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

2014 November 17: Chandra Calibration and CIAO Workshop

2014 November 17 - 28: Advanced School on X-ray Astrophysics

2014 November 18 - 21: Fifteen Years of Science with Chandra Symposium

2014 December 2 - 5: Swift: 10 Years of Discovery

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

2016 Spring: HEAD Meeting

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

2017 August: HEAD Meeting

Other Selected Astronomy, Physics and Space Science meetings

2014 November 4 - 7: Cosmology with Galaxy Clusters in the XXIst Century

2014 November 11 - 14: Star Formation Across Space and Time

2014 November 17 - 20: Wide-field InfraRed Surveys: Science and Techniques Conference

2014 December 1 - 5: PLANCK 2014: The Microwave Sky in Temperature and Polarization

2015 January 4 - 8: American Astronomical Society Meeting 225

2015 April 20 - 23: Hubble 2020: Building on 25 Years of Discovery

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 August 3 - 14: XXIV IAU General Assembly

2016 January 3 - 7: American Astronomical Society Meeting 227

2016 June 12 - 16 American Astronomical Society Meeting 228

High Energy Astrophysics meetings

Chandra Calibration and CIAO Workshop

Dates: 2014 November 17
Details: Soon to Come
Place: Cambridge, Massacusetstts, USA

The workshop will include a morning session discussing recent work on Chandra calibration and CIAO topics and an afternoon hands-on session with CXC staff on hand to answer individual questions and to assist with analysis.

More details will be announced at a later date.

Advanced School on X-ray Astrophysics: Data Analysis of the XMM-Newton, Chandra and Suzaku Missions (A COSPAR CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP )

Dates: 2014 November 17 - 28
Deadline for Applications: 2014 May 30
Place: Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico


  • Provide the participants the tools and skills required to work with and understand data produced in particular by the Suzaku, Chandra and XMM-Newton satellites, working with existing archival data.
  • Introduce scientists to the techniques of X-ray astronomy and detectors, and to the astrophysical processes in real systems that lead to X-ray emission and propagation, both in imaging and spectroscopy.
  • Discuss the forthcoming X-ray missions that will fly in the coming years.


The following topics will be covered in the workshop via both lectures and hands-on work:

  1. Basic theoretical concepts of High Energy Astrophysics
  2. Statistics: basic concepts and applications
  3. High Energy Astronomy Satellites: past, present and future
  4. Software for high-energy astrophysics data analysis - installation, usage, and basic scripting
  5. High energy astrophysics data analysis
    • a. Accessing archival databases for spectral, timing, and imaging data
    • b. Reduction and analysis of spectroscopic, timing and imaging data
    • c. Simultaneous analysis of data from multiple detectors and wavebands
  6. Basics of writing a scientific paper and an observational proposal


The organizers plan to concentrate on Suzaku, Chandra and XMM-Newton data analysis. Students have to pre-install the software and analysis tools before arrival. The data analysis tools required to process and extract results from the archival data, such as FTOOLS, SAS, and CIAO are also all freely available for a range of operating systems such as Linux and OS X.


Ph.D. students, post-doctoral fellows and young researchers from the region and other Latin American countries.

Fifteen Years of Science with Chandra Symposium

Dates: 2014 November 18 - 21
Hotel Reservation Deadline: extended to 2014 October 24
Registraton and Poster Submission Deadline: extended to 2014 October 24
Place: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The meeting will highlight key science results from the past fifteen years and a panel discussion focusing on key science topics for the next 10+ years of operation of the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Topics and themes will emphasize high resolution imaging and spectroscopy, observations and theory, including related data from other observatories.

The Symposium web page lists the invited speakers and topics.

Swift: 10 Years of Discovery
Dates: 2014 December 2 -5
Online Registration and Abstract Submission: Opened on 2014 July 14
Deadline for Abstract Submission and for Early Bird Fee: 2014 September 30
Last Day for Reduced Congress Fee: 2014 November 14
Place: Rome, Italy

This meeting will celebrate 10 years of Swift successes and will cover recent advances, both from the observational and theoretical sides on our knowledge of the high-energy transients Universe.

When Swift was launched on November 20, 2004, its prime objective was to chase Gamma-Ray Bursts. However, its multi-wavelength and fast scheduling capacities make it the most versatile mission ever flown. Beside GRBs, It has been used for studying an impressive variety of targets such as AGNs, supernovae, novae, variable stars, unidentified gamma-ray sources etc. Swift has observed sources covering a wide range of redshifts, out to the most distant transient objects in the Universe. The rich variety of source classes scrutinized by Swift will be addressed in this meeting with dedicated sessions. The current knowledge on GRB, as well as other galactic and extragalactic transient sources will be thoroughly discussed, reviewing our current view and providing new perspective for the future, both from theoretical and observational point of view.

Sessions will be devoted to:

  • Swift and the future GRB missions
  • GRB I (physics: jets & progenitors)
  • GRB II (high-z GRBs and cosmology)
  • GRB III (short GRBs)
  • Low luminosity - Very Long GRBs
  • GRB-SNe connection
  • Magnetars
  • Supernovae
  • Compact objects and the Galactic center
  • Swift catalogs
  • Tidal Disruption Events
  • AGNs - Blazars
  • Multiwavelength - Multimessenger astronomy

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

Dates: 2015 June 8 - 10
Place: Villafranca del Castillo, 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.

