Announcements of Upcoming Meetings

Notice that this list is not meant to be all-inclusive, but concentrates on meetings of potential interest to X-ray, gamma-ray, cosmic-ray, and gravitational astrophysicists. The HEASARC also maintains a list of on-line proceedings of high-energy astrophysics meetings. Updates, corrections, and/or suggestions about meetings should be sent to

Other Sources of Information on Upcoming Meetings

List of International Astronomy meetings maintained by the Canadian Astronomy Data Center
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Space Calendar

High Energy Astrophysics meetings

2015 November 30 - December 2: X-ray Surveys with Advanced Multi-wavelength Cross-identification Methods

2015 December 13 - 18: 28th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics

2016 January 18 - 22: The Sixth Fermi Asian Network Workshop

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: HEAD Meeting

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

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 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)

2017 August 16 - 20: HEAD Meeting

Other Selected Astronomy, Physics and Space Science meetings

2015 December 12: Astronomy and Astrophysics Midterm Assessment Symposium (Review of Progress Toward the Decadal Survey Vision in New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics)

2016 January 3 - 7: American Astronomical Society Meeting 227

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 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

X-ray Surveys with Advanced Multi-wavelength Cross-identification Methods (ARCHES Scientific Workshop)

Meeting Dates: 2015 November 30 - December 2
Abstract Submission Deadline: 2015 September 21
Registration Deadline: 2015 November 9
Location: Paris, France

The workshop aims at presenting the main scientific issues addressed by large-scale X-ray surveys, specifically the XMM-Newton surveys and the 3XMM catalogs and at discussing the cross-correlation methods and spectral energy distribution building tools that are essential to make best use of the fast-growing production of multi-wavelength archival data.

The workshop will consist of three sessions, focused on the three science demonstration themes of the EC FP7 ARCHES project, and a fourth session devoted to a discussion of the methods currently available and of the technicalities involved in the simultaneous statistical cross-correlation of several catalogs. There will be also a half-day hands-on training with the tools produced by the ARCHES project.

28th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics

Meeting Dates: 2015 December 13 - 18
Abstract Submission Deadline: 2015 September 15
Regular Registration Deadline: 2015 October 23
Accommodation Booking Deadline: 2015 November 1
Late Registration Deadline: 2015 December 6
Location: Geneva, Switzerland

The 28th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics is organized by the Astronomical Department and the Physics Section of the University of Geneva. The Symposium will include both invited and contributed talks and posters. The format of the Symposium will include morning plenary sessions and afternoon parallel sessions which will function as mini-symposia in each sub-field.

The Texas Symposia on Relativistic Astrophysics are an impressive series of events where 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.

As in the previous editions of the Texas Symposium, Texas 2015 will cover recent developments in Cosmology, Gravitation, High-Energy and Astroparticle Physics and related areas of Relativistic Astrophysics with emphasis on the most recent developments in the field and in particular:

  • General Relativity: Hundred Years of GR; Experimental Tests; Precision tests; Black-Hole Horizon; Numerical relativity; Exact Solutions; Modified Gravity; Strong-field tests; Other Topics;
  • Cosmology: Cosmic Microwave Background; Polarisation; Spectral Distortion; Large Scale Structure; Dark energy; Dark Matter; The LHC and the Universe; The Very Early Universe; SZ for cosmology; Cosmic Magnetic Fields; Gravitational Lensing; Other Topics;
  • Messengers: Gravitational waves; Space Borne; Earth Borne; Simulations; Cosmic-Rays; Neutrinos; Electromagnetic Counterparts; Other topics;
  • Relativity At Work: Black Holes; Mergers; Accretion Discs; Jets; Pulsars; Dense Matter; Active Galactic Nuclei; Galaxy Evolution; Imaging Black Holes; Magnetars; White Dwarfs; Microlensing and Exoplanets; Singularities; Strong Gravitational Lensing; Supermassive Black Hole Binaries; Tidal Disruptions; Gamma-Ray Bursts; SNe Connections; High-Energy Gamma-Rays; Supernovae Remnants; Other Topics;
  • Ongoing and future experiments and other topics.

The Sixth Fermi Asian Network (FAN) Workshop

Meeting Dates: 2016 January 18 - 22
Deadline for Registration: 2015 November 1
Location: Muju, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea

"On behalf of the SOC, we are delighted to announce the 6th Fermi Asian Network (FAN) Workshop. FAN was established in 2010 to promote collaborations among the high-energy astrophysicists in Asia with particular focus on using the data obtained by the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope for observational and theoretical investigations. Over the last few years, we have published a series of papers on gamma-ray astronomy. In order to review our effort and expand our collaboration, we will hold the 6th workshop."

