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 upcoming high-energy astrophysics summer schools, a list of on-line proceedings of high-energy astrophysics meetings, as well as a list of on-line proceedings of high-energy astrophysics summer schools.

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

2018 March 18 - 21: HEAD Special Meeting: High Energy Astrophysics in the 2020's and Beyond

2018 April 3 - 6: Relativistic Astrophysics (part of the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science, EWASS)

2018 April 3 - 6: Multi-wavelength Polarimetry (part of the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science, EWASS)

2018 April 3 - 6: Gamma-ray Bursts, Hypernovae and Superluminous Supernovae (part of the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science, EWASS)

2018 April 3 - 6: Astrophysical jets in the era of multi-messenger astronomy (part of the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science, EWASS)

2018 May 14 - 18: IAu Symposium 342: Perseus in Sicily: From Black Hole to Cluster Outskirts

2018 May 22 - 24: Treasures Hidden in High-Energy Catalogues

2018 June 11 - 15: Half a Century of Blazars and Beyond

2018 June 13 - 15: Time-Domain Astronomy: A High Energy View (XMM Newton Science Workshop 2018)

2018 July 8 - 13: 12th International LISA Symposium

2018 July 14 - 22: 42nd Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) and Associated Events (COSPAR 2018)

2018 August 22 - 23: IAU Focus Meeting on "Radio Galaxies: Resolving the AGN Phenomenon" at the IAU General Assembly 2018

2018 August 27 - 31: IAU Symposium 346: High-Mass X-ray Binaries: Illuminating the Passage from Massive Binaries to Merging Compact Objects

2018 September 9 - 15: 8th International Workshop on Astronomy and Relativistic Astrophysics - IWARA 2018

2018 September 24 - 27: Exploring the Hot and Energetic Universe: The Second Scientific Conference Dedicated to the Athena X-ray Observatory


Other Selected Astronomy, Physics and Space Science meetings

2018 June 3 - 7: American Astronomical Society Meeting 232

2018 July 29 - August 3: Cool Stars 20: The Twentieth Cambridge Workshop on Cool Stars, Stellar Systems, and the Sun

2018 August 20 - 31: International Astronomical Union 30th General Assembly

2019 January 6 - 10: American Astronomical Society Meeting 233

2019 June: American Astronomical Society Meeting 234

2020 January 5 - 9: American Astronomical Society Meeting 235


High Energy Astrophysics meetings

HEAD Special Meeting: High Energy Astrophysics in the 2020's and Beyond

Meeting Dates: 2018 March 18 - 21
Deadline for Early Registration: 2018 January 31
Deadline for Abstract Submission for Posters and Oral Presentations: 2018 January 31, 9:00pm ET
Deadline for Regular Registration: 2018 March 5
Meeting Location: Rosemont, Illinois, USA

The current decade is a golden age for high energy astrophysics. A fleet of powerful orbiting observatories, large, medium and small, continue to discover new phenomena across the X-ray and gamma ray bands. Ground-based high energy astrophysics and multi-messenger astrophysics has also advanced dramatically, with the highlight of the decade being the direct detection of gravitational radiation by LIGO and coincident electromagnetic radiation by Fermi, INTEGRAL and numerous space- and ground-based observatories. In contrast, the 2020's offers an uncertain future. The fleet of great observatories is aging, with few or no successors planned. The next new large orbiting high energy facility, ATHENA, will not launch until the end of the decade.

The purpose of this HEAD special meeting is to provide a forum to identify the key areas of discovery for astronomy and particularly high energy astrophysics in the next decade, and to explore ways of advocating high energy astrophysics to the decadal survey panel. This meeting will provide an opportunity for discussing the potential scientific advances offered by the numerous space and ground-based high energy observatories being planned and/or studied. Discussion sessions will be held to identify strategies for community advocacy to the decadal survey panel and how HEAD can play a role in facilitating this.

Relativistic Astrophysics (part of the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science, EWASS)

Meeting Dates: 2018 April 3 - 6
Abstract Submission Deadline: 2017 November 27
End of Very Early Bird Registration: 2017 December 22
End of Early Bird Registration: 2018 February 6
End of Regular Registration: 2018 April 2
Meeting Location: Liverpool, United Kingdom

During the last 50 years, General Relativity has become the main theoretical concept of modern astrophysics and has seen many breakthroughs in the last few years. The session aims to discuss the current theoretical understanding and observational frontiers (e.g. XMM-Newton, NuSTAR, Chandra and EVN) as well as the developments of new observational facilities (e.g. Virgo and Ligo, GRAVITY, Event Horizon Telescope, and Large Synoptic Survey Telescope).

