Announcements of Upcoming Meetings

Notice that this list is not meant to be all-inclusive, but concentrates on meetings of potential interest to X-ray, gamma-ray, cosmic-ray, and gravitational astrophysicists. The HEASARC also maintains a list of on-line proceedings of high-energy astrophysics meetings. Updates, corrections, and/or suggestions about meetings should be sent to

Other Sources of Information on Upcoming Meetings

List of International Astronomy meetings maintained by the Canadian Astronomy Data Center
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Space Calendar

High Energy Astrophysics meetings

2017 April 2 - 7: Quasars at All Cosmic Epochs

2017 May 21 - 31: São Paulo School of Advanced Science on High Energy and Plasma Astrophysics in the CTA Era (SPSAS-HighAstro)

2017 June 6 - 9: XMM-Newton Conference: "The X-ray Universe 2017"

2017 July 12 - 20: 35th International Cosmic-Ray Conference (ICRC2017)

2017 August 7 - 11: TeV Particle Astrophysics 2017 (TeVPA 2017)

2017 August 20 - 24: HEAD Meeting

2017 December 3 - 8: 29th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics

Other Selected Astronomy, Physics and Space Science meetings

2017 March 13 - 17: On the Origin (and Evolution) of Baryonic Galaxy Halos

2017 June 4 - 8: American Astronomical Society Meeting 230

2018 January 7 - 11: American Astronomical Society Meeting 231

Selected Astronomy-related Physics, Computational, Data Analysis, Software or Statistics meetings

2017 February 27 - March 02: Detecting the Unexpected: Discovery in the Era of Astronomically Big Data

2017 June 5 - 9: Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers XIII

2017 August 1 - 4: Workshop on Astrophysical Opacities

High Energy Astrophysics meetings

Quasars at All Cosmic Epochs

Meeting Dates; 2017 April 2 - 7
Registration Opens: 2016 early November
Deadline for Registration and Payment: 2017 January 31
Meeting Location: Padova, Italy

Quasars were discovered slightly more than 50 years ago. All the improvement in telescope light gathering and in computing power notwithstanding, we are still missing a clear connection between observational properties and theory for quasars, as provided, for example, by the H-R diagram for stars. We do not yet have a complete self-consistent view of nuclear activity with predictive power, as we do for main-sequence stellar sources. At the same time quasars offer many "windows open onto the unknown". On small scales, quasar properties depend on phenomena very close to the black hole event horizon. On large scales, quasars may effect evolution of host galaxies and their circum-galactic environments. The potential of quasars to map the matter density of the Universe and help reconstruct the Universe's spacetime geometry is still largely unexploited.

The time is ripe for a critical assessment of our present knowledge of quasars as accreting black holes and of their evolution across the cosmic time. The aim of this meeting is to review and contextualize the main observational scenarios following an empirical approach, to present and discuss the accretion scenario, and then to analyze how a closer connection between theory and observation can be achieved, identifying those aspects of our understanding that are still on a shaky terrain and are therefore uncertain knowledge.

The meeting will cover topics ranging from the nearest environment of the black hole, to the environment of the host galaxies of active nuclei, and to the quasars as markers of the large scale structure and of the geometry of spacetime of the Universe. Systematic attention will be devoted to some key problems that remain outstanding and are clearly not yet solved: the existence of two quasar classes, radio quiet and radio loud, and in general, the systematic contextualization of quasar properties, the properties of the central black hole, the dynamics of the accretion flow in the inner parsecs and the origin of the accretion matter, the quasars' small and large scale environment, feedback processes produced by the black hole into the host galaxy, quasar evolutionary patterns from seed black holes to the present-day Universe, and the use of quasars as cosmological standard candles.

Key Topics

1. Observational properties of quasars as luminous active galactic nuclei 
2. Accretion processes on supermassive black holes
3. Contextualization and connection between theory and observation for the emitting region of quasars
4. Quasar evolution over cosmic time and quasars as cosmological tools
5. Feedback and environment of active galaxies and quasars

São Paulo School of Advanced Science on High Energy and Plasma Astrophysics in the CTA Era (SPSAS-HighAstro)

School Dates: 2017 May 21 - 31
Deadline for Applications: 2017 March 30
School Acceptance Announcement to Selected Participants : 2017 April 20
School Location: São Paulo, Brazil

The "Instituto de Astronomia, Geofisica e Ciencias Atmosfericas of Universidade de São Paulo (IAG-USP) invites students, postdocs and researchers to apply for the School. The SOC will select 100 students (approximately 50% Brazilian and 50% foreign students) with basic training in the fields of physics, astronomy and mathematics, to participate in the Advanced School. Students and postdocs with some research experience in astrophysics, in particular high-energy and plasma astrophysics will be prioritized.

There will be Financial Support providing the travel expenses (when necessary) and living allowances for all the students selected for the school.

