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

2016 May 23 - 25: The Mysterious Connection between Superluminous Supernovae and Gamma-Ray Bursts (STScI Science Workshop)

2016 May 24 - 26: The First Science Conference on the XIPE (X-Ray Imaging Polarimetry Explorer) Mission

2016 May 30 - June 3: Blazars through Sharp Multi-Wavelength Eyes

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

2016 June 14 - 17: Workshop on Modelling Nebulae (5th Session of the Sant Cugat Forum on Astrophysics)

2016 June 15 - 18: Hot spots in the XMM sky: Cosmology from X-ray to Radio

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

2017 August 16 - 20: HEAD Meeting


Other Selected Astronomy, Physics and Space Science meetings

2016 June 6 - 10: The 19th Cambridge Workshop on Cool Stars, Stellar Systems, and the Sun ("Cool Stars 19")

2016 June 12 - 16: American Astronomical Society Meeting 228

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


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

2016 May 24 - 27: COSMO21: Statistical Challenges in 21st Century Cosmology

2016 May 31 - June 4: Penn State Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers XII

2016 June 6 - 10: Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy VI

2016 October 20 - 24: IAU Symposium 325: Astroinformatics


High Energy Astrophysics meetings

The Mysterious Connection between Superluminous Supernovae and Gamma-Ray Bursts (STScI Science Workshop)

Meeting Dates: 2016 May 23 - 25
Pre-registration and Abstract Submission: Now OPEN
Pre-registration Deadline: 2016 January 25
Participation Decisions Communicated: 2016 February 12
Registration Payment Deadline: 2016 March 18
Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

There are many similarities between the unusual galaxy hosts of superluminous supernovae (SLSNe) and long-duration gamma-ray bursts (LGRBs). Most strikingly, they tend to be both faint and low-metallicity. We wish to understand the source of these similarities as well as the growing differences seen in recent work. For example, what do these observations tell us about the progenitors as well as the engines behind these powerful objects? Are all these explosions powered by magnetars, or are black holes, or perhaps some other source of energy (e.g. radioactive decay) also involved? Do these explosions all require large amounts of angular momentum, and if so, are binary progenitors required? What limits can we place on the masses of the progenitors? To what extent are low-metallicity and high local star-formation rates fundamental to the formation of these objects? These are some of the questions we hope to address in the talks and discussions at the workshop.

As the number of places at the workshop will be limited, the organizers ask that individuals wishing to attend pre-register by Monday, January 25, 2016.

The First Science Conference on the XIPE (X-Ray Imaging Polarimetry Explorer) Mission

Meeting Dates: 2016 May 24 - 26
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 2016 March 25
Deadline for Registration: 2016 May 2
Location: Valencia, Spain

The X-ray Imaging Polarimetry Explorer (XIPE) is a medium-size mission candidate currently under phase A study by ESA. If selected for launch in 2025, this conceptually new observatory would open a yet unexplored observational window. Aside from spectral, spatial and timing information on the X-ray intensity, I, across the 2-8 keV band, XIPE records two additional Stokes parameters, Q and U, as a function of position, photon energy and time. In this way a much wider set of observables encoded in X-ray radiation is explored and helps to break degeneracies in the X-ray modeling of a wide range of astrophysical objects.

The XIPE mission covers a large range of X-ray sources to be observed: neutron stars in various flavors, accreting black holes from stellar to supermassive, supernovae, galactic and extra-galactic jets, etc. While performing observations of these objects, XIPE is also going to put new constraints on open questions about strong gravity, quantum electrodynamics in strong magnetic fields or dark matter candidates.

The induced observable polarization can solve long standing problems in both astrophysics and fundamental physics:

  • What is the structure of magnetic fields close to the site of particle acceleration in pulsar wind nebulae, supernovae or extragalactic jets?
  • Where do the seed photons for the Comptonized emission in extra-galactic jets come from?
  • What is the nature of the reprocessed emission we observe from the molecular clouds in the Galactic Center?
  • What is the accretion geometry in accreting X-ray pulsars?
  • Can the theoretically predicted QED vacuum birefringence in the atmospheres of magnetars be confirmed?
  • What is the angular momentum of accreting black holes in X-ray binaries?
  • Is the theory of Loop Quantum Gravity correct?
  • Can we detect axion-like particles that would constitute dark matter?

This non-exhaustive list of questions affects a number of scientific communities. An important goal of the XIPE science conference is to bring together members of all these communities to present and discuss the scientific perspectives for XIPE and X-ray polarimetry in general. A number of invited review and contributed talks are planned focusing like-wise on observational and theoretical work. The organizers particularly encourage interested astronomers and astrophysicist who are not yet familiar with polarimetry to join the meeting.

