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

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

2016 June 28 - 30:: The Extreme Universe: from Compact Objects to Cosmology

2016 July 18 - 22: The Multi-Messenger Astrophysics of the Galactic Centre (IAU Symposium 322)

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

2016 August 15 - 16: Chandra Cal/CIAO/ds9/MARX Workshop

2016 August 16 - 19: Chandra Science for the Next Decade

2016 September 12 - 16: IAU Symposium 234: New Frontiers in Black Hole Astrophysics

2016 September 18 - 24: Cosmic Ray Origin - Beyond the Standard Models

2016 September 19 - 23: Breaking the Limits: Super-Eddington Accretion on Compact Objects

2016 October 9 - 13: 7th International Workshop on Astronomy and Relativistic Astrophysics (IWARA 2016): Quarks and Cosmos

2016 October 10 - 14: 11th INTEGRAL Conference: Gamma-Ray Astrophysics in Multi-Wavelength Perspective

2016 November 2 - 4: Astrophysics in the Era of Gravitational Wave and Multimessenger Observations

2016 November 15 - 17: NuSTAR Science Meeting

2017 August 16 - 20: HEAD Meeting

2017 December 3 - 8: 29th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics

Other Selected Astronomy, Physics and Space Science meetings

2016 October 24 - 28: Exploring the Universe with JWST - II

2017 January 3 - 7: American Astronomical Society Meeting 229

2017 June 4 - 8: American Astronomical Society Meeting 230

2018 January 7 - 11: American Astronomical Society Meeting 231

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

2016 October 20 - 24: IAU Symposium 325: Astroinformatics

High Energy Astrophysics meetings

The Extreme Universe: from Compact Objects to Cosmology

Meeting Dates: 2016 June 28 - 30
Deadline for Registration: 2016 May 31
Location: Hong Kong

The aim of this workshop is to present and discuss recent observational and theoretical progress in extreme phenomena in the Universe, including pulsars, black holes, accretion and outflows, gamma-ray bursts, and cosmology. The organizers hope that this workshop can benefit all participants and promote collaborations.

The Multi-Messenger Astrophysics of the Galactic Centre (IAU Symposium 322)

Meeting Dates: 2016 July 18 - 22
Pre-Registration: Now Open!
Abstract Submission Deadline for Contributed Talks: extended to 2016 February 9
Location: Palm Cove, Far North Queensland, Australia

The meeting aims to combine results not just from astrophysics but also astroparticle physics for the first time. The scientific topics to be addressed will include:

1) Accretion inflow/outflow: approaching the Event Horizon
2) Dense gas in the Galactic Centre and its star formation potential; young and massive stars in the Galactic Centre
3) Nuclear clusters; cluster dynamics; stellar evolution and end products in the crowded Galactic Centre environment
4) Magnetic fields; cosmic ray acceleration, propagation, dynamics and radiation in the Galactic Centre
5) The Galactic Centre's relation to other galactic nuclei; giant outflows; feedback
6) Dark Matter in the Galactic Centre: indirect signatures, expected distribution, backgrounds, extracting potential signals in a crowded environment

This symposium is the latest in a series of Galactic Centre International Workshops held fairly regularly since the mid-1980s. The organizers are thrilled to be hosting one in Australia for the first time. They will be limiting the meeting size to ~150 people so that they can have productive discussions and lunches together. Moderated discussions will be a big component of the meeting.

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

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


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.

Sessions of interest to the high-energy astrophysics community include the following events:

Accreting Neutron Stars and Stellar-mass Black Holes

A Broadband Perspective on Massive X-ray Binaries: towards a Unified Picture

Activity of the Supermassive Black Hole and other Energetic Processes at the Galactic Center

The Hot and Energetic Universe with the Large X-ray Observatory Athena

A New View of the Universe Revealed by ASTRO-H

Novae and Cataclysmic Variables: a Multi-dimensional Perspective where Multi-wavelength Observations Meet Theory

X-ray Polarimetry: Experiments and Science Prospects

Evolution of Massive Stellar Binaries: Modeling and Observations

Evolution of Millisecond Pulsars

Gamma-ray Bursts: Observations and Theory of the Prompt and Afterglow Emission Processes and their Progenitors

Physics of Galaxy Clusters

Exploring Neutron-star Structure by Timing and Spectroscopy

Cherenkov Telescope Array: the Ground-based Eyes to Observe the Gamma-ray Universe

The Explosive Deaths of Stars: Beacons for Cosmology from the Local Universe to the Highest Redshifts

