The 6th Subaru International Conference

April 4, 2016

The 6th Subaru International Conference
Panoramas of the Evolving Cosmos

Nov 28 - Dec 2, 2016
Hiroshima, Japan
International Conference Center Hiroshima


Subaru Telescope hosted its 1st international conference at Hayama, Japan in Dec 2007 with the title "Panoramic Views of Galaxy Formation and Evolution", in which we showcased and discussed the great achievements of modern wide-field studies of galaxies across cosmic time to which Subaru had been making significant contributions with its unique wide-field instruments such as Suprime-Cam mounted on the prime focus of the Subaru telescope.

The recent advent of the new prime focus camera Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) in 2013, which now offers a 7 times wider field of view (1.77 deg^2) than Suprime-Cam, has revolutionized the survey power and is now performing unprecedentedly large deep and wide legacy surveys of the panoramic, evolving cosmos. The gigantic prime focus spectrograph PFS, with ~2400 fibers over a comparable FoV is also under construction, with operations expected to start in 2019.

A number of other wide-field missions are also coming on line, such as DES, VIPERS, LSST, WFIRST, EUCLID, as well as NIR-MIR missions. We are entering into a new era in which the high-z Universe can be as extensively explored as is the nearby Universe, and the closest galaxies in the local Universe can be fully mapped.

With such exciting facilities in hand and a promising future ahead of us, it is an appropriate time for us to meet together to present and discuss new science results in various areas of galaxy evolution, including some initial results from HSC. We will also discuss the future directions of wide-field studies of galaxies and cosmology in 2020s.


  • Nov 28: Cosmic Dawn
  • Nov 29: Cosmic Noon/Afternoon
  • Nov 30: Cosmology, Excursion to Miyajima (or free afternoon)
  • Dec 01: Wide Field Surveys, Banquet
  • Dec 02: Galaxy Archaeology

<Invited Speakers>

  • Peter Behroozi (STScI)
  • Richard Bower (Durham)
  • Rebecca Bowler (Oxford)
  • Benedetta Ciardi (MPA)
  • Elisabete da Cunha (ANU)
  • Pieter van Dokkum (Yale)
  • Natascha Foerster-Schreiber (MPE)
  • Anna Frebel (MIT)
  • Josh Frieman (Chicago)
  • Karl Glazebrook (Swinburne)
  • Jenny Greene (Princeton)
  • Puragra Guhathakurta (UCSC)
  • Luigi Guzzo (INAF)
  • Evan Kirby (Caltech)
  • Konrad Kuijken (Leiden)
  • Ivo Labbe (Leiden)
  • Alexie Leauthaud (Kavli-IPMU)
  • Satoshi Miyazaki (NAOJ)
  • Melissa Ness (MPIA)
  • Pascal Oesch (Yale)
  • John Peacock (Edinburgh)
  • Brant Robertson (UCSC)
  • John Silverman (Kavli-IPMU)
  • Dan Stark (Arizona)
  • David Weinberg (OSU)
  • Andrew Wetzel (Caltech)
  • Beth Willman (LSST)

<Venue and Travel>

This conference will be held in the International Conference Center Hiroshima (ICCH), a representative public building in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park located at Hiroshima city central. There are many regular domestic flights (~1.5 hr) from Tokyo Haneda (or Tokyo Narita) airports to Hiroshima airport. You can then reach to the city center with a limousin bus (~40 min). Also, there are frequent superexpress trains (JR Shinkansen) from Tokyo station to Hiroshima station (~4 hr trip, departure in every ~20 min in daytime).


We have made a block reservation in a hotel near the venue on a special rate for the conference participants. We recommend the overseas participants to stay in the hotel. More information will appear on our webpage in due course.


On the afternoon of the third day, Nov 30 (Wed), we will organize an optional excursion to the World Heritage, Itsukushima (so-called, Miyajima) shrine. Miyajima is also one of the three most specutacular scenic beauties in Japan. Late November - early December is the best season to visit there and you can enjoy the breathtaking views set in autumn colors especially by the maple tree leaves around the shrine.

On the evening of the fourth day, December 1 (Thu), the conference banquet will be held in a popular restaurant within a walking distance of ICCH. Taking this opportunity, we will celebrate Prof. Nobuo Arimoto (Director of the Subaru Telescope)'s forthcoming retirement.

<Important Dates>

  • February 10: 1st announcement
  • Late May: Registration opens; 2nd announcement
  • Late July: Deadline for abstract submission
  • Late August: Deadline for registration with a discount rate
  • Mid September : 3rd announcement with the full program
  • Late September : Deadline for registration
  • Nov 28 - Dec 2 : Conference

<Scientific Organizing Committee>

  • Masashi Chiba (Tohoku)
  • James Dunlop (Edinburgh)
  • Eiichi Egami (Arizona)
  • Richard Ellis (ESO)
  • Henry Ferguson (STScI)
  • Andrew Hopkins (AAO)
  • Tadayuki Kodama (NAOJ; Chair)
  • Olivier Le Fevre (LAM)
  • Tohru Nagao (Ehime)
  • Masami Ouchi (Tokyo)
  • Michael Strauss (Princeton)
  • Masahiro Takada (Kavli-IPMU)
  • Rosemary Wyse (JHU)

<Local Organizing Committee>

  • Koji Kawabata (Hiroshima; Chair)
  • Nobuhiro Okabe (Hiroshima)
  • Makoto Uemura (Hiroshima)
  • Yousuke Utsumi (Hiroshima)
  • Michitoshi Yoshida (Hiroshima)
  • Masaru Kajisawa (Ehime)
  • Subaru Secretaries (NAOJ)



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