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 upcoming high-energy astrophysics summer schools, a list of on-line proceedings of high-energy astrophysics meetings, as well as a list of on-line proceedings of high-energy astrophysics summer schools.

Updates, corrections, and/or suggestions about meetings should be sent to the HEASARC Help Desk.

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

2018 September 18 - 21: Monitoring the non-thermal Universe 2018

2018 September 24 - 27: Exploring the Hot and Energetic Universe: The Second Scientific Conference Dedicated to the Athena X-ray Observatory

2018 October 1 - 5: Breaking the Limits 2018: Super-Eddington Accretion onto Compact Objects

2018 October 2 - 3: Time-Domain Astrophysics with Swift III

2018 October 7 - 14: The Multi-Messenger Astronomy: Gamma-Ray Bursts, Search for Electromagnetic Counterparts to Neutrino Events and Gravitational Waves

2018 October 14 - 19: Eighth International Fermi Symposium

2019 February 9 - 15: Aspen Winter conference on Gravitational-Wave Astrophysics with Populations

2019 February 11 - 15: 12th INTEGRAL Conference and 1st AHEAD Gamma-ray workshop

2019 March 17 - 21: The 17th Meeting of the Division of the High Energy Astrophysics Division

2019 May 6 - 9: 1st International Cherenkov Telescope Array Symposium - Exploring the High-Energy Universe with CTA


Other Selected Astronomy, Physics and Space Science meetings

2019 January 6 - 10: American Astronomical Society Meeting 233

2019 June 9 - 13: American Astronomical Society Meeting 234

2019 November 4 - 8: 4th Symposium of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR): Small Satellites for Sustainable Science and Development "COSPAR 2019"

2020 January 5 - 9: American Astronomical Society Meeting 235

2020 August 15 - 23: 43rd Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) and Associated Events "COSPAR 2020"


Monitoring the non-thermal Universe 2018

Conference Dates: 2018 September 18 - 21
Deadline for Submission of Abstracts for Contributed Talks and Registration: 2018 July 2
Conference Location: Cochem (Mosel), Germany

From...

...theory to TeV

...radio to relativity

...polarization to periodicity

Synergy of energy and time series without gaps.

Maximizing physics insights from multi-frequency monitoring.

The goal of this workshop is to bring people together who are either working on monitoring or are involved in monitoring at different wavelengths. The far goal is to setup a global monitoring network at all wavelengths. This includes topics like:

  • status of observations
  • past and future monitoring programs
  • current instruments and future technologies
  • available data, data archives, data mining
  • radio to TeV, polarization
  • methods to analyse variability and broad band spectral data, combined data analysis
  • prospects of new methods (e.g. deep learning approaches)
  • theories behind variability, interpretation
  • multi-messenger astrophysics

Exploring the Hot and Energetic Universe: The Second Scientific Conference Dedicated to the Athena X-ray Observatory

Conference Dates: 2018 September 24 - 27
Deadline for Submission of Abstracts for Contributed Talks and Posters: 2018 February 23
Conference Location: Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Athena (the Advanced Telescope for High-Energy Astrophysics) will continue the series of large X-ray observatories inaugurated by Chandra and XMM-Newton, offering transformational capabilities in several key areas. It is the second large-class ESA mission (L2), and it is planned for a launch towards the end of the next decade, around 2029.

The Phase A is progressing at full speed, with intense work in the ESA Study Team, the Instrument Teams and industry with the definition of a mission design baseline over the next 12-18 months. The organization of the second conference on Athena will thus give the opportunity to discuss with the astrophysical community its prospective scientific impact, also in the light of possible future X-ray missions (eROSITA, XARM, Arcus, etc.), of synergies with multi-wavelength facilities that will be operational at the end of the next decade, and of the advent of multi-messenger astronomy.

Breaking the Limits 2018: Super-Eddington Accretion onto Compact Objects

Meeting Dates: 2018 October 1 - 5
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 2018 May 31
Deadline for Early Bird Registration: 2018 July 31
Late Registration: from 2018 August 1 and onsite
Meeting Location: Castiadas, Italy

Recent years have seen an increasing interest of the astronomical community on the topic of super-Eddington accretion on compact objects, which can apply to a variety of systems, such as supermassive black holes, black hole binaries, ULXs, neutron stars. Moreover, the possibility that the Eddington limit may be violated can have important implications for the related topics of black hole growth, galaxy evolution and AGN feedback.