The program includes:

  • Topic 1: Classical and new test of general relativity
  • Topic 2: Relativistic compact objects: observation of their direct environment and event horizon measurements
  • Topic 3: Accretion onto compact objects and tidal disruption events
  • Topic 4: Merging compact objects and gravitational waves
  • Topic 5: Instrumental developments

Multi-wavelength Polarimetry (part of the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science, EWASS)

Meeting Dates: 2018 April 3 - 6
Abstract Submission Deadline: 2017 November 27
End of Very Early Bird Registration: 2017 December 22
End of Early Bird Registration: 2018 February 6
End of Regular Registration: 2018 April 2
Meeting Location: Liverpool, United Kingdom

While spectroscopy, photometry, and timing are techniques applied at all wavelengths, polarimetry has been so far used mainly in the radio and in the optical domains. This will change over the next decade with new X-ray and soft gamma-ray observatories being sensitive to a polarised signal. These include NASA's IXPE, ESA's Astrogam and XIPE, proposed for the M5 and M4 calls, and the Chinese mission eXTP. The community is at a time where polarimetry will become an important diagnostic tool for a wealth of sources from neutrons stars to AGN, opening an entirely new frontier on the multiwavelength studies of these sources.

While X-ray and gamma-ray polarimetry is yet to be fully established, optical and radio polarimetry has been pivotal in studying a variety of coherent and incoherent emission mechanisms, in several types of sources: from compact objects (neutron stars, white dwarfs, black holes), interacting binaries to AGN. It also plays an important role in investigating the properties of the extreme magnetic fields around neutron stars, and mapping the magnetic fields in diffuse emission environments, such as supernova remnants or pulsar-wind nebulae. Optical polarimetry has also been crucial in experiments in fundamental physics, such as testing for the first time the effects of vacuum birefringence in extreme magnetic fields, and verifying QED predictions. The optical polarimetry community is well-established worldwide and extremely productive, with about 4000 refereed publications issued since 2000, covering a wide variety of subjects. This well-established community will form the backbone of the future multi-wavelength polarimetry community, which is already building on its expertise for planning the scientific exploitation of future missions. Our goal therefore is to bring together observers, instrumentalists and theorists to discuss how best the community can develop a multi-wavelength approach to polarimetry over the next decade.

The program includes three sessions:

  • Session 1: Optical Polarimetry: present and future optical polarimetric science
  • Session 2: High Energy Polarimetry, from the sun to AGNs
  • Session 3: Polarimetric Synergies from Radio to Gamma-Rays

Contact: andy.shearer "at" nuigalway.ie.

Gamma-ray Bursts, Hypernovae and Superluminous Supernovae (part of the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science, EWASS)

Meeting Dates: 2018 April 3 - 6
Abstract Submission Deadline: 2017 November 27
End of Very Early Bird Registration: 2017 December 22
End of Early Bird Registration: 2018 February 6
End of Regular Registration: 2018 April 2
Meeting Location: Liverpool, United Kingdom

Twenty years ago, the association between gamma-ray burst (GRB) 980425 and supernova (SN) 1998bw provided the first incontrovertible evidence that GRBs and high-velocity Ic SNe (sometimes termed "hypernovae") originate from a common progenitor. Recent events have only deepened the mystery underlying these extreme explosions: hydrogen-free superluminous supernovae (SLSNe), discovered only in the past decade but now being found in abundance by new generations of wide-field surveys, are more luminous than SN 1998bw by an order of magnitude but evolve to spectroscopically resemble it at late times. And intriguingly, one recent event (GRB 111209A, associated with SN 2011kl) suggests that there may even be a direct connection between some GRBs and SLSNe.

These events (GRBs, SLSNe, and high-velocity hypernovae) share other similarities: they are very energetic, their progenitors manage to rid themselves of hydrogen before explosion, and they are rare cosmologically but preferentially found in low-metallicity dwarf galaxies. In spite of all this progress, fundamental questions remain. How do any of these classes of event form? What central engine actually powers them? How do they relate to "ordinary" type Ic supernovae? What is the influence of the environment and the role of metallicity?

