe’ (INAF-OAR, Roma, Italy)


L. Burderi (Univ. of Cagliari, Italy),
T. Di Salvo (Univ. of Palermo, Italy),
G. Giobbi (INAF-OAR, Roma, Italy) ,
F. Lupinacci (Univ. of Roma La Sapienza, Italy)

Scientific Program:
There will be a number of invited talks (see the conference website for the list of confirmed invited speakers) offering an overview of the various topics, as well as contributed talks and posters. Information on abstract submission can be found at the conference website (

We plan to publish the conference proceedings with one of the main scientific publishers. The list of confirmed invited speakers and a preliminary programme will be made available on the conference website soon. We warmly invite interested people to fill the preregistration form in the conference website.

General Information:
The Conference will be held in Cefalù, a beautiful ancient and touristic town located on the northern cost of Sicily, about 70 km east of Palermo. It will take place from Monday, June 13 until Friday, June 17 in the Sala delle Capriate of the Historical Cefalù Town Hall in the historical center of Cefalù, facing the Arab-Norman Cathedral (Duomo). Part of the conference will also be hosted in the close-by Sala S. Caterina (poster sessions and coffee breaks). Computers and web facilities will be available in the rooms of the historical building hosting the Fondazione Mandralisca. The two buildings are close to each other.

For general information about Cefalù, please consult the links of the conference website:

See the conference web site

Refer also to the two conference chairmen:

Dep. of Physics, Univ. of Roma La Sapienza, Italy
e-mail: Roberto.capuzzodolcetta[at]
Phone: +39-06-49914535
Fax: +39-06-4857697

INAF, Astronomical Observatory of Roma, Italy
e-mail: marco.limongi[at]
Phone: +39-06-94286443
Fax: +39-06-9447243