The Milky Way is an essential laboratory being explored by current large-scale surveysthat provides information not only for the local Universe but by extrapolation, the more distant Universe. This unmistakable link between our own Milky Way and the Cosmos will be the focus of the next generation of Galactic surveys.
This conference will tackle these main topics:
- Star Formation and ISM
- Structure of the Galaxy
- Metallicity and Merging History
- The Galactic Center
- Time Domain Astronomy
- Surveys of the Milky Way
Each of these topics will be addressed by trying to answer the following question: what have we learned from studying our Galaxy that is applicable to or sheds light on the rest of the Universe?
The conference will also be a venue to celebrate IPAC's historical involvement in surveys that greatly advanced our understanding of the Galaxy, with missions such as 2MASS, IRAS, WISE and Spitzer.
Looking towards the future, the conference will cover the potential of future surveys of the Milky Way as key componentsof upcoming missions’ science programs.