July 1–2

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

4Interstellar medium

Overview by Fabian Walter

5Galaxy evolution

Overview by Karina Caputi

6First galaxies

Overview by Pascal Oesch


Overview by Seiji Fujimoto

8New 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).

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To spice up this webpage a little, here's an image of SXDS-27434; the most distant quiescent galaxy ever seen, at a redshift of z = 4.01 (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.


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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Click on a session to expand. If you're on your phone, you may have to perform a \(+\pi/2\) rotation in the plane of your screen.

Note that the program is unfinished and subject to changes.

01July 2020


Introduction by Sune Toft & Thomas Greve



Introduction by Claudia Lagos


Five minutes' break



Introduction by Kristian Finlator

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

Ten minutes' break


Five minutes' break


Interstellar medium

Introduction by Fabian Walter

02July 2020

Galaxy evolution

Introduction by Karina Caputi


Five minutes' break


First galaxies

Introduction by Pascal Oesch


Ten minutes' break



Introduction by Seiji Fujimoto


Five minutes' break


New methods

Introduction by Iary Davidzon

List of Participants

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  1. Albert Sneppen
  2. Basel Mostafa
  3. Birgitta Nordström
  4. Bo Milvang-Jensen
  5. Charles Steinhardt
  6. Christian Kragh Jespersen
  7. Clara Giménez Arteaga
  8. Claudia Lagos
  9. Conor McPartland
  10. David Sanders
  11. Desika Narayanan
  12. Fabian Walter
  13. Francesco Valentino
  14. Gabe Brammer
  15. Georgios Magdis
  16. Hagan Hensley
  17. Iary Davidzon
  18. Isabella Cortzen
  19. Johan Fynbo
  20. John Weaver
  21. Karina Caputi
  22. Kate Gould
  23. Kate Whitaker
  24. Kristian Finlator
  25. Luis Colina
  26. T. Lucas Makinen
  27. Lucca de Mello
  28. Lukas Zalesky
  29. Meghana Killi
  30. Michaela Hirschmann
  31. Mimi Song
  32. Mo Akhshik
  33. Nina Bonaventura
  34. Pascal Oesch
  35. Peter Jakobsen
  36. Peter Laursen
  37. Sam Cutler
  38. Seiji Fujimoto
  39. Shalini Kurinchi-Vendhan
  40. Sune Toft
  41. Thomas Greve
  42. Trity Pourbahrami
  43. Vasily Kokorev
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Group photo.

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