XMM-NEWTON NEWS #2,   09-Feb-2001

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First conference announcement

``New Visions of the X-ray Universe in the XMM-Newton and Chandra era''

26-30 November 2001

ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

This is the first announcement of a Symposium to be held from November 26th to 30th, 2001, at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. The Symposium will focus on the new results emerging from ESA's XMM-Newton Observatory, NASA's Chandra Observatory, and other missions, with the aim of providing a coherent view of recent progress in high energy astrophysics.

The complete announcement and call for papers can be found on the symposium web page at: http://www.estec.esa.nl/conferences/01C12/

Symposium Rationale

The XMM-Newton and Chandra space observatories have now been operating for more than one year. Compared to their predecessors, this new generation of X-ray observatories combines a larger collecting area with a higher spatial and spectral resolution. This allows the scientific community to perform detailed morphological studies, spectral-imaging and medium- to high-resolution spectroscopy on a large number of X-ray sources that were previously inaccessible at such a level of detail and accuracy. It is these results which provide new visions of the X-ray universe.

The Symposium is scheduled to last 4.5 days and will embrace the wide range of astrophysics in which XMM-Newton and other missions are making important advances. Session topics will include:

Scientific Organising Committee

Mike Watson University of Leicester, UK (chair)
Monique Arnaud CEA/DSM/DAPNIA, Saclay, F
Bernd Aschenbach MPE Garching, D
Xavier Barcons IFCA (CSIC-UC), Santander, E
Andy Fabian IoA, Cambridge, UK
Richard Griffiths Carnegie Mellon University, US
Guenther Hasinger AIP Potsdam/MPE Garching, D
Jelle Kaastra SRON, Utrecht, NL
Steve Kahn Columbia University, US
Thierry Montmerle CEA/DSM/DAPNIA, Saclay, F
Roberto Pallavicini OAPA, Palermo, I
Giorgio Palumbo ASI, Rome, I
Liz Puchnarewicz University College London, UK
Marten van Kerkwijk Utrecht University, NL

Calendar of Events

Second announcement May/June 2001
Abstract deadline 1 September 2001
Registration deadline 1 November 2001
Hotel reservation deadline 30 September 2001
Conference 26-30 November 2001

Further information

Further informations can be found at:


Fred Jansen
XMM-Newton Project Scientist/Manager
European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC)