Belfast PESSTO Meeting VII

Slides for most of the talks can be found here.

Dates :  Thursday 19th June - Friday 20th June 

Thursday 19th June 

10.30 - 12.00  Registration, coffee and scones, informal discussion (top floor of Physics and Astronomy Building)

Session Chair (R. Kotak)

12.00 - 12.20 PESSTO Status and overview (Stephen Smartt)

12.20 - 12.30 Update from the PESSTO Science Board (Mark Sullivan) 

12.30 - 12.50 PESSTO Marshall and data distribution (Dave Young)

12.50 - 13.00 Update on lightcurves and photometry: SMARTS usage and LCOGT 1m time (Janet Chen)

Lunch on top floor (provided) [Ken looks after room]

Session Chair (K. Maguire)

14.00 - 14.25 "Dead or alive? - Observational results for SN 2009ip at +5 years"  (M. Fraser)

14.25 - 14.50  Interacting supernovae from photoionization-confined shells around red supergiants (Jonathan Mackay)

14.50 - 15.10  E. Kankare (Univ. of Turku) "Supernovae in luminous infrared galaxies"  (E. Kankare)

15:10 - 15.30 "Uniform radiation-hydrodynamics modelling of an extensively monitored sample of Type IIP supernovae" (L. Zampieri)

Tea/Coffee break [Darryl looks after room]

16.00 -  17.00 School of Maths and Physics seminar by Brian Schmidt 

17.00 Drinks reception 

20.00 Mourne Seafood Restaurant, Central Belfast 

Friday 20th June  

Session Chair (M. Sullivan)

09:30 - 09.45 Superluminous supernovae  in low Z galaxies - overview (Stephen Smartt)

09.45 - 10.05 Massive stars at low Z (Jorick Vink, Armagh Observatory) 

10.05 - 10.20 Discussion - superluminous SNe and massive stars at low Z 

10.20 - 10.35 The lightcurve of PTF12dam after 200days - what models fit ? (Janet Chen/Anders Jerkstrand)

10.35 - 11.00 What is OGLE-2013-SN-79 ?  (Cosimo Inserra)  

Tea/Coffee break + Group Photo [Dave looks after room]

Session Chair (S. Sim)

11.30 - 11.50 SkyMapper update and future PESSTO exploitation (Brian Schmidt)

11.50 - 12.00 Pan-STARRS and PESSTO future (Stephen Smartt) 

12.00 - 12.10 GAIA update (Morgan Fraser) 

12.10 - 12.30 Photometric and spectroscopic evolution of SN2012ec in the photospheric phase (C. Barbarino INAF-OACN) 

12.30 - 12.50 The 58Ni/56Ni ratio in SN2012ec from nebular phase spectra (A. Jerkstrand QUB) 

12.50 - 13.00  SN 2013fs and SN 2014G: two luminous type II-P/L SNe (G. Terreran Padova/QUB)

Lunch on top floor (provided) [Joe looks after room]

Session Chair (S. Smartt)

14.00 - 14.25  "Ejected masses of SNe Ia"R. Scalzo (by skype)  (ANU)

14.25 - 14.50  Exploring the diversity of Type Ia supernovae using optical spectroscopy (K. Maguire) 

14.50 - 15.10  "The rising light curves of type Ia supernovae" R. Firth (Southampton)  

15.10 - 15.30  The nature of LSQ13ddu (C. Inserra)

Tea/Coffee break [Mattia looks after room]

Session Chair (A. Jerkstrand)

16.00 - 16.10  TARDIS : an open source SN spectral modelling code (S. Sim)

16.10 - 16.20  Radiative transfer Models for polarized light in type Ia SNe (M. Bulla)

Register here : please add your name and institution here for registration. Also add a talk title if you are requesting a talk. This is a science focused meeting and we will accommodate all those who want to give a presentation. Postdocs and students are especially encouraged to talk about their recent results. 

Also note your arrival and departure date and time (so we can arrange social events etc).  

Logistics - where to stay and how to get here

The meeting will be hosted by the Astrophysics Research Centre, in the Main Physics and Astronomy Building. This is right next to the main University Building, on University road. See this Google Map.

Travel information and how to find the Physics and Astronomy Building is linked here

The meeting will be in the Board Room, in the Physics and Astronomy building.

There are plenty of hotels and guest houses within walking distance. All of the ones listed below are shown on the map. Zoom out if you can't see all of them.

Visit Belfast Booking Website: 

In addition to the direct links below, Visit Belfast have set up a dedicated website to book hotel rooms online. Reservations can be made starting 22-Apr-2014 at this web address:

There is a deal offered on the nearby IBIS (Queens Quarter). There are 15 doubles rooms block booked at this rate : £65 single, £69 double. Rates are inclusive of VAT, service charges and fully cooked breakfast. Available over the dates 18th - 21st June

More general info and others :

Note - these prices below and info are approximate. Check directly with the accommodation - if you phone directly and say you are a visitor at Queen's, they may give you a better rate. This is sometimes better than on the web. But not all hotels have this agreement.

Camera Guest House

    10 minutes walk from Queens, rooms are about £50 per night

Malone Guest House

    10 minutes walk from Queens, rooms are about £50 per night. Breakfast and WiFi in rooms included.

Malone Lodge

    10 minutes walk from Queens, rooms are between £79 and £99 per night. Breakfast and WiFi in rooms included.

Tara Lodge

    5 minutes walk from Queens, rooms are between £65 and £79 per night. WiFi included.

Ibis Hotel

    5 mins walk from Queens. Make sure you book the Ibis Belfast Queens Quarter hotel - there are two Ibis hotels, do NOT stay in the one in Castle street.

Wellington Park Hotel

    5 minutes walk from Queens, rooms are between £69 and £79 per night. WiFi included.

Dukes at Queen's : (potentially quite noisy at the weekend)

Marine Quest House :

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