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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #151: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #75

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_/            XMM-NEWTON NEWS #75   ---    03-Apr-2008            _/
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 - Next XMM-Newton Users Group meeting
 - 8th XMM-Newton SAS Workshop: registration deadline
 - Workshop Announcement: "The Warm & Hot Universe"

Next XMM-Newton Users Group meeting

The date of the next Users Group (UG) meeting is 6th - 7th May, 2008.
A dedicated Web page of the Users Group is available at:


This web page provides, among others, the contact points for all interested
astronomers to send their comments and suggestions to the UG members prior
to the meeting.

Please find herewith the agenda:

1.  Welcome                                    M. Arnaud
2.  Adoption of the agenda                     All
3.  Overall Mission status                     A. Parmar
4.  Instrument operations                      R. Munoz
5.  Report of the Project Scientist            N. Schartel
6.  Mosaic observing mode                      P. Rodriguez
7.  Background                                 M. Ehle
8.  Calibration
     8.1 EPIC Calibration Status               M. Guainazzi
     8.2 RGS Calibration Status                A. Pollock
     8.3 OM Calibration Status                 A. Talavera
     8.4 Cross-calibration Status              M. Stuhlinger
      - cross-calibration within XMM-Newton
      - with other missions
9.  SAS developments and future plans          C. Gabriel
10. SSC status                                 M. Watson
11. Action items from last meeting             M. Ehle
12. Input from the community                   Mission Scientists
     - questions / comments from community
13. General Discussion/AOB                     All
14. Dedicated Discussion I                     
15. Dedicated Discussion II                    UG
16. Date and time of next meeting              UG

8th XMM-Newton SAS Workshop: registration deadline

As already announced in issue #73 of the XMM-Newton Newsletter, the 8th SAS
Workshop will be held at the European Space Astronomy Centre of ESA
(Villafranca del Castillo, Spain) between the 24th and the 27th of June 

SAS Workshops aim at providing XMM-Newton users with a basic introduction
to the procedures and techniques to successfully reduce and analyse
XMM-Newton data. The 4-day workshop is organised around 4 half-days of
presentations and 4 half-days of practical training sessions. They cover all
aspects of data reduction and data analysis for all the X-ray cameras
on-board XMM-Newton, as well as for its Optical Monitor.

Interested persons are encouraged to send an email to 
no later than Thursday, April 24, 2008.

No fee is required to attend the Workshop. We regret to inform that no
financial support is available for Workshop participants.

Readers may find more information at the following URL:


Workshop Announcement: "The Warm & Hot Universe"

NASA and Columbia University are pleased to announce the workshop:

                   "The Warm & Hot Universe"

which will be held on May 7-9th 2008 in Columbia University, New York
City, USA.

The workshop will review the unique contributions of X-ray astronomy
to the understanding of large scale structures and the Universe.

Main topics to be covered include:

    * Missing baryons at low redshift and in clusters
    * The Warm Hot Intergalactic Medium (WHIM)
    * Non-thermal heating, cosmic feedback, excess Entropy and Li-6
    * Thermal and non-thermal cluster soft X-ray excess; the hard excess
    * Evolution and scaling properties of clusters
    * Sunyaev-Zel'dovich surveys
    * X-ray gas parameters of groups and their evolution
    * Mass profile of groups
    * AGN surveys and galaxy formation
    * Interstellar and interplanetary medium.
    * Particle acceleration and interactions in the heliosphere.

Abstract deadline for contributed talks and posters is April 7th 2008.
Deadline for early registration is April 10th 2008.

More information is available at:


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