After two years from the first edition of Breaking the Limits, we reconvene to discuss the advances made in the last two years. This workshop will be an opportunity to compare recent observations with state-of-the-art theoretical modeling of super-Eddington flows, and to discuss the cosmological implications of this regime of accretion.

Time-Domain Astrophysics with Swift III

Meeting Dates: 2018 October 2 - 3
Deadline for Hotel Conference Rate: 2018 Aug 29
Deadline for Registration: 2018 Oct 1
Meeting Location: Clemson University, SC

We bring together scientists working on topics in the area of Time Domain Astronomy and Multi-Messenger Astronomy, especially those who have used Swift's capacity in TDA and/or participate in follow-up observations of transients. The study of the transient sky requires synergy between ground- and space-based facilities, and this meeting aims to place Swift in this context.

The goal of the meeting is to discuss key science topics from Swift's successful past, and to focus attention on opportunities for its future observing program and ToO strategies. A comprehensive analysis of the road ahead is important considering that Swift is in its extended life operating phase and that the upcoming NASA Senior Review will present stiff competition.

Swift science crucially depends on the active role our community plays in the design of a vital scientific program. When Swift was launched in 2004, its prime objective was to chase Gamma-Ray Bursts. However, it was quickly realized that its multi-wavelength and fast scheduling capacity make it the most versatile mission ever flown. It is used for an impressive variety of targets: active galaxies, supernovae, kilonovae, novae, magnetars, tidal disruption events, variable stars, etc. Swift observed nearby solar system objects (comets), monitors the galactic center, and has reached out to explosive transients in the early Universe. The breakthrough discoveries of a NS-NS merger with aLIGO on 170817, associated with gamma-ray emission seen by Fermi/GBM and INTEGAL, and a blazar flare coincident with a high energy neutrino detected by with IceCube on 170922 have firmly established the new Multi-Messenger branch of astrophysics. The coming years for Swift offer outstanding opportunities in this arena of discovery.

In this third TDA meeting, all sessions are dedicated to TDA and MMA as probed by high -energy space missions and ground-based observatories, accompanied with overarching discussions of future direction and emphasis for Swift science. The meeting will be held in Clemson, South Carolina, October 2-3. The general meeting will be 2 days (Tuesday to Wednesday), followed by a half day of planning for NASA's Senior Review by a limited group of people by invitation only. On Monday, Oct 1, we will host a meeting of the GammaSIG group. We look forward to seeing you in the college town of Clemson, SC, for a lively scientific program and stimulating discussions of the future with Swift as a discovery and ToO engine.

The Multi-Messenger Astronomy: Gamma-Ray Bursts, Search for Electromagnetic Counterparts to Neutrino Events and Gravitational Waves

Meeting Dates:2018 October 7 - 14
Pre-registration Opens: 2018 May 1
Registration and Abstract Submission Open: 2018 June 1
Registration and Abstract Submission Close: 2018 August 7
Meeting Location: Nizhnij Arkhyz and Terskol, Russia

The international conference on this urgent topic will be held in Russia for the third time. The success of the first workshop held in October 2015 and the second conference held in October 2017 persuaded the organizers that such meetings arranged in locations of unique Russian Observatories - Special Astrophysical Observatory of RAS (SAO RAS), Baksan Neutrino Observatory of Institute for Nuclear Research of RAS (BNO INR RAS) and the International Observatory Peak Terskol - are well needed.

The scientific program covers a wide range of problems of the modern astrophysics including that of existence of quantum-chromodynimic (QCD) phase transition and matter states at high temperatures and densities. Such conditions are likely to be achievable only in astrophysical objects - collapsars of stellar mass, the objects whose formation is related with collapse and explosion of hot and dense cores of massive stars observable as gamma-ray bursts and supernovae. Solution of such problems demands development of methods combining optical astronomical observations and experiments with neutrino telescopes, cosmic-ray recording sets and detectors of gravitational waves.

