The NOVA research program: The life-cycle of stars and galaxies
The research program carried out by NOVA ‘The lifecycle of stars and galaxies: from high-redshift to the present’ is organized along the following three interconnected thematic programs (also called ‘networks’):
Each network consists of 15-20 active staff researchers with strong scientific records. The networks have regular (two to three times per year) face-to-face meetings with scientific presentations, mostly by PhD students and postdocs. Subgroups of researchers from different universities focusing on more specialized topics also meet regularly.
"By 2025, with ESA’s Gaia mission and new ground-based followup instruments, we will have a completely new view of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. We will have etermined its origin by finding and characterizing its building blocks, in some sense this is like
reconstructing its genealogy tree. These data will also allow us to map the distribution of mass in the Milky Way and pin down the nature of the mysterious dark matter."
“The new Extremely Large Telescope will make it possible to find and characterize planets like Earth orbiting our neighboring stars for the first time. What we will find? No idea! That is the thrill of scientific exploration.”
“The cores of neutron stars reach densities far higher than anything we can achieve on Earth, conditions where we expect to form exotica including stable states of strange quark matter and quantum superfluids. Over the next 10 years neutron star astronomers will begin to make profound discoveries about the nature of dense matter, in regimes that cannot be reached by laboratories like CERN.”