Topics to be to covered include:

  • Radiation processes in high energy astrophysics
  • Cosmic Ray acceleration mechanisms
  • Cosmic Ray propagation
  • Non-thermal radiation magneto-hydrodynamics (MHD) processes in gamma-ray sources (supernova remnants, pulsar winds, black holes, and jets)
  • Imaging Gamma-Ray emission with air Cherenkov Telescopes
  • Gamma-Ray data analysis with Cherenkov Telescopes
  • Unveiling the Gamma-Ray Universe with the CTA
  • Space versus Ground Based Gamma-Ray Astronomy - from FERMI to CTA
  • Cosmic Ray Diffusion in Turbulent Media
  • Particle Acceleration by Magnetic Reconnection
  • High Energy Messengers of the Non-thermal Universe
  • The search for Dark Matter

XMM-Newton Conference: "The X-ray Universe 2017"

Meeting Dates: 2017 June 6 - 9
Registration Opens: 2017 January 19
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 2017 March 22
Deadline for Early Registration: 2017 April 27
Meeting Location: Rome, Italy

The symposium is the fifth international meeting in the series "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.

35th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2017)

Meeting Dates: 2017 July 12 - 20
Early Registration, Abstract and Proceedings Submission Open: 2016 December 01
Nominations of Prizes and Awards Deadline: 2017 February 28
Early Registration Payment Deadline: 2017 March 10
Abstract Submission Deadline: 2017 March 13
Regular Registration Deadline: 2017 June 20
Proceedings Submission Deadline: 2017 July 01
Meeting Location: Bexco, Busan, South-Korea

The International Cosmic Ray Conference, or ICRC, is a physics conference organized biennially by the Commission C4 (Astroparticle Physics) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) since 1947, where physicists from the whole world present the results of their research in Astroparticle Physics.

The main topics of Astroparticle Physics:

Cosmic Ray Physics,
Gamma-Ray Astronomy,
Neutrino Astronomy,
Dark Matter Physics,
Solar and Heliospheric Physics,
Astroparticle Physics Theory and Models, and
Experimental Methods, Techniques and Instrumentation.

TeV Particle Astrophysics 2017 (TeVPA 2017)

Meeting Dates: 2017 August 7 - 11
Deadline for Registration: TBD
Deadline for Abstract Submission: TBD
Meeting Location: Columbus, Ohio, USA

TeVPA is a five-day conference aiming at providing the stage for the most recent advances in the booming field of Astroparticle Physics, bringing together leading members of the scientific communities that are contributing to its success.

High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) of the AAS Meeting

Meeting Dates: 2017 August 20 - 24 New Dates
Meeting Location: Sun Valley, Idaho, USA. New Location

29th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics

Meeting Dates: 2017 December 3 - 8
Registration and Abstract Submission Open: 2017 April 14
Abstract Submission Deadline: 2017 August 25
Regular Registration and Hotel Deadline: 2017 October 20
Late Registration Deadline: 2017 November 24
Meeting Location: Cape Town, South Africa

The series of Texas Symposia on Relativistic Astrophysics began in 1963 and they are normally held every two years. Major astrophysical discoveries have been announced and discussed in the field related to relativistic theory of gravitation and cosmology, such as black-holes, quasars, neutron stars, X-ray binaries, gamma-ray bursts, particle acceleration, the cosmic background, dark matter and dark energy. The 29th Symposium will be the first ever to be held on the African continent, emphasizing Southern Africa's role as the host of world-leading astrophysical facilities, such as the Southern African Large Telescope, the High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS), and the future Square Kilometre Array.

The organizers are excited to welcome hundreds of international astrophysicists and physicists to Cape Town, to review remarkable discoveries and prospects, such as the breakthrough detection of gravitational waves by the LIGO/VIRGO collaboration. The symposium also marks the 100th anniversary of the postulation of the cosmological constant ("Einstein's Biggest Blunder"). The Symposium will include morning plenary sessions and afternoon parallel sessions which will function as mini-symposia in each sub-field. The plenary sessions will consist of 30-45 min review talks. The afternoon sessions will feature oral (about 20 min) and poster contributions.

Other Selected Astronomy, Physics and Space Science meetings

On the Origin (and Evolution) Of Baryonic Galaxy Halos

Meeting Dates: 2017 March 13 - 17
Abstract Deadline for Talks and Posters: 2016 August 27
Registration Fee Deadline: 2016 December 1
Meeting Location: Galapagos Island, Ecuador

This meeting will focus on the baryonic content of galaxy halos -- their properties, origin and evolution with cosmic time.

The halos of our own Milky Way galaxy and our close neighbour M31 have been studied in some detail. Deep, wide and detailed observations of galaxy halos beyond the Local Group are becoming more ubiquitous. Simulations, that incorporate realistic baryonic physics in a cosmological context have also made significant progress in recent years in modelling galaxy halos. These simulations predict outer halo regions that differ strongly in their formation processes and properties from the well-studied inner regions of galaxies. Halos have long dynamical times and as such preserve the unique signatures of galaxy assembly. This meeting will bring together observers and simulators of the baryonic halos of galaxies, focusing on extragalactic halos.