High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) of the AAS Meeting

Dates: 2016 Spring
Place: TBD, 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.

High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) of the AAS Meeting

Dates: 2017 August
Place: Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA

Other Selected Astronomy, Physics and Space Science meetings

Cosmology with Galaxy Clusters in the XXIst Century

Dates: 2014 November 4 - 7
Deadline for Registration: 2014 August 31
Place: Madrid, Spain

Cosmology with galaxy clusters is now entering the precision era. Therefore, it is timely to discuss what we achieved so far and what can be achieved in the near future. The main topics that will be discussed are:

  • Past, present & future surveys: what we know now, what we do not know yet, what we need to know soon to use galaxy clusters as cosmological probes;
  • Multi-wavelength scaling relations for a robust estimate of the cluster masses;
  • Accuracy and precision in the galaxy cluster mass reconstruction;
  • Cluster simulations.

Star Formation Across Space and Time

Dates: 2014 November 11 - 14
Deadline for Astract Submission: 2014 August 28
Deadline for Early Registration: 2014 October 9
Deadline for Registration: 2014 November 6
Place: Noordwijk, the Netherlands

The objective of this meeting is to bring together astronomers interested in all aspects of star formation, from local galactic to extreme extra-galactic high-z conditions. Recent advances on the subject suggest various communities can benefit from each other, and the meeting aims to facilitate cross-fertilization between researchers with different observational and theoretical backgrounds to further our understanding of star formation as observed across the spectrum. The meeting poses the fundamental question: Are there universal processes of star formation across space and time?

Wide-field InfraRed Surveys: Science and Techniques Conference

Dates: 2014 November 17 - 20
Deadline for Contributed Talks Abstract Submission: 2014 September 5
Deadline for Posters Abstract Submission: 2014 November 7
Deadline for Regular Registration: 2014 November 6
Deadline for Late Registration: 2014 November 7 or after
Place: Pasadena, California, USA

This conference is intended for scientists to consider recent progress from missions such as Spitzer, Kepler, Hubble, Planck, WISE and Herschel, as it affects the design and utilization of the next generation of space-based infrared surveys, including the Decadel Survey's top priority, wide-field infrared survey telescope (WFIRST). The conference will expose the participants to the capabilities currently envisaged for WFIRST-AFTA. The conference will also assess the mission's promise in the context of the anticipated performance of JWST and other planned missions such as TESS and Euclid, as well as ground-based projects, especially LSST. Because of the wide range of topics, from Dark Energy to Exoplanets, and the increasing importance of additional community-driven observational programs, this will be a unique opportunity to bring together these many constituencies to present their perspectives and inform the trade studies pursued by the WFIRST-AFTA Science Definition Team and the Project Formulation Team.

Participants are encouraged to submit abstracts for contributed talks or posters, especially material that describes new science topics that can be addressed with WFIRST-AFTA, or science singularly enabled by the combination of data from WFIRST-AFTA and other facilities. There will be opportunities for contributed talks both in the plenary and parallel sessions; all research areas, from solar system science to cosmology, are welcome.

PLANCK 2014: The Microwave Sky in Temperature and Polarization

Dates: 2014 December 1 - 5
Registration and Abstract Submission: Now open
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 2014 September 15
Deadline for Registration: 2014 November 20
Place: Ferrara, Italy

This conference is dedicated to the scientific results of the second cosmological data release from Planck, the ESA mission to map the anisotropies of the Cosmic Microwave Background ( Results from other experiments will be presented and discussed as well.

Planck was launched in May 2009 and surveyed the sky continuously until October 2013. A first release happened in March 2013, comprising only temperature data for the first fifteen months of observation, or about two nominal surveys. The second release will take place in late 2014 and will present all of the Planck sky surveys, in temperature and polarization. High quality maps of Cosmic Microwave Background intensity and polarization will be derived, as well as of many astrophysical foregrounds, including synchrotron, free-free and dust emission from the Milky Way, radio and far-infrared emission from external galaxies, the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect in clusters of galaxies, and the Cosmic Infrared Background. The Planck data therefore address an extremely broad range of cosmological and astrophysical science. This conference provides a scientific forum where the scientific results will be discussed.

American Astronomical Society Meeting 225

Dates: 2015 January 4 - 8
Deadline for Early Registration: 2014 September 11
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 2014 October 1, 9pm ET
Deadline for Regular Registration: 2014 November 13
Place: Seattle, Washington, USA

Hubble 2020: Building on 25 Years of Discovery

Dates: 2015 April 20 - 23
Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

To mark the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, and with an eye towards the future, this symposium will celebrate the extraordinary impact that the Hubble Space Telescope has had on science, culture, and public engagement through three main goals:

  • First, to focus on Hubble's scientific legacy through 2020, highlighting synergies with ongoing space missions.
  • Second, to delineate and inspire the scientific overlap between Hubble and the James Webb Space Telescope.
  • Third, to pave the way for the WFIRST/AFTA telescope and for the next generation of large optical/UV telescopes in space.

Please save the date! Additional information will be posted on the symposium website.

If you have any questions, please email

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
Registration Closes: 2015 May 29
Place: Baltimore, Marytland, USA

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.

More information will be posted on the workshop web site when available. For any questions, please email

XXIV IAU General Assembly

Dates: 2015 August 3 - 14
Place: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

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


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


Selected Space Science-related Education and Public Outreach Meetings


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