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

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 October 24 - 28: 8th Huntsville Gamma-Ray Burst Symposium

2016 November 9 - 11: **New Dates** Astrophysics in the Era of Gravitational Wave and Multimessenger Observations

2016 November 15 - 17: NuSTAR Science Meeting

2017 August 16 - 20: HEAD Meeting

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


Other Selected Astronomy, Physics and Space Science meetings

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

2017 January 3 - 7: American Astronomical Society Meeting 229

2017 March 13 - 17: On the Origin (and Evolution) of Baryonic Galaxy Halos

2017 June 4 - 8: American Astronomical Society Meeting 230

2018 January 7 - 11: American Astronomical Society Meeting 231


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

2016 October 20 - 24: IAU Symposium 325: Astroinformatics


High Energy Astrophysics meetings

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

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

The following letter is from the President of COSPAR, Lennard Fisk:

"Dear COSPAR Associates,

 The most recent events in Istanbul, involving a coup from a faction of the 
national army against the Turkish government on 15 July, require us to cancel 
the 41st COSPAR Assembly. This is a difficult and sad decision, taken in 
consultation with the Executive Director of the COSPAR Secretariat and in 
consideration of the advice spontaneously expressed by several Bureau and 
Council members as well as COSPAR officers and Main Scientific event 
Organizers. It also reflects the sense of responsibilities of the President, 
Bureau and Secretariat of COSPAR.

 Up to now we have been trying to maintain this event with its high scientific 
level and international character, in close coordination with our Turkish 
partners. In particular we have been working with the LOC at setting up a 
practicable solution for remote presentations. Our decision to do so reflected 
our common intent to resist terrorism and our willingness to respect the 
efforts of the local organizers. But now, that is no longer possible.

 I have informed the LOC of my intent to work with them and the COSPAR 
Secretariat in minimizing the negative impacts of this situation on their 
organization, on COSPAR, and, first and foremost, on the registered 
participants. I am aware that registrants have incurred costs for paid 
registration fees and hotel bookings. Decisions concerning reimbursements 
reside with the organization that received the payments and so the LOC should 
be contacted first regarding related matters. Therefore I invite you to 
address any concerns for reimbursement to the LOC, bearing in mind the 
financial limitations that our hosts are now experiencing. Be assured that on 
its side, COSPAR will try and be helpful in obtaining any needed 
reimbursements.

 Dear COSPAR Associates, this is an unprecedented situation with profound 
consequences, the sources of which are far beyond the responsibilities of our 
Turkish partners or our own organization. As a scientific body dedicated since 
its inception in 1958 to promoting international cooperation in space research,
without regard to any geopolitical impediments, it was our duty to try and 
maintain the Istanbul Assembly, notwithstanding the risks related to terrorism 
that can strike anywhere, as sadly demonstrated on 14 July in Nice (France), 
but also in the last few weeks in Orlando (USA), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Baghdad 
(Iraq) and other places. What happened on 15 July in Turkey is of a different 
nature, and I am sure that you will understand and approve our decision as the 
only wise one available. I am also certain of your continued interest in 
pursuing the noble goals of international cooperation in space research and 
in preparing for the next COSPAR Scientific Assembly that will take place in 
Pasadena in 2018.

 Sincerely,

 Lennard A. Fisk

 President of COSPAR."

Chandra Cal/CIAO/ds/MARX Workshop

Meeting 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

Meeting Dates: 2016 August 16 - 19
Final Deadline for Contributed Talk Abstract Submission: 2016 June 15
Deadline for Poster Abstract Submission and Regular Registration: 2016 June 30
Late Registration Deadline: Midnight 2016 July 15 (EDT), but enrollment is limited to 120 attendees
Contact E-mail: nextdecade16 "at" 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. In exploring the discoveries Chandra has yet to make, we will hone the scientific requirements and priorities for future X-ray missions.

IAU Symposium 234: New Frontiers in Black Hole Astrophysics

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

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

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

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

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

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
Deadline for Regular Registration: 2016 August 21 (Late registration is possible subsequently)
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
Deadline for Late Registration: 2016 August 15 (Onsite registration is possible)
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
Meeting 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

8th Huntsville Gamma-Ray Burst Symposium

Meeting Dates: 2016 October 24 - 28
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 2016 August 10
Deadline for Submitting Indication of Interest: 2016 September 8 (If you are not on the indication of interest list you will NOT receive important meeting updates).
Final announcement with program and abstracts posted on this website: 2016 September 9
Meeting Location: Huntsville, Alabama, USA

Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are the most powerful explosions in the universe. The study of GRBs has expanded enormously since the publication of their discovery in 1973. With X-ray and gamma-ray observations from active space missions such as Fermi, Swift, MAXI, INTEGRAL, Konus, AGILE, NuSTAR, CALET, and AstroSAT this is an exciting time for GRB physics. Observations of the prompt spectra from X-rays to GeV gamma-rays are revealing additional components to the emission. Afterglow observations at radio, optical X-ray, and up to GeV energies continue to provide clues as to the nature of GRB hosts and jets. Recent and developing capabilities such as ZTF, XSHOOTER, MASTER, LOFAR, RATIR, ALMA, and CARMA will expand this area of GRB studies.

