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Welcome to the 2015 Santa Cruz Galaxy Workshop homepage! If you would like to attend the Workshop, please send an email to Avishai Dekel at .

The Galaxy Workshop, August 17–21, will be held in the Simularium, room 180 in the Engineering 2 Building. If you will be participating in AGORA Workshop, August 21–23, it will meet on August 21 also in the Simularium, and on subsequent days in ISB 102 (Interdisciplinary Sciences Building). Click on the General Information tab or the AGORA Workshop tab for more information.

Organizers: Avishai Dekel and Joel Primack.

Click here to visit the 2014 Santa Cruz Galaxy Workshop Website.

Click on blue underlined talk titles to see the lecture slides.

Lecture Videos: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5

Directions and Transportation

This year's workshop will be held in the Simularium, room 180 in the Engineering 2 Building in the School of Engineering. Click here for a map of this area of campus, including directions to the banquet.

If you will be participating in AGORA, August 21–23, it will start on August 21 in the Simularium, room 180 in the Engineering 2 Building in the School of Engineering. Map. (Similar map but with directions from Core West Parking Garage to the Simularium.) Susequent days will meet in ISB 102 (Interdisciplinary Sciences Building). Map.

Directions to University of California Santa Cruz.


No housing will be available on campus this summer. We recommend that if you plan to attend the conference, you arrange for lodging early. Although hotel policies vary, at the time you make your reservations you should ask if there is a UCSC rate. List of local lodging options.

Please enter the UCSC campus through the West Entrance and follow the signs toward Core West Parking Lot. Follow the directions to the Simularium where the workshop is held and there will be a check-in table there on Monday morning. If you have paid for parking, you can pick your parking permits on the third floor of the parking lot; if you still need to pay for parking, you will be able to do so there as well. Keep in mind that if you have a car on campus you must have a permit; the officers ticket regularly, even in the summer. Once you have parked, there will be signs to the Simularium, Engineering 2 Building. Map (directions from Core West to the Simularium)

Airport shuttles
Shuttle services from the airport to campus or to your lodging are available for a fee:

Public transport
Public transportation options to, from, and around Santa Cruz can be done through the Santa Cruz Metro.

Local Lodging Options

If you will be staying an additional week for collaboration, either before or after the workshop, you may want to try the following suggestions for a bit longer term and possibly less expensive housing:

  • Craig's List - Craig's List shows housing for rent in many areas- just select the Santa Cruz locations from the following Monterey Bay Area list

In addition we have a listing from Academic HR, which contains many housing options for extended stays, typically in faculty/UCSC employee houses. This list is available upon request. For example, there is a 3-bedroom house near the beach and UCSC that is available for extended stay. Contact Aaron,

For questions about accommodation contact Sue Grasso,

Other Useful Information

Avishai Dekel (
Joel Primack (
Sue Grasso (

Hello workshop participants,

The Galaxy Workshop is fast approaching! This year's workshop, Monday to Friday, August 17–21, will be held in the Simularium, Engineering 2 Building in the School of Engineering, to be followed by the AGORA meeting, August 21–23 (see for details on the AGORA workshop).

The registration fee this year will be $150 which will cover daily lunches and snacks.



Any questions regarding registration may also be directed to Colin DeGraf at


At this time, please register for the workshop using this link:

This is important! You will be asked to provide information including specific days of attendance, parking, and meal requests, and guest attendance tot he banquet, and you will then be directed to a secure web site to provide payment information. Everyone who wants to attend MUST register to ensure that the proper accommodations are in place.

Please note: The registration fee for this year's Galaxy Workshop will be $150. This fee, along with UC-HiPACC's financial support, will cover the costs of the welcome banquet as well as lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments for five days. The Galaxy Workshop banquet will be on Monday night, August 17.

Santa Cruz Shakespeare

This summer the Santa Cruz Shakespeare plays during the Galaxy Workshop will be Macbeth at 8 pm Wednesday 8/19, The Liar at 8 pm Thursday 8/20, and Much Ado About Nothing at 8 pm Friday 8/21, all in the redwood glen on the UCSC campus. We especially recommend the sparkling performance of Much Ado, with Greta Wohlrabe's scene-stealing Beatrice and Mike Ryan’s Benedick. Full information is at
Ticket information is at — tickets can be purchased online or by calling (831) 459-2159.

2014 Santa Cruz Galaxy Workshop Photos

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Photos by Trudy E. Bell, and

4th AGORA Workshop

AGORA is an international collaboration to run and compare high-resolution hydrodynamic zoom-in galaxy simulations. Visit the AGORA Project website:

This summer, the final day of the Santa Cruz Galaxy Workshop will also be the first day of the Assembling Galaxies of Resolved Anatomy (AGORA) Workshop (, which will run from August 21–23. On August 21, the AGORA workshop will meet in the Simularium, room 180 in Engineering 2 Building in the School of Engineering. Map. (Similar map but with directions from Core West Parking Garage to the Simularium.) Susequent days will meet in ISB 102 (Interdisciplinary Sciences Building). Map.



2014 AGORA Photos

Photos by Trudy E. Bell, and