On the 20th anniversary of the discovery of SN1998bw, it is time for the two communities of GRBs and SNe to meet in a joint effort to address these and other open questions in the field. This meeting aims to bring together scientists working in these fields to constrain the physical picture connecting GRBs, hypernovae and SLSNe and prepare for the forthcoming decade of multi-messenger astronomy and wide-field time-domain surveys at all wavelengths.

Program:

  • models and observations of long GRBs and their connection with h igh-velocity hypernovae (including a talk celebrating the 20th anniversary of the GRB-SN connection);
  • models and observations of SLSNe;
  • progenitors, host galaxies and local environment of long GRBs and SLSNe.

Contact: M.G.Bernardini: bernardini "at" lupm.in2p3.fr.

Astrophysical jets in the era of multi-messenger astronomy (part of the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science, EWASS)

Meeting Dates: 2018 April 3 - 6
Abstract Submission Deadline: 2017 November 27
End of Very Early Bird Registration: 2017 December 22
End of Early Bird Registration: 2018 February 6
End of Regular Registration: 2018 April 2
Meeting Location: Liverpool, United Kingdom

Collimated outflows, the so-called jets, are ubiquitous among astrophysical sources including -- but not limited to -- gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), active galactic nuclei (AGN) and micro-quasars. Even though jets are born in widely different environments, it is commonly accepted that relativistic jets are powered by the accretion of matter onto a compact object.

Yet, many aspects of jet physics are still a matter of debate:

  • What are the launching and dissipation mechanisms at work as well as the role of magnetic fields?

  • What is the matter content of jets? Where and how are gamma-rays produced in jets?

  • Are jets accelerating ultra-high energy cosmic rays and emitting high-energy neutrinos?

  • Is the jetted emission a promising electromagnetic (E/M) counterpart to a LIGO compact-object merger event?

This special session aims at bringing together researchers working on different physical aspects of jets from extragalactic and Galactic sources, particle astrophysics and gravitational wave physics. Special emphasis will be placed on how one can exploit astrophysical messengers, including light and its variability, neutrinos, cosmic rays and gravity waves to constrain the jet physics and progenitors. Although the symposium will focus on open theoretical issues, a critical overview of the observational status will serve as the starting point of the discussions.

Program:

  • Energy dissipation in jets
  • Gamma-rays from Galactic & extragalactic jets
  • Neutrinos, cosmic rays & gravitational waves

Contact: Maria Petropoulou: mpetropo "at" purdue.edu, maroulaaki "at" gmail.com.

IAU Symposium 342: Perseus in Sicily: From Black Hole to Cluster Outskirts

Meeting Dates: 2018 May 14 - 18
Registration and Abstract Submission: Available in mid-September
Meeting Location: Noto, Sicily, Italy

The Perseus cluster has recently been the stage of some ground-breaking discoveries:

on ultra-fine linear scales, space-VLBI has revealed fundamental details of the jet launching mechanism,

on large scales, and at superb energy resolution, Hitomi has revealed surprising details about the gas dynamics, shaking our current understanding of the cool core phenomenon,

in gamma rays of high and very high energy, dramatic activity with extremely short time scales has been reported both in NGC 1275 and IC 310.

The importance and timeliness of discussing these and other topics, including feedback, is enhanced by the many developments recently achieved also in the fields of theory of accretion and particle acceleration, as well as to the great improvement in performance and accuracy of numerical simulations and imaging techniques.

The organizers will gather multi-wavelength observers and theoreticians, experts from the event horizon out to the Megaparsec scales, encouraging interactions and discussion. Participation of qualified scientists with limited means of support, e.g., colleagues from economically less privileged countries and young scientists, will be facilitated thanks to IAU Travel Grants.

Key topics will include:

- approaching the Schwarzschild radius: methods to measure BH mass and spin

- BH magnetosphere & sphere of gravitational influence

- hot vs cold accretion

- magneto-hydrodynamical processes in disks and jets

- jet production, collimation, and acceleration mechanisms

- HE emission: site and mechanisms, particle acceleration, leptonic vs hadronic processes

- jet-medium interaction on galactic and cluster scales

- thermal and non-thermal emission in galaxy clusters

- turbulence, gas heating and cooling

- AGN winds and BH-galaxy coevolution

Treasures Hidden in High-Energy Catalogues

Workshop Dates: May 22 - 24
Registration Opens, Abstract Submission Begins: 2018 January 8
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 2018 March 31 or when capacity is reached
Workshop Location: Toulouse, France

This workshop offers the opportunity to get a full overview of the different catalogues proposed in the framework of ESA's XMM-Newton mission. A range of other high energy and multiwavelength catalogues will also be presented, as well as synergies between these catalogues. The workshop will run over three days, with invited, sollicited and contributed talks covering all of aspects of astrophysics including stars, compact objects, galaxies and clusters, where catalogues have been used to make advances in that area. Poster space will also be available.

