In the early summer of '89 a very informal meeting on the bulge of our Galaxy was held in Leiden. During that meeting Michael Rich proposed to hold a more properly organised symposium on qGalactic Bulgesq in a few years time. After some discussion a Scientific Organising Committee was founded and after some manoeuvring a chairman was chosen, a local organiser was assigned and two editors were given instructions. A good thing about the location of the meeting was that Ghent is a very beautiful city and had never before hosted an IAU symposium. It could be that this, plus the fact that he is a very keen amateur astronomer led H. M. the King of Belgium to offer his patronage to the meeting - an offer that we gratefully and - we hope - gracefully accepted. The meeting took place at a resort some 15 km outside Ghent. Most participants were housed on the premises - a very convenient situation. This feeling of togeth erness made up for the small shortcomings of the lecture room, which is normally used as a sports hall. The weather was fair, except on the day of the barbecue when pouring rain forced us to go inside.Introduction There is still no general consensus on how the Galaxy formed, and how long it took to built up its various ... We cannot really say we understand the Galaxy until we find the answers to these questions, since the Bulge is really the core of ... The study of stellar populations in resolved bulges can therefore help making progress in one of the central issues of modern astrophysics and cosmology.
|Author||:||Herwig Dejonghe, Harm J. Habing|
|Publisher||:||Springer Science & Business Media - 2012-12-06|