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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #289: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #174


             XMM-NEWTON NEWS #174    ---    20-Jul-2015


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- Reminder: Anticipated timeline for AO-15

- XMM-Newton Users Handbook update for AO-15

- XMM-Newton Workshop "The Extremes of Black Hole Accretion":
  Presentations and Posters available on-line

- ESA Research Fellowship in Space Science at ESAC

- Reminder on Registration Deadline:
  "Exploring the Hot and Energetic Universe"

Reminder: Anticipated timeline for AO-15

Announcement of Opportunity .............. Tuesday 25 August 2015
Due date for Proposals ................... Friday 9 October 2015 (12:00 UT)
Final OTAC approved programme ............ mid December 2015

For approved proposals only:

Start of phase II proposal submission .... Tuesday 12 January 2016
Closure of phase II proposal submission .. Friday 5 February 2016
Start of AO-15 observations .............. May 2016

The official "Announcement of Opportunity"  will be made public in the
XMM-Newton News  and on the XMM-Newton Science  Operations Centre Home

XMM-Newton Users Handbook update for AO-15

The XMM-Newton Users  Handbook (UHB) has been updated  to version 2.13
in preparation for the  next Announcement of Opportunity (AO-15) which
will open shortly.

The  UHB   contains  information  on  the   instrumentation  on board
XMM-Newton  and serves  as  the main  technical  support document for
proposal preparation,  based on  which potential XMM-Newton  users can
assess the technical feasibility of their planned observations.

The XMM-Newton Users Handbook is available on-line at


Alternatively,  pdf  and  postscript   versions  of  the  UHB can  be
downloaded from the "XMM-Newton Proposer's Info and Manuals" portal at


XMM-Newton Workshop "The Extremes of Black Hole Accretion":
Presentations and Posters available on-line

The XMM-Newton Science workshop "The Extremes of Black Hole Accretion"
was held at ESAC from 8th to 10th June 2015. Presentations and posters
are available on-line at


and stored in the ADS database under


Refereed proceedings  are under preparation and will  appear next year
as an issue of Astronomical Notes / Astronomische Nachrichten.

ESA Research Fellowships in Space Science at ESAC

Postdoctoral  fellowships in  the area  of Astronomy  and Astrophysics
related  to  the  X-ray  observatory  XMM-Newton are  tenable  at the
XMM-Newton Science  Operations Centre in the  European Space Astronomy
Centre (ESAC) located in Villafranca del Castillo, near Madrid, Spain.

The European Space Agency awards several postdoctoral fellowships each
year.  The  aim of these  fellowships is to provide  young scientists,
holding a PhD  or the equivalent degree, with  the means of performing
space  science research  in  fields  related to  the  ESA Science and
Robotic Exploration  Programmes.  The  fellowships have a duration of
two years.

Applications  are now solicited  for fellowships  in space science to
begin in  the fall of 2016.  Preference will be  given to applications
submitted  by   candidates  within  five  years   of  receiving their
PhD. Candidates  not holding  a PhD yet  are encouraged to  apply, but
they must  provide evidence of receiving their  degree before starting
the fellowship.

Research opportunities with  XMM-Newton science staff include: studies
of  the  high  energy  emission  of novae,  galaxies,  and  AGN using
XMM-Newton data.  Working at ESAC within the XMM-Newton team gives the
unique  opportunity   of  being   in  contact  with   the calibration
scientists,  the developers  of  the analysis  software  and the User
Support Group.

Please contact  Norbert Schartel (Norbert.Schartel@sciops.esa.int) for
more details on ESA Research Fellowships related to XMM-Newton.

The deadline for applications is

                    1st October 2015

More  information on the  ESA Research  Fellowship programme  in Space
Science, on the conditions and eligibility, as well as the application
form can be retrieved from


Reminder on Registration Deadline:
"Exploring the Hot and Energetic Universe"

As  announced in  a  previous  issue of  this  Newsletter (#172), the
conference  "Exploring  the  Hot  and Energetic  Universe:  The first
scientific conference dedicated to  the Athena X-ray observatory" will
take place from 8th to 10th September 2015 at ESAC, Madrid, Spain.

The  conference website is available at


We remind on the upcoming  Registration Deadline which is Friday, 21st
August 2015.

Yours sincerely,

XMM-Newton SOC

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