April 17, 2024 – April 19, 2024
MIT Haystack Observatory, Westford, Massachusetts

Radio Stars in the Era of New Observatories

MIT Haystack Observatory in Westford, Massachusetts hosted a three-day workshop, “Radio Stars in the Era of New Observatories,” from April 17–19, 2024.

The workshop provided a forum for the presentation and discussion of new developments in stellar and solar astrophysics enabled by radio observations from meter to submillimeter wavelengths. It also took a forward look at new advances in solar and stellar science that will be enabled by the next generation of radio/mm/submm observatories.

This meeting brought together observers, theorists, and modelers to stimulate a lively exchange of ideas on how radio observations provide unique insights into the workings of stars. Topics covered included stellar radio emission from hot and cool stars spanning the pre-main sequence through post-main sequence evolutionary phases.

Registration and abstract submission are now closed. Links to presentations from the meeting may be found below.

Important dates
October 16, 2023 Registration and abstract submission open
January 17, 2024 Deadline for submission of abstracts for contributed talks
February 1, 2024 Meeting program, including oral contributions, announced
February 15, 2024 Deadline to apply for financial aid
February 23, 2024 Notification of financial aid offers
March 15, 2024 Registration closes
March 18, 2024 Hotel block expires; last day to secure special meeting lodging rate at Groton Inn
April 1, 2024 Deadline for submission of poster abstracts
April 17–19, 2024 The conference

Invited Speakers

Anna Bartkiewicz  (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland)

Laura Chomiuk  (Michigan State University, USA)

Barnali Das (CSIRO Space & Astronomy, Australia)

Dillon Dong  (National Radio Astronomy Observatory, USA)

Melodie Kao  (Lowell Observatory, USA)

Mary Knapp  (MIT Haystack Observatory, USA)

Brett McGuire (MIT, USA)

Shazrene Mohamed  (University of Virginia, USA)

Robert Mutel (University of Iowa, USA)

Divya Oberoi  (National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, India)

Gisela Ortiz-León (Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Mexico)

Grazia Umana (INAF, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania, Italy)

Meeting Program and Materials

The final meeting schedule is available here.

The meeting program booklet, including talk and poster abstracts, is available here.

Presentations from the meeting are posted here.

Meeting Photos:

A meeting summary article is in preparation and will be posted here at a future date.

Abstract submission

The deadline for submission of abstracts for contributed oral contributions and posters has now passed.

Contributed talks will each be allocated 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions.

Posters will be displayed throughout the meeting and poster presenters will optionally have the opportunity to present a brief oral “poster flash” presentation on the first day of the meeting. We are able to accommodate a range of poster sizes; we plan to supply mounting boards in two sizes (20×30 inches and 36×48 inches) and other poster sizes can be wall-mounted.



A block of rooms has been set aside at the Groton Inn for the nights of Wednesday, April 17, through Friday, April 19, 2024. The Groton Inn is located in Groton, Massachusetts, approximately 3 miles from Haystack Observatory.

Hotel guest rates: Single/Double Occupancy: $189. All room rates are subject to local sales and occupancy tax.

The Haystack Block can be booked via the link above, or by calling the Inn at 1-978-448-6600 and asking for the “MIT Radio Stars Workshop Room Block.”

If you require accommodations beyond those dates, please contact Heidi Johnson ( for recommendations.

Participants are requested to make their own reservations. Rooms will be released from the block after March 18, 2024; please make your reservations before this date. A credit card is required to guarantee your room. At the time of booking, a credit card will be required to secure the dates. One night’s room rate or 50% of your total stay will be charged to your credit card upon booking. Deposits are non-refundable when cancellation occurs 7 or fewer days prior to arrival.

Participants seeking roommates are asked to please contact the LOC with the relevant details.

For attendees who require it, the LOC will assist with coordination of daily transportation between the Groton Inn and Haystack Observatory. Please contact us to request daily transportation.

The Groton Inn


Air Travel: Haystack Observatory is located approximately 40 miles (1 hour by car) from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS). Additional flight options may be available through the Manchester Boston Region Airport (MHT), approximately 30 miles from Haystack.

Rental Cars: Meeting attendees may be eligible for special car rental rates. Please contact Heidi Johnson ( for details.

Shuttles and Shared Ride Services: For attendees who do not wish to rent a car, transportation to and from Boston Logan or the Manchester airport is available through two shared ride shuttles services:
Flight Line: +1-800-245-2525 (
C&L Air Limo: +1-800-247-7080 (

Uber and Lyft are also options.

Driving: Driving instructions to Haystack Observatory are available here. Free parking is available at Haystack Observatory for participants arriving by car.

Daily Transportation: Meeting attendees who will require transportation between the Groton Inn and Haystack Observatory during the meeting are asked to please contact the LOC.

