Oral Abstract

Invited talk (I0.2) Ignas Snellen ()

NOVA Network 2

Astronomy in the Netherlands is based on three research areas, of which NOVA Network II focuses on the formation and evolution of stars and planets. In this presentation, I will describe the four themes in our network, 1) Massive Stars – how they form and shape their environment and the Universe, II) Planet Formation in Disks – what determines the architecture of planetary systems, III) Extrasolar Planets – towards characterization of Earth-like planets, and IV) the Molecular Universe – inventory, chemical pathways, and diagnostic applications. I will briefly discuss some highlights and future directions.