Announcements of Upcoming Meetings

Notice that this list is not meant to be all-inclusive, but concentrates on meetings of potential interest to X-ray, gamma-ray, cosmic-ray, and gravitational astrophysicists. The HEASARC also maintains a list of on-line proceedings of high-energy astrophysics meetings. Updates, corrections, and/or suggestions about meetings should be sent to stephen.a.drake@nasa.gov

Other Sources of Information on Upcoming Meetings

List of International Astronomy meetings maintained by the Canadian Astronomy Data Center
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Space Calendar


High Energy Astrophysics meetings

2015 May 4 - 6: Variable Galactic Gamma-ray Sources (III)

2015 May 26 - June 5: 2015 Fermi Summer School

2015 June 1 - 5: F.O.E. Fifty-One Erg: An International Conference on the Physics and Observations of Supernovae and Supernova Remnants

2015 June 8 - 10: The Extremes of Black Hole Accretion: XMM-Newton Science Workshop 2015

2015 June 25 - 26: Neutron stars at the Crossroads: X-ray Binaries and Transitional Millisecond Pulsars

2015 June 30 - July 2: The Neutron Star Radius, And All That Jazz

2015 July 6 - 10: Caltech Gravitational Wave Astrophysics School 2015 (CGWAS 2015)

2015 July 12 - 18: The Fourteenth Marcel Grossmann Meeting

2015 August 19 - 21: The Universe in High-Resolution X-ray Spectra (Chandra Science Workshop 2015)

2015 September 8 - 10: Exploring the Hot and Energetic Universe: The first scientific conference dedicated to the Athena X-ray observatory

2015 September 21 - 24: Demographics and Environment of AGN from Multi-Wavelength Surveys

2015 October 19 - 21: Time Domain Astrophysics with Swift

2015 November 2 - 6: Sixth International Fermi Symposium

2015 December 13 - 18: 28th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics

2016 Spring: HEAD Meeting

2016 June 6 - 10: Supernova Remnants: An Odyssey in Space After Stellar Death

2016 July 30 - August 7: 41st Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) and Associated Events (COSPAR 2016)

2017 August 16 - 20: HEAD Meeting


Other Selected Astronomy, Physics and Space Science meetings

2015 May 27 - 29: The Fifth Workshop on Compact Steep Spectrum and GHz-Peaked Spectrum Radio Sources

2015 June 29 - July 1: The Stellar IMF at Low Masses: A Critical Look at Variations and Environmental Dependencies: A Mini-Workshop at STScI

2015 July 27 - 29: Mocking the Universe (Space Telescope Science Institute Mini-Workshop)

2015 October 5 - 7: Feedback in the Magellanic Clouds (Space Telescope Science Institute Workshop)

2015 November 9 - 13: 2nd Symposium of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR): Water and Life in the Universe (COSPAR 2015)

2015 August 3 - 14: XXIV IAU General Assembly

2015 October 12 - 16: Exploring the Universe with JWST (49th ESLAB Symposium)

2016 January 3 - 7: American Astronomical Society Meeting 227

2016 June 12 - 16: American Astronomical Society Meeting 228


Selected Astronomy-related Physics, Computational, Data Analysis, Software or Statistics meetings

2015 June 1 - 5: Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers XI

2015 August 3 - 5: EXOSTATS; Statistics and Exoplanets Focus Meeting within the XXIXth IAU General Assembly


High Energy Astrophysics meetings

Variable Galactic Gamma-ray Sources (III)

Dates: 2015 May 4 - 6
Place: Heidelberg, Germany

The workshop on Variable Galactic Gamma-Ray Sources follows the ones previously organized in Heidelberg and Barcelona (in 2010 and 2013, respectively). As in previous editions, the workshop intends to gather people working in the field to discuss the current challenges that data and modelling are providing.

