Gluehwine Aarseth N-body meeting in Bonn

It has now become a tradition to hold an informal meeting focussed on stellar dynamics and stellar populations oriented topics when Sverre Aarseth of the Institute of Astronomy (IoA), Cambridge, U.K. visits the Stellar Populations and Dynamics Research (SPODYR) group of the Argelander-Institut fuer Astronomie (AIfA) in Bonn, Germany each year shortly before Christmas. Such a trend dates back to the Hoher List Observatory meetings. The "Aarseth N-body meetings" offers N-body and star-cluster experts an informal exchange with discussion-talks and evening visits to the Bonn Christmas market. The first Aarseth N-body meeting was held in Bonn, December 19-22, 2011. This year a good fraction of N-body and stellar population stars are again segregating in Bonn at the beginning of December.

Just like the previous years, the meeting will consist of informal talks and discussions thereafter. There can be some additional discussion sessions as questions and issues come up. And of course, there will be ventures to the Christmas market (Weihnachtsmarkt) in Bonn during the evenings.

The Christmas market in Bonn is one of the most lively and famous one in the region where you can get excellent gluehwines (traditional hot, sweetened wine). There are also ample freshly prepared food and sweets available as well as nice Christmas gifts to shop. We look forward to welcome all of you in Bonn this December.

New! The talks are now available online (in PDF) in the program page.

New! Some photos are available here.

Christmas market

Christmas market in Bonn. Image courtesy: ""

Venue: Argelander-Institut fuer Astronomie (University of Bonn)

Here is How to reach there and the address. The location(s) of the meeting in the Institute will be updated here soon.

Exactly when? December 3-5, 2012

Confirmed participants

Sverre Aarseth (Cambridge)

Sambaran Banerjee (Bonn)

Tjarda Boekholt (Leiden)

Christian Boily (Strasbourg)

Roberto Capuzzo-Dolcetta (Rome)

Andreas Ernst (Heidelberg)

Guilherme Goncalves Ferrari (Leiden)

Tobias Fritz (Munich)

Mirek Giersz (Warsaw)

Stefan Gillessen (Munich)

Vasilii Gvaramadze (Moscow)

Jaroslav Haas (Prague)

Maryam Habibi (Bonn)

Stefan Harfst (Berlin)

Douglas Heggie (Edinburgh)

Arkadiusz Hypki (Warsaw)

Rodrigo Ibata (Strasbourg)

Pavel Kroupa (Bonn)

Andreas Kuepper (Bonn)

Nathan Leigh (Noordwijk)

Nora Luetzgendorf (Munich)

Christoph Olczak (Heidelberg)

Susanne Pfalzner (Bonn)

Simon Portegies Zwart (Leiden)

Sylvia Ploeckinger (Vienna)

Andrea Stolte (Bonn)

Ladislav Subr (Prague)

Closed! Due to lack of space we are currently not accepting additional requests for participation.


Please find the detailed program here.

Some modification of the program can still be expected. The talk-titles are being updated.

General info:

Hotel information

We recommend the following hotels during your stay in Bonn.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any assistance in booking your hotel.

Practical information

Internet: Each guest will be provided with a login information and instructions to use the Institute's wireless network. One can also get online by simply connecting his/her notebook to an available ethernet socket (cables usually present), e.g., in the guests' common room (see below).

Common room: There will be a common room (U1.008, the ARC room) available for the guests in the Institute's basement. Kindly do not use this room on Monday, Dec. 3 between 13:00-14:00 and Tuesday, Dec. 4 between 11:00-12:00.

Tea/coffee break: We shall gather in the big coffee room in the 1st floor of the Institute during the tea/coffee breaks. Tea, coffee and cookies will be provided for free!

Lunch: There are three options for luncheon in the neighbourhood, namely,
(a) One can use the canteen of the adjacent Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy (MPIfR).
(b) A bunch of us can go to the "Deutsche Telekom" canteen; about 15 min walk from the Institute. One needs to buy a "meal card" for 5 Euros, refundable on return, to buy any item from this canteen.
(c) One can go to any of the nearby restaurants. There is a fast-food center ("Burger your beef") next to the Institute (closed on Mondays unfortunately). You can find German, Chinese, Turkish and other eating centers along the nearby "Endenicher Strasse"'s pedestrian zone, all within 20 min walk from the Institute.

Dinner: We strongly encourage the guests to visit the Christmas Market at the Bonn city-center every evening and have dinner there along with Gluehwine! We shall go there together! Just in case, here is a list of restaurants in the neighbourhood of the Institute (within 20 min walking distance):
The Fiddlers. Famous Irish Pub in Bonn. The food (veg and non-veg) is also excellent. Food available at least until 11:00 pm. A bit noisy too!
Harmonie. Traditional German pub; for both excellent food (veg and non-veg) and the local Koelsch beer. Food available at least until 11:00 pm.
Pelato. Well known Italian restaurant.
Gasthaus Nolden. Well known traditional German restaurant.

How to find the lecture halls: Due to the winter semester schedules, the talks have to be shifted around the lecture rooms 0.008, 0.012 and 3.010. The distribution of the talks among these halls is indicated in the program.
Room 0.008: After entering the AIfA building through the main entrance door, turn tight to cross the initial entrance square. Then immediately on your left, you will find a passage. The room is at the end of this passage.
Room 0.012: After entering the AIfA building through the main entrance door, turn tight and continue until you find the entrance of this room on your left.
Room 3.010: After entering the AIfA building through the main entrance door, continue in the same direction through the smaller door (aligned slightly to the left) to find the staircase or the elevator. You need to press a switch besides the latter door to open it. Then go up to the 3rd floor. The room is at the end of the right (facing the elevator shaft) wing of this floor.


Sambaran Banerjee
Phone (office): +49 (0) 228 733461

Pavel Kroupa
Phone (office): +49 (0) 228 736140

Please do not hesitate to contact us on any matter of the meeting.