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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #226: XMM-Newton Workshop: First Announcement

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_/           Galaxy Clusters as Giant Cosmic Laboratories         _/
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_/                ESAC, Spain, 21st - 23rd May 2012               _/
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             XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre at
              ESA's European Space Astronomy Centre,
P.O. Box - Apdo. 78, 28691 Villanueva de la Canada, Madrid, Spain


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The  European Space  Astronomy  Centre (ESAC)  of  the European  Space
Agency (ESA) is organising an XMM-Newton Science workshop

          Galaxy Clusters as Giant Cosmic Laboratories
               from 21st to 23rd May 2012
            European Space Astronomy Centre
                 Madrid, Spain



Galaxy clusters  are interesting astrophysical  laboratories to  study
large-scale  physical processes  and  important probes  to assess  the
structure and  evolution of  our Universe. X-ray  observations provide
the most  detailed insight into structure,  composition, and evolution
of galaxy clusters.

Since  the launch  of the  XMM-Newton and  Chandra  observatories, our
understanding of  galaxy clusters has  impressively improved including
paradigm changes like  the physics of cooling cluster  centres and the
description of  galaxy clusters as a  tightly constrained self-similar
family  of objects.  During  this period,  galaxy  clusters have  also
helped to  define the quite precisely  described Concordance Cosmology
Model, and they have shown how the intergalactic medium is enriched by
heavy   elements   over   the   last   half  of   the   age   of   the
Universe. Observations  with XMM-Newton, Chandra and  SUZAKU have been
essential for this  progress and after a little more  than a decade, a
detailed picture of galaxy clusters has crystallised, well worth to be
critically reviewed and discussed at a topical workshop.



Hans Boehringer (chair)     MPE, Garching, Germany
Xavier Barcons              Inst. de Fisica de Cantabria (CSIC-UC), Spain
Stefano Borgani             Universita di Trieste, Italy
Marcus Brueggen             Jakobs Universitaet, Bremen, Germany
Andy Fabian                 University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
William Forman              Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, United States
Jelle Kaastra               SRON, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Silvano Molendi             INAF IASF, Milano, Italy
Takaya Ohashi               Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
Kristian Pedersen           Niels Bohr Institute/Copenhagen University, 
Manolis Plionis             National Observatory Athens, Greece
Trevor Ponman               University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Gabriel Pratt               CEA Saclay, France
Craig Sarazin               University Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 
United States
Norbert Schartel (co-chair) XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre, ESA, Spain


J.U. Ness (Chair), M. Arpizou, M. Ehle, A.L. Longinotti and M. Stuhlinger
(XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre, ESAC)


         - IMPORTANT DATES (subject to changes) -

16 January 2012       Second announcement:
                       Opening of registration and abstract submission
2 March    2012       Abstract submission deadline
end March  2012       Decision about accepted presentations
27 April   2012       Registration deadline



A registration fee of 50 EUR will be charged that includes

* Coffee breaks
* Shuttle bus from Madrid to ESAC
* A printed issue of the refereed conference proceedings

Abstracts  can  be  submitted  between  16th January  and  2nd  March.
Decisions  about accepted  presentations (talks  and posters)  will be
communicated about  one month before the  registration deadline, which
will be 27th April.



The  workshop will  be held  at  the European  Space Astronomy  Centre
(ESAC), Villafranca del Castillo, Madrid, Spain

A block  booking has  been made in  several hotels in  Madrid. Details
will  be  given  on  the   conference  web  page  and  in  the  second

A shuttle bus  service between Madrid and ESAC  will be provided. Pick
up point and booking of the service will be announced.


                   - CONTACT -

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