When and where

September 24-27, 2024. Auditorium Biblioteca Nicanor Parra, U. Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile.

Meeting rationale and topics

Is there a link between the irregular accretion patterns seen in some young stars and the formation of planets? Do the mechanisms driving episodic accretion in eruptive stars hold clues to giant planet formation? What do observations of eruptive stars tell us about gravitational instabilities near young stars? This workshop is dedicated to exploring these emerging paradigms, aiming to connect planet formation with the dynamic world of episodically accreting stars. The workshop will facilitate collaboration among experts in eruptive stars, planet formation, and computational modeling. Through interdisciplinary discussions, we aim to nurture innovative solutions to age-old questions in the fields of star and planet formation.

Topics covered

  • Episodic accretion, FUor/EXor phenomena
  • Planet formation
  • Flyby interactions
  • Chemistry of FUor/EXor disks
  • Circumstellar environments
  • Theoretical modelling
  • AI-assisted analysis

Invited Speakers

Confirmed so far:

  • Lee Hartmann
  • Ruobing Dong
  • Lynne Hillenbrand
  • Sergei Nayakshin
  • More TBC

Important dates

Please fill in this form to register for the conference:

  • Early registration opens April 1, 2024 and closes June 15, 2024.
  • Normal registration opens June 16, 2024 and closes August 1, 2024.
  • Abstract submission deadline for talks: May 30, 2024
  • Abstract submission deadline for posters: August 15, 2024
  • Preliminary program: June 15, 2024


Thanks to the NAASC Support for Conferences and Workshop program, as well as the YEMS Millennium Nucleus, we have secured funding that allow us to support the participation of early career researchers (ERC) and students in need of financial aid to attend. We will do our best to support as many people as we can.

In person or hybrid?

We are currently in the process of determining the format and extent of our conference. While our current plan is to organize an in-person meeting, we are actively exploring the potential for a hybrid event. This involves assessing the availability of resources for hybrid setups at potential venues. We will keep you informed by posting updates here as we make decisions.

Code of Conduct

All participants must follow the NRAO Code of Conduct. The members of the Local Organizing Committee are designated as the contact points for all matters related to this code.

Scientific Organizing Committee (SOC)

  • Lucas Cieza (Universidad Diego Portales)
  • Ágnes Kóspál (Konkoly Observatory)
  • Antonio Hales (NRAO)
  • Lynne Hillenbrand (Caltech)
  • Michihiro Takami (Academia Sinica)
  • Jonathan Williams (University of Hawaii)
  • Alice Zurlo (Universidad Diego Portales)

Local Organizing Committee (LOC)

  • Sebastián Pérez (Universidad de Santiago)
  • Alice Zurlo (Universidad Diego Portales)
  • Philipp Weber (Universidad de Santiago)
  • Trisha Bhowmik (Universidad Diego Portales)
  • Dary Ruiz-Rodriguez (ALMA)
  • James Miley (Universidad de Santiago)
  • Antonio Hales (NRAO)
  • Ana Gabela

To contact the LOC or the SOC write to: fireborn2024@gmail.com

Travel Information

Visas: Citizens from most countries do not require a visa to enter Chile as a tourist, but please check with your local embassy before traveling as it may take up to 20 days for processing if you need a visa.

Visa Invitation Letters: If you require a Letter of Invitation as proof that your abstract submission and/or registration is accepted by the conference organizer please email us at fireborn2024@gmail.com.

Travel: You will arrive at the Santiago airport (SCL). Transportation from the airport to the hotel can be arranged and paid directly at the airport as you exit customs. Uber is an option but not all Uber drivers will pick you up at the arrivals level.

Hotels: More information on hotels near the conference will be available soon.

COVID-19: All COVID-19 restrictions in Chile have been lifted. You are not required to show proof of vaccination to fly to Chile. For Your health and safety. September is the beginning of spring, and the end of the flu and COVID season in the southern hemisphere. We will NOT be requiring masks during the conference, but you are welcome to wear one. We will have masks available through the conference if you need one.

If you feel sick or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms during the conference please stay in your hotel until we can get you a COVID-19 test.

For any other health concern please email us at fireborn2024@gmail.com.

The venue

Auditorio Biblioteca Nicanor Parra, Universidad Diego Portales.
Address: Vergara 324, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile.

Photograph by Roland Halbe.


The Eruptive Stars and Planet Formation Connection Workshop is organized with the financial support of the North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC) and the Millennium Nucleus on Young Exoplanets and their Moons (YEMS) an ANID - Millennium Science Initiative Program Center Code NCN2021_080.

Artwork by DALL-E 3.5, prompt: An expressive oil painting of planet forming gravitational instability clumps around a protoplanetary disk. Website development based on html5up source code.

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