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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #295: XMM-Newton Workshop 2016: First Announcement


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

                     XMM-Newton: The Next Decade

               ESAC, Madrid, Spain, 9th - 11th May 2016


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

                     XMM-Newton: The Next Decade

                         9th - 11th May 2016

        European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), Madrid, Spain


                  - AIMS AND SCOPE OF THE MEETING -

The  recent  generation  of  high  energy  observatories  has enabled
unprecedented progress to be made in our understanding of astrophysics
in the  X-ray domain. Current  technical evaluations suggest  that the
XMM-Newton spacecraft  and its scientific instruments  may continue to
provide   first  class   X-ray   observations  well   into  the next
decade.  Other  X-ray  missions  are  planned  to  be  launched soon,
including  Astro-H   and  e-ROSITA.  Coupled   with  new ground-based
developments,  this  will  open  up  new  exciting  opportunities for
multi-wavelength  and follow-up observations,  to which XMM-Newton is
ideally placed to play a major role.

This  workshop  will summarise  the  state  of  our current knowledge
derived from  X-ray astrophysics.  We will discuss  some of  the major
achievements over  the past years,  and identify a set  of fundamental
questions still to be addressed.  Within this context a primary aim of
the workshop  will be to define  the key scientific  topics which will
have the  highest scientific importance  and impact.  We will seek to
identify observing  programs of maximum long-term value  to the entire
astronomical community.  Many of these programs are  likely to require
large  amounts of  observing time  on  only a  few carefully selected
targets  or sky  areas.  We strongly  encourage  innovative ideas for
applications,   and   the    formation   of   well   organised major



M. Ward (chair)         University of Durham, United Kingdom
M. Arnaud               CEA, Saclay, France
X. Barcons              CSIC-UC, Santander, Spain
H. Boehringer           MPE, Garching, Germany
C. Cesarsky             CEA, Saclay, France
A. Decourchelle         CEA, Saclay, France
C. Done                 University of Durham, United Kingdom
I. Georgantopoulos      National Observatory of Athens, Greece
B. McBreen              University College Dublin, Ireland
R. Mushotzky            University of Maryland, USA
N. Rea                  CSIC-IEEC/Univ. Amsterdam, Spain/The Netherlands
M. Salvati              INAF, Osservatorio di Arcetri, Firenze, Italy
C. Sarazin              University Virginia, USA
N. Schartel (co-chair)  ESAC, Madrid, Spain
J. Schmitt              Hamburger Sternwarte, Germany
B. Stelzer              INAF, Palermo, Italy

                    - LOCAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE -

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


                           - IMPORTANT DATES -

14 January  2016   Opening of registration and abstract submission
                   Second Announcement
29 February 2016   Deadline for abstract submission
end March   2016   Notification about accepted presentations
4 April     2016   Deadline for registration
end April   2016   Final Announcement


                    - REGISTRATION AND ABSTRACTS -

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

Registration  and  abstract submission  is  planned  to  open on 14th
January  2016, with  deadline  for abstract  submission 29th February

Decisions  about accepted  presentations (talks  and posters) will be
communicated by end of March, 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), located some 30 km west of Madrid, Spain.

Block bookings  for hotels in Madrid  have been made.  Details will be
given  in the Workshop  Web page.  A shuttle  bus service  between the
hotels and ESAC will be provided.


                          - SOCIAL EVENTS -

The workshop dinner is anticipated to take place Tuesday, 10th May, in
Madrid and will cost around 50 EUR, payable in cash upon arrival.


                             - CONTACT -

Local Organising Committee:


Up-to-date information is always available via the conference web page:


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