In 2024, the HERA workshop series, which is supported by the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation, will carry on with its mission by organizing the next workshop in Athens, Greece. These workshops serve as a platform for early career scientists to receive training, engage in interactive discussions, conceptualize research projects, broaden their perspectives, and initiate international collaborations.

The second workshop in this series is scheduled for the week of September 15th - 20th, 2024, and will be hosted at the Academy of Athens in Athens, Greece. This event will be organized by the Research Center for Astronomy and Applied Mathematics of the Academy of Athens (RCAAM), and its theme is "The Nature and Dynamics of Structures Observed in Galactic Discs." The European Astronomical Society extends an invitation to early-career scientists, defined as those with less than 5 years post-PhD experience (including PhD students who are close to defending their theses), and who are affiliated with European Research Institutes and Universities, to submit their applications. We especially encourage researchers in the fields of Galactic Morphology and Galactic Structure and Dynamics to apply.

Attendees will have ample opportunities to showcase their research, initiate collaborations with local scholars from RCAAM and other Greek Astronomical Institutes, and engage with the six distinguished invited senior review speakers. It's important to note that there is no registration fee, and the WE Heraeus Foundation will cover the local expenses for all participants.

Every day of the workshop will feature 1-2 presentations delivered by accomplished senior scientists. The scheduled lectures are as follows:

E. Athanassoula (Aix-Marseille Université, France): N-body simulations
of disk galaxies

A. Bosma (Aix-Marseille Université, France): Rotation curves of
galaxies and Dark Matter

F. Fragkoudi (Durham University, UK): Barred galaxies in cosmological simulations

D. Gadotti (Durham University, UK): State-of-the-art observations of
disk galaxies

D. Pfenniger(University of Geneva, Geneva Observatory, Switzerland):
Pattern Speeds of bars and spirals

M. Sormani (University of Surrey, UK): Hydrodynamics of the innermost 1 kpc

P. Patsis (RCAAM, Athens, Greece): Orbital theory and the structure of
galactic disks.

A reception for the participants, along with welcome addresses, is
scheduled for Sunday, September 15th. This gathering will be held in
the garden of the historic National Observatory of Athens.

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