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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #316: The X-ray Universe 2017: First Announcement


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

                      "The X-ray Universe 2017"

                              Rome, Italy
                             6-9 June 2017

                           Organised by the
                 XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre
                                of the
                     European Space Agency (ESA)

                            supported by
            INAF-OAR, Astronomical Observatory of Rome
  INAF-IAPS, Institute of Astrophysics and Planetary Science, Rome
                         University Roma Tre
        ASI-ASDC Italian Space Agency - ASI Data Center, Rome
                    La Sapienza University, Rome


The XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre  is pleased to announce a major
astrophysical symposium  to take  place from Tuesday  6th to  Friday 9th
2017 in Rome, Italy, see


           Abstract submission and Registration are open

Abstract submission: until Wednesday 22nd March, 2017 at


Early registration: until Thursday 27th April, 2017 at


                       - IMPORTANT DATES -

Wednesday March 22 ......... Abstract submission deadline
mid April .................. Communication of SOC decisions to presenters
Thursday April 27 .......... Early registration deadline
end May .................... Final Announcement

Monday  June 5 18:00 ....... Reception and registration
Tuesday June 6 08:00 ....... Registration
Tuesday June 6 10:30 ....... Opening of the conference
Friday  June 9 17:15 ....... End of Conference

While  exact times  are to  be confirmed,  for travel  arrangements we
advise to assume that the  meeting starts early on Tuesday morning and
finishes late on Friday afternoon.


                   - AIMS AND SCOPE OF THE MEETING -

The symposium  is the fifth meeting  in the series  of the international
symposia "The  X-ray Universe".   The intention is  to gather  a general
collection of research in  high energy astrophysics.  The symposium will
provide  a  showcase  for  results, discoveries  and  expectations  from
current and future X-ray missions.

Session topics include:

* Solar System, Exoplanets and Star-Planet-Interaction
* Star formation, Young Stellar Objects, Cool and Hot Stars
* White Dwarfs, Cataclysmic Variables and Novae
* Isolated Neutron Stars and Magnetars
* Interacting Binaries and Galactic Black Holes
* Special Session: ULX
* Supernovae, Long and Short GRBs, GW events
* Supernova Remnants and Pulsar Wind Nebulae
* Galaxies, Diffuse Galactic Emission and Population Studies
* Active Galactic Nuclei, Quasars, BL-Lac Objects, TDEs
* Special Session: Accretion and Emission Close to the Event Horizon
* Groups of Galaxies, Clusters of Galaxies and Superclusters
* Special Session: AGN and Cluster Feedback
* Cosmological Structure Formation, Extragalactic Deep Fields and Area Surveys
* Cosmology, Dark Matter and Dark Energy
* Special Session: Athena
* Current and Future X-ray Missions

                         - INVITED SPEAKERS -

M. Bachetti             INAF-OAC, Cagliari, Italy
A. Bamba                Univerity of Tokyo, Japan
E. Bulbul               MIT, Cambridge, United States
D. De Martino           INAF-OACN, Naples, Italy
K. Dennerl              MPE, Garching, Germany
M. Diaz-Trigo           ESO, Garching, Germany
C. Done                 University of Durham, United Kingdom
A. Ingram               University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
E. Kara                 University of Maryland, United States
M. Middleton            University of Southampton, United Kingdom
E. Pointecouteau        IRAP, Toulouse, France
G. Ponti                MPE, Garching, Germany
G. Pratt                CEA, Saclay, France
P. Wheatley             University of Warwick, United Kingdom

                      - SOLICITED SPEAKERS -

X. Barcons              University of Cantabria, Spain
D. Barret               IRAP, Toulouse, France
J. de Plaa              SRON, Utrecht, The Netherlands
D. Eckert               University of Geneva, Switzerland
A. Fabian               University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
M. Feroci               INAF-IAPS, Roma, Italy
M. Guainazzi            ESA/ESTEC, The Netherlands
F. Nicastro             INAF-OAR, Italy
P. Predehl              MPE, Garching, Germany
A. Rau                  MPE, Garching, Germany
G. Risaliti             University of Florence, Italy
P. Soffitta             INAF-IAPS, Roma, Italy