The Magnetar Link in Neutron Stars, Gamma Ray Bursts and Supernovae

Spectral Meets Timing: a Global Approach to Accretion onto Compact Objects

Black Hole Astrophysics: Observational Evidence of Theoretical Models

Radio Galaxies: Resolving the AGN Phenomenon

Origin of Cosmic Rays

Solar and Stellar Dynamos and Magnetic Flux Emergence

Formation, Destabilization, and Ejection of Magnetic Structures in Solar and Stellar Coronae

Multiwavelength Observations and Simulations of Solar and Stellar Flares

Reconnection and Turbulence from the Sun through the Heliosphere to Galaxies

Abundance Variations and Fundamental Questions in Solar and Stellar Physics

Gravitation, Dark Energy and Dark Matter

Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Physics and Condensed Matter in Space

Space Missions for Fundamental Physics

Gravitational Wave Astrophysics

Enabling Technologies for Fundamental Physics Experiments and Missions

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.


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
Web site:
Scientific Program Chair: Prof. Ersin Gogus, Sabanci University

Chandra Cal/CIAO/ds/MARX Workshop

Dates: 2016 August 15 - 16 (possibly)
Meeting Location (if held): Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

The Chandra X-ray Center (CXC) is soliciting interest in a free CIAO workshop on August 15 just prior to the start of the Chandra Science for the Next Decade workshop. Depending on the level of interest, the workshop may be extended into the morning of August 16. The CIAO workshop will be tailored to the attendees, but usually consists of a few talks in the morning with ample time in the afternoon hands-on with CXC experts to assist individuals with their specific data analysis questions.

Possible topics for the talks include:

    Introduction to X-ray astronomy
    Advanced CIAO
    Topics in Chandra Calibration
    Intro or Advanced Sherpa
    Intro or Advanced MARX
    Intro or Advanced ds9

Users interested in attending the CIAO Workshop are asked to fill out the Registration Form. Registered users will be contacted with more details closer to the date of the workshop.

Chandra Science for the Next Decade

Dates: 2016 August 16 - 19
Final Deadline for Contributed Talk Abstract Submission: 2016 June 15
Deadline for Poster Abstract Submission and Regular Registration: 2016 June 30
Late Registration Deadline: Midnight 2016 July 15 (EDT), but enrollment is limited to 120 attendees
Contact E-mail: nextdecade16 "at"
Meeting Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

The Chandra X-ray Observatory continues to provide stunning and revolutionary insights into the high energy Universe and almost all branches of astrophysics. Following a very positive outcome from recent engineering studies, the Chandra mission is planning and looking forward to at least ten more years of operations. This workshop will draw on the depth and breadth of community expertise to envisage the future of Chandra science. Topics and themes will emphasize the major advances yet to be achieved, the multi-wavelength opportunities future ground-based and space-based facilities will offer, and the perspectives on a "big data" archive expected to accumulate more than two decades' worth of exquisite X-ray imaging and spectroscopy. In exploring the discoveries Chandra has yet to make, we will hone the scientific requirements and priorities for future X-ray missions.

IAU Symposium 234: New Frontiers in Black Hole Astrophysics

Meeting Dates: 2016 September 12 - 16
Deadline for Early Registration and Abstract Submission: 2016 April 30
Deadline for Late Registration: 2016 September 01
Location: Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Black holes, a prediction from Karl Schwarzschild's solution of Einstein's field equations in 1916, were originally considered to be an esoteric, abstract mathematical concept. Today, thanks to five decades of technology development across the electromagnetic spectrum, supermassive black holes are accepted to lie at the heart of all bulge-dominated galaxies, new stellar-mass black holes are discovered every year in the form of Gamma Ray Bursts and the s earch for intermediate-mass black holes continues.

This symposium will bring together world-leading experts working across the interface between observational and theoretical astrophysics, theoretical physics and particle physics, who share a common interest in black-hole driven systems. Main topics of discussion will be the current state-of-the-art in studies of black-hole driven accretion, jet formation, acceleration, and emission mechanisms (i.e. source physics) and black-hole systems as astrophysical tools to test current theories of gravity and elementary particle physics in and beyond the standard model.

Leading up to major new facilities such as the Cherenkov Telescope Array, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and the Square Kilometre Array coming on line from 2018 onwards, this symposium will provide a stimulating environment for a new generation of astrophysicists to connect with, learn from and present their work to a unique and diverse combination of world-leading astrophysicists and physicists with a common interest in black holes and their applications.

This symposium is timely both scientifically and in terms of upcoming technology whose advances across the electromagnetic spectrum and beyond to multimessenger signature such as gravitational waves and neutrinos are coming of age.


  1. Similarity and diversity of black hole systems;
  2. Gamma Ray Bursts; their physics and use as probes of elementary particle physics;
  3. Tidal Disruption Events; prediction, discovery and implication;
  4. Active Galactic Nuclei; high-mass black hole systems as laboratories for extreme physics;
  5. Tests of fundamental theories of physics using black hole systems across the mass spectrum;
  6. Technology drivers and future capabilities.

