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Day 0 – May 2, 2011

Buses leave at 18/18:15 from Hotel Villa Capodimonte to OACn.

18:30 – 20:00 * Welcome reception & registration  (INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte)

Buses leave at 20:30 from Capodimonte Museum stop (100 m from OACn) to Hotels downtown and at 20:15/20:30 from OACn to Hotel Villa Capodimonte


Day 1  - May 3, 2011 Tuesday 

Buses leave at 8:00 from the Via Medina meeting point (close to Hotels downtown), at 8:30 from Grand Hotel Capodimonte and at 8:30/8:45 from Hotel Villa Capodimonte

8:30 * Registration. The registration desk will remain constantly open till lunch time.

9:00 – 9:20

Welcome (Director of the Naples Observatory)

9:20 – 9:30

Communications  (SOC + LOC)


>>  The cosmological distance ladder into context

Note:   Invited Reviews (30 min. each, including 5 minutes for questions/discussion, orange background)

Contributed talks (20 min. each, including 5 minutes for questions/discussion)

Chairperson: G. Clementini

  9:30 – 10:00

G. Tammann

Allan Sandage and the cosmic expansion

10:00 – 10:30

W. Freedman

Measurements of the Extragalactic Distance Scale

10:30 – 11:00

C. Turon / X. Luri

Building the cosmic distance scale: from Hipparcos to Gaia

11:00 – 11:30    Coffee break + Poster viewing

11:30 – 12:00

J. de Bruijne

Status of the Gaia project  

12:00 – 12:30

A. Walker  

The Large Magellanic Cloud and the Distance Scale

12:30 – 12:50

V. Ripepi

The distance to the LMC from first results of the VISTA Magellanic Cloud (VMC) Survey

12:50-14:30    Lunch break:       Buffet lunch + Visit to the Observatory historical library, with books by Copernico etc., group of 20-30 persons.

Chairperson: M. Groenewegen

14:30 – 15:00

G. Pietrzynski

Eclipsing binaries  as precise distance indicators

15:00 – 15:20  

D. Graczyk

The early type eclipsing binaries as a distance indicator

15:20 – 15:40 

J. Fliri

First results from the POMME survey of M31

15:40 – 16:10     Coffee break + Poster viewing

16:10 – 16:40

Round Table on the topic of the day (including posters)  A.Walker /M. Groenewegen

17:15 – 19:45 * Visit to the Capodimonte Museum

Buses leave at 20:00 from the Capodimonte Museum to Grand Hotel Capodimonte and Hotels downtown, at 20:00/20:15 to Hotel Villa Capodimonte


Day 2  - May 4, 2011 Wednesday   

Buses leave at 8:00 from the Via Medina meeting point (close to Hotels downtown), at 8:30 from Grand Hotel Capodimonte and at 8:30/8:45 from Hotel Villa Capodimonte

>> Stellar pulsation and evolution distance indicators

Chairperson: M. Marconi

  9:00 – 9:30

M. Salaris

"Evolutionary" distance indicators

  9:30 – 10:00

F. Caputo

Distances from RR Lyrae stars

10:00 – 10:20

C. Klein

Mid-infrared Period-Luminosity Relations of RR Lyrae Stars Derived from the WISE Preliminary Data Release

10:20 – 10:40

G. Wallerstein

Calibrating the Metallicity of RR Lyrae Stars by Measurement of the CaII Triplet Lines

10:40 – 11:10  Coffee break + Poster viewing

11:10 – 11:40

L. Macri

SHOES Cepheids: from Anchors to SN hosts

11:40 – 12:00

N. Matsunaga

Classical Cepheids found in an IRSF near-IR survey and their impacts

12:00 – 12:20

N. Nardetto

The projection factor of Cepheids

12:20 – 12:40

L. Szabados

Problems and possibilities in fine-tuning of the Cepheid P-L relationship

12:40-14:30   Lunch break:     Buffet  lunch + Visit to the Observatory historical library (group of 20-30)                                           

Chairperson: W. Gieren

14:30 – 14:50

C. Ngeow

The Mid-Infrared Period-Luminosity Relations for Classical Cepheids

14:50 – 15:10

S. Kanbur

The Possible NonLinearity of the mean light and multiphase Cepheid Wesenheit functions in the Magellanic Clouds

