IAU Symposium 289



- The solar neighborhood (mostly direct methods, focus on physics in all cases)

- From the Milky Way to the Local Group (direct and indirect methods; calibration of distance tracers)

- Reaching Virgo cluster distances and beyond (more general methods applicable to galaxy systems)                    

- From nearby galaxies to cosmological distances (distance measurements beyond the reasonably robust regime)

- Common uncertainties and pitfalls; Exciting new developments and future prospects in the era of new technological developments

Advancing the physics of cosmic distances

Beijing, China

27 to 31 August, 2012