Cosmic Ray Origin - Beyond the Standard Models

Meeting Dates: 2016 September 18 - 24
Registration: Opening soon
Location: San Vito di Cadore, Dolomites, Italy

One hundred years after their discovery, great progress has been made in understanding the origin of cosmic rays, but many questions remain. There is now convincing evidence for the long-suspected role of supernova remnants, but it is also clear that not all remnants contribute equally or at the same level throughout their evolution (and indeed there are questions about their overall efficiency as accelerators). In addition to supernova remnants there are strong hints that other categories of sources, such as pulsar wind nebulae, OB associations, GRBs etc, may contribute. This conference is being held to critically examine the possible contributions of various sources to the Galactic cosmic ray population and to suggest future lines of research.

There will be a mixture of invited reviews, contributed talks, poster presentations and discussion sessions allowing plenty of time for scientific debate and critical examination of the origin of cosmic rays in a stimulating environment.

Some of the key questions that will be discussed are:

  • What evidence do we have for the SNR origin?
  • What other sources might there be in the Galaxy?
  • What causes the knee?
  • Where (in energy) is the transition to an extra-Galactic component?
  • What extra-Galactic sources are conceivable?

The invited speakers cover a very broad range of topics to discuss and the organizers encourage everybody to propose a talk about recent Cosmic Ray studies.

Breaking the Limits: Super-Eddington Accretion on Compact Objects

Meeting Dates: 2016 September 19 - 23
Registration: Not yet open
Location: Arbatax, Tortoli, Sardinia, Italy

Recent years have seen an increasing interest of the astronomical community on the topic of super-Eddington accretion on compact objects, which can apply to a variety of systems, such as supermassive black holes, black hole binaries, ULXs, neutron stars. Moreover, the possibility that the Eddington limit may be violated can have important implications for the related topics of black hole growth, galaxy evolution and AGN feedback.

This workshop will be an opportunity to compare recent observations with state-of-the-art theoretical modeling of super-Eddington flows, and to discuss the cosmological implications of this regime of accretion.

To contact the LOC, please use the following email address:

supereddington2016 "at"

7th International Workshop on Astronomy and Relativistic Astrophysics (IWARA 2016): Quarks and Cosmos

Meeting Dates: 2016 October 9 - 13
Online Registration: Now Open
Location: Gramado, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Our understanding of the origin of the Universe, of its evolution and the physical laws that govern its behavior, as well as on the different states of matter that make up its evolutionary stage, reached in recent years levels never before imagined. This is due mainly to the new and recent discoveries in astronomy and relativistic astrophysics as well as to experiments on particle and nuclear physics that made the traditional boundaries of knowledge on physics to be overcome. As a result we have presently a new understanding about the Universe in its two extreme domains, the very large and the very small: the recognition of the deep connections that exist between quarks and the cosmos.

Based on the understanding of the intimate relationship between quarks and cosmos, the IWARA meetings is focused on the following related topics:


  • New phenomena and new states of matter in the Universe
  • General relativity, gravitation and cosmology
  • White dwarfs, neutron stars, pulsars and black holes
  • Gamma-ray emission in the Universe, high energy cosmic rays and gravitational waves
  • Strong magnetic fields in compact stars and in galaxies
  • Ultra-strong magnetic fields in neutron star mergers
  • Strange matter, strange stars, quark stars and magnetars
  • Strong magnetic fields and the cosmic microwave background
  • Dark matter and dark energy
  • Antimatter in the Universe, strong magnetic fields in the Universe
  • Heavy ion collisions and the formation of the quark-gluon plasma

11th INTEGRAL Conference: Gamma-Ray Astrophysics in Multi-Wavelength Perspective

Meeting Dates: 2016 October 10 - 14
Contact e-mail: integral2016 'at'
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The workshop will focus on the astrophysics of highly energetic objects that are studied with INTEGRAL, taking into account advanced modelling efforts and observational constraints from all wavelengths (and other cosmic messengers). Its goal is to provide a broad perspective on the astrophysics of compact objects and extreme astrophysical plasmas, as studied primarily by INTEGRAL but also, for example, in radio waves and TeV gamma rays, as relevant for various source types. The workshop will focus on key open questions in the field and critically examine their status and novel ideas to resolve them, including a forward look to future facilities.

