22nd International Microlensing Conference | 25 - 28 January, 2018

Welcome to Microlensing 22 - Reaching Out | University of Auckland, New Zealand

We invite the community to attend the 22nd International Microlensing Conference!

For a quarter of a century, gravitational microlensing has been used as a channel for astrophysical discovery.

Microlensing is:

  • increasing our knowledge of stellar populations in the Milky Way and other galaxies,
  • constraining the frequency and mass function of compact objects, including black holes, white dwarfs, and brown dwarfs,
  • probing the structure of the inner Galaxy and the properties of the stellar population that resides there,
  • discovering Earth-mass exoplanets from the outer habitable zone out to beyond the snow line,
  • becoming a part of space-based observation programmes which are building a map of the planetary abundance in our Galaxy, including an exploration of the frequency and mass function of free-floating planets.

Our community has grown, but will need to grow further to meet the challenges put in front of us by new and existing ground and space-based observatories. Current observational efforts produce data at a rate that is a challenge to analyse with our present resources and tools. We need to address this as we move forward into an era of WFIRST/LSST microlensing.

Our theme for this meeting is loosely centered on how to prepare for the coming decade of microlensing observations and the data they will bring.

We will discuss what tools we presently have to analyse data, whether and how these can be best adopted as a standard in the field, what tools or skills are missing from our present capabilities, and how we can address these gaps. 

Microlensing has a lot to offer the broader astrophysical community. In turn, we must reach out to our colleagues in the fields of statistics, computer science, and astroinformatics to let them know of the opportunities and tensions in our field, and to build links with these communities.

The Department of Physics at The University of Auckland is committed to providing a harassment-free environment. This conference has adopted the London Code of Conduct and all participants are required to abide by this Code. If you have any questions about the Code of Conduct, please contact Nicholas Rattenbury.

We look forward to your attendance.

From the Scientific Organising Committee

Rachel Akeson (Caltech/IPAC)
Valerio Bozza (University of Salerno)
Scott Gaudi (The Ohio State University)
Calen Henderson (Caltech//IPAC-NExScI)
Jessica Lu (University of California Berkeley)
David Nataf (Johns Hopkins University)
Nick Rattenbury (University of Auckland)
Rachel Street (Las Cumbres Observatory)
Takahiro Sumi (Osaka University)
Andrzej Udalski (Warsaw University)


Important dates, registration, accommodation and more

Moa observatory, South Island New Zealand

Important dates

Remember to put these dates in your calendar:

  • 7 August 2017
    Registration and abstract submission opens
  • 31 October 2017
    Deadline for submitting abstracts
  • Mid November 2017
    Notification of abstract acceptance
  • 24 November 2017
    Early-bird registration closes
  • Late November 2017
    Draft programme ready
  • Mid December 2017
    Registration closes
  • Thursday, 25 January, 2018
    Conference opens
  • Sunday, 28 January, 2018
    Conference closes
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Register and submit your abstracts

The conference registration fee is

  • NZD $495
    (early-bird, before 24th November 2017)
  • NZD $545
    (standard, after 24th November 2017)

Student and Day-only registration fees are available.

Find out more and register here

Go to our online form to submit your abstract for an oral or poster presentation.

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Accommodation for the 2018 Microlensing Conference
There are a number of accommodation options available for conference participants. (523.3 kB, PDF)

Agenda and participants

Keynote speakers to be confirmed.

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The conference will be held at the University of Auckland Business School, Owen G Glenn Building 388, 12 Grafton Rd, Grafton, Auckland 1010.

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