Sep 9 – 13, 2019
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Results of the poll that was voted and discussed  on the final day

PDFs of  most presentations are  now available in the final  program


Updated information  on social events available

Scientific Rationale

In the next decade, the commissioning of Extremely Large Telescopes (20-40m class) will allow us to see the high redshift universe using new eyes of unprecedented power. By themselves or in combination with other facilities, these new eyes will have the potential to transform our understanding of the formation and early evolution of galaxies and black holes, first light and cosmic reionization, as well as the evolution of the intergalactic and circumgalactic media.

The Big Eyes conferences will bring together an international group of experts to review the current state of the art in the study of the high redshift universe and discuss how best to use giant telescopes to learn about it. Specifically, we aim to address the following questions:

  • What potentially transformative observations will be enabled by giant telescopes? What capabilities are required?
  • What are the key synergies between giant telescopes and other facilities? What are the areas and topics where a concerted effort will yield far superior results than the sum of all parts?
  • What theoretical or observational work is needed in preparation for first light? What are the limitations in our understanding that need to be overcome?
  • What calculations are required in order to make testable predictions and interpret the results of future astronomical observations?

It is extremely important to consider these questions now, while the plans for giant telescopes can still be influenced, and there is still sufficient time to carry out preparatory theoretical and observational work that will be needed to make the most of the large investments in these facilities. In order to facilitate attendance and reduce travel costs, we will hold three coordinated conferences, one each in America, Asia, and Europe.


Registration, Abstract Submission and Conference fee

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to April 25, to avoid conflict with the ALMA deadline.

Registration and abstract submission are available on this site. Please note that you have to fill two forms - one for abstract submission and one for registration.

There will be a  registration fee  of 350 Euro which will include all lunches, coffee breaks and the conference dinner. Depending on the  availability of external fundings, we might be able to waive the fee for PhD students or young postdocs. Please include your request at the time of registration.


Europe/Africa Scientific Organizing Committee

  • Adriano Fontana (co-chair)
  • Laura Pentericci (co-chair)
  • Alvio Renzini
  • Marco Tavani
  • Michele Cirasuolo
  • Linda Tacconi
  • Elizabeth Stanway
  • Roser Pello
  • David Elbaz
  • Jesus Gallego
  • Pascal Oesch
  • Goran Ostlin
  • Sarah Blyth



  • Laura Pentericci 
  • Adriano Fontana 
  • Giuliana Giobbi 
  • Letizia Caito 
  • Diego Paris


Confirmed invited speakers

  • Rebecca Bernstein 
  • Richard Bouwens
  • NIcolas Bouche'
  • Claudia Cicone
  • Michele Cirasuolo
  • Emanuele Daddi 
  • Ric Davies 
  • Mark Dickinson 
  • Christophe Dumas
  • Laura  Ferrarese 
  • Steve  Finkelstein
  • Kearn Grisdale
  • Francois Hammer
  • Roberto Maiolino 
  • Claudia Maraston 
  • Alessandro Marconi 
  • Annalisa Pillepich 
  • Paola Santini
  • Roberto Scaramella 
  • Daniel Schaerer   
  • Raffaella  Schneider   
  • Francesco Shankar
  • David Sobral
  • Eros Vanzella 
  • Susanna Vergani 
  • Benedetta Vulcani
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