The meeting will consist of a number of review talks focusing on the latest observational/theoretical achievements related to variable gamma-ray emission from Galactic systems, followed by daily discussion sections on:

  • Phenomenology of gamma-ray emitting binaries
  • Broad-band modeling of variable gamma-ray sources
  • Magneto-hydrodynamical simulations of compact Galactic sources
  • Particle acceleration in binary systems
  • Radiation/absorption and reprocessing (cascading) processes

For administrative information contact:
Gabriele Weese (Gabriele.Weese@mpi-hd.mpg.de)
Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik
Saupfercheckweg 1
69117 Heidelberg
Germany
Tel: +49 6221 516 390

2015 Fermi Summer School

Dates: 2015 May 26 - June 5
Registration: Now open
Deadline for Applications: 2015 March 13
Place: Lewes, Delaware, USA

This will be the fifth school in a highly successful series focused on the Fermi mission and gamma-ray astrophysics. The content targets graduate students and early postdocs. Lectures will cover a broad range of gamma-ray astrophysics with emphasis on recent results. In addition to attending lectures, students will spend time developing projects guided by instructors with experience in Fermi LAT, GBM, and ground-based gamma-ray instrumentation, analysis, and modeling.

F.O.E. Fifty-One Erg: An International Conference on the Physics and Observations of Supernovae and Supernova Remnants

Dates: 2015 June 1 - 5
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 2015 April 15
Deadline for Registration: 2015 April 30 Place: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

The conference will cover topics related to supernovae and supernova remnants, broadly addressing the three main questions:

  • Where do supernovae come from?
  • How do they explode?
  • What do they leave behind?

The Extremes of Black Hole Accretion (XMM-Newton Science Workshop 2015)

Dates: 2015 June 8 - 10
Registration & Abstract Submission Opens: 2015 February 12
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 2015 March 23
Deadline for Hotel Booking: 2015 April 7
Deadline for Registration: 2015 May 21
Place: Villafranca del Castillo, near Madrid, Spain

Some of the most energetic processes seen in the Universe arise close to a super-massive black hole such as relativistic jets and winds. These are now known to play a key role in determining the growth of galaxies across cosmic time, but the mechanisms by which they are launched remain unclear. Recent progress on probing the properties of the accretion flow at the smallest radii include new spectral-timing techniques to identify the reverberation signal from the disc, as well as spectral studies of the ultrafast outflows, the broad iron line and soft X-ray excess. The stellar mass black holes provide a natural comparison sample, and again new data and new techniques are allowing us to focus in on the regions closest to the event horizon. The time is ripe for a conference to similarly focus on these extreme regions, to determine the structure of the accretion flow on the smallest scales and its relation to relativistic outflows and jets.

Neutron stars at the Crossroads: X-ray Binaries and Transitional Millisecond Pulsars (EWASS 2015 Symposium)

Dates: 2015 June 25 - 26
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 2015 March 10
Participants Informed on the Status of Their Contributed Talks and Posters: 2015 April 16
Deadline for Early Registration: 2015 April 30
Deadline for Late Registration: 2015 June 10
Place: Tenerife, Spain

This symposium will bring together researchers from the fields of neutron stars, accretion physics, radio pulsars and X-ray binaries. We shall discuss, both from a theoretical and observational standpoint, the properties of millisecond radio pulsars and low mass X-ray binaries, with a special focus on transitional millisecond pulsars and quiescent neutron star transients.

We encourage you to participate, spread the word, and help us make this an interdisciplinary, stimulating and fruitful event!

Topics:

  • Radio timing properties of millisecond pulsars. Redback and black widow pulsars. Spin and orbital parameters. Radio "eclipses".
  • Optical studies of compact object binaries: X-ray binaries and binary millisecond pulsars. Neutron star mass measurements. Dynamical measurements and light curve modelling.
  • Accreting millisecond X-ray pulsars. Neutron star transients between outburst and quiescence. Underluminous accretion flows.
  • Gamma-ray observations of isolated and transitional pulsars. Models for gamma-ray emission.
  • Disk-magnetosphere interaction. Pulsar wind shocks. Three states of redback millisecond pulsars with a varying spectral energy distribution.
  • Binary evolution; millisecond pulsar formation; neutron star recycling. Double neutron star mergers and gravitational wave prospects.
  • Outlook: neutron stars and transitional pulsars with present and future facilities. Observational and theoretical challenges.

Abstract submission and EWASS registration are now open through the EWASS website.

If you have questions you can contact us at: transitional.pulsars@gmail.com.

You can see the full EWASS program, which includes 11 symposia and 23 special sessions, and extends from June 22 to June 26 here.