Topics of focus include:

* the origin and evolution of baryonic halos

* how to define the stellar halo of an elliptical galaxy

* the stellar components of galaxy halos: metallicity, age, kinematics, density

* substructures in galaxy halos

* in-situ vs ex-situ formed stars

* halo tracers, such as resolved stars, globular clusters, planetary nebulae, satellite galaxies and diffuse gas

American Astronomical Society Meeting 230

Meeting Dates: 2017 June 4 - 8
Meeting Location: Austin, Texas, USA

American Astronomical Society Meeting 231

Meeting Dates: 2018 January 7 - 11
Meeting Location: National Harbor, Maryland (outside Washington, DC), USA

Selected Astronomy-related Technology (e.g., Instrumentation) Meetings


Selected Astronomy-related Physics, Computational, Data Analysis, Software or Statistics Meetings

Detecting the Unexpected: Discovery in the Era of Astronomically Big Data

Meeting dates: 2017 February 27 - March 02
Pre-Registration: Now available
Pre-Registration Closes: 2016 November 01
Deadline for Registration: 2017 January 06
Meeting Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

What tools do astronomers need to discover new classes of objects and complex trends in data sets too large to inspect by eye? This STScI workshop will explore this question in specific astronomical contexts and a with a range of tools. How can we find new events in the time domain, and make smart choices about follow-up in real time with limited resources? How can we find new features of our Galaxy in rich databases with more than spatial and kinematic information? What are the prospects for tools to explore the spectroscopic data sets of the present and future? We will focus on three kinds of discovery tools during the workshop: citizen science, machine learning, and data-integrated visualization.

This will be a unorthodox, hands-on workshop. Attendees are invited to provide exploration tools and data sets in advance of the workshop, which will be integrated into a computing environment provided to all participants. We will have hands-on sessions where discovery tools are taught by experts. There will be "unconference" sessions during which attendees can propose their own discussion topics in break-out rooms. There will also be a full day "hack", for attendees to experiment with the presented tools on STScI and contributed data sets and build their own tools.

Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers XIII

School Dates: 2017 Jun 5 - 9
Deadline for Registration: 2017 May 1, or when the class is full
School Location: State College, Pennsylvania, USA

For the 13th year, Penn State's Center for Astrostatistics is offering its week-long Summer School in statistical methodology for astronomy. The School provides an intensive program in statistical inference covering topics like principles of probability and inference, Bayesian analysis, nonparametrics, regression, bootstrap resampling, regression and model selection, multivariate clustering and classification, spatial statistics, and time series analysis. Extensive training in the public domain R statistical software environment is provided.

The topics covered include:

  • Exploratory data analysis
  • Hypothesis testing and parameter estimation
  • Regression
  • Model selection & validation
  • Maximum likelihood methods
  • Non-parametric methods
  • Multivariate methods
  • Clustering and classification
  • MCMC
  • Bayesian Analysis
  • Spatial Statistics
  • Time series

Lectures and tutorials are presented by experienced educators in statistics and astrostatistics. Participants exercise the methods with astronomical datasets illustrating realistic challenges faced in contemporary research. Software and lecture notes are provided, participants should bring a laptop computer. Registration and lodging costs are kept as low as possible.

Workshop on Astrophysical Opacities

Meeting dates: 2017 August 1 - 4
Registration: Now open
Deadline for Early Registration: 2017 May 31
Deadline for Abstract Submission for Contributed Talks and Posters: 2017 June 30
Deadline for Regular Registration: 2017 July 15
Meeting Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

The availability of reliable atomic and molecular opacity tables is essential in a wide variety of astronomical models such as the solar and stellar interiors, stellar and planetary atmospheres, stellar evolution, pulsating stars and protoplanetary disks, to name a few. With the advent of powerful observational techniques, e.g. helio and asteroseismology, solar neutrino-flux measurements and exoplanet probes, of 3D hydrodynamic atmospheric simulations that include NLTE and granulation effects, of high-performance atomic and molecular computing and innovative plasma experiments, the accuracy and completeness of the opacity tables are being taken to unprecedented levels.

The Workshop on Astrophysical Opacities (WAO) intends to gather opacity data producers and consumers from both the atomic and molecular sectors in order to contribute to solving outstanding problems and to develop more effective and integrated interfaces. The last time such a workshop took place was at the IBM Venezuela Scientific Center, Caracas, Venezuela, in July 1991. Taken into consideration the success of this first WAO and the huge scientific advancements that have taken place since then in most related research fields, the organizers have been encouraged to organize a second event.

Selected Space Science-related Education and Public Outreach Meetings


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