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 February 17 - 19: The X-ray View of Black Hole Activity in the Local Universe

2016 February 29 - March 3: 11th meeting for International Astronomical Consortium for High Energy Calibration (IACHEC-11)

2016 April 3 - 7: 15th Annual HEAD Meeting

2016 May 2 - 6: Stellar Remnants at the Junction: Comparing Accreting White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, and Black Holes

2016 May 9 - 11: XMM-Newton: The Next Decade (XMM-Newton Science Workshop)

2016 May 12 - 13: High-Resolution X-ray Spectroscopic Software and Tools (XMM-Newton Science Workshop)

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

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

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

2017 August 16 - 20: HEAD Meeting


Other Selected Astronomy, Physics and Space Science meetings

2016 April 25 - 28: STScI 2016 Spring Symposium: What Shapes Galaxies?

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


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

2016 May 16 - 20: 11th International Conference on High Energy Density Laboratory Astrophysics

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


High Energy Astrophysics meetings

The X-ray View of Black Hole Activity in the Local Universe

Meeting Dates: 2016 February 17 - 19
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 2015 November 6
Location: Zurich, Switzerland

The goal of this conference is to present and discuss (via invited and contributed talks) the latest results of space-based X-ray missions (e.g., NuSTAR, Swift, Maxi) on nearby supermassive black-hole growth. Science topics to include:

Do we have a complete census of AGN activity?
What new insights can we gain from high signal-to-noise hard X-ray spectroscopy of local AGN?
What influence do AGN have on their host galaxies? and
What can we learn from future X-ray missions, e.g., Astro-H, Astrosat, X-ray Polarimeters?

11th Meeting for International Astronomical Consortium for High Energy Calibration (IACHEC-11)

Meeting Dates: 2016 February 29 - March 3
Registration opens: 2015 October 19
Deadline for Registration: 2015 December 1
Location: Pune, India

The IACHEC aims to provide standards for high energy calibration and supervise cross calibration between different missions. This goal is reached through working groups, where IACHEC members cooperate to define calibration standards and procedures. The scope of these groups is primarily a practical one: a set of data and results (eventually published on refereed journals) will be the outcome of a coordinated and standardized analysis of references sources ("high-energy standard candles"). Past, present and future high-energy mission can use these results as a calibration reference.

High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) 15th Annual Meeting

Meeting Dates: 2016 April 3 - 7
Deadline for Early Registration: 2016 January 25
Deadline for Regular Abstract Submission: 2016 January 25, 9:00pm EST
Deadline for Late Abstract Submission (Posters only): 2016 February 16, 9:00pm EST
Deadline for Late Registration: 2016 March 14
Onsite Registration: 2016 April 3 - 7
Location: Naples, Florida, USA

The 15th HEAD meeting will be the year's premiere meeting of high-energy astrophysicists in the US and the world. Held in beautiful - and warm - Florida at the Naples Grand Hotel right on the beach, this meeting cover the ever-expanding field of high-energy astrophysics, from space and ground observatories, along with detailed coverage on accretion processes. A range of special sessions will touch on accretion throughout the Universe, covering stars, Galactic compact objects, and supermassive black holes, as observed in a range of bandpasses and even potentially with gravitational waves. The meeting will also feature the first HEAD Mid-Career prize lecture and the HEAD dissertation prize lecture. As usual, all contributed oral sessions will be plenary, and all posters will be hung throughout the meeting. Finally, the meeting will again feature the famous and not-to-be-missed HEAD banquet!

Stellar Remnants at the Junction: Comparing Accreting White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, and Black Holes

Meeting Dates: 2016 May 2 - 6
Pre-Registration: Now Open
Location: Junction, Texas, USA

In recent years, it has become clear that there is much to be learned by comparing accreting stellar remnants across the scales of mass and compactness: white dwarfs, neutron stars, and stellar-mass black holes. The observational manifestations of accretion, outflows, and outbursts in these systems show many similarities, but also key differences, which shed light on the underlying physics. This meeting will investigate phenomena such as:

  • Thermonuclear runaways (i.e., novae, Type I X-ray bursts)
  • Jets and winds
  • The formation and evolution of accreting binaries
  • Accretion, with special focus on near-Eddington and very sub-Eddington rates
  • Accretion processes and regulation: disk instabilities, outbursts, and magnetic fields

XMM-Newton: The Next Decade (XMM-Newton Science Workshop)

Meeting Dates: 2016 May 9 - 11
Opening of Registration and Abstract Submission: 2016 January 14
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 2016 February 29
Deadline for Registration: 2016 April 14
Location: Villafranca del Castillo, near Madrid, Spain

The recent generation of high energy observatories has enabled unprecedented progress to be made in our understanding of astrophysics in the X-ray domain. Current technical evaluations suggest that the XMM-Newton spacecraft and its scientific instruments may continue to provide first class X-ray observations well into the next decade. Other X-ray missions are planned to be launched soon, including Astro-H and e-ROSITA. Coupled with new ground-based developments, this will open up new exciting opportunities for multi-wavelength and follow-up observations, to which XMM-Newton is ideally placed to play a major role.