The Neutron Star Radius, And All That Jazz

Dates: 2015 June 30 - July 2
Deadline for Abstracts: 2015 April 30
Deadline for Registration: 2015 June 15
Place: Montreal, Canada

A physicist, at present, cannot make an ab initio accurate prediction from the physics of the strong force regarding the systems where this force is important: the properties and behavior of matter at and above nuclear density. This can be done for gravitation, the weak force, and electromagnetic forces. Our inability to be able to do this for the strong force is a major hole in modern physics.

Neutron stars let us study the strong force in a unique regime of high density and low temperature. They bring within reach highly asymmetric (neutron-rich) states of nucleonic matter. In addition the stability provided by gravitational confinement allows slow weak interactions, forming states of matter that could never be made in the lab.

The mass-radius relationship for neutron stars maps directly to the dense matter equation of state, which in turn depends on the unknown physics of the strong force. Whilst precision measurements of masses are already possible, measuring the radius poses a much greater challenge. This meeting will bring together astronomers, astrophysicists and nuclear physicists who are taking on that challenge. The meeting format will encourage participant-driven discussion and breakout sessions, in keeping with the spirit of the Montreal Jazz Festival - to which we hope participants will repair in the evenings for inspiration!

"Don't play what's there, play what's not there" - Miles Davis. As true for science as it is for jazz.

Caltech Gravitational Wave Astrophysics School 2015 CGWAS 2015

Dates: 2015 July 6 - 10
Deadline for Applications: 2015 April 15
Notification of Selected Candidates: By 2015 May 4
Place: Psadena, California, USA

Students are invited to apply for the Caltech Gravitational Wave Astrophysics School 2015. CGWAS is a summer school for senior undergraduates and graduate students interested in the astrophysics of gravitational wave sources and their neutrino and electromagnetic counterparts.

Topics covered include:

  • General Relativity and Gravitational Waves
  • Numerical Relativity
  • Gravitational Wave Data Analysis
  • The Physics of Gravitational Wave Sources
  • Theory and Observation of Electromagnetic Counterparts
  • Neutrino Counterparts and Observations
  • Gravitational Wave Detection with Interferometers and Pulsar Timing Arrays
  • Cosmology with Gravitational Waves
  • Gravitational Waves and Alternative Theories of Gravity

Contact cgwas@cgwas.org for more information.

The Fourteenth Marcel Grossmann Meeting

Dates: 2015 July 12 - 18
Deadline for Early Registration: 2015 May 25
Deadline for Submission of Contributions and Abstracts: 2015 June 20
Place: Rome, Italy

The Fourteenth Marcel Grossmann Meeting on Recent Developments in Theoretical and Experimental General Relativity, Gravitation, and Relativistic Field Theory will take place at the University of Rome Sapienza, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Einstein equations as well as the International Year of Light under the aegis of the United Nations.

During the six day conference a wide variety of topics will be discussed in the morning plenary sessions beginning with mathematical topics on Monday, quantum aspects of gravity on Tuesday, precision tests of general relativity on Wednesday, relativistic astrophysics on Thursday, cosmology and astroparticle physics on Friday and the latest scientific news and the history of physics Saturday. There will be five plenary lectures each morning and up to twenty parallel sessions in the four weekday afternoons excluding Wednesday.

The Universe in High-Resolution X-ray Spectra (Chandra Science Workshop 2015)

Dates: 2015 August 19 - 21
Deadline for Contributed Talk Abstract Submission: 2015 May 22
Final Deadline for General Registration and Poster Abstract Submission: 2015 June 26
Place: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

This workshop will concentrate on recent high-profile results from X-ray grating spectroscopy observations. In addition, near-term (Astro-H) and longer term (Athena) plans for the new world of micro calorimeter spectroscopy will be discussed, as well as future spectroscopic missions with both gratings and calorimeters such as envisioned for X-ray Surveyor mission. Topics will include:

        - Accretion, Outflows & Jets (from AGN, XRB, NS, WD, and Young Stars)
        - Dynamics and Abundances in Galaxies and Clusters
        - Stellar Atmospheres & Winds
        - Shocks & Flows At All Scales (including Novae, SNe, SNR, LHB, and Starbursts Galaxies)

Thanks to deeper observations and longer baselines, there have been a number of major X-ray spectroscopic discoveries that will be highlighted in invited and contributed talks as well as posters. The meeting will also include sessions on upcoming opportunities and expected science arising from X-ray calorimeters, such as Astro-H Soft X-ray Spectrometer as well as Athena's X-ray Integral Field Unit, including ideas for coordinated grating/calorimeter observations with these missions and with the X-ray Surveyor. We also plan a set of small-group parallel sessions to discuss how to make the best use of the existing archives, identify new spectral analysis tools and atomic data needs, and other topics relevant to high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy.