The conference program will also include talks and discussion on the THESEUS (Transient High-Energy Sky and Early Universe Surveyor) mission concept, being developed by a large International collaboration involving also SAO and BNO. THESEUS aims at exploiting high-redshift gamma-ray bursts for getting unique clues to the Universe and, being an unprecedentedly powerful machine for the detection, accurate location and redshift determination of all types of gamma-ray bursts (long, short, high-z, under-luminous, ultra-long) and many other classes of transient sources and phenomena, at providing a substantial contribution to multi-messenger astrophysics and time-domain astronomy. Under these respects, THESEUS will show a beautiful synergy with the large observing facilities of the future, like E-ELT, TMT, SKA, CTA, ATHENA, in the electromagnetic domain, as well as with next-generation gravitational-waves (aLIGO/ aVirgo, KAGRA, ILIGO, Einstein Telescope, LISA) and neutrino detectors, thus enhancing importantly their scientific return. Moreover, it will also operate as a flexible IR and X-ray observatory, thus providing an even larger involvement of the scientific community.

Eighth International Fermi Symposium

Meeting Dates: 2018 October 14 - 19
Meeting Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

This symposium follows previous Fermi Symposia at Stanford, CA (February 2007), Washington, DC (November 2009), Rome, Italy (May 2011), Monterey, CA (November 2012), Nagoya, Japan (October 2014), Arlington, VA (November 2015), and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (October 2017).

The two Fermi instruments have been surveying the high-energy sky since August 2008. The Large Area Telescope (LAT) has discovered more than a thousand new sources and many new source classes, bringing the importance of gamma-ray astrophysics to an ever-broadening community. The LAT catalog includes supernova remnants, pulsar wind nebulae, pulsars, binary systems, novae, several classes of active galaxies, starburst galaxies, normal galaxies, and a large number of unidentified sources. Continuous monitoring of the high-energy gamma-ray sky has uncovered numerous outbursts from a wide range of transients. Fermi LAT's study of diffuse gamma-ray emission in our galaxy revealed giant bubbles shining in gamma rays. The direct measurement of a harder-than-expected cosmic-ray electron spectrum may imply the presence of nearby cosmic-ray accelerators. LAT data have provided stringent constraints on new phenomena such as supersymmetric dark-matter annihilations as well as tests of fundamental physics. The Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) continues to be a prolific detector of gamma-ray transients: magnetars, solar flares, terrestrial gamma-ray flashes and gamma-ray bursts at keV to MeV energies, complementing the higher energy LAT observations of those sources in addition to providing valuable science return in their own right.

All gamma-ray data are made immediately available at the Fermi Science Support Center. These publicly available data and Fermi analysis tools have enabled a large number of important studies. We especially encourage guest investigators worldwide to participate in this symposium to share results and to learn about upcoming opportunities.

This meeting will focus on the new scientific investigations and results enabled by Fermi, the mission and instrument characteristics, future opportunities, and coordinated observations and analyses.

Aspen Winter Conference on Gravitational-Wave Astrophysics with Populations

Meeting Dates: 2019 Feb 9-15
Meeting Location: Aspen, CO

Please mark your calendars for an Aspen Winter Conference on Gravitational-Wave Astrophysics with Populations, to take place in Aspen, CO from February 9-15, 2019.

GWPop will explore new challenges in accommodating the (possible) oncoming deluge of transient detections, with implications across a diverse array of astrophysics including general relativity and fundamental physics, stellar populations and their history, cosmic nucleosynthesis, post-merger jets and kilonovae, and the neutron-star equation of state.

The conference website is https://sites.google.com/fullerton.edu/gwpop-aspen2019/.

Applications will open in mid-September.

For more information, please contact jread[AT]fullerton[DOT]edu

12th INTEGRAL Conference and 1st AHEAD Gamma-ray workshop

Meeting Dates: 2019 February 11 - 15
Meeting Location: Campus Biotech, Geneva (Switzerland)

On August 17, 2017, a new era in astronomy was inaugurated by a short gamma-ray burst accompanying the gravitational wave event GW170817 detected by LIGO-Virgo. While the neutrinos from SN1987a had been a first milestone towards multi-messenger astronomy three decades earlier, the true breakthrough in High-Energy Neutrino astronomy is about to take place today, due to the recent advances in large volume ice and water detectors.

One of the most important observational challenges of our time is to establish the link between the discoveries of these new astronomies and the electromagnetic Universe. As the same violent phenomena that generate gravitational waves and/or high-energy neutrinos are also the source of high-energy photons, gamma-ray astronomy has been - and will remain - pivotal in connecting new and "old" astronomies.