Blazars through Sharp Multi-Wavelength Eyes

Meeting Dates: 2016 May 30 - June 3
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 2016 April 1
Deadline for Reduced Rate at Conference Hotel: 2016 April 20
Deadline for Reduced Rate Registration: 2016 May 1
Location: Malága, Spain

Blazars, the most extreme variety of active galactic nuclei (AGN) and the most luminous long-lived individual objects in the universe, continue to pose major astrophysical puzzles. This international conference will be devoted to recent progress in observational and theoretical aspects of blazars and advances in our understanding of the "big picture" of the blazar phenomenon.

Blazars radiate across the electromagnetic spectrum from radio to gamma-ray frequencies. Observations of blazars require a variety of state-of-the-art instruments and techniques, while understanding jet formation and production of high-energy particles and photons is among the most prominent problems of modern astrophysics.

The timing of the conference is well matched to the availability of premier high-energy facilities, such as the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, the Chandra, Swift, NuSTAR, and Astrosat X-ray satellites, new high-resolution arrays such as the Event Horizon Telescope, RadioAstron, and ALMA, sensitive very high-energy gamma-ray Cherenkov detectors, and long-term monitoring with the Very Long Baseline Array, Global mm-VLBI Array, and optical-IR telescopes.

The meeting will have the extra motivation of celebrating Prof. Alan Marscher's contributions to blazar research.

Supernova Remnants: An Odyssey in Space After Stellar Death

Meeting 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
Location: 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.

Workshop on Modelling Nebulae (5th Session of the Sant Cugat Forum on Astrophysics)

Meeting Dates: 2016 June 14 - 17
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 2016 February 1
Deadline for Registration: 2016 May 1
Location: Sant Cugat, near Barcelona, Spain

During the last few years, significant progress on the study of pulsar wind nebuale (PWNe) has been attained both from a theoretical and an observational perspective, focusing on the closest, more energetic, and best studied nebula: the Crab. On the one hand, what was known as the sigma problem (how the nebula magnetization evolves with distance from the pulsar, starting from being Poynting dominated to becoming particle dominated) has been studied in detail (and solved) using precise three dimensional (3D) relativistic MHD simulations. On the other hand, observations of the Crab Nebula with the Fermi and AGILE satellites have unexpectedly shown the appearance of flares of short duration. The high-energy emission from this source suggests that acceleration of particles up to PeV energies is possible on timescales of ~10 hr, with transient emission briefly dominating the flux, likely linked to reconnection events. The detailed study of the Crab Nebula is however far from what is the usual lore in the field.

Now, the number of TeV detected PWNe (~30), mostly contributed by the H.E.S.S. survey of the Galactic plane, is similar to the number of characterized nebulae observed at other frequencies over decades of observations. But in just a few years, the Cherenkov Telescope Array will increase this number to several hundreds, actually providing an essentially complete account of TeV emitting PWNe in the Galaxy. At the other end of the multi-frequency spectrum, the SKA and its pathfinder instruments, will reveal thousands of new pulsars, and map in exquisite detail the radiation surrounding them for several hundreds of nebulae. X-ray missions currently under analysis, like Athena, and others, will also reveal currently unknown nebulae, as well as details of the bright ones in their corresponding energy regimes.

Assuming that the PWN is maintained solely by the pulsar rotational power, the gamma-ray luminosity detected is believed to be the result of Comptonization of soft photon fields by relativistic electrons injected by the pulsar during its lifetime. This scenario can lead to TeV sources without lower energy counterparts, when the synchrotron emission is reduced by the decay of the magnetic field. Also, it can lead to large mismatches in extension between gamma and X-ray energies, when the magnetic field is low enough that electrons emitting keV photons actually cool faster and are more energetic than electrons emitting in the TeV range. The explanation of these basic observational properties of PWNe does not imply that we understand the population detected in detail, nor that our models handle both multi-frequency morphology and radiation, nor that they are versatile enough to quickly apply them to hundreds of sources. Discussing how we achieve these more advanced models will be the aim of the workshop.

This workshop will join together an international group of experts with the aim of assessing the theoretical state of the art in modeling nebulae. It shall do so in view of the current and forthcoming observational data, which will be reviewed, assessing among others, the following questions:

  • What kind of models do we already have and what kinds are needed? Can they be combined?
  • Which are the most promising avenues for unifying model classes? Can they be made versatile enough to interpret observations of hundreds of sources?
  • To what extent are the results from different radiative models comparable? What key features are they missing?
  • Up to what extent 1D models are reliable/useful?
  • Are hybrid hadronic/leptonic models necessary for PWNe in general?
  • What is the best case for a hadronic-dominated PWN?
  • How can we differentiate hadronic from leptonic nebulae at an observational level?
  • What is the impact of hybrid models and how can they be observationally tested?
  • How do we move forward: What features are the models missing to account for the forthcoming data?