For those interested, there will also two pre-workshop events held August 17-18 at CfA. First, there will be an abbreviated AtomDB workshop (see www.atomdb.org), an opportunity to meet with the AtomDB team and others interested in atomic data and complex spectroscopy problems. Secondly, those interested in learning about the Chandra data analysis package CIAO, or who have complex CIAO questions they would like to discuss with experts, are invited to express their interest via email to cxchelp@cfa.harvard.edu. A one-day CIAO workshop or one-on-one sessions could be organized depending on interest.

Exploring the Hot and Energetic Universe: The first scientific conference dedicated to the Athena X-ray observatory

Dates: 2015 September 8 - 10
Opening of Registration & Abstract Submission: 2015 mid-late April
Deadline for Contributed Talks: 2015 mid-June
Deadline for Registration and Posters: 2015 mid-late August
Place: Villafranca del Castillo, near Madrid, Spain

The Advanced Telescope for High Energy Astrophysics (Athena) is a large-class mission of the European Space Agency (ESA). It is currently entering an assessment study phase, with launch planned for 2028. Athena has been designed to address the science theme 'The Hot and Energetic Universe', which poses two key questions:

  • How does ordinary matter assemble into the large-scale structures we see today?
  • How do black holes grow and influence the Universe?

The mission will employ a variety of techniques to address these topics in a comprehensive matter, including spatially-resolved high resolution spectroscopy, sensitive wide field imaging, high throughput spectral-timing, and fast follow-up of transient phenomena.

The purpose of this conference is to gather together all members of the astronomical community worldwide who have an interest in Athena. The main focus of the meeting will be to discuss the key science questions which will be addressed by the mission. A significant portion of the programme will be devoted to presenting the status of the project and discussing the synergies with other future large multi-wavelength facilities and missions.

Scientific topics to be covered include:

  • Formation, evolution and physical properties of clusters of galaxies
  • Cosmic feedback
  • The missing baryons and the WHIM
  • Supermassive black hole evolution
  • Accretion physics and strong gravity
  • High energy transient phenomena
  • Solar system and exoplanets
  • Star formation and evolution
  • he physics of compact objects
  • Supernovae, supernova remnants and the ISM
  • Multiwavelength synergies

Demographics and Environment of AGN from Multi-Wavelength Surveys

Dates: 2015 September 21 - 24
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 2015 June 15
Participants Informed on the Status of Their Contributed Talks and Posters: 2015 July 15
Deadline for Early Registration: 2015 July 15
Deadline for Late Registration: -
Place: Chania, Crete, Greece

Topics:

     I. Constraints on the accretion history of the Universe

        AGN luminosity functions from the local Universe to early times
        Constraints on the obscuration distribution of AGN
        The contribution of the most heavily obscured, Compton thick, AGN to black hole growth.
        Multiwavelegth AGN selection methods.

    II. AGN demographics as a function of redshift

        Links between the accretion and star-formation histories of the Universe
        AGN triggering mechanisms
        AGN feedback and impact on host galaxy
        Exploring the Eddington ratio distribution of AGN as a function of host galaxy properties
        AGN unification

    III. Positions of AGN on the cosmic web

        Distribution of AGN in dark matter halos
        Content and demographics of AGN in clusters and groups vs field.
        Impact of AGN on the intracluster medium

    IV. Simulations vs Observations

        Semi-Analytic models of AGN evolution
        Hydro simulations of black hole growth
        Physics of black hole fueling 
        Simulations of AGN feedback processes

Time Domain Astrophysics with Swift

Dates: 2015 October 19 - 21
Place: Clemson, South Carolina, USA

A sequel to the highly-successful 2011 meeting which had nearly 200 attendees, this meeting will be again be hosted by Dieter Hartmann. Please mark your calendars!

