Third Announcement

Extension of Early Bird Registration
After discussions among the SOC we have decided to extend the “early-bird” registration costs of $350USD apply until October 6th still 2 months before the conference. After this the registration cost will rise to $400USD until November 10th. After this date late registrations will cost $450USD. As of September 1st we have ~50 participants including invited speakers.

What does the Registration fee cover?
The registration fee covers the venue, all facilities, WiFi, morning and afternoon tea/coffee breaks with snacks, excellent buffet lunches each day and the welcome reception.

Conference dinner
The conference dinner is a supplementary cost of ~85USD (includes drinks). An on-line conference proceedings will also be available free of charge.

We hope most delegates will choose to stay at the excellent venue hotel the “Auberge” – see: We have reserved 70 rooms for delegates. Cost can be substantially moderated by sharing rooms and may be an attractive option for postgraduate students. Once demand is clear it may be possible to get more rooms allocated to the conference. For other accommodation options please see the main conference website.

Contributed talks – extension for oral contributions
We have finalized the invited speaker list and are now seeking contributed talks and posters.
• The abstract submission deadline for an oral contributios has now been extended to Friday October 6th, 2017 to match the revised early registration deadline
• The poster submission deadline remains the same at Friday October 6th, 2017

For updates details please visit the conference website:

The major themes of this meeting are:
• Shaping Mechanisms — role of binarity, magnetic fields & other factors
• What can we learn from the major increase in known PNe?
• How are post-AGB, pre-PNe and PNe phase shapes related?
• What role do the properties of the central stars play?
• What can we learn from jets and accretion disks in related/unrelated objects?
• What do advances in evolutionary models and timescales tell us?
• How do we maximally extract science from the available/planned facilities?
• What are the most important current issues to resolve?

Confirmed Invited speakers:
Bruce Balick (USA); Adam Frank (USA); David Frew (Hong Kong); Martin Guerrero (Spain); Susanne Hoefner (Sweden); Natasha Ivanova (Canada); Robert Izzard (UK); Amit Kashi (Israel); Eric Lagadec (France); Max Moe (USA); Sofia Ramstedt (Sweden); Carmen Sanchez Contreras (Spain); Wolfgang Steffen (Mexico); Hans Van Winkel (Belgium); Eva Villaver (Spain); Wouter Vlemmings (Sweden); Roger Wesson (UK)

Plenty of time for discussions throughout the scientific program will be made available. There will also be a Conference Proceedings (see web site) so all our great talks and reviews can be assembled in a special issue for handy reference at no cost to participants.
We look forward to welcoming you to Hong Kong and to an exciting and vibrant meeting.

Quentin Parker and Noam Soker (SOC co-chairs) on behalf of the SOC.