Besides leading an ambitious legacy science program, INTEGRAL is presently one of the best suited detectors for identifying electromagnetic counterparts to the cataclysmic events that will continue to be discovered with gravitational waves and high energy neutrinos. This conference will discuss recent developments in high-energy astronomy, with particular emphasis on its role in multi-messenger astronomy. Beyond the present generation of gamma-ray instruments, the choral of multi-messenger astronomies will require a voice in the MeV band. One of the aims of the workshop is therefore to review the status and development of future instruments and to discuss perspectives in observational gamma-ray astronomy; these topics will be highlighted during the meeting as AHEAD Gamma-ray workshop (AHEAD is a European Community H2020 program, one of its goals is enabling the development of future gamma-ray astrophysics missions).

SOC: Volker Beckmann, Enrico Bozzo, Tony Bird, Søren Brandt, Eugene Churazov, Brad Cenko, Roland Diehl, Carlo Ferrigno (chair), Diego Götz, Victoria Grinberg, Matteo Guainazzi, Lorraine Hanlon, Dieter Hartmann, Margarita Hernanz, Roman Krivonos, Erik Kuulkers (co-chair), Philippe Laurent, Mark Leising, Alexander Lutovinov, Angela Malizia, Raffaella Margutti, Julie McEnery, Aldo Morselli, Lorenzo Natalucci, Stephane Paltani, Alessandro Papitto, Elena Pian, Luigi Piro, Jean-Pierre Roques, Rui da Silva, Vincent Tatischeff, John Tomsick, Eleonora Troja, Pietro Ubertini, Peter von Ballmoos (co-chair), Jörn Wilms

LOC : Carlo Ferrigno, Enrico Bozzo, Volodymyr Savchenko, Martine Anne Logossou-Jacot, Peter von Ballmoos

Questions? Contact us via integral2019.conference[at]gmail[dot]com

The 17th Meeting of the High Energy Astrophysics Division

Meeting Dates: 2019 March 17 -21
Meeting Location: Monterey, CA

The 17th Meeting of the Division will be held in Monterey, CA from March 17-21, 2019. The location of the meeting will be the Portola Hotel and Spa (the site of the 13th Divisional Meeting).

Please save the date now and check back again soon for more details. We will announce the opening of the meeting website, and provide information on registration, abstract submission and travel and lodging in the near future.

Questions? Contact headsec[at]aas[dot]org

1st International Cherenkov Telescope Array Symposium - Exploring the High-Energy Universe with CTA

Meeting Dates: 2019 May 6 - 9
Meeting Location: Bologna, Italy

The first CTA Science Symposium will focus on the novel investigations CTA will bring to the field and its synergies with other wavebands and messengers. It will also cover instrument characteristics, analysis tools and opportunities for guest investigators and how coordinated observations with CTA will have a significant impact on the exciting new era of multi-wavelength and multi-messenger astrophysics. The symposium is a unique opportunity to gather the scientific community to stimulate discussion and promote collaboration in the study of the high-energy Universe. CTA will be the largest and most advanced ground-based observatory for gamma-ray detection at the energies from 20 GeV up to 300 TeV, beyond the current energy frontier for gamma-ray astrophysics. With more than 100 telescopes located in the northern and southern hemispheres, CTA will use its unprecedented accuracy and sensitivity to reveal an entirely new and exciting view of the turbulent sky furthering our knowledge about the high-energy Universe. Learn more about CTA

- Join us!

Pre-register now to get further information about the meeting here. No payment is needed at this point. Feel free to forward this information to anyone who might be interested.

- Venue

The Symposium will be held at Bologna's magnificent Teatro Duse, one of the oldest theatres in the city. Located in the historic centre and housed in the Palazzo del Giglio the theatre has been used since the mid-seventeenth century.

We look forward to seeing you in Bologna!

Stefan Funk and Jim Hinton for the SOC.


Other Selected Astronomy, Physics and Space Science meetings

American Astronomical Society Meeting 233

Meeting Dates: 2019 January 6 - 10
Meeting Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

American Astronomical Society Meeting 234

Meeting Dates: 2019 June 9 - 13
Meeting Location: St Louis Union Station, St. Louis, MO

4th Symposium of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR): Small Satellites for Sustainable Science and Development "COSPAR 2019"

Meeting Dates: 2019 November 4 - 8
Meeting Location: Herzliya, Israel

American Astronomical Society Meeting 235

Meeting Dates: 2020 January 5 - 9
Meeting Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

43rd Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) and Associated Events "COSPAR 2020"

Meeting Dates: 2020 August 15 - 23
Meeting Location: Sydney, Australia


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

None


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

None


Selected Space Science-related Education and Public Outreach Meetings

None



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