Sixth International Fermi Symposium

Dates: 2015 November 2 -6
Deadline for Abstracts and Registration: 2015 September 1
Place: Washington, DC, USA

The Fermi mission has been surveying the high-energy sky for nearly 7 years discovering thousands of new gamma-ray sources and new source classes not previously known to be gamma-ray emitters, bringing the importance of gamma-ray astrophysics to an ever-broadening community. At the 6th International Fermi Symposium, we will discuss new scientific investigations and results enabled by Fermi, including coordinated observations and analyses, and how recent improvements to both the GBM and LAT instruments are providing new science capabilities and opening new discovery space in gamma-ray astrophysics.

28th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics

Dates: 2015 December 13 - 18
Opening of Registration and Abstract Submission: 2015 May 1
Contributed Talk Abstract Submission Deadline: 2015 October 1
Regular Registration Deadline: 2015 October 14
Accommodation Booking Deadline: 2015 November 1
Poster Abstract Submission & Late Registration Deadline: 2015 December 6
On-site Registration Deadline: 2015 December 18
Place: Geneva, Switzerland

The 28th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics is organized by the Astronomical Department and the Physics Section of the University of Geneva. The Symposium will include both invited and contributed talks and posters. The format of the Symposium will include morning plenary sessions and afternoon parallel sessions which will function as mini-symposia in each sub-field.

The Texas Symposia on Relativistic Astrophysics are an impressive series of events where major astrophysical discoveries have been announced and discussed in the field related to relativistic theory of gravitation and cosmology, such as black-holes, quasars, neutron stars, X-ray binaries, gamma-ray bursts, particle acceleration, the cosmic background, dark matter and dark energy.

The organizers are excited to welcome hundreds of international astrophysicists and physicists to Geneva, the home town of the LHC, to review remarkable discoveries and prospects, one century after the publication of General Relativity by Albert Einstein, and to bridge astrophysics with particle physics.

High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) of the AAS Meeting

Dates: 2016 Spring
Place: Naples, Florida, USA

Supernova Remnants: An Odyssey in Space After Stellar Death

Dates: 2016 June 6 - 10
Registration, Payment, Abstract Submission and Hotel Reservations Open: 2015 September 1
Deadline for Abstract Submission for Contributed Talks: 2016 March 4
Deadline for Early Registration and Payment, and Abstract Submission for Posters: 2016 April 8
Deadline for Guaranteed Rate for Hotel Reservation: 2016 May 3
Deadline for Late Registration and Payment: 2016 May 13
Place: Chania, Crete, Greece

The meeting will explore the exciting recent observational and theoretical progress in the structure, evolution and physics of SNRs. It will build upon spectral and imaging observations from radio to gamma-ray wavelengths of SNR blast waves, pulsar wind nebulae and SN ejecta and their interpretation through models and numerical simulations. The goals of the meeting are understanding the evolution of SNRs and their interaction with interstellar gas, elucidating the physical processes that govern shock waves and relativistic plasmas, and inferring characteristics of supernova explosions from SNR observations.

We will focus on narrowing the gap between observations and theories with the help of powerful new instrumentation such as hard X-ray and gamma-ray satellites, large optical telescopes, and sub-mm and low-frequency radio arrays on the one hand, and increasingly detailed and realistic numerical simulations on the other. New understanding of the nature of supernova remnants and processes that occur there offers new insights into the role of SNRs in the structure and evolution of galaxies and the nature of supernova explosions.

41st Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) and Associated Events (COSPAR 2016)

Dates: 2016 July 30 - August 7
Abstract Submission: 2015 August 19 - 2016 February 12
Place: Istanbul, Turkey

Topics:

Approximately 125 meetings covering the fields of COSPAR Scientific Commissions
(SC) and Panels:

- SC A:  The Earth's Surface, Meteorology and Climate
- SC B:  The Earth-Moon System, Planets, and Small Bodies of the Solar System
- SC C:  The Upper Atmospheres of the Earth and Planets Including Reference Atmospheres
- SC D:  Space Plasmas in the Solar System, Including Planetary Magnetospheres
- SC E:  Research in Astrophysics from Space
- SC F:  Life Sciences as Related to Space
- SC G:  Materials Sciences in Space
- SC H:  Fundamental Physics in Space

