IRN I² Interstellar Institute

French-Australian IRN on sciences of the Universe

IRN Interstellar Institute
2021 – 2025
Contact:
Marc-Antoine Miville-Deschênes
marc-antoine.miville-deschenes(at)cnrs.fr

Joshua Peek
jegpeek(at)stsci.edu

https://interstellarinstitute.org 

IRN I²
Website

IRN I²
News

The self-organised star formation process Sept-Oct 2019 – Institut Pascal, Université Paris-Saclay, France. interstellarinstitute.org/so-star

The Grand Cascade July 2021 – Institut Pascal, Université Paris-Saclay, France. interstellarinstitute.org/cascade

Introduction

The International Research Network Interstellar Institute () is managed on the French side by Marc-Antoine Miville-Deschênes, CNRS research director at the Astrophysics, Instrumentation & Modeling (AIM) Laboratory in Paris-Saclay, and on the American side by Joshua Peek, associate astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore.
The 27 core members of this network are located in institutes and universities in Australia, Canada, the United States, France, Germany, Austria and Greece.

MISSION AND SCIENTIFIC SCOPE

The scientific scope of the Interstellar Institute is to study how structure and complexity emerged in the Universe. The interstellar medium is the reservoir of diffuse gas from which every star is formed. Its structure determines how galaxies are formed and evolved over time. To study in details the complex multi-scale and multi-process physics at play in the formation of structures, I² uses numerical simulations and multi-wavelength observations of the interstellar medium of our own Galaxy and nearby galaxies.

The mission of the Interstellar Institute is to produce new scientific breakthroughs and to lead the study of complex physics of diffuse baryonic matter in and around galaxies. The work of the Institute is focused on theoretical and data analysis approaches, rather than on designing instrumentation or conducting dedicated observation programs.

NetWork Activities

The Interstellar Institute runs a yearly 4-week intensive working session combining its core members with a similar number of visiting scientists to foster new ideas and interactions. These sessions happen in Paris, the world’s most active centre for interstellar physics. Interstellar Institute​ members collaborate throughout the year on projects developed at the summer intensive sessions.

institutions and laboratories involved

France
• Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale, CNRS-Paris-Saclay Université
• Astrophysics, Instrumentation, Modeling laboratory, CNRS-Paris-Saclay Université
• Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et en Planétologie, CNRS-Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier

Australia
• 
Australian National University, Canberra
• Macquarie University, Sydney

USA
• 
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore
• Center for Astrophysics, Harvard University
• Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton University
• University of Wisconsin, Madison
• University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Germany
• Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg

Austria
• University of Vienna

Canada
• Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Toronto
• Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, Penticton

Greece
• Foundation for Research and Technology, University of Creete

 

You can read a presentation of IRN I² here