Neuville sur Oise, France
8-10th of february 2017
International Workshop

Université de Cergy-Pontoise
Site de Neuville sur Oise
Maison Internationale de la Recherche (MIR)

8-10th of february 2017

Open Session:
Thursday 9th 12H30 - 18H00

The most abundant molecules, which compose our everyday world (water, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, etc), existed well before the birth of our Earth. It is known that the matter we are made of, has passed at least three times through the core of stars; the birth and death of stars continuously cycles matter. At each new cycle, heavy elements are created in the interiors of a star, and, upon its death, these elements are expelled into the InterStellar Medium (ISM), where they condense into new stars. During the transition from the diffuse ISM to stars, atoms combine to form dust grains and molecules. The synthesis of molecules is a long and convoluted process, but it is clear that a significant chemical complexity is already present when planets form. In-situ measurements of the Rosetta mission around the comet 67P Churymov-Gerasimenko have confirmed and completed the list of complex organic molecules (COMs) previously know and observed in the ISM medium, making more clear the chemical link between the comets and the ISM. Among the present observational efforts, the Seed Of Life in Space (SOLIS), is a Large Program at the brand new IRAM/NOEMA interferometer. This program gathers many different expertises of the present astrochemical community: signal processing and data analysis, imaging and mapping, spectroscopy, astrochemical modeling, laboratory and theoretical chemistry. All these expertises are mandatory to try to understand where, why and how the molecular complexity growth is at play in space.

Formamide The present international workshop has two major aims. The first part of the meeting will be devoted to the present understanding of the new data provided by the SOLIS program, and the second part will be devoted to the question of the detection and routes of formation of Complex Organic Molecules in Space.

CH3OH Organization:

The first session will be limited to the collaborators of the SOLIS program, and the open session will be open to the whole community. It will be held the 9th from 12H30 18H00. The aim of the open session is to stimulate discussions, it is why it is starting with a buffet at 12H30.

scientific committee:

Methyl formate P. Caselli, PME, Munich (D)
C. Ceccarelli, IPAG, Grenoble (Fr)
C. Codella, INAF, Firenze (It)
F. Dulieu, UCP, Cergy Pontoise (Fr)
S. Viti, UCL, London (UK)


The local organization committee will be composed by members of LERMA-Cergy group (France).

This workshop is sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Cergy-Pontoise.