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

2019 January 14 - 19: X-ray Surveys of the Hot and Energetic Universe

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 April 8 - 10: Gravitational-wave Open Data Workshop #2

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

2019 June 6 - 15: 2019 International Conference on Applications of Nuclear Techniques

2019 June 12 - 14: Astrophysics of Hot Plasma from Extended X-ray Sources

2019 June 19 - 22: Supermassive Black Holes: Environment and Evolution

2019 July 15 - 18: XCalibur 2019: International Workshop on High Resolution X-ray Spectroscopy

2019 Sep 8-13: X-ray astronomy 2019 : Current Challenges an New Frontiers in the Next Decade

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"

X-ray Surveys of the Hot and Energetic Universe

Meeting Dates: 2019 Jan 14 - 19
Meeting Location: Harbin, China
Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline: 2018 November 29
Due Date for Registration Fee (online): 2019 January 1

In the past ~10-20 years, a broad range of surveys carried out by the Chandra, XMM-Newton, and NuSTAR observatories, from deep pencil-beam surveys to shallow wide-area surveys and non-contiguous serendipitous surveys, have enabled us to identify over half a million unique X-ray sources in the sky. These X-ray surveys, combined with complementary multiwavelength surveys, have revolutionized our understanding of the high-energy universe. This meeting will review the status and scientific discoveries of various X-ray and multiwavelength surveys, identify outstanding questions, and discuss prospects for future X-ray missions.

Topics of the meeting will include strategy of current and forthcoming X-ray surveys plus complementary multiwavelength surveys; science results from these surveys for accreting binaries in the Milky Way and starburst/normal galaxies, growing supermassive black holes, and galaxy groups/clusters; and design and technologies for future X-ray surveyors. Via this workshop, we also aim to establish Chinese/international friendly connections and future collaborations, and to help build up the Chinese high-energy astronomical community.

Harbin is the largest city in northeastern China, with a population of about 10 million (similar to New York City). It is especially beautiful in winter given the annual International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival from January (e.g., see video). It is a large event of worldwide distinction, with the 2017 festival attracting 18 million visitors and having a revenue of $4.4 billion.

Please visit our website for information and registration. Some key points are also given below.

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

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

Gravitational-wave Open Data Workshop #2

Meeting Dates: 2019 April 8 - 10
Registration Dates: early 2019 (TBA)
Meeting Location: Denis Diderot University, Paris, France

We are pleased to announce the second edition of the gravitational-wave open data workshop, which will be held on April 8-10 2019 at the Denis Diderot University in Paris, France.

Observational data are made publicly available at

, along with associated software libraries. This workshop is intended for students and more senior scientists that wish to learn about these data and software in order to conduct research in the field of gravitational wave astronomy.

The workshop will offer participants a hands-on introduction to working with software tools that allow to access and analyze publicly available gravitational-wave data.

More information is available at the workshop website. Registrations will open early 2019.

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.

Astrophysics of Hot Plasma from Extended X-ray Sources

Meeting Dates: 2019 June 12 - 14
Meeting Location: ESAC, Madrid, Spain
Abstract Deadline: 2019 March 1
Early registration deadline: 2019 April 30
Late registration deadline: 2019 May 30

The XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre is organising the Science Workshop: Astrophysics of Hot Plasma from Extended X-ray Sources

Hot plasmas dominate the X-ray emission of supernova remnants, much of the interstellar medium in galaxies, galactic halos and winds, and the intra-cluster medium in clusters of galaxies. Plasma characteristics, observed through their X-ray morphology and spectral properties, reveal the physical processes at work and the structure and evolution of these systems. XMM-Newton and Chandra have been accumulating rich resources of emission line spectra with medium and high spectral resolution. Building on this heritage, in the next decade the XRISM mission and the Athena X-ray observatory will yield unprecedented high-spectral resolution mapping of extended sources. Accurate plasma codes will become even more essential for data interpretation. This workshop aims to review our current understanding of these X-ray plasmas, their modelling and their astrophysical implications. The goal is to prepare the younger generation and to foster cooperation between the participants on common astrophysics issues, on plasma code requirements, modelling of X-ray spectra, and data reduction of extended sources.

Topics include:

  • Supernova remnants
  • Galaxies
  • Clusters of galaxies
  • Plasma codes
  • Plasma modelling and spectral fitting
  • Miscellaneous
For up-to-date information, including details on venue and accommodation, childcare services, please visit the conference website. For additional questions, email to xmmws2019[AT]
2019 International Conference on Applications of Nuclear Techniques

Meeting Dates: 2019 June 9 - 15
Meeting Location: Rithymna Beach Hotel, Crete
Abstract Deadline: 2018 December 15
Reduced registration deadline: 2019 May 15
Hotel registration deadline: 2019 May 1

This is the fifteenth in a series of international conferences designed to provide an informal forum for scientists to present and discuss their research and new developments in a broad spectrum of topic areas of applications of nuclear techniques. With attendance limited to ~100 participants, the relaxed atmosphere of this meeting encourages in-depth discussions and sharing of ideas. Presentations are arranged in morning and late afternoon sessions. Several hours of free time each afternoon provide ample opportunity for attendees to interact with each other or to engage in wide-ranging interdisciplinary discussions in a congenial environment.

