DEX XIII with St Andrews and Lancaster

The Advantages of Resolution

Scope of workshop

Resolution plays a key role in many areas of extragalactic astrophysics. As new generations of instruments provide observers with an increasingly detailed view of galaxies near and far, ever more powerful simulations advance towards a refined understanding of galaxy formation and evolution. At the same time, comprehensive spectroscopic surveys are obtaining precise cosmological measurements of the Universe itself.

In an era of vast data archives and sophisticated computational resources, what are the big questions confronting us, and how do we take advantage of new advances in observations and theory to resolve these problems?

Following in the traditions of previous DEX workshops, this meeting intends to bring together observers and theorists to discuss advances in modelling and observational techniques in extragalactic astronomy. This year we would like to invite colleagues from four institutes - Durham, Edinburgh, St Andrews and Lancaster - with the aim of fostering collaborations between our respective research groups.

The theme is intentionally broad to encompass a range of research topics. These include, but are not limited to:

- New results from IFU surveys (MaNGA; KMOS etc.)

- Improvements in BAO/RSD detections

- Details of state-of-the-art theoretical simulations

- Energy Resolution in HEA

- High-z Precision Observations

- Next Generation Instrumentation

Dates and Times

DEX XIII will be held on Monday 9th - Tuesday 10th January 2017 in the Institute for Astronomy at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh. The workshop is planned to start on Monday at 11:00 (registration and coffee from 10:30) and will end around 17:00 on Tuesday.

A buffet lunch will be served in the Stobie Room on both days for all registered participants, with informal break-out discussion sessions planned during the lunch breaks.

The workshop dinner will be held on Monday evening at Blonde restaurant in Edinburgh.


The workshop programme and list of abstracts are now both available in electronic form.


Registration is now closed.


The committee intends to offer prizes for the best short and long talks by PhD students.


Accommodation is available at the following hotels and B&Bs within reasonable walking distance of the Institute:

43 Craigmillar Park, Edinburgh EH16 5PD
Phone: +44 (0) 871 984 6458

Mayfield Lodge
75 Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 3AA
Phone: +44 (0) 131 662 8899

Smiths Guest House
77 Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 3AA
Phone: +44 (0) 131 667 2524

Highfield Guest House
83 Mayfield Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3AE
Phone: +44 (0) 131 667 8717

Lauderville Guest House
52 Mayfield Road, Edinburgh, EH9 2NH
Phone: +44 (0) 131 667 7788.

Classic House
50 Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 2NH
Phone: +44 (0) 131 667 5847.

21 West Mayfield (not on web)
21 West Mayfield, Edinburgh EH9 1TQ
Phone: +44 (0) 131 668 2148.

Organising committee:
N. P. Ross (IfA), Y. Cai (IfA), N. Bourne (IfA), P. Norberg (Durham), A. P. Thomson (Durham), V. Wild (St Andrews), D. Sobral (Lancaster)

Email address: Dex.Workshop[at]