M. Arnaud               CEA, Saclay, France
D. Barret (chair)       IRAP, Toulouse, France
G. Branduardi-Raymont   MSSL-UCL, Dorking, United Kingdom
L. Brenneman            SAO, Cambridge, United States
M. Brusa                University of Bologna, Italy
M. Cappi                INAF, Bologna, Italy
E. Churazov             MPA, Garching, Germany
A. Decourchelle         CEA, Saclay, France
N. Degenaar             University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
A. Fabian               University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
F. Fiore                INAF-OAR, Roma, Italy
F. Harrison             Caltech, Pasadena, United States
M. Hernanz              ICE/CSIC-IEEC, Barcelona, Spain
J. Hjorth               University of Copenhagen, Denmark
A. Hornschemeier        GSFC, Greenbelt, United States
V. Karas                CAS, Prague, Czech Republic
C. Kouveliotou          GWU, Washington DC, United States
G. Matt                 University Roma Tre, Italy
Y. Naze                 University of Liege, Belgium
T. Ohashi               TMU, Tokyo, Japan
I. Papadakis            University of Crete, Greece
K. Poppenhaeger         QUB, Belfast, United Kingdom
N. Rea                  ICE/CSIC-IEEC, Barcelona, Spain
T. Reiprich             University of Bonn, Germany
M. Salvato              MPA, Garching, Germany
N. Schartel (co-chair)  ESAC/ESA, Spain
A. Schwope              AIP, Potsdam, Germany
B. Stelzer              Un. Tubingen, Germany / INAF-OAP, Palermo, Italy
T. Takahashi            ISAS, Kanagawa, Japan
J. Tomsick              UC, Berkeley, United States
P. Uttley               University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
N. Webb                 University of Toulouse, France
A. Zdziarski            NCAC, Warsaw, Poland

                  - LOCAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE -

XMM-Newton Science Operations  Centre, ESA/ESAC: S. Migliari (co-chair),
J-U. Ness (co-chair), M. Ehle, N. Schartel

INAF-OAR,  Astronomical  Observatory  of  Rome:  G.  Giobbi  (co-chair),
M.  Bischetti,   P.  Casella,  G.L.  Israel,  F.   Marchi,  M.T.  Menna,
A. Papitto, E. Piconcelli, G. Vietri, F. Vincentelli, L. Zappacosta

INAF-IAPS, Institute of Astrophysics  and Planetary Science, Rome: A. De
Rosa, L. Hernandez, F. Panessa, S. Zampieri

University Roma Tre: A. Marinucci, R. Middei, A. Tortosa

ASI-ASDC Italian Space Agency - ASI Data Center, Rome: S. Puccetti

La Sapienza University, Rome: F. Lupinacci


                           - CONFERENCE VENUE -

The Frentani Conference Centre is  located in the heart of Rome, close
to Termini station,  within easy reach by public  transport. The venue
is completely accessible to disabled people.


The registration forms can be accessed at


Registration Fee:

290 EUR: Students able to provide a document of eligibility,
         until 27th April

390 EUR: Early fee, until 27th April

540 EUR: Late fee, after 27th April

The  fee includes  the welcome  reception, four  lunches and  all coffee

A  list  of hotels  near  the venue  in  different  price categories  is
provided at


                         - SOCIAL EVENTS -

Welcome Cocktail: On Monday June  5 18:00-20:00, a welcome cocktail will
take  place in  front of  the Physics  Department, Edificio  Marconi, La
Sapienza University of Rome. The registration desk will be open.

Conference Dinner: On  Wednesday June 7 at 20:30  the conference dinner
will take place  at restaurant l’Archeologia, in the  Appia Antica Park.
Bus transportation  will be organised  between the conference  venue and
the restaurant, the costs are included in the dinner fee of 60 EUR.

More information can be found at



                           - CONTACT -

Conference web page containing most up-to-date information:


Local Organising Committe,

for scientific organisation and abstract submission:


ESA Conference Bureau,

for registration, social events and Visa support letters:


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