- Panel on Satellite Dynamics (PSD)
- Panel on Scientific Ballooning (PSB)
- Panel on Potentially Environmentally Detrimental Activities in Space (PEDAS)
- Panel on Radiation Belt Environment Modelling (PRBEM)
- Panel on Space Weather (PSW)
- Panel on Planetary Protection (PPP)
- Panel on Capacity Building (PCB)
- Panel on Education (PE)
- Panel on Exploration (PEX)
- Panel on Exoplanetary Exploration (PEPE)

- Special events:  interdisciplinary lectures, round table, etc.

Selected papers published in Advances in Space Research and Life Sciences in Space Research, fully refereed journals with no deadlines open to all submissions in relevant fields.

Contact:

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COSPAR Secretariat, 2 place Maurice Quentin, 75039 Paris Cedex 01, France

Tel: +33 1 44 76 75 10
Fax: +33 1 44 76 74 37
Email: cospar@cosparhq.cnes.fr
Web site: http://www.cospar-assembly.org
 
Scientific Program Chair: Prof. Ersin Gogus, Sabanci University
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High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) of the AAS Meeting

Dates: 2017 August 16 - 20
Place: Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA

Other Selected Astronomy, Physics and Space Science meetings

The Fifth Workshop on Compact Steep Spectrum and GHz-Peaked Spectrum Radio Sources

Dates: 2015 May 27 - 29
Second Announcement, with Details on Logistics and Costs, and Opening of Registration: 2014 September 15
Third Announcement, with List of Invited Speakers and Scheme of Scientific Program: 2014 December 15
Closing of Registration: 2015 April 15
Place: Rimini, Italy

The Institute of Radioastronomy (IRA - INAF) and the Department of Physics and Astronomy (DIFA - UniBO) are organizing this international workshop, the fifth in a series following the meetings in Dwingeloo (1990), Leiden (1996), Kerastari (2002) and Riccione (2008).

The GHz Peaked Spectrum (GPS) and Compact Steep Spectrum (CSS) radio sources are the most likely candidates for the progenitors of the large scale radio sources. They are powerful but compact radio sources whose spectra are generally simple and convex with peaks near 1 GHz and 100 MHz respectively. In general, the GPS sources are entirely contained within the extent of the narrow line region (< 1 kpc) while the CSS sources are contained entirely within the host galaxy (< 15 kpc). The GPS and CSS sources provide (1) probes of the ISM of the host galaxy, and (2) constraints on the physics of radio galaxy evolution, and (3) provide witness to a very short period of activity of an active galactic nucleus (AGN). As the radio plasma propagates outwards through the host galaxy, it provides feedback in the form of strong shocks which may influence star formation in the galaxy and further fuelling of the AGN, and definitely influences/determines other radiative processes as observed in various bands.

Substantial progress has been made in our understanding of GPS and CSS sources through the combination of high resolution radio, optical and UV imaging as well as IR and X-ray observations, and the availability of GeV observations with the Fermi LAT. Recent work has extended samples of sources to lower power and higher peak frequency. Dramatic improvements to existing facilities (VLA, GMRT, VLBA) and a new generation of radio telescopes (LOFAR, ALMA, and SKA precursors/pathfinders) are impacting our understanding of these interesting sources. This workshop will bring together observers from across the spectrum with theorists for an informal and stimulating exchange of ideas and results.

The Stellar IMF at Low Masses: A Critical Look at Variations and Environmental Dependencies: A Mini-Workshop at STScI

Dates: 2015 June 29 - July 1
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 2015 February 6
Full Registration Opens: 2015 March 9
Deadline for Full Registration & Payment of Registration Fee: 2015 May 29*
Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

* To help create a collaborative and engaging atmosphere, the attendance will be limited to 60-70 participants.

The shape of the stellar initial mass function (IMF) is one of the main uncertainties in our understanding of star formation, i.e., the conversion of gas into stars over cosmic time. It is usually assumed that the IMF in external galaxies is the same as in the disk of the Milky Way, where most studies of resolved stellar populations showed the IMF to be "universal".

