In 2016 a number of new Astronomy and Astrophysics research groups were set up in the ROI to study massive stars, their evolution, and explosion. Following on from this a series of meetings have been proposed linking these researchers to their NI colleagues at research centres for the evolution (Armagh Observatory), and explosion (Queens University Belfast) of stars. These meetings will enable knowledge exchange, build collaborations, and help group leaders to develop complementary themes of research. They will also strengthen and focus Horizon 2020 applications being developed by young researchers. They will strengthen North-South collaboration in education and public engagement.
These Meetings are funded by the Irish Research Council’s New Foundations programme to promote research on massive stars and supernovae in Ireland, North and South.
The first meeting was held at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, on 25-26 May 2017