Hot spots in the XMM sky: Cosmology from X-ray to Radio

Meeting dates: 2016 June 15 - 18
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 2016 April 15
Deadline for Requests for Reduced Registration for PhD Students: 2016 April 15
Deadline for Special Rtes at Conference Hotel: 2016 April 20
Deadline for Early Registration: 2016 May 15
Location: Mykonos, Greece

The cosmic web formed by the large-scale structure of the Universe is a subject of intense study covering the entire electromagnetic spectrum. The evolution of cosmic structure is uniquely relevant for cosmological studies as it reveals the physics of gravitational growth since the big bang. Hot and energetic extragalactic sources, namely clusters of galaxies and active galactic nuclei (AGN), play a key role as tracers of deep gravitational potentials and reveal many aspects of gravitational physics. Galaxy clusters and AGN are luminous sources of energetic X-ray photons and X-ray observations provide a highly effective means of identifying such sources. Since the launch of the Chandra and XMM-Newton observatories in 1999, our knowledge of clusters and AGN out to cosmological distances has been transformed. This period has also witnessed great advances in the scale and complexity of numerical simulations of galaxy clusters and supermassive black holes - from the details of individual systems to their cosmological context.

The community is currently facing the challenge of applying large surveys of galaxy clusters and AGN as precision probes of our cosmological model. Considering the probable extension of the XMM mission for another twelve years, the meeting aims at (1) a review of the state-of-the art studies of the cosmic web, as revealed in X-rays in partnership with observations across the entire electromagnetic spectrum; (2) providing a framework to discuss holistic pictures of structure formation with the aid of numerical simulations; (3) exploring the scientific potential and feasibility of future extra-large, community-based surveys with XMM. One of the meeting highlights will be the presentation of recent results from the XXL survey, the largest XMM program undertaken to date (6 Ms - 2 x 25 sq. deg. - with some 500 clusters of galaxies and 25,000 AGN). The meeting will adopt a workshop format allowing for focused presentations, round-table discussions and free time for informal discussions.

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

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.

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

E1.1	
Accreting Neutron Stars and Stellar-mass Black Holes

E1.10	
A Broadband Perspective on Massive X-ray Binaries: towards a Unified Picture

E1.11	
Activity of the Supermassive Black Hole and other Energetic Processes at the Galactic Center

E1.12	
The Hot and Energetic Universe with the Large X-ray Observatory Athena

E1.13	
A New View of the Universe Revealed by ASTRO-H

E1.14	
Novae and Cataclysmic Variables: a Multi-dimensional Perspective where Multi-wavelength Observations Meet Theory

E1.15	
X-ray Polarimetry: Experiments and Science Prospects

E1.16	
Evolution of Massive Stellar Binaries: Modeling and Observations

E1.17	
Evolution of Millisecond Pulsars

E1.18	
Gamma-ray Bursts: Observations and Theory of the Prompt and Afterglow Emission Processes and their Progenitors

E1.19	
Physics of Galaxy Clusters

E1.2	
Exploring Neutron-star Structure by Timing and Spectroscopy

E1.20	
Cherenkov Telescope Array: the Ground-based Eyes to Observe the Gamma-ray Universe

E1.3	
The Explosive Deaths of Stars: Beacons for Cosmology from the Local Universe to the Highest Redshifts

E1.4	
The Magnetar Link in Neutron Stars, Gamma Ray Bursts and Supernovae

E1.5	
Spectral Meets Timing: a Global Approach to Accretion onto Compact Objects

E1.6	
Black Hole Astrophysics: Observational Evidence of Theoretical Models

E1.7	
Radio Galaxies: Resolving the AGN Phenomenon

E1.9	
Origin of Cosmic Rays

E2.1	
Solar and Stellar Dynamos and Magnetic Flux Emergence

E2.2	
Formation, Destabilization, and Ejection of Magnetic Structures in Solar and Stellar Coronae

E2.4	
Multiwavelength Observations and Simulations of Solar and Stellar Flares

E3.4	
Reconnection and Turbulence from the Sun through the Heliosphere to Galaxies

E3.6	
Abundance Variations and Fundamental Questions in Solar and Stellar Physics

H0.2	
Gravitation, Dark Energy and Dark Matter

H0.3	
Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Physics and Condensed Matter in Space

H0.4	
Space Missions for Fundamental Physics

H0.5	
Gravitational Wave Astrophysics

H0.7	
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.

