Welcome to the 14th Potsdam Thinkshop!


This Potsdam Thinkshop will take place on June 12 – 16, 2017.


Magnetic fields are present at all stages of stellar evolution, from brown dwarfs and young T Tauri stars through the main sequence phase, to the end products: white dwarfs, neutron stars, and magnetars. Over the past decade, important progress has been made in measuring the magnetic fields of both massive and low mass stars (on and off the main sequence), in understanding the origins of such fields, the role of convection in stellar magnetism, and in various related fields such as rotation, ages, differential rotation, activity, solar-stellar connection, and exoplanet-related research, all of which give insight into stellar magnetism and magnetic field evolution.


We intend to offer to diverse communities a venue to discuss the latest results, to evaluate the progress made, to understand relevant issues for both the massive and low mass star communities in a joint setting, and to examine the challenges and prospects for the next few years.


The scientific programme will highlight the most recent observational and theoretical work in the
field including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • the origin of stellar magnetic fields
  • magnetic field geometry and evolution in pre-main-sequence stars
  • magnetic fields, rotation, and differential rotation on the main sequence
  • the role of small-scale magnetic fields in stellar atmospheres
  • global dynamos, activity cycles, and the rotation-activity-age relation in solar-type stars
  • magnetic fields in massive stars and magnetically-confined winds
  • magnetic star/planet and disk/planet interaction
  • magnetism in the late stages of stellar evolution
  • future perspectives in theory and observational facilities


Registration and abstract submission was opened on the 5th of January 2017.


We plan to publish all talks containing original research in the journal Astronomical Notes.