GROWTH Annual Conference
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Note about COVID-19

In light of the latest developments around COVID-19 globally, our team has decided to cancel the physical, in-person GROWTH annual meeting and instead run a light web-based version focused on virtual presentations by our young researchers. New details related to the dates, program and format will be posted soon.
Last updated: April 16, 2020



Our fifth annual meeting is GROWTH's grand finale. Our international team and invited collaborators will convene on the campus of the Liverpool John Moores University in the UK to share the scientific and educational achievements of the project, discuss ways to continue further collaboration in the future, and explore opportunities to extend some of the highly successful training components of the projects such as the GROWTH astronomy school.


The GROWTH conference is open to member of the GROWTH collaboration only. External participants can attend only with invitation from a GROWTH member.

Please, click below to register for the GROWTH conference 2020.



The program will be posted in June 2020.


See the list of registered participants.


The conference was planned to be hosted by the Astrophysics Research Institute located on the campus of the Liverpool John Moores University in Liverpool, the UK.

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will instead be a virtual one. Details related to the format and technology that will be used during the conference will be posted soon.

Travel & Visa Information

Some foreign nationals will neeed a visa to enter the UK. Please, contact the UK embassy in your city to find out what type of visa you need. To get an official invitation letter from us, please contact the program coordinator, Ivona Kostadinova at Note that post-Brexit, citizens of EU countries will continue to enjoy visa-free movement until Dec 2020.

The closest airport is the Liverpool John Lennon Airport located just 9 miles from the LJMU campus. However, we advise participants coming from abroad to fly to the much larger international airport in Manchester. The Manchester airport is well connected with central Liverpool via regular train an bus service. The journey takes 1 hour 20 min on average. Heathrow airport in the London area is also an option. While there is no direct connection from the airport to Liverpool, easy connections to Liverpool with both a bus or train are available with journey times of around 3 hours.


General inquiries related to the conference registration, program and reimbursement should be sent to Ivona Kostadinova at

Inquiries about conference logistics including catering, venue facilities, accommodation and more should be sent to our local organizers at

GROWTH is funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant No 1545949. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.