The followings are the core topics of this workshop:

  • Rotation-powered pulsars and their wind nebulae
  • Magnetars
  • Gamma-ray binaries
  • Supernova remnants
  • AGN/Galactic Center
  • Gamma-ray transients
  • Unidentified Fermi Objects

This workshop will emphasize both discussions and formal presentations. A mini hands-on training course to help students and postdocs to analyze Fermi data will also be held. Everyone is welcome to participate in this workshop. You are encouraged to present a contributed talk related to the workshop. Due to the limited space (~ 35 people), priority will be given to those with contributed talks. For any question regarding this workshop, please feel free to contact David C.Y. Hui, the Chair of the SOC, at huichungyue "at"

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)

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) of the AAS Meeting

Meeting Dates: 2016 April 3 - 7
Location: Naples, Florida, USA

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.

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?

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

Meeting Dates: 2016 July 18 -22
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 Center International Workshops held fairly regularly since the mid-1980s. The organizers are thrilled to be hosting one in Australia for the first time. They will be limiting the meeting size to ~150 people so that they can have productive discussions and lunches together. Moderated discussions will be a big component of the meeting.

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

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


Approximately 125 meetings covering the fields of COSPAR Scientific Commissions
(SC) and Panels:

- SC A:  The Earth's Surface, Meteorology and Climate
- SC B:  The Earth-Moon System, Planets, and Small Bodies of the Solar System
- SC C:  The Upper Atmospheres of the Earth and Planets Including Reference Atmospheres
- SC D:  Space Plasmas in the Solar System, Including Planetary Magnetospheres
- SC E:  Research in Astrophysics from Space
- SC F:  Life Sciences as Related to Space
- SC G:  Materials Sciences in Space
- SC H:  Fundamental Physics in Space

- Panel on Satellite Dynamics (PSD)
- Panel on Scientific Ballooning (PSB)
- Panel on Potentially Environmentally Detrimental Activities in Space (PEDAS)
- Panel on Radiation Belt Environment Modelling (PRBEM)
- Panel on Space Weather (PSW)
- Panel on Planetary Protection (PPP)
- Panel on Capacity Building (PCB)
- Panel on Education (PE)
- Panel on Exploration (PEX)
- Panel on Exoplanetary Exploration (PEPE)

- Special events:  interdisciplinary lectures, round table, etc.

Selected papers published in Advances in Space Research and Life Sciences in Space Research, fully refereed journals with no deadlines open to all submissions in relevant fields.


COSPAR Secretariat, 2 place Maurice Quentin, 75039 Paris Cedex 01, France

Tel: +33 1 44 76 75 10
Fax: +33 1 44 76 74 37
Web site:
Scientific Program Chair: Prof. Ersin Gogus, Sabanci University

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

Astronomy and Astrophysics Midterm Assessment Symposium (Review of Progress Toward the Decadal Survey Vision in New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics)

Meeting Date: 2015 December 12
Registration: Open
Location: Irvine, California, USA

The Midterm Astronomy and Astrophysics Assessment Committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is organizing a Science Symposium on December 12, 2015, at the Beckman Center on the campus of the University of California at Irvine. This symposium will assess what progress has been made on the high-priority science questions and discovery areas identified in the 2010 "New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics" decadal survey report. The symposium on Dec 12 will be followed by a committee meeting on Dec 13 at a nearby location. Registration is required as seating is limited.

American Astronomical Society Meeting 227

Meeting Dates: 2016 January 4 - 8
Early Registration Deadline: 2015 September 10
Abstract Submission Deadline: 2015 October 1, 21:00 EDT
Regular Registration Deadline: 2015 November 12
Location: Kissimmee, Florida, USA

STScI 2016 Spring Symposium: What Shapes Galaxies?

Meeting dates: 2016 April 25 - 28
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?

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


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


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.)

Penn State Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers XII

Meeting Dates: 2016 May 31 - June 4
Location: State College, Pennsylvania, USA

Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy VI

Meeting Dates: 2016 June 6 - 10
Deadline for Abstracts for Contributed Talks and Posters: 2016 February 1
Deadline for Travel Grants Available for Early Career Researchers: 2016 March 1
Deadline for Registration: TBD
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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