For further questions about transportation needs, please contact Heidi Johnson (


Carlos Ayala, Caltech
Paul Barrett, The George Washington University
Anna Bartkiewicz, Torun Institute of Astronomy
Rajorshi Bhattacharya, University of New Mexico
Emily Biermann, University of Pittsburgh
Sanne Bloot, ASTRON
Behzad Bojnordiarbab, Chalmers University of Technology
Paul Boven, JIVE
Andrew Burkhardt, Worcester State University
Joseph Callingham, ASTRON / Leiden University
Laura Chomiuk, Michigan State University
Juan Bautista Climent, Universitat de Valencia
Cristina-Maria Cordun, ASTRON
Barnali Das, CSIRO Space and Astronomy
Ivey Davis, Caltech
Dillon Dong, NRAO
Laura Driessen, University of Sydney
Jan Forbrich, University of Hertfordshire
Walter Golay, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian
Carl Gottlieb, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian
Alex Griswold, Alex Griswold Productions
Jose Carlos Guirado, Universidad de Valencia
Richard Ignace, East Tennessee State University
Devojyoti Kansabanik, National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Melodie Kao, Lowell Observatory
Robert Kavanagh, ASTRON
Mary Knapp, MIT Haystack Observatory
David Konijn, ASTRON
Nancy Kotary, MIT Haystack Observatory
Megan Lewis, Leiden Observatory
Justin Linford, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Jing-Ze Ma, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics
Lynn Matthews, MIT Haystack Observatory
Brett McGuire, MIT
Shazrene Mohamed, University of Virginia
Isabella Molina, Michigan State University
Surajit Mondal, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Arielle Moullet, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Tara Murphy, University of Sydney
Robert Mutel, University of Iowa
Divya Oberoi, National Centre for Radio Astrophysics
Jazmín Ordóñez-Toro, Instituto de Radioastronomía y Astrofísica, UNAM
Kevin Ortiz Ceballos, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian
Gisela Ortiz-Leon, Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica
Eli Pattie, Texas Tech University
Sonu Tabitha Paulson, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Ylva Pihlström, University of New Mexico
Emil Polisensky, Naval Research Laboratory
Anita M. S. Richards, JBCA, University of Manchester
Kovi Rose, University of Sydney
Michael Rupen, NRC Canada
Lorant Sjouwerman, NRAO
Chris Tandoi, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Grazia Umana, INAF Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania
Harish Vedantham, Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy
Jakob van den Eijnden, University of Warwick
Rachel Weller, The University of New Mexico
Stephen White, Air Force Research Lab
Montana Williams, New Mexico Tech
Timothy Wing Hei Yiu, ASTRON
Vanessa Yanza Lopez, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

Other Logistical Information


Depending on your country of origin, you may need a visa to enter the United States, or you may be eligible to participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Please check the Visa Waiver Program Countries to find out if you are eligible for a visa waiver.

If you need a visa, please contact the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your country in order to inquire about the necessary paperwork. If you can take advantage of the Visa Waiver Program, please obtain an approved travel authorization prior to your travel to the United States. For this purpose, use the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).

For attendees requiring a letter of invitation as part of the visa application process, please contact Lynn Matthews to request a letter.

Child and Family Care

Participants requiring assistance with family or child care arrangements may contact the organizers for information on licensed providers serving the Westford/Groton area.

Financial Aid

The application deadline to apply for financial aid has now passed. Previous applicants will be notified of award offers on or before February 23.

Code of Conduct

MIT Haystack Observatory is committed to maintaining a respectful, welcoming community and an environment that is free from harassment.

All meeting participants agree to follow MIT’s policies regarding responsible and ethical conduct, including the guidelines for personal conduct as described here.

Previous Haystack Radio Stars Meetings

Radio Stars: From kHz to THz (2017)
Radio Stars and Their Lives in the Galaxy (2012)


We gratefully acknowledge support for the “Radio Stars in the Era of New Observatories” workshop from the National Science Foundation.

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Organizing Committees

Scientific Organizing Committee

Richard Ignace (East Tennessee State University, USA)
Lynn Matthews (MIT Haystack Observatory, USA; Chair)
Michael Rupen (National Research Council, Canada)
Loránt Sjouwerman (NRAO, USA)
Stephen White (Air Force Research Laboratory, USA)

Local Organizing Committee

Drew Crowley (MIT Haystack Observatory)
Heidi Johnson (MIT Haystack Observatory)
Nancy Wolfe Kotary (MIT Haystack Observatory)
Lynn Matthews (MIT Haystack Observatory)
Dianne Tonnelli (MIT Haystack Observatory)
John Tsai (MIT Haystack Observatory)