AGB Newsletter

Asymptotic Giant Branch stars and related phenomena

Official publication of the
IAU Working Group on Red Giants and Supergiants


The AGB Newsletter invites contributions related to Asymptotic Giant Branch stars; dealing with their structure, behaviour, evolution or mass loss, with their impact on the dynamical and chemical evolution of galaxies or their use as tracers of intermediate-age populations. To help understand AGB stars and their roles in the galactic ecology, we also welcome contributions on all associated phenomena such as post-AGB evolution, Planetary Nebulae, white dwarf mass functions, AGB Manqué stars, relevant nuclear, astrochemical and mineralogical processes, et cetera, as well as contributions on first ascent Red Giant Branch stars and massive red supergiants that are similar to AGB stars.

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The editors: Jacco van Loon (Keele University, UK), Ambra Nanni (Padova, Italy) and Albert Zijlstra (The University of Manchester, UK)


Asymmetrical Planetary Nebulae VII
Dec 4-8th 2017
Hong Kong (China)

See for details

The conference will take place in Hong Kong SAR, China from Monday December 4th to Friday December 8th, 2017 in the wonderful Auberge Hotel in Discovery Bay, Hong Kong.

Third Announcement:

Extension of Early Bird Registration
After discussions among the SOC we have decided to extend the "early-bird" registration costs of 350 USD apply until October 6th still 2 months before the conference. After this the registration cost will rise to 400 USD until November 10th. After this date late registrations will cost 450 USD. As of September 1st we have ~50 participants including invited speakers.

What does the Registration fee cover?
The registration fee covers the venue, all facilities, WiFi, morning and afternoon tea/coffee breaks with snacks, excellent buffet lunches each day and the welcome reception.

Conference dinner
The conference dinner is a supplementary cost of ~85 USD (includes drinks). An on-line conference proceedings will also be available free of charge.

We hope most delegates will choose to stay at the excellent venue hotel the "Auberge" - see: We have reserved 70 rooms for delegates. Cost can be substantially moderated by sharing rooms and may be an attractive option for postgraduate students. Once demand is clear it may be possible to get more rooms allocated to the conference. For other accommodation options please see the main conference website.

Contributed talks - extension for oral contributions
We have finalized the invited speaker list and are now seeking contributed talks and posters.
* The abstract submission deadline for an oral contributios has now been extended to Friday October 6th, 2017 to match the revised early registration deadline
* The poster submission deadline remains the same at Friday October 6th, 2017

For updates and more details please visit the conference website:

The major themes of this meeting are:
* Shaping Mechanisms - role of binarity, magnetic fields & other factors
* What can we learn from the major increase in known PNe?
* How are post-AGB, pre-PNe and PNe phase shapes related?
* What role do the properties of the central stars play?
* What can we learn from jets and accretion disks in related/unrelated objects?
* What do advances in evolutionary models and timescales tell us?
* How do we maximally extract science from the available/planned facilities?
* What are the most important current issues to resolve?

Confirmed Invited speakers:
Bruce Balick (USA); Adam Frank (USA); David Frew (Hong Kong); Martin Guerrero (Spain); Susanne Hoefner (Sweden); Natasha Ivanova (Canada); Robert Izzard (UK); Amit Kashi (Israel); Eric Lagadec (France); Max Moe (USA); Sofia Ramstedt (Sweden); Carmen Sanchez Contreras (Spain); Wolfgang Steffen (Mexico); Hans Van Winkel (Belgium); Eva Villaver (Spain); Wouter Vlemmings (Sweden); Roger Wesson (UK)

Plenty of time for discussions throughout the scientific program will be made available. There will also be a Conference Proceedings (see web site). We look forward to welcoming you to Hong Kong and to an exciting and vibrant meeting.

Quentin Parker and Noam Soker (SOC co-chairs) on behalf of the SOC.


Next issue: 1 December 2017

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