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Third International Workshop on AM CVn binaries - April 16-20 2012

Registration for the workshop is now open, please complete before Feb 1:

Following the workshops in Nijmegen and Cape Town, we are pleased to
announce the third AM CVn workshop to be held at the University of
Warwick April 16-20 2012. The near future offers a rich landscape of
facilities relevant to the study of these systems including several
large transient/variability driven projects, GAIA, wide-field
optical/IR surveys and new instrumentation. The aim of the workshop is
to not only bring together the active community working on the
accreting AM CVn stars but also forge and strengthen links with
related topics such as detached compact binaries, post common-envelope
systems, mergers and related theory and modelling.

Topics include:

- Population characteristics of the currently known systems
- The formation and evolution of double white dwarf binaries and
related systems
- AM CVn progenitors and alternative end-products
- Long-term studies including period evolution and variability
- Hydrogen-deficient accretion
- The status of the sub-10min systems
- Donor star evolution
- Connections with CVs, (ultra-compact) XRBs and Type Ia progenitors
- Exploiting upcoming facilities, surveys and missions
- Merger simulations and modelling

We aim to maintain the workshop format from the previous meetings
with a relatively small number of participants and ample time for
discussion and small group splinter sessions. The workshop will be
held at the University of Warwick with on-campus accommodation and
facilities available for participants. There will be a welcome reception
during the evening of the 15th with the scientific program starting on the
Monday morning, wrapping up Friday lunchtime.

Formal registration for the workshop is now open. We recommend you
register as soon as possible, and we will be accepting registrations till
February 1st 2012. Accommodation is offered in our on-campus hotels at 84£
per night which includes taxes, breakfast as well as internet access in
the rooms (see Arden and Radcliffe links for more information, both are a
very short walk from the conference venue). For those arriving on Sunday,
the Sunday night is available at a reduced rate of £60. In addition, we
will collect a £160 registration fee to cover the cost of coffee and lunch
breaks. We are planning a social trip on the Wednesday afternoon as well
as a conference dinner, please indicate your interest in either of these
on the form.

Payment can be settled in person during the workshop (either using cash or
credit card). We do ask you to let us know as soon as possible if anything
changes with respect to your attendance since we will be booking rooms on
the basis of your registration form, and cancellation charges will apply.

The University of Warwick is located in central England with Birmingham as
the nearest, and most convenient, large airport and is well-connected by
public transport (Coventry being the closest train station). For those
that are considering extending their visit, the central location of
Warwick University ensures that many other UK destinations are within easy
reach. For example, fast trains to London take a little over an hour from
nearby Coventry train station. Closer by are a number of smaller towns and
villages including Kenilworth and Warwick which both have a castle and
Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare. Slightly further
afield, the rural region of the Cotswolds to our West offers a variety of
destinations and attractions.

Please forward this annoucement to any relevant colleagues.

We look forward to seeing you in Warwick,

Danny Steeghs, Gijs Nelemans, Matt Wood, Patrick Woudt (SOC)

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