About KCK

About Kazakhstan-China-Korea Meeting on stellar dynamics and related fields.

Kazakhstan-China-Korea (KCK) workshop on stellar dynamics and related fields (star clusters, stellar evolution, gravitational waves, black holes in galaxies, planetary systems) is the annual workshop of small scale initially started as a group meeting discussing stellar dynamics problems between the groups of Prof Rainer Spurzem at National Astronomical Observatories of China (Beijing, China) and of Prof Hyung Mok Lee at Seoul National University (Seoul, South Korea) in 2009.

In 2013, the research group of Chingis Omarov at Fesenkov Astrophysical Institute (Almaty, Kazakhstan) joined the workshop. Since 2014, Kazakhstan was added to the original name of the China-Korea workshop being renamed to the KCK meeting and annually visited by researchers from Fesenkov Astrophysical Institute. 

It was intended that each participating country will host the meeting each following years, however, it was held in China and Korea since the Kazakhstan part could not organize due to the financial situation at FAPhI. 

In later years more and more research groups are joining the collaboration and the workshop. E.g. One KCK-Meeting was organized in Kunming hosted by Yunnan Observatory, and the other was organized at Xi’an-Jiaotong-Liverpool University (Suzhou) by the research group of Prof Thijs Kowenhoven.

Although the workshop called the Kazakhstan-China-Korea meeting it is not meant to have participants from only these three countries. Any researcher from any country who is interested to join the workshop is very welcome.

In Fall 2019 at the meeting in Beijing (China) with Prof Kanat Baigarin and Prof Rainer Spurzem, it was proposed by Prof Baigarin to organize next  KCK-12 in 2020 at Nazarbaev University, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. His proposal was received very warmly by other SOC members. 

The 12th Kazakhstan-China-Korea (KCK) workshop on stellar dynamics and related fields is going to be held at Nazarbayev University from October 26th to 30th, 2020, hosted by the Energetic Cosmos Laboratory. The subject of the workshop is mostly related to the understanding of the evolution of stellar systems of different types, from dense galactic nuclei to diffuse open clusters. The related fields like gravitational wave astronomy, the compact objects (black holes and neutron stars), planetary systems, and stellar evolution are also considered in the framework of the workshop.