The workshop will take place at IRAP in Toulouse, France. It is free to attend but the capacity is limited to 90 people.

Half a Century of Blazars and Beyond

Conference Dates: 2018 June 11 - 15
Opening of Early Registration and Abstract Submission: 2018 January 08
Opening of Nominal Registration : 2018 February 11
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 2018 March 11
Opening of Late Registration: 2018 April 11
Conference Location: Torino (Turin), Italy

Blazars are exemplary systems in which to study relativistic jet processes and connections to accretion onto super-massive black holes. Over half a century ago, studies began recognizing blazars as being distinguished by their flat radio spectra, compactness, variability, and polarized radio and optical emission. Over the past decade, they have become ubiquitous in the high-energy gamma-ray and very-high energy gamma-ray skies. Importantly, blazars have an expanding role in understanding high-energy astrophysics processes and significance in multi-messenger observations, thus driving future mission endeavors.

The Fermi Large Area Telescope has changed the landscape, offering 1000’s of gamma-ray blazars for study, and will provide continual all-sky monitoring over the coming decade. The gamma-ray monitoring will soon be joined by sky-survey capabilities in X-rays, optical, radio, infrared, and TeV gamma-rays, will bring an unprecedentedly complete multi-wavelength picture of their population. The Event Horizon Telescope is already making its mark in directly probing the collimation region of the jet base. The coming decade will also realize the multi-messenger connection particularly with IceCube high-energy neutrinos, and the possible role of blazars in the production of ultra high energy cosmic rays is being explored. How blazars may contribute to our understanding binary supermassive black hole systems with Pulsar Timing Arrays and in the LISA-era is ripe for study.

This conference will aim to synthesize the current observational and theoretical understanding of blazars and will anticipate coming frontiers in blazar research including X-ray and gamma-ray polarimetry, MeV gamma-ray prospects with proposed missions, and prospective X-ray imaging studies. The observations anticipated will be driven by advances in understanding of particle acceleration mechanisms through simulations and theory.

TOPICS:

  • Gamma-ray linchpin: Fermi and Beyond (e-ASTROGAM and AMEGO, CTA)
  • Role of X-ray and Gamma-ray polarimetry (XIPE, IXPE)
  • Jet collimation on Event-Horizon Scales
  • The (Enrico) Fermi connection: particle acceleration, jet launching, and simulations
  • Connection to ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays and neutrinos
  • Identification, population, and time-domain studies with panchromatic all-sky surveys
  • Jet signatures of super-massive black hole binaries and relation to low-frequency gravitational waves

Time-Domain Astronomy: A High Energy View (XMM Newton Science Workshop 2018)

Workshop Dates: 2018 June 13 - 15
Opening of Registration and Abstract Submission: Now Open
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 2018 March 9
Notification about Accepted Presentations: 2018 April 16
Early Registration Deadline: 2018 April 30
Late Registration Deadline: 2018 May 30
Meeting Location: Villafranca del Castillo, Madrid, Spain

Many astronomical objects are time variable. Time variability encodes key information about the source physics; this information is complementary to that in energy spectra and is essential for our complete understanding of the phenomena involved. Most X-ray emitting objects show variability whose timescales can span many orders of magnitudes, from decades down to milliseconds depending on the source. Studying X-ray variability, we can probe the physics of a large number of phenomena in a plethora of different astrophysical objects, from large scale changes of galactic environments down to the direct environment of compact accretion objects. Objects studied include solar system objects and stars, novae and supernovae, pulsars and magnetars, Galactic black holes and supermassive black holes in the centre of active galactic nuclei.

With the upcoming multi-wavelength time-domain monitoring facilities such as Gaia, LSST, ASAS, TESS, PanSTARRS in the optical band, or SKA in the radio band, to name a few, an enormous potential for multi-wavelength studies will soon be available. The workshop aims to summarise the current understanding of the variability in high energy astrophysical objects in order to explore the potential synergy with other (new) time-domain facilities and to foster cooperation between observers in different energy bands.

