Topics

1. Observational evidence of secular evolution in Milky Way/other galaxies
2. Influence of int/ext perturbations
3. bulges/disks stellar populations
4. Star formation, recycling, chem evol.
5. Early vs late-type galaxies
6. Theoretical mechanisms
7. Lambda-CDM model vs secular evolution
8. Role of collective effects
9. Results of numerical simulations
10. Implications new instruments/surveys

The goal of the proposed meeting is to examine the idea of secular evolution as a major new framework for understanding the basic properties of galaxies. Both the Milky Way and nearby disk galaxies will be the focus of the meeting, and secular evolution over a wider redshift range will also be discussed. The proposed meeting will be the first major conference focused on secular evolution, and is timely because of the significant progress that has been made in the field during the past few decades. The meeting is expected to also have major implications on our understanding of galaxy evolution and cosmology in general.