13-14 May 2019


This event will take place in connection with the 10th anniversary of the launch of Herschel - it is meant to be both a celebration of Herschel and its science, as well as placing Herschel's science results in the spotlight of what we know today.  The format will be a mini-workshop with invited and contributed presentations, with a social break around the time of the launch ten years earlier.



Herschel was successfully launched together with Planck on 14 May 2009, the time of liftoff was 15:12 CEST. Herschel made its first science observations some months later, and over the mission performed over 43,000 science and science calibration observations in 26,000 hours of successful observing, until exhaustion of the superfluid helium cryogen coolant put an expected but abrupt end to its scientific operations on 29 April 2013.

The first Herschel (science demonstration phase) data was made public in early 2010, and since 2014 all data are publicly available through the Herschel Science Archive. To date almost 2500 refereed papers have been published in the literature spanning a wide range of science, currently the rate is approx 20 papers per month, and we still expect much more Herschel science in the coming years. 

We invite the community to celebrate Herschel and its science in this mini-symposium! The meeting will start with an overview of the science objectives of Herschel and how and why they have changed over time from the first ideas in the late 1970s to the launch. Then invited and contributed talks will cover actual Herschel science achievements in light of where we are now, 10 years after the launch, and more than 6 years after the last observations. The idea is to place Herschel science results in the spotlight of current knowledge, both in the sense of being appreciated and challenged, and as having acted as starting points for further work, tracing the Herschel science heritage to what is being done today, and what is planned for the future.



The workshop will take place on 13-14 May 2019 at the Europan Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) premises, in Villafranca del Castillo, near Madrid. There will be no registration fee. We will provide free shuttle transportation from ESAC to Madrid at the end of the afternoon session on Day 1 and from Madrid to ESAC in the morning of Day 2. For any question regarding the logistics and/or the contents of the workshop please contact our Herschel Science Centre Helpdesk.



- Philippe André

- Peter Barthel

- Ted Bergin

- Maryvonne Gerin

- Paul Hartogh

- Dieter Lutz

- Margaret Meixner

- Sergio Molinari

- Göran Pilbratt

- Eckhard Sturm



13 May 2019

Session 1: 14:00-16:00

Coffee:     16:00-16:30

Session 2: 16:30-18:00

14 May 2019

Session 3: 09:30-11:00

Coffee:     11:00-11:30

Session 4: 11:30-13:00

Lunch:      13:00-14:00

Session 5: 14:00-14:40

Bubbly:     14:40-15:30

Session 6: 15:30-17:00



To register, use the registration form,  click here. This is a basic tool, no account making, just provide your name, email, and affiliation.



To submit an abstract, use the abstract submission form, click here. This is a basic tool, you have to prepare your abstract as a pdf file to be attached. We suggest presentation title, presenter name & affiliaition, and about 200-300 words for the abstract proper, say about half a page in total.