In the study of the late stages of stellar evolution, hot subdwarf star research continues to be an active and rapidly developing field. Progress has been stimulated by biannual workshops, and the University of Oxford (Department of Physics) is honoured to be hosting the seventh meeting of the series. Red giant progenitors, evolution, pulsation properties and atmospheres of subdwarf-B stars are expected to dominate discussion. Red giants and hot subdwarfs in old stellar systems (ellipticals, bulges and globular clusters) when compared with their counterparts in the field should help with understanding the evolutionary link. Participants wishing to discuss other topics related to the late stages of stellar evolution are most welcome.