This workshop will summarise the state of our current knowledge derived from X-ray astrophysics. We will discuss some of the major achievements over the past years, and identify a set of fundamental questions still to be addressed. Within this context a primary aim of the workshop will be to define the key scientific topics which will have the highest scientific importance and impact. We will seek to identify observing programs of maximum long-term value to the entire astronomical community. Many of these programs are likely to require large amounts of observing time on only a few carefully selected targets or sky areas. We strongly encourage innovative ideas for applications, and the formation of well organised major collaborations.

High-Resolution X-ray Spectroscopic Software and Tools (XMM-Newton Science Workshop)

Meeting Dates: 2016 May 12 - 13
Opening of Registration: 2016 January 31
Deadline for Registration: 2016 April 14
Location: Villanueva de la Canada, near Madrid, Spain

Thanks to the current X-ray grating spectrometers on board XMM-Newton (RGS) and Chandra (LETG, HETG), our knowledge about cosmic plasmas and astrophysical objects has been considerably improved during the last fifteen years. A new big leap will occur with the advent of new calorimeter facilities in 2016 with the Astro-H's Soft X-ray Spectrometer and in the next decade with the Athena's X-ray Integral Field Unit.

This two-day workshop will concentrate on the software packages dedicated to high-resolution X-ray spectral fitting (e.g, ISIS, Sherpa, SPEX, XSPEC) and specific tools for X-ray plasma diagnostics for various physical conditions (e.g., non-equilibrium ionization, collisional ionization equilibrium, photo-ionization equilibrium, charge transfer). This workshop is addressed to X-ray observers who wish to improve their knowledge about high-resolution spectral data analysis fitting.

This workshop will be organized as follows:

  • Morning sessions: formal presentations of packages/tools
  • Afternoon sessions: informal practical sessions where attenders will be able to interact with tool/software developers, practice thanks to tutorials, ask specific questions/requirements, etc. Sample spectra will be provided in the tutorials, but of course participants can bring their own fully reduced spectra.

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
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.

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 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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IAU Symposium 234: New Frontiers in Black Hole Astrophysics

Meeting Dates: 2016 September 12 - 16
Registration: Not yet open
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.

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

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

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

STScI 2016 Spring Symposium: What Shapes Galaxies?

Meeting dates: 2016 April 25 - 28
Pre-Registration and Abstract Submission: Now Open!
Pre-Registration Deadline: 2016 February 1
Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

In the twenty years since the original Hubble Deep Field, striking advances in both ground- and space-based observational surveys and theoretical simulations have revealed the complex evolution of galaxies over much of the history of the universe. Subsequent generations of surveys have recorded the rise of spheroidal galaxies and the decline of disks and mergers, and young star-forming galaxies just the first billion years. New slit and IFU spectroscopy capabilities from the ground have demonstrated the key interplay between galaxy kinematics and their morphological structures, and new facilities at long wavelengths are providing improved tools for studying the kinematics and structures of the gas and dust content of galaxies. At the same time, theoretical studies have had remarkable success reproducing many characteristics - e.g., star formation histories, structural morphologies, and distribution functions - f the galaxy population over local and distant cosmological volumes. The 2016 STScI Spring Symposium will convene experts in state-of-the-art observational programs and theoretical simulations to address the question: What physical processes shape galaxies?

Questions? Please contact the symposium organizers at ss2016@stsci.edu.

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


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

11th International Conference on High Energy Density Laboratory Astrophysics (HEDLA2016)

Meeting Dates: 2016 May 16 - 20
Location: Menlo Park, California, USA

This will mark the 20th anniversary of the HEDLA conference series and will be a great opportunity to discuss exciting recent work and future prospects in laboratory astrophysics. During the past decade, research teams around the world have developed astrophysics-relevant research utilizing high energy-density facilities such as intense lasers and z-pinches. Research is underway in many areas, such as compressible hydrodynamic mixing, shock phenomena, magnetic reconnection, turbulence, jets, dynamos, heat conduction, radiative transport, complex opacities, equations of state, warm dense matter, relativistic plasmas, pair plasmas, and QED.

Meeting Topics:

  • Dense Plasmas (EOS, warm dense matter, planet interiors, etc.)
  • Fluid and Collisional Plasmas (jets, turbulence, dynamos, instabilities, etc.)
  • Transport and Atomic Processes (heat conduction, anomalous resistivity, diffusion, radiative transport, opacity, line shapes, photoionization, etc.)
  • Collisionless Plasmas and Particle Acceleration (shocks, magnetic reconnection, etc.)
  • New Frontiers (QED, pair plasmas, nuclear astrophysics, new experimental facilities, computing, etc.)

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.



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