DAWN Summit 2020

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About the Summit

We are pleased to announce the Cosmic Dawn Center Summit 2020 which, due to the current COVID-19 situation, will be held online. For this reason, we have tried to make the event as short as possible.


The purpose of the meeting is to get acquainted with what your colleagues are working on, foster new collaborations, and get an overview of the science of DAWN. There will of course also be time for discussions, but given the unfortunate circumstances, we will have to postpone longer discussions till the crisis is over.


The meeting will take place on July 1 and 2, from 15:00 to 18:00 (3 pm to 6 pm) Central European Time. This corresponds to 9 pm to midnight (Western Australian Time) and 7 am to 10 am (Mid-American Time). This time was chosen to make it roughly equally inconvenient for everyone.


We will have nine sessions, corresponding to eight fields of science plus an overview of DAWN's summer program. Each session is kicked off by a short overview (10 minutes, plus 5 for questions/discussion) of the field, with highlights of the past year. Subsequently, anyone working in a more or less related field will have the opportunity to give a brief update (5 minutes including questions) on their work or current projects (see below).


As described below, you're encouraged to present one slide describing your current status. You can submit your slide below, but please go ahead and pre-register already today, since this will make it easier to plan the sessions.

Apart from this, you don't need to register.


A Zoom link will be sent out soon.


Please take this survey. It's the same questions as in 2018, but we'd like to see how our views have evolved.

Meeting Sessions


Overview by Claudia Lagos Urbina


Overview by Kristian Finlator


Overview by Kate Whitaker

Interstellar Medium

Overview by Fabian Walter

Galaxy Evolution

Overview by Karina Caputi

First Galaxies

Overview by Pascal Oesch


Overview by Seiji Fujimoto

New Methods

Overview by Iary Davidzon


Overview by Charles Steinhardt

Oral Contributions

Everybody (scientific staff, students, admins, affiliates, …) is encouraged to give a brief update on their current work. This is not only in order to give your colleagues an idea of your expertise, but also to possibly faciliate collaborations between you.

If you participated in the DAWN Summit 2019 you were asked, prior to the meeting, to submit a single page describing the status of you work. If you did, we apologize that we never really got around to make any use of the page, but we encourage you to use that one-pager as a basis for your update, i.e. to revisit, review, and revise the "plan". As a reward, you can have a minute or two of extra time 🙂

Due to the short duration of the meeting and the high number of participants, we will each only have 5 minutes, including possible questions and discussion. Moreover, in order to minimize technical issues with shifts between screen sharing, the slides will be collected in a shared presentation, presented by us.

Recommended procedure

Prepare one (1) slide with ~5 bullet points and 1-2 figures.

Upload your slide using the button below.

Cover the following topics (not necessarily in this order)

  • What do you work with, in general?
  • What have you been doing during the last year?
  • What will you be doing in the future?
  • Would you like to invite for collaborations with other DAWNers, or receive input on specific problems

Be prepared to talk for 5 minutes about your slide (incl. time for questions).

(from Tanaka, Valentino, Toft, et al. 2019).
(from Tanaka, Valentino, Toft, et al. 2019).


If you know you're attending, especially if you know that you'll be giving an oral contribution, it will be very helpful for our planning if you could pre-register.

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Once you've made your slide, please submit it using the button below. You can always re-submit if you wish to update your slide.

Please submit your slide by Monday, June 29. Preferably before.

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Meeting Agenda

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Note that the program is unfinished and subject to changes.

01 July 2020

Introduction by Sune Toft & Thomas Greve

Introduction by Claudia Lagos

Introduction by Kristian Finlator

  • Kristian Finlator
  • Pascal Oesch: The Rise of Dusty Star-Forming Galaxies During Cosmic Reionization

Introduction by Fabian Walter


02 July 2020

Introduction by Karina Caputi


Introduction by Seiji Fujimoto

Introduction by Iary Davidzon

List of Participants

Albert Sneppen

Basel Mostafa

Birgitta Nordström

Bo Milvang-Jensen

Charles Steinhardt

Christian Kragh Jespersen

Clara Giménez Arteaga

Claudia Lagos

Conor McPartland

David Sanders

Desika Narayanan

Fabian Walter

Francesco Valentino

Gabe Brammer

Georgios Magdis

Hagan Hensley

Iary Davidzon

Isabella Cortzen

Johan Fynbo

John Weaver

Karina Caputi

Kate Gould

Kate Whitaker

Kristian Finlator

Luis Colina

T. Lucas Makinen

Lucca de Mello

Lukas Zalesky

Meghana Killi

Michaela Hirschmann

Mimi Song

Mo Akhshik

Nina Bonaventura

Pascal Oesch

Peter Jakobsen

Peter Laursen

Sam Cutler

Seiji Fujimoto

Shalini Kurinchi-Vendhan

Sune Toft

Thomas Greve

Trity Pourbahrami

Vasily Kokorev