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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #281: XMM-Newton Workshop 2015: First Announcement


               *  F I R S T   A N N O U N C E M E N T *

                  The Extremes of Black Hole Accretion

                   ESAC, Spain, 8th - 10th June 2015


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

                The Extremes of Black Hole Accretion

                         8th - 10th June 2015

       European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), Madrid, Spain


                  - AIMS AND SCOPE OF THE MEETING -

Some of the most energetic  processes seen in the Universe arise close
to a  super-massive black  hole such as  relativistic jets and winds.
These are  now known to play a  key role in determining the growth of
galaxies  across cosmic  time, but  the mechanisms  by which  they are
launched remain unclear. Recent  progress on probing the properties of
the accretion  flow at the smallest radii  include new spectral-timing
techniques to identify the reverberation signal from the disc, as well
as spectral studies of the ultrafast outflows, the broad iron line and
soft  X-ray excess.  The stellar  mass black  holes provide  a natural
comparison sample, and again new  data and new techniques are allowing
us to focus in on the  regions closest to the event horizon.  The time
is ripe for a conference  to similarly focus on these extreme regions,
to  determine the  structure of  the  accretion flow  on the  smallest
scales and its relation to relativistic outflows and jets.



C. Done (chair)        University of Durham, United Kingdom
M. Cappi               INAF, Bologna, Italy
M. Diaz-Trigo          ESO, Garching, Germany
A. Fabian              University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
V. Karas               Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
G. Matt                Universita degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy
J. Miller              University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
G. Miniutti            CAB, Madrid, Spain
D. Porquet             Observatoire Astronomique de Strasbourg, France
D. Proga               University of Nevada Las Vegas, USA
J. Reeves              Keele University, United Kingdom
C. Reynolds            University of Maryland, College Park, USA
M. Santos-Lleo         ESAC, Madrid, Spain
N. Schartel (co-chair) ESAC, Madrid, Spain
S. Sim                 Queen's University, Belfast, United Kingdom
Y. Tanaka              MPE, Garching, Germany
F. Tombesi             Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, USA
P. Uttley              University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
J. Wilms               Karl Remeis-Observatory, Bamberg, Germany

                      - LOCAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE -

Jan-Uwe Ness (chair), Michelle  Arpizou, Jacobo Ebrero, Matthias Ehle,
Carlos Gabriel, Aitor Ibarra, Richard Saxton and Norbert Schartel
(XMM-Newton SOC, ESAC).


                           - IMPORTANT DATES -

12 February 2015          Opening of registration and abstract submission
                          Second Announcement
23 March    2015          Deadline for abstract submission
7 April     2015          Deadline for hotel booking
end April   2015          Notification about accepted presentations
21 May      2015          Deadline for registration
end May     2015          Final Announcement


                    - REGISTRATION AND ABSTRACTS -

A  registration fee  of 50  EUR will  be charged,  payable in  cash on
arrival. The  fee includes  the coffee breaks,  a printed issue  of the
refereed conference  proceedings, and  a shuttle bus transfer between
the hotel and ESAC.

Registration  and  abstract submission  is  planned  to open on  12th
February 2015, with deadline for abstract submission 23rd March 2015.

Decisions  about accepted  presentations (talks  and posters)  will be
communicated before the registration deadline.


                           - PROCEEDINGS -

Conference proceedings  will be  published as a  regular issue  of the
refereed journal Astronomical Notes.


                      - VENUE AND ACCOMMODATION -

The  workshop will  be held  at  the European  Space Astronomy  Centre
(ESAC), near Madrid, Spain.

A block hotel booking has been made. Details are given in the Workshop
Web page.

A shuttle bus service between the hotel and ESAC will be provided.


                          - SOCIAL EVENTS -

The workshop dinner is planned to take place Tuesday, 9th June 2015 in
Madrid and will cost around 50  EUR, payable in cash upon arrival. The
dinner   and   meal  preferences   can   be   booked during   on-line
registration. More details will be published in due time.

We  plan to  organise during  lunch  breaks guided  tours through  the
operations rooms  of XMM-Newton and  other ESA missions operated from
ESAC.  Sign-up and more details will be announced during the meeting.


                             - CONTACT -

Local Organising Committee:


Up-to-date information will be available via the conference web page:


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