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

2017 December 11 - 13: A DECADE OF AGILE: RESULTS, CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS OF GAMMA-RAY ASTROPHYSICS

2018 January 28 - February 3: 48th "Saas-Fee Advanced Course" on Black Hole Formation and Growth

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

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 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


Other Selected Astronomy, Physics and Space Science meetings

2018 January 8 - 12: American Astronomical Society Meeting 231

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

A DECADE OF AGILE: RESULTS, CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS OF GAMMA-RAY ASTROPHYSICS

Meeting Dates: 2017 December 11 - 13
Registration: Now Open
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 2017 October 31
Meeting Location: Rome, Italy

The last 10 years revolutionized the study of the high-energy Universe, and in particular gamma-ray astrophysics with the advent of AGILE and Fermi. This Symposium marks the 10th anniversary in orbit of the AGILE space Mission. Considering the main mission results and the related theoretical challenges, a series of topics will be discussed: Galactic sources and cosmic rays, pulsar and microquasar emissions, Active Galactic Nuclei of the blazar class, Gamma-ray bursts, terrestrial gamma-ray flashes. The current search of conuterparts of gravitational wave sources may lead to unexpected discoveries in the next years and to the birth of a new type of astronomy. Neutrino astrophysics may join in. Gamma-ray astrophysics plays the role of a driver for all current and future observations of the Universe. Building on current results, the Symposium will provide a broad view of the most relevant issues and prospects for advance in astrophysics and fundamental physics to be obtained by future space missions, ground telescopes, and experiments.

Symposium topics

  1. Gamma-ray astrophysics: a bit of history and today's science
  2. Diffuse gamma ray emission and cosmic rays
  3. Gamma-ray pulsars and their winds
  4. The mystery of gamma-ray flares from the Crab Nebula
  5. Gamma-ray emission from Galactic binary systems
  6. Black holes in blazars, relativistic jets and particle acceleration in FSRQs and BL Lacs
  7. Gamma-Ray Bursts
  8. Astrophysics of gravitational wave sources
  9. Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flashes, Lightning and Meteorology
  10. Future missions/experiments/telescopes and their interplay

The Conference program will include keynote/invited talks and contributed papers. Registration is now open and you can submit abstracts for contributed talks through the registration form at the Symposium website above. Information about the conference scientific program, registration and logistics can be found at the Symposium website. Please address any enquiry regarding the meeting topi.agile "at" iaps.inaf.it.

48th "Saas-Fee Advanced Course" on Black Hole Formation and Growth

Course Dates: 2018 January 28 - February 3
Opening of Registration: 2017 May 1
Support Request Deadline: 2017 October 30
Regular Registration and Accomodation Booking Deadline: 2017 November 30
Late Registration Deadline: 2018 January 15
Course Location: Saas-Fee, Switzerland

The advanced Course will review the state of knowledge, open questions and tforecasts and will cover the following topics: Foundation of Gravity, early Universe, primordial black-holes, black holes at all scales, black-hole merging and gravitational waves, black-hole accretion and feedback, black hole growth on cosmological time scales.

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

Meeting Dates: 2018 March 18 - 21
Meeting Location: Chicago, 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.

This is a "save the date" notice. Meeting registration and hotel booking information will be released shortly. In the meantime, please direct any questions to Chris Reynolds (head.chair "at" aas.org), Rob Petre (head.vicechair "at" aas.org) or Mike Corcoran (head.secretary "at" aas.org).

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.

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

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

Workshop Dates: 2018 June 13 - 15
Registration Opening and Abstract Submission: 2018 January
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
Registration and Abstract Submission: Available in Fall 2017
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 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.

Other Selected Astronomy, Physics and Space Science meetings

American Astronomical Society Meeting 231

Meeting Dates: 2018 January 8 - 12
Regular Abstract Deadline: 2017 October 3, 21:00 EDT
Regular Registration Deadline: 2017 November 2
Late Abstract Deadline: 2017 December 5, 21:00 EST
Late Registration Deadline: 2017 December 18
Meeting Location: National Harbor, Maryland (just outside Washington, DC), USA

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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