November 25-28, 2014 

Over the last decades, digital sky surveys performed with dedicated telescopes and finely tuned wide field cameras, have revolutionized astronomy. They have become the main tool to investigate the nearby and far away universe, thus providing new insights in the understanding of the galaxy structure and assembly across time, the dark components of the universe, as well as of the history of our own galaxy. They also have opened the time domain leading to a new understanding of the transient phenomena in the universe.

The astronomical community is pursuing ambitious programs using new and planned facilities both ground based (e.g. SDSS, VST, VISTA, Skymapper, DEC@BLANCO and LSST) and from the space (cf. EUCLID). These technologically challenging efforts are producing an unprecedented synoptic (multi wavelength and multi epoch) view of the universe. Needless to say, the ever increasing amount, quality and complexity of the data has also lead to a stronger connection with other fields of the human endeavor such as databases technology, computer sciences, advanced statistics and machine learning.

By providing public access to top quality data, digital surveys have also changed the every day practice of the astronomical community who do not need as much as in the past to have direct access to large observing facilities. The full scientific exploitation of these surveys has also triggered significant advances in technology (both from the space and from the ground) and in the field of multi object spectroscopy.

The conference aims at summarizing the results from the main current and past digital sky survey projects and at discussing how these can be used to inspire ongoing projects and better plan the future ones. For this reason the conference will be articulated in long review talks and a small number of shorter contributed talks.

The conference will take place 30 years after the 78th IAU Colloquium, “Astronomy with Schmidt Telescopes” organized at the Asiago Observatory by Massimo Capaccioli who has just turned 70. The conference will therefore be the best venue where to celebrate his life long involvement in the progress of our science

The Venue

The Observatory of Capodimonte is located on top of a hill dominating the vibrant bay of Naples with a wonderful view of the Vesuvio and the pearls of the gulf, Sorrento and Capri. The event program of the conference will include visits to the historical centre of Naples and to Pompei.

For hotel reservations and info on how to reach the Observatory, click here

Jointly organized by:


Department of Physics - University Federico II in Napoli
INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte - Napoli