However, the "universality" of the stellar IMF has recently been challenged: kinematics from integral-field spectroscopy of nearby galaxies as well as line strength studies of molecular features in spectra of early-type galaxies have shown evidence for a steepening of the low-mass IMF with increasing galaxy velocity dispersion. Deep star count studies in nearby dwarf galaxies seem to corroborate these findings. However, alternative explanations for the spectroscopic evidence have also started to appear in the literature.

A non-universal IMF, if confirmed, would have important implications regarding our understanding of galaxy evolution. The main purpose of this workshop is to have a critical look at the evidence for variations of the IMF at sub-solar stellar masses. Recent observational and theoretical insights will be presented to evaluate whether and how the IMF may vary across different environments. Emphasis will be given to the role of future observing facilities in constraining the theoretical scenarios.

The workshop will include a combination of Invited Talks, Contributed Talks, and Posters. More information is posted on the workshop web site. For any questions, please email IMF2015@stsci.edu.

Mocking the Universe (Space Telescope Science Institute Mini-Workshop)

Dates: 2015 July 27 - 29
Deadline for Pre-Registration and Abstract Submission: 2015 May 1
Place:Baltimore, Maryland, USA

In the coming era of LSST, PanSTARRS, WFIRST, ALMA, ELTs, JWST, and other facilities, we want to know: What science can we learn by injecting more astrophysics into mock catalogs, and how can we use mock data to maximize the science output of real data?

This workshop will cover a variety of astronomy topics bound together by their need to mock the universe: strong and weak lensing, stellar streams and Milky Way dynamics, galaxy and star formation, large scale structure, and dust. How do you simulate data? What techniques do you use to check whether you get out what you put in? What do you hope to learn by comparing mock catalogs to real data? How can we best use observations to improve synthetic ones? Are there parts of our fake universes that we should share with the community? How?

As computing resources grow and simulations resolve entire observable universes, it may become possible to simulate every pixel observed in next-generation surveys, many times over. Is this a worthy goal? Where should our simulations and surveys meet in order to learn the most about how our universe works? What are the computing, mathematical, and scientific problems we must overcome to achieve these goals?

The organizers invite contributed talks and posters along the entire continuum of observations to theory, especially those that exploit combinations of fake and real data to constrain astrophysical models, measure cosmological parameters, and determine our cosmic history.

Please direct inquiries to mocking@stsci.edu.

XXIV IAU General Assembly

Dates: 2015 August 3 - 14
Deadline for IAU Early Registration: 2014 December 1
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 2015 March 18
Deadline for IAU Regular Registration: 2015 May 28
Deadline for IAU Late Registration: 2015 August 1
Place: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Feedback in the Magellanic Clouds (Space Telescope Science Institute Workshop)

Dates: 2015 October 5 - 7
Deadline for Abstract and Poster Submission: 2015 July 3
Deadline for Registration: 2015 August 31
Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

The goal of this workshop is to bring together the communities studying feedback in the Magellanic Clouds on both stellar and galactic scales. As the nearest gas-rich dwarf galaxies, the Magellanic Clouds offer a superb opportunity for studying the radiative, chemical, and mechanical feedback from star formation at high spatial resolution. We will discuss recent multi-wavelength observations that trace the impact of star formation in the Magellanic Clouds on the surrounding interstellar medium, and on the larger-scale evolution of the two galaxies. A broader objective is to explore the role of feedback in the Magellanic Clouds in the context of other dwarf galaxies.

For any questions, please email Andrew Fox, the SOC chair (afox@stsci.edu), or Elena Sabbi, the SOC co-chair (sabbi@stsci.edu).

Exploring the Universe with JWST (49th ESLAB Symposium)

Dates: 2015 October 12 - 16
Registration and Abstract Submission Opens: 2015 March
Place: Noordwijk, The Netherlands

This international conference is dedicated to the presentation and discussion of future scientific research that will be enabled by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

JWST, scheduled for launch in October 2018, will be one of the great observatories of the next decade. It will provide imaging, spectroscopic and coronagraphic capabilities over the 0.6 to 28.5 micron wavelength range. It will offer an unprecedented combination of sensitivity and spatial resolution to study targets ranging from our Solar System to the most distant galaxies.

With JWST's launch date approaching steadily and a first call for proposals scheduled for the end of 2017, the European Space Agency is organising an international conference dedicated to the presentation and discussion of future scientific research that will be enabled by JWST.