Examples of topics:

  • X-ray binaries (involving black holes, neutron stars, and white dwarfs)
  • Isolated neutron stars (rotation-powered pulsars, magnetars)
  • Nucleosynthesis (SNe, Novae, SNRs, ISM) and gamma-ray lines, including 511 keV
  • Galactic diffuse continuum emission (including Galactic Ridge)
  • Super-massive black holes in AGNs (blazars, and the nucleus of the Milky Way)
  • Sky surveys, source populations and unidentified gamma-ray sources
  • Cosmic background radiation
  • Gamma-ray bursts

Astrophysics in the Era of Gravitational Wave and Multimessenger Observations

Dates: 2016 November 2 - 4
Meeting Location, Annapolis, Maryland, USA

For more details, contact the lead organizer John Baker (john.g.baker "at"

NuSTAR Science Meeting

Dates: 2016 November 15 - 17
Meeting Location: Pasadena, California, USA

High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) of the AAS Meeting

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

29th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics

Meeting Dates: 2017 December 3 - 8
Registration and Abstract Submission Open: 2017 April 14
Abstract Submission Deadline: 2017 August 25
Regular Registration and Hotel Deadline: 2017 October 20
Late Registration Deadline: 2017 November 24
Location: Cape Town, South Africa

The series of Texas Symposia on Relativistic Astrophysics began in 1963 and they are normally held every two years. 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 29th Symposium will be the first ever to be held on the African continent, emphasizing Southern Africa's role as the host of world-leading astrophysical facilities, such as the Southern African Large Telescope, the High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS), and the future Square Kilometre Array.

The organizers are excited to welcome hundreds of international astrophysicists and physicists to Cape Town, to review remarkable discoveries and prospects, such as the breakthrough detection of gravitational waves by the LIGO/VIRGO collaboration. The symposium also marks the 100th anniversary of the postulation of the cosmological constant ("Einstein's Biggest Blunder"). The Symposium will include morning plenary sessions and afternoon parallel sessions which will function as mini-symposia in each sub-field. The plenary sessions will consist of 30-45 min review talks. The afternoon sessions will feature oral (about 20 min) and poster contributions.

Other Selected Astronomy, Physics and Space Science meetings

Exploring the Universe with JWST - II

Meeting Dates: 2016 October 24 - 28
Deadline for Registration and Abstract Submission: 2016 July 15
Location: Montreal, Canada

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), scheduled for launch in October 2018, will be one of the great observatories of the next decade. Its suite of four instruments will provide imaging, spectroscopic and coronagraphic capabilities over the 0.6 to 28.5 micron wavelength range and 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 rapidly and a first call for proposals scheduled for the end of 2017, it is important to give the astronomical community opportunities to present, highlight and discuss scientific programs that will be made possible by JWST. The conference will cover a broad range of scientific topics organized around the main JWST science themes:

  • 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 (exoplanets)
  • Our Solar System.

American Astronomical Society Meeting 229

Meeting Dates: 2017 January 3 - 7
Location: Grapevine, Texas, USA

American Astronomical Society Meeting 230

Meeting Dates: 2017 June 4 - 8
Location: Austin, Texas, USA

American Astronomical Society Meeting 231

Meeting Dates: 2018 January 7 - 11
Location: National Harbor, Maryland (outside Washington, DC), USA

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


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


Selected Space Science-related Education and Public Outreach Meetings

IAU Symposium 325: Astroinformatics

Meeting Dates: 2016 October 20 - 24
Deadline for Early Registration: 2016 July 1
Deadline for Abstract Submission and for Late Registration: 2016 August 1
Location: Sorrento, Italy

IAU symposium 325 on Astroinformatics (AstroInfo16) brings together world-class experts to address the methodological and technological challenges posed by the scientific exploitation of massive data sets produced by the new generation of telescopes and observatories. Astronomy, which already was at the forefront of Big Data science with exponentially growing data volumes and data rates, is now entering the petascale regime at optical, infrared and radio wavelengths.

Astronomy is truly becoming data-driven in the ways that are both quantitatively and qualitatively different from the past. The data structures are not simple, and the procedures to gain astrophysical insights are not obvious, but the informational content of the modern data sets is so high that archival research and data mining are not merely profitable, but practically obligatory, since researchers who obtain the data can only extract a small fraction of the science that is enabled by it.

The symposium takes place at a crucial stage in the development of this new and exciting field of research, when many efforts have made significant achievements, but the widespread groups have not yet effectively communicated across specialties, gathered to assimilate their achievements, and consulted with cross-disciplinary experts. By bringing together astronomers involved in survey and large simulation projects, computer scientists, data scientists and companies, the symposium will provide an unique environment for the exchange of ideas, methods, software, and technical capabilities, seeking to establish enduring associations between the diverse researchers.

The Symposium will cover a broad range of topics in astroinformatics: Database Management Systems, Data Mining, multiprocessor computing for astronomy, machine learning methods for classification and knowledge extraction, algorithms for N-point computations, time series analysis and image processing, advanced visualization for astronomical Big Data, cross-disciplinary perspectives and advanced training.

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