With the discovery by IceCube of a background of astrophysical neutrinos and by LIGO of gravitational wave signals, the era of multi-messenger astronomy has arrived.

It is likely that GRBs will play a key role in this field, particularly with next-generation instrumentation such as HAWC, CTA, upgrades to IceCube, ANTARES, and the continued development of Advanced LIGO/Virgo and other gravitational wave detectors. The wealth of data contributes to improving the theoretical understanding of the GRB phenomenon.

The Eighth Huntsville Gamma-Ray Burst Symposium will cover all areas of GRB science with a particular emphasis on multi-messenger observations and theory. Topics will include prompt emission (observations and theory), afterglows (observations and theory), high redshift observations and early universe implications, central engine and jet physics, supernovae and progenitors, host galaxies, short and sub-energetic GRBs (observations and theory), multi-messenger observations, and future instruments. While the focus of the meeting is GRBs, we will discuss related topics, such as core-collapse supernovae, fast radio bursts, and tidal disruption events.

Astrophysics in the Era of Gravitational Wave and Multimessenger Observations

Meeting Dates: 2016 November 9 - 11 **New Dates**
Meeting Location, Annapolis, Maryland, USA

The first gravitational wave observations are now beginning to reveal information directly from the extreme final moments of compact object binaries including black holes and, soon perhaps, also neutron stars. Astronomers now have a new probe into these objects and the physical processes which drive their creation and dynamics. This meeting will explore the consequences of these new observations:

How does this new information supplement what we have already learned from electromagnetic observations and from theoretical modeling?

What new questions will be addressed by combined multimessenger observations?

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

NuSTAR Science Meeting

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

High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) of the AAS Meeting

Meeting Dates: 2017 August 20 - 24 New Dates
Location: Sun Valley, Idaho, USA. New Location

29th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics

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

The series of Texas Symposia on Relativistic Astrophysics began in 1963 and they are normally held every two years. Major astrophysical discoveries have been announced and discussed in the field related to relativistic theory of gravitation and cosmology, such as black-holes, quasars, neutron stars, X-ray binaries, gamma-ray bursts, particle acceleration, the cosmic background, dark matter and dark energy. The 29th Symposium will be the first ever to be held on the African continent, emphasizing Southern Africa's role as the host of world-leading astrophysical facilities, such as the Southern African Large Telescope, the High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS), and the future Square Kilometre Array.

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

Other Selected Astronomy, Physics and Space Science meetings

Exploring the Universe with JWST - II

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

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), scheduled for launch in October 2018, will be one of the great observatories of the next decade. Its suite of four instruments will provide imaging, spectroscopic and coronagraphic capabilities over the 0.6 to 28.5 micron wavelength range and will offer an unprecedented combination of sensitivity and spatial resolution to study targets ranging from our Solar System to the most distant galaxies. With JWST's launch date approaching rapidly and a first call for proposals scheduled for the end of 2017, it is important to give the astronomical community opportunities to present, highlight and discuss scientific programs that will be made possible by JWST. The conference will cover a broad range of scientific topics organized around the main JWST science themes:

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

American Astronomical Society Meeting 229

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

On the Origin (and Evolution) Of Baryonic Galaxy Halos

Meeting Dates: 2017 March 13 - 17
Abstract Deadline for Talks and Posters: 2016 August 27
Registration Fee Deadline: 2016 December 1
Meeting Location: Galapagos Island, Ecuador

This meeting will focus on the baryonic content of galaxy halos -- their properties, origin and evolution with cosmic time.

The halos of our own Milky Way galaxy and our close neighbour M31 have been studied in some detail. Deep, wide and detailed observations of galaxy halos beyond the Local Group are becoming more ubiquitous. Simulations, that incorporate realistic baryonic physics in a cosmological context have also made significant progress in recent years in modelling galaxy halos. These simulations predict outer halo regions that differ strongly in their formation processes and properties from the well-studied inner regions of galaxies. Halos have long dynamical times and as such preserve the unique signatures of galaxy assembly. This meeting will bring together observers and simulators of the baryonic halos of galaxies, focusing on extragalactic halos.

Topics of focus include:

* the origin and evolution of baryonic halos

* how to define the stellar halo of an elliptical galaxy

* the stellar components of galaxy halos: metallicity, age, kinematics, density

* substructures in galaxy halos

* in-situ vs ex-situ formed stars

* halo tracers, such as resolved stars, globular clusters, planetary nebulae, satellite galaxies and diffuse gas

American Astronomical Society Meeting 230

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

American Astronomical Society Meeting 231

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


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

None


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

None


Selected Space Science-related Education and Public Outreach Meetings

IAU Symposium 325: Astroinformatics

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

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

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

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

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



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