This conference will cover a broad range of scientific topics that will be organized in the following categories:

  • The end of the "dark ages": first light and reionisation.
  • The assembly of galaxies.
  • The formation and evolution of stars and planets.
  • Planetary systems and the origins of life.
  • Our Solar system.

2nd Symposium of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR): Water and Life in the Universe (COSPAR 2015)

Dates: 2015 November 9 - 13
Abstract Submission: 2015 March 2 - May 31
Early Registration: 2015 June 1 - July 31
Place: Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Topics:

- Space astronomy missions to detect ingredients for life and exoplanets in the universe: 
     status of current and future approved missions and new proposals
- Water and life in the universe and on Earth: impact on human consciousness and societies
- Satellite and probe missions for water remote sensing on Earth, planets, and other celestial bodies
- Water and Life in the Solar System
- Water from chemical, biological, and physical perspectives
- Role of water from the ground to the upper atmosphere
- Astrobiology: habitability, synthesis of organics in ice, and prebiotic chemistry in liquid water
- Water, organics and life support for human exploration in low Earth orbit, the Moon and beyond
- Interdisciplinary lectures, keynote talks, public lectures

Selected papers published in Advances in Space Research and Life Sciences in Space Research, fully refereed journals with no deadlines open to all submissions in relevant fields.

Contact:

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COSPAR Secretariat, 2 place Maurice Quentin, 75039 Paris Cedex 01, France

Tel: +33 1 44 76 75 10
Fax: +33 1 44 76 74 37
Email: cospar@cosparhq.cnes.fr
Web site: http://cosparbrazil2015.org/
 
Scientific Program Chair: Dr. Othon Winter, UNESP - Sao Paulo State University
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American Astronomical Society Meeting 227

Dates: 2016 January 3 - 7
Place: Kissimmee, Florida, USA

American Astronomical Society Meeting 228

Dates: 2016 June 12 - 16
Place: San Diego, California, USA


Selected Astronomy-related Technology (e.g., Instrumentation) Meetings

None


Selected Astronomy-related Physics, Computational, Data Analysis, Software or Statistics Meetings

None


Selected Space Science-related Education and Public Outreach Meetings

Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers XI

Dates: 2015 June 1 - 5
Deadline for Registration: 2015 May 1, or when the class is full
Place: State College, Pennsylvania, USA

For the 11th year, Penn State's Center for Astrostatistics is offering its week-long Summer School in statistical methodology for astronomy. The School provides an intensive program in statistical inference covering topics like principles of probability and inference, Bayesian analysis, nonparametrics, regression, bootstrap resampling, regression and model selection, multivariate clustering and classification, spatial statistics, and time series analysis. Extensive training in the public domain R statistical software environment is provided.

Lectures and tutorials are presented by experienced educators in statistics and astrostatistics. Participants exercise the methods in the R/CRAN software environment with astronomical datasets illustrating realistic challenges faced in contemporary research.

EXOSTATS; Statistics and Exoplanets Focus Meeting within the XXIXth IAU General Assembly

Dates; 2015 August 3 - 5
Deadline for IAU GA Early Registration: 2014 December 1
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 2015 March 8
Deadline for Financial Support Applications: 2015 April 1
Deadline for IAU GA Regular Registration: 2015 May 28
Deadline for IAU GA Late Registration: 2015 August 1
Place: Honolulu, Hawaii. USA

The discovery and characterization of exoplanets requires both superbly accurate instrumentation and sophisticated statistical methods. Weak or rare planetary signals must be extracted from dominant starlight, very large samples and noisy datasets. This meeting will bring together exoplanet and statistical experts to discuss and address key challenges in exoplanet detection (including radial velocity, astrometry, transits, direct imaging and microlensing), detailed planet characterization, and population studies.

The program will consist of invited talks by leading astronomers and statisticians at the forefront of exoplanet detection and characterization, contributed posters and talks, and discussion. A day of hands-on tutorial-style experimentation with key algorithms and software packages will follow the meeting.

Interested scientists can register, submit abstracts, arrange lodging and logistics through the IAU General Assembly website.

The organizers look forward to a productive cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas on the methodology of exoplanetary discovery and science, and hope to see many of you there.



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