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.



  • "Herschel observations of the filament paradigm for star formation: Where do we stand?"  - Philippe André
  • "Herschel and active galaxies"  - Peter Barthel
  • "The Herschel view on water in star and planet formation"  - Ted Bergin
  • "Interstellar hydrides with Herschel: from the 20th to the 21th century"  - Maryvonne Gerin
  • "Herschel observations of water in the solar system"  - Paul Hartogh
  • "Herschel extragalactic deep surveys: Results and legacy"  - Dieter Lutz
  • "The Origins Space Telescope: a NASA Decadal 2020 Mission Concept"  - Margaret Meixner
  • "The Milky Way as a star formation engine"  - Sergio Molinari
  • "Evolution of Herschel science objectives from initial ideas to launch"  - Göran Pilbratt
  • "The SPICA Mission, science and its instruments"  - Peter Roelfsema
  • "Extragalactic molecular outflows"  - Eckhard Sturm
  • "Planck – the 'other side' of the Herschel/Planck Project – and its scientific connections to Herschel"  - Jan Tauber



The final list of workshop participants is available here

Workshop participants group photograph



The workshop will be held on 13-14 May 2019, commencing at 13:30 hours on 13 May, and finishing by 18:00 hours on 14 May.

The Final Programme (pdf) for the meeting is available here, last updated on 10 May 2019.

Abstracts booklets (pdf) containing all the invited talks here, the contributed talks here, and late posters here, have been updated on 8 May 2019.



Tapas dinner on 13 May 2019 @ 20:30h - Restaurante Lateral - Paseo de la Castellana, 42



Deadline for registration was 26 April 2019



Deadline for abstract submission was 2 April 2019. Late submissions were offered poster presentations.