Topic 1: Chemical and Physical processes in the ISM

  • Molecular clouds: ices and their processing
  • Low temperature dust formation and cold gas phase reactions
  • Dynamics of PDRs: PAHs, H2 and other molecules
  • Bridging the grain-gas gap
  • Diffuse ISM: DIBs, evolution of dust
  • ISM in external galaxies: the impact of extreme conditions on gas and dust

Topic 2: Star formation and molecular complexity

  • Tracing the early stages of star formation
  • Complex organic molecules (COMs) in star forming regions: census
  • Formation of COMs: the interplay between gas-phase and grain chemistry

Topic 3: Evolved stars: from molecules to dust

  • Spectroscopy and molecular inventory
  • Dust nucleation and growth: AGB stars
  • Dust processing and destruction: planetary nebulae and supernovae
  • Dust formation in external galaxies

Topic 4: From Protoplanetary disks to the early Solar system

  • Dynamics and chemistry of disks and formation of planets
  • Comets, exo-comets, asteroids: observations and exploration
  • Chemical links between comets and star forming regions
  • Analysis of meteorites and IDPs
  • Formation of prebiotic molecules on planetary surfaces

Topic 5: Planets and exoplanets

  • Surfaces: e.g. Mercury, Mars, icy satellites and moons, Pluto
  • Planetary atmospheres: haze and complex chemistry (e.g. Titan, Jupiter)
  • Atmosphere-surface coupling
  • Identification and detection of biomarkers
  • Architectures of exoplanetary systems and atmospheric characteristics of exoplanets
  • Plumes and oceans

Topic 6: Future infrastructures, new lab astro techniques and funding

  • Light sources (e.g. Synchrotron, FEL)
  • Ion beam facilities
  • Other large facilities for laboratory astrophysics
  • Future funding opportunities

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