22nd-26th July 2019
Palm Cove, Queensland, Australia
Great Barriers
Planet Formation
Image: Protoplanetary disc around IM Lupi
Credit: Avenhaus+2018/DARTTS-S/ESO/SPHERE

We are made of dust. How does this dust collect in protoplanetary discs to form planets like the Earth and people like us?

Since 2013 high-resolution observations of protoplanetary discs have been made with ALMA, VLT-SPHERE and other telescopes. Can we make sense of them? We aim to bring together theory and observations to understand how nature overcomes the `Great Barriers' in the planet formation process

The conference will follow a 3-week program of activities on protoplanetary discs at Monash University in Melbourne as part of the EU-funded DUSTBUSTERS collaboration

"Inside the Taurus star-forming complex, HL Tau is a young star..."

ALMA partnership et al. (2015).
And so it began.

Dates: 22nd-26th July 2019

Venue: Palm Cove, Queensland, Australia


The conference will be held at the Palm Cove conference centre in Palm Cove, Queensland, Australia

The nearest airport is Cairns international airport


We have a special rate negotiated at the conference hotel. To receive this rate book via Tel +61 7 4729 2000 or groups@hgcpalmcove.com.au.

Room typeRoom only+1 breakfast+2 breakfast
Standard room$120$135$150
Superior room$140$155$170
Standard suite$160$175$190
Superior suite$180$195$210

The venue will also price-match any quote obtained from an external website (e.g. specials)

Palm cove is a small town, so any hotel in Palm Cove will be within walking distance of the conference venue


November 2019: Registration opens

March 31st, 2019: Early bird registration deadline/contributed talks

April 30th, 2019: Final registration deadline

In the meantime you can express your interest in attending by email to daniel.price@monash.edu. Numbers are strictly limited. We expect the registration cost to be around $500 AUD, with a subsidy (TBC) for students.


(please include "great barriers" in the title for email queries)


Daniel Price
Christophe Pinte
Giuseppe Lodato
Kaitlin Kratter
Simon Casassus
Guillaume Laibe
J-F. Gonzalez
Valentin Christiaens


Daniel Price (chair)
Christophe Pinte (co-chair)
Valentin Christiaens
Daniel Mentiplay
David Liptai
Rebecca Nealon