15:10 – 15:30

M. Romaniello

The influence of chemical composition on the pulsation properties of Cepheids: theory vs. observations

15:30 – 15:50

J. Storm

Calibrating the Cepheid Period-Luminosity relation from the infrared surface brightness technique

15:50-16:20      Coffee Break + Poster viewing

16:20 – 16:50

P. Whitelock

AGB Variables and the Distance Scale


16:50 – 17:20

  Round table on the topic of the day:  G. Bono  / W. Gieren 

Buses leave at 17:30/17:45 from OACn to Hotel Villa Capodimonte and at 17:45 from the Capodimonte Museum stop to Grand Hotel Capodimonte and Hotels downtown

Bus transportations to the social dinner leave from different hotels at 19:30 (downtown), 19:50 (Grand Hotel Capodimonte) and at 20 from Villa Capodimonte.

20:30 * Conference Dinner   + Speech by M. Capaccioli

Bus transportations to Hotels leave at the end of the social dinner.


Day 3  - May 5, 2011 Thursday   

Buses leave at 8:40 from the Via Medina meeting point (close to Hotels downtown), at 9:00 from Grand Hotel Capodimonte and at 9:00/9:15 from Hotel Villa Capodimonte

>> From Local to Cosmological Distances to Ho

Chairperson: E. Brocato

  9:30 – 10:00

R. Kudritzki

Distances to Galaxies from the Brightest Stars in the Universe

10:00 – 10:20

G. Fiorentino

Ultra Long Period Cepheids: a primary standard candle up to the Hubble flow.

10:20 – 10:50

R. Ciardullo

The Planetary Nebula Luminosity Function in the Era of Gaia

10:50 – 11:00     Conference Picture

11:00 – 11:30     Coffee Break  +  Poster viewing

11:30 – 12:00

A. Riess

Supernovae: from Calibration to Cosmology

12:00 –12:20

G. Altavilla

Gaia and the discovery of Supernovae.

12:20 – 12:40

M.T. Botticella

Supernova search and rates with Gaia

 

Lunch break       12:40-14:30     Buffet  lunch + Visit to the Observatory historical library (group of 20-30)

Chairperson: B. Leibundgut

 14:30 – 15:00

J.P. Blakeslee

Surface Brightness Fluctuations as Primary and Secondary Distance Indicators

15:00 – 15:20

G. Raimondo

SBF and Distances: a Theoretical View

15:20 – 15:40

M. Cantiello

Improving the cosmological distance scale: SBF and SNeIa inter-calibration

15:40 – 16:10

M. Rejkuba

Globular cluster luminosity function as distance indicator and comparison with other distance determination methods

16:10 – 16:40     Coffee Break

16:40 – 17:10

Round table on the topic of the day: A.Saha/B.Leibundgut

17:10 – 18:40     Poster viewing  + visit to the ancient instruments of the OACn

17:10 – 18:40     GREAT-ITN WP6 meeting/ The LOC counts the ballots and awards the school's exhibition prizes

18: 40 – 20:30     Classic Music Concert + Wine tasting

Buses leave at 20:45/21:00 from OACn to Hotel Villa Capodimonte and at 21:00 from the Capodimonte Museum stop to Grand Hotel Capodimonte and Hotels downtown


Day 4  - May 6, 2011  Friday 

Buses leave at 8:00 from the Via Medina meeting point (close to Hotels downtown), at 8:30 from Grand Hotel Capodimonte and at 8:30/8:45 from Hotel Villa Capodimonte

>> Gaia: the "transient" sky and the cosmic distance ladder

Chairperson: X. Luri

9:00 – 9:30

L. Eyer

Standard candles in the Gaia Perspective

9:30 – 10:00

G. Gilmore

Real-time science with Gaia – delivering distance tracers through Gaia Alerts

10:00 – 10:30     Coffee break       

10:30 – 11:00

M. Della Valle

Novae as distance indicators in the GAIA era

11:00 – 11:20

E. Masana

Simulation of the Gaia final catalogue: expectation of the distance estimation 


11:20 – 11:50

 Conference Summary    A.Saha  /  C. Cacciari

11:50 – 12:10    Results from the scholar's exibition award

12:10 – 12:15    Thanks from SOC – LOC

12:15 – 14:00    Lunch break    Buffet lunch

Tour to Pompei   14:00 – 20:00/20:30

End of conference