Registration opening and abstract submission are planned for January 2018.

Contact e-mail: xmmws2018@sciops.esa.int

12th International LISA Symposium

Meeting Dates: 2018 July 8 - 13
Abstract Submission: Available in the spring, opening in late March
Deadline for Early Registration: 2018 January 24
Deadline for Regular Registration: 2018 April 25
Deadline for Hotel Reservations: 2018 June 13
Deadline for Late Registration: 2018 July 13
Meeting Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA

The week will feature a program dedicated to astrophysics of sources that can be observed in the millihertz band by LISA, the current status and unique challenges in gravitational theory and analysis for LISA sources, and the latest updates on the development of the LISA mission.

42nd Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) and Associated Events (COSPAR 2018)

Meeting Dates: 2018 July 14 - 22
Website Opens for Abstract Submissions: 2017 August 19
Deadline for Abstracts: 2018 February 9
Meeting Location: Pasadena, California, USA

Topics:

There will be 130 meetings covering the fields of the 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, including:

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-  Dark Energy at 20
-  Structure, Evolution and Dynamics of Neutron Stars
-  Activity of the Super-massive Black Hole and Other Energetic Processes at the Galactic Center
-  AGN X-ray Surveys: Soft to Hard and Deep to Wide
-  The Extreme Physics of Eddington and Super Eddington Accretion onto Compact 
   Objects: Simulations Meet Observations
-  Cherenkov Telescope Array: The Ground-based Eyes to Observe the Gamma Ray Universe
-  The Gravitational Wave Universe
-  Large Space-based Optical and Infrared Surveys
-  X- and Gamma-ray Counterparts of the New Transients in the Multi-messenger Exploration Era
-  Knocking on Heaven's Door: CMB in Pursuit of the Footprint of Inflation
-  Millisecond Pulsars
-  Black Hole Astrophysics: Observational Evidence of Theoretical Models
-  Origin of Cosmic Rays
-  Spectral Meets Timing: A Global Approach to Accretion onto Compact Objects
-  Nova Eruptions, Cataclysmic Variables and Related Systems: Observational 
   vs. Theoretical Challenges in the 2020 Era
-  The Multi-wavelength View at the Universe as Triggered by the RadioAstron Mission
-  Ultraviolet Astronomy and the Quest for the Origin of Life
-  Solar and Stellar Flares: Multi-wavelength Observations and Simulations
-  Formation, Destabilization, and Ejection of Magnetic Structures in Solar and Stellar Coronae
-  Solar Magnetism: Data-Driven Modeling and Requirements for Future Instrumentation
-  Current and Future Projects for Exoplanets Detections and Characterization
-  Planet Formation at High Resolution
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- 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 Modeling (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 Interstellar Research (PIR)                 
- 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.

Scientific Program Chair: Prof. Thomas Prince, California Institute of Technology

Contact:       
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
cospar@cosparhq.cnes.fr

IAU Focus Meeting on "Radio Galaxies: Resolving the AGN Phenomenon" at the IAU General Assembly 2018

Meeting Dates: 2018 August 22 - 23
Early-bird Registration Deadline: 2018 January 31
Deadline for Regular Abstract Submission for Oral and Poster Contributions: 2018 February 28
Deadline for IAU Grant Submission: 2018 February 28
Deadline for Poster-only Submissions: 2018 May 31
Deadline for Regular Registration: 2018 June 30

Radio galaxies provide excellent laboratories to probe physical aspects, unification, and the cosmic evolution of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN). Thanks to recent multi-wavelength observations we are now able to separate many different physical components of radio galaxies through imaging and spectroscopy. Observations from the radio to the X-ray range can probe the ejection of matter into the jet and monitor decades of jet evolution. Gamma-ray observations have shown that radio galaxies are detectable up to the VHE range, despite unfavorable jet alignment. We observe radio galaxies out to redshifts larger than z=5, which makes them important cosmological probes. Planck maps have provided us with new insights into the populations of radio galaxies and their distributions in space in the 30-900 GHz range, NuSTAR provides high-quality spectra in the hard X-ray range, the EHT has begun mapping to the event horizon of the central black hole, and the SKA, E-ELT and other future telescopes will open up a new and vast discovery space. This meeting will bring together multiwavelength observers and theorists to synthesize progress made over the last three years and define future directions.

