The kinematics of star formation: Theory and observation in the Gai a era

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An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Nick Wright (Hertfordshire)*,Richard Parker (LJMU), Rowan Smith ( Manchester / Heidelberg)*Contact: nick.nwright AT With the advent or recent large-scale radial velocity surveys and the recent launch of ESA's astrometric Gaia satellite, studies of the kinematics of young stars have become increasingly prominent over the last few years. They are the key to our understanding of both the star formation process and the formation and early evolution of star clusters, allowing us to test the results of hydrodynamic simulations of the star formation process and N-body models of the dynamical evolution of star clusters. This specialist discussion meeting will focus on recent observations and models of the kinematics of young stars and star clusters, and will also discuss the upcoming wealth of kinematic data expected from the Gaia mission and how the community can best prepare for it. 10.00     Coffee10.30     Opening remarks - Nick Wright Session 1: The kinematics of the star formation process (Chair: Rowan Smith) 10.35     The dynamics of cluster formation - Paul Clark (invited talk)11.10     Gas kinematics in massive and dense molecular clouds - Jonathan Henshaw11.30     Star formation in molecular clouds extracted from galactic simulations: The effect of stellar feedback - Ramon Rey-Raposo Session 2: The kinematics of star clusters and young stars (Chair: Richard Parker) 11.50     Clusters or Associations: how do most stars form? - Simon Goodwin (invited talk)12.25     Kinematics of protostellar groups and clusters from numerical simulations - Matthew Bate12.45     The Formation of High Mass Stars - Nate Bastian 13.05     Lunch 14.05     Kinematic observations of young clusters - Estelle Moraux (invited talk)14.40     Looking for kinematic substructures in open clusters: The case of NGC 2264 - Emilio Alfaro Navarro15.00     Discussion (Chair: Nick Wright)15.30     Tea