While many lines of evidence highlight the role of dwarf galaxies in the cosmic scenery, as possible building blocks of Hubble-type galaxies and important contributors to the chemical enrichment of the Universe, the formation and evolution of these systems is only sketchily understood. The nearby Universe reveals a diversity of dwarf galaxies, spanning a wide range in their photometric, morphological and chemical properties. Does this sizeable galaxy population share a common evolutionary history or rather consist of physically and evolutionary distinct subclasses?
This symposium aims at providing a forum for observers and theoreticians to exchange ideas and new results on the many evolutionary aspects of dwarf galaxies near and far: what have we learned thus far and which are the main opportunities and challenges for the near future.
Some of the topics that will be addressed are:
These are a few among the open questions that we wish to explore. Researchers in all fields of astronomy and cosmology, observational and theoretical, who are interested in them and can provide new clues are most welcome.
Registrations, abstract submissions and grant requests must be done through the main JENAM page.
Proceedings will be published by Springer Verlag in the Astrophysics & Space Science series.Scientific Organizing Committee