Welcome

It is now ~4 years since the last galaxy-evolution ski conference at Obergurgl. In the December 2009 meeting, highlights included the first results from Herschel, and very early data from WFC3 on the refurbished Hubble Space Telescope. In the intervening years several major surveys have been completed by Hubble and Herschel, wide-field near-infrared imaging has begun to be delivered by VISTA, SCUBA2 has commenced sub-mm surveys on the JCMT, near-infrared multi-object spectrographs have commenced operation on 8-m class telescopes, and the first results have emerged from ALMA and Planck. By April 2014 ALMA Cycle 1 will be nearing completion, KMOS will have been commissioned on the VLT, Hyper Suprime-Cam will be operational on Subaru, and the next generation of radio surveys will be underway.