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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #094: "The X-ray Universe 2005" first announcement

_/                *  F I R S T   A N N O U N C E M E N T  *                 
_/                        "The X-ray Universe 2005"                         
_/                        El Escorial, Madrid, Spain                        
_/                           26-30 September 2005                           
_/                             Organized by the                             
_/                  European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC)                  
_/                                  of the                                  
_/                       European Space Agency (ESA)                        

The XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre is organizing a major astrophysical
symposium from Monday 26th to Friday 30th September 2005 in San Lorenzo de
El Escorial, a small town in the mountains some 50 kilometers northwest of

The main focus of the meeting will be on high energy astrophysics.


                                 * CONTACT *

Conference web page: http://www.congrex.nl/05a11/

email for conference: conference2005@sciops.esa.int



Mike Watson (Chair), Leicester Univ., UK
Norbert Schartel (Vice-chair), ESAC Madrid, ES
Monique Arnaud, CEA Saclay, F
Xavier Barcons, IFCA Santander, ES
Giuseppina Fabbiano, CfA Cambridge, USA
Andrew Fabian, IoA Cambridge, UK
Paolo Giommi, ASI Roma, I
Manuel Guedel, PSI Villingen, CH
Guenther Hasinger, MPE Garching, D
John P. Hughes, Rutgers Univ., USA
Hideyo Kunieda, ISAS/JAXA, J
Michiel van der Klis, Amsterdam Univ., NL
Nick White, NASA-GSFC, USA


                      * AIMS AND SCOPE OF THE MEETING *

The XMM-Newton and Chandra space observatories have now been operating for
half a decade and are continuing to provide superb data which is changing our
view of almost every aspect of the Universe at high energies. In the near
future the launch of Astro E-2 will provide enhanced capabilities for high
resolution spectroscopy, and Swift will soon join HETE-2 in making detailed
studies of gamma-ray bursts. Significant new insights are also emerging from
Integral's view of the sky at hard X-ray and gamma-ray energies.

With this backdrop the "The X-ray Universe 2005" symposium is intended to
encompass a broad range of high energy astrophysics topics, to provide a
showcase for results and discoveries from current and near-future missions
and a forum for the discussion of astrophysical themes with a high-energy

The Symposium is scheduled to last for 5 days and will embrace the wide
range of astrophysics in which XMM-Newton, Chandra and other missions are
making important advances. Session topics will include:

    * stars, stellar systems, planetary & cometary studies,
    * interacting binary systems, SNR, pulsars,
    * the ISM and diffuse Galactic emission,
    * AGN, galaxies, clusters of galaxies,
    * surveys, population studies and the cosmic X-ray background,
    * gamma-ray bursts


                         * VENUE OF THE CONFERENCE *
The conference will be held at the "Euroforum" Conference Centre in El

Euroforum Escorial
Calle del Rey, 38
San Lorenzo de El Escorial
28200 Madrid

tel: +34 91 896 7000
fax: +34 91 896 7070

http://www.euroforum.es  (Please note that this website is only in Spanish)

The municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is located close to Madrid at
the foot of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range and is certainly worth a
visit. The inner city, declared as Artistic Historical Monument in 1971 and
UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, offers visitors multiple opportunities
for enjoyment and relaxation.

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