The workshop will be hybrid, and will be held May 23 - 25, 2022.

The workshop “Breaking Barriers: Inspiring the Next Generation” is about bringing the astronomical community together and get inspired by the way data from the Gaia mission is used in the different areas of astronomy.

The main purpose of the meeting is the development and implementation of the following plans:

Framework of Research Coordination Action

Training Plan

Impact and Inclusion Plan

Dissemination Plan

This includes tasks such as: impact of future advances on our understanding of the Milky Way, effective implementation of inclusion policies (such as geography, gender, age), outreach and advertising activities, and training tasks for future generations of astrometry experts.

The Gaia astrometric mission has recorded more than a billion stars in our Milky Way and neighbouring galaxies. It measures stellar positions, parallaxes and movements as well as physical properties with an unprecedented level of accuracy. Gaia has already published three catalogues, the most complete ever produced in our Galaxy, and the scientific exploitation by the international community is published at a rate of 3-4 articles per day. It is currently one of the most important astronomical research projects in the world. A true revolution in astronomy.

The meeting is part of the project “Revealing the Milky Way with Gaia” (MW-Gaia) funded by a COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Union action.

MW-Gaia’s main purpose is to provide a better understanding of the Galaxy, its stars and planets, to enhance the potential of the community in its scientific exploitation of the observations of more than a billion stars with the European Space Agency's Gaia satellite, and to enhance the development of the next steps in astrometry and space astrometry missions.

The meeting is especially aimed at WG5 members of the project, who will discuss the current state of their work and discuss the future decisions to be taken. Participants are mainly expected from countries that are part of the COST MW-Gaia Action, but the workshop is open to scientists from all over the world, an international participation that we want to encourage. Researchers who are in the early stages of their careers and those from underrepresented countries will play a key role. The presence of some of the leads of the MW Gaia project, scientists of recognized international prestige, is also expected; as well as high-level astronomers as guest speakers.

In order to enable participation by people who might be unable to attend physically due to travel or time zone constraints or through a wish to reduce the carbon footprint of the event, the meeting will happen in hybrid format. Although the meeting is in hybrid form we encourage you to come to the venue in Santiago de Compostela if it is possible. The turbulent times were not very positive towards networking, so this on-site event is a good opportunity to strengthen our ties.

Very limited financial support is available for Early Carrier researchers and researchers from ITC countries coming to the event with the talk (abstract should be submitted during registration).


The workshop will take place at Santiago de Compostela, a lively university town with some 100 000 inhabitants in Galicia (north west of Spain). The University of Santiago de Compostela was founded in 1495 and with more than 500 years of history maintains one of the most important academic traditions in Europe.

The meeting will be held at the Faculty of Optics and Optometry, located in the South Campus (Campus Vida) of the University.

Key Dates

Abstract submission deadlines for contributed talks March 25

Abstract submission deadline for e-posters April 29

Registration deadline for grant requests participants March 18

Registration deadline for on site participants March 31

Registration deadline for online participants May 23

For more information and registration on the website


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