For more information please visit the conference website.

Supermassive Black holes: Environment and Evolution

Meeting Dates: 2019 June 19 - 22
Meeting Location: Corfu, Greece
Abstract Deadline: 2019 April 10
Early registration deadline: 2019 May 10

Two decades of multi-wavelength studies have greatly expanded our understanding of supermassive black hole growth in the context of galaxy formation. A broadly consistent picture of active black hole demographics has been derived across cosmic time, emphasising the strong evolution of the energetic Universe and its relation to the formation of stars in galaxies.

This progress has also risen new questions and produce new research directions. The significance of obscured accretion, especially in the case of deeply buried systems, remains under discussion. The details of the black-hole growth evolution at early epochs are still debated. The mass and energy budget of winds detected at X-rays, UV, infrared and sub-mm wavelengths remain uncertain. The connection between the different phases of the outflowing material at these different wavelengths is also poorly constrained. Finally at much larger scales, Recent XMM observations revealed a much larger picture of hitherto unseen matter (WHIM).

The aim of this conference is to review and discuss the most recent multi-wavelength observations of supermassive black holes and compare them with simulations and observations. The exciting discovery space that opens with eROSITA, XARM and ATHENA will be a primary part of this meeting.

The key topics covered in this conference will be:

  1. Black-hole demographics from multi-wavelength surveys
  2. The environment of black holes & WHIM
  3. Black-hole growth in the context of galaxy evolution
  4. The early Universe
  5. Feedback processes and their impact on kpc and Mpc scales
  6. Key surveys and new missions, synergies between missions and ground based facilities
For more information please visit the conference website.

XCalibur 2019: International Workshop on High Resolution X-ray Spectroscopy

Meeting Dates: 2019 July 15 - 18
Meeting Location: Winchester, UK
Abstract Deadline: 2019 March 1
Registration deadline: 2019 April 15

An unprecedented new window into astrophysics and observational cosmology was opened by the Hitomi X-ray mission, which used microcalorimeter technology to deliver observations of cosmic sources with < 5 eV spectral resolution. This was game-changing for X-ray astronomy despite Hitomi's short life, enabling novel plasma physical condition and metallicity diagnostics, gas dynamical studies, and searches for fundamental new emission signatures such as the much-debated ~3.5 keV dark matter decay lines predicted by some models in the X-ray regime.

The new X-Ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission (XRISM - jointly funded by JAXA/NASA/ESA) is due to launch in the early 2020s. Beyond that, we can look forward to Athena, and possibly ARCUS, Super-DIOS or similar missions, in the 2030s to open this new regime wider.

The XCalibur 2019 workshop aims to bring together international experts (with non-experts very welcome) on X-ray spectroscopy to provide a forum for discussing the novel science enabled by these missions, to formulate the best way of exploiting the large new parameter space, and to strategize future observations. The broad themes to be covered include:

  • Physics of Extreme Hot Plasmas (clusters, cosmology, WHIM)
  • Compact Objects and Gravity (transients, X-ray binaries, AGN, reflection, gas dynamics)
  • Life Cycle of Baryons (metal abundances, large scale structures, matter flows)
  • Energy flows and Feedback (radiative, kinematic, winds)
  • The Search for Dark Matter and New Physics (sterile neutrinos, axions, search for new particles)
  • Community Preparation for XRISM and Athena (GO prep., collaboration and coordination strategies, lab tests).
The workshop will run over 3.5 days and will include invited and contributed talks, open discussion sessions on each day, as well as posters. Our focus will be on synergy between theory and observation, and collaborative international efforts.

Please pre-register your early interest (no commitment required) since participation is limited at the conference website, starting 25 Nov 2018.

Funding support may be available for a selected number of young scientists (preferentially students), if there are enough participants. Registration fees will be announced in early 2019, and is likely to be around £200 including several meals. We are attempting to minimise registration fees, and your pre-registration will help us in planning this, in addition to ensuring that you are kept informed with regular announcements. We would like to particularly welcome young international scientists interested in the missions mentioned above.

Regular registration opens 10 Jan 2019.

For more information please visit the conference website, or email to xcal2019[AT]

X-ray astronomy 2019 : Current Challenges an New Frontiers in the Next Decade

Meeting Dates: 2019 July 15 - 18
Meeting Location : Bologna , Italy
Abstract Deadline: 1st deadline 2019 mid Jan: 2nd deadline mid May
Registration deadline: 31 May 2019 ; Pre-registration open 27 Sep 2019

This meeting - fourth in a decadal series of X-ray astronomy conferences held in Bologna - will focus on the contribution of current and past X-ray missions to our knowledge of the hot and energetic Universe, and highlight the results from the ESA and NASA flagships missions XMM-Newton and Chandra in the 20th anniversary of their operation. In the era of multi-messenger and transient astronomy, emphasis will be given to the synergy between observations of cosmic sources in X-rays and other wavelengths and also through gravitational waves. We plan to review the most significant results obtained in recent years and lay out the discovery space offered by future high-energy missions. For more information please visit the conference website, or email to xray2019[AT]

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


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


Selected Space Science-related Education and Public Outreach Meetings


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