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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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
Registration: Coming Soon
Contact E-mail: nextdecade16 "at" cfa.harvard.edu
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.

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.

Topics:

  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" oa-cagliari.inaf.it

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:

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' sron.nl
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" nasa.gov).

High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) of the AAS Meeting

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

Other Selected Astronomy, Physics and Space Science meetings

The 19th Cambridge Workshop on Cool Stars, Stellar Systems, and the Sun ("Cool Stars 19")

Meeting Dates: 2016 June 6 - 10
Location: Uppsala, Sweden

Important Meeting Deadlines & Dates (tentative):

16 Oct 2015  -  Splinter session proposal deadline
27 Nov 2015  -  Selection and announcement of splinter sessions
18 Jan 2016  -  Early registration and abstract submission opens
18 Mar 2016  -  Contributed talk abstract deadline and end of early registration
22 Apr 2016  -  Selection and announcement of contributed talks
29 Apr 2016  -  Poster abstract deadline
06 May 2016  -  Cool Stars 20 proposal deadline
20 May 2016  -  Online registration closes
05 Jun 2016  -  Opening reception at Bontaniska Tradgarden

American Astronomical Society Meeting 228

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

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.


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

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

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Selected Space Science-related Education and Public Outreach Meetings

Statistical Challenges in 21st Century Cosmology

Meeting Dates: 2016 May 24 - 27
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 2016 February 19
Deadline for Early Registration: 2016 April 3
Location: Chania, Crete, Greece

During the past 20 years there has been a resumption of a dialogue between astronomers and statisticians. This dialogue has been fruitful and has been the origin of a new discipline that is now widely called Astrostatistics. The main tools for comparing theoretical results with observations in astronomy are statistical. However, the development of huge astronomical databases presents challenges of scale, and has initiated an active use of newly-developed statistical techniques in astronomy, notable examples being Bayesian hierarchical models, sparsity and compressed sensing.

The meeting is especially timely from the point of view of cosmological surveys, where the size makes application of a fully Bayesian analysis computationally extremely demanding, especially in the realm of model selection. Pan-STARRS will have a complete survey of 3π steradians of petabyte size; the Dark Energy Survey and the VST KiDS surveys will be well underway presenting similar difficulties in the data analysis. Moreover, the cosmological community will be preparing for LSST and for Euclid, a survey of a large fraction of the sky at an angular resolution close to that of the Hubble Space Telescope. Wide-field spectroscopic cosmology surveys of will be targeting over 10 million objects with a spectral resolution of 5000, with the SKA precursors will be grappling with data challenges which currently are unsolved. These examples also highlight the big current role and even bigger future role of archival data in astrophysics research.

This meeting offers an opportunity to show-case techniques and methodologies that will have to be used by the wider community to use these archival data.

ADA8 Summer School

A summer school on Astronomical Data Analysis (ADA8) will take place just before the conference (22-24 May), at the same venue and the COSMO21 registration includes the possibility to participate in the ADA8 Summer School.

Penn State Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers XII

Meeting Dates: 2016 May 31 - June 4
Registration Deadline: 2016 April 29, or when the class is full
Location: State College, Pennsylvania, USA

For the 12th 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, 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 R tutorials are presented by experienced educators in statistics and astrostatistics. Participants exercise the methods with astronomical datasets illustrating realistic challenges faced in contemporary research. Software and lecture notes are provided, but participants should bring laptop computers. Participants reside and eat together with social events. Registration and lodging costs are kept as low as possible.

The timing of the Summer School is coordinate to precede the Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy VI research conference that starts on Monday June 6 in Pittsburgh PA. Transportation from Penn State to Pittsburgh will be available for individuals who want to attend both events.

Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy VI

Meeting Dates: 2016 June 6 - 10
Deadline for Abstracts for Contributed Talks and Posters: extended to 2016 March 1
Deadline for Travel Grants Available for Early Career Researchers: 2016 March 1
Deadline for Registration: Will Open Later
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

After five groundbreaking conferences at Penn State University, "Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy VI" will be held at Carnegie Mellon University. This meeting will continue the interdisciplinary tradition of its predecessors, bringing together researchers in astronomy, cosmology, statistics, and machine learning to facilitate progress on the significant data analysis challenges that result from current and future astronomical sky surveys.

Abstracts will be accepted for contributed talks and for posters. Travel funding will be available for young researchers.

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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