Topics:

  • Triggers of highly relativistic jets
  • Jet collimation
  • Radio galaxies as VHE photon emitters
  • Knots, hotspots and other structural features
  • The central engine
  • Radiative versus jet mode
  • Radio galaxy populations and statistics
  • Origin and evolution of radio galaxies
  • Interaction with the environment
  • Future telescopes' view on radio galaxies

For conference inquiries please email: cricci "at" astro.puc.cl

IAU Symposium 346: High-Mass X-ray Binaries: Illuminating the Passage from Massive Binaries to Merging Compact Objects

Meeting Dates: 2018 August 27 - 31
Registration to the IAU XXX General Assembly 2018 and the corresponding fees will be handled by the IAU General Assembly organizers and are MANDATORY to participate in this event.
Registration: Now open
Deadline for Early-Bird Registration: 2018 Jaunary 31
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 2018 February 28
Deadline for Rgeular Registration: 2018 June 30
Late/Onsite Registration: from 2018 July 31
Meeting Location: Vienna, Austria

The IAU Symposium 346 will be the first IAU symposium devoted to high-mass X-ray binaries (HMXBs). The time has come to synthesize new knowledge from the incredibly rich trove of data, models, and theories on HMXBs accumulated over the last 50 years. The Symposium will bring together a broad range of scientists with the aim to share their insights and further advance our understanding of HMXBs. New powerful synergetic approaches will be developed and put in a broad astrophysical context during the XXX IAU General Assembly. The Symposium will build a bridge between mature field of massive binary astrophysics and nascent field of gravitational wave astronomy. This large international meeting will consolidate our knowledge on massive stars, binary evolution, accretion physics, compact objects and gravitational wave sources to give us a new perspective on the cosmos illuminated by HMXBs.

Contact e-mail: iaus346@astro.physik.uni-potsdam.de

Register here to the MAILING LIST ONLY to receive news concerning the organization of the IAUS 346.

8th International Workshop on Astronomy and Relativistic Astrophysics - IWARA 2018

Meeting Dates: 2018 September 9 - 15
Deadline for Registration and Abstract Submission: 2018 June 30
Meeting Location: Ollantaytambo, Peru

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 makes 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.

The intimate relationship between quarks and the cosmos has motivated the organization of the series of international events known by the acronym IWARA. The event is the eighth in a series of meetings gathering scientists working on astroparticle physics, cosmology, gravitation, nuclear physics, and related fields.

Contact iwara2018@gmail,com for more information or see the website listed above.

Exploring the Hot and Energetic Universe: The Second Scientific Conference Dedicated to the Athena X-ray Observatory

Conference Dates: 2018 September 24 - 27
Deadline for Submission of Abstracts for Contributed Talks and Posters: 2018 February 23
Conference Location: Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Athena (the Advanced Telescope for High-Energy Astrophysics) will continue the series of large X-ray observatories inaugurated by Chandra and XMM-Newton, offering transformational capabilities in several key areas. It is the second large-class ESA mission (L2), and it is planned for a launch towards the end of the next decade, around 2029.

The Phase A is progressing at full speed, with intense work in the ESA Study Team, the Instrument Teams and industry with the definition of a mission design baseline over the next 12-18 months. The organization of the second conference on Athena will thus give the opportunity to discuss with the astrophysical community its prospective scientific impact, also in the light of possible future X-ray missions (eROSITA, XARM, Arcus, etc.), of synergies with multi-wavelength facilities that will be operational at the end of the next decade, and of the advent of multi-messenger astronomy.


Other Selected Astronomy, Physics and Space Science meetings

American Astronomical Society Meeting 232

Meeting Dates: 2018 June 3 - 7
Meeting Location: Denver, Colorado, USA

Cool Stars 20: The Twentieth Cambridge Workshop on Cool Stars, Stellar Systems, and the Sun

Workshop Dates: 2018 July 29 - August 3
Workshop Location: Boston/Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

International Astronomical Union 30th General Assembly

Meeting Dates; 2018 August 20 - 31
Registration: Now Open
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 2018 February 28
Meeting Location: Vienna, Austria

American Astronomical Society Meeting 233

Meeting Dates: 2019 January 6 - 10
Meeting Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

American Astronomical Society Meeting 234

Meeting Dates: 2019 June
Meeting Location: TBD, USA

American Astronomical Society Meeting 235

Meeting Dates: 2018 January 5 - 9
Meeting Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, 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

None



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