First Announcement,    28-Oct-2004

The X-ray Universe 2005

El Escorial, Madrid, Spain
26-30 September 2005

Organized by the
European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC)
of the
European Space Agency (ESA)

The XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre is organizing a major astrophysical symposium from Monday 26th to Friday 30th September 2005 in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, a small town in the mountains some 50 kilometers northwest of Madrid.

The main focus of the meeting will be on high energy astrophysics.


Conference web page: http://www.congrex.nl/05a11/

Email for conference: conference2005@sciops.esa.int

Scientific Organising Committee

Mike Watson (Chair)Leicester Univ.UK
Norbert Schartel (Vice-chair) ESAC MadridES
Monique ArnaudCEA SaclayF
Xavier BarconsIFCA SantanderES
Giuseppina FabbianoCfA CambridgeUSA
Andrew FabianIoA CambridgeUK
Paolo GiommiASI RomaI
Manuel GuedelPSI VillingenCH
Guenther HasingerMPE GarchingD
John P. HughesRutgers Univ.USA
Hideyo KuniedaISAS/JAXAJ
Michiel van der KlisAmsterdam Univ.NL

Aims and Scope of the Meeting

The XMM-Newton and Chandra space observatories have now been operating for half a decade and are continuing to provide superb data which is changing our view of almost every aspect of the Universe at high energies. In the near future the launch of Astro E-2 will provide enhanced capabilities for high resolution spectroscopy, and Swift will soon join HETE-2 in making detailed studies of gamma-ray bursts. Significant new insights are also emerging from Integral's view of the sky at hard X-ray and gamma-ray energies.

With this backdrop the "The X-ray Universe 2005" symposium is intended to encompass a broad range of high energy astrophysics topics, to provide a showcase for results and discoveries from current and near-future missions and a forum for the discussion of astrophysical themes with a high-energy connection.

The Symposium is scheduled to last for 5 days and will embrace the wide range of astrophysics in which XMM-Newton, Chandra and other missions are making important advances.

Session topics will include:

Venue of the Conference

The conference will be held at the "Euroforum" Conference Centre in El Escorial;

Euroforum Escorial
Calle del Rey, 38
San Lorenzo de El Escorial
28200 Madrid

tel: +34 91 896 7000
fax: +34 91 896 7070

http://www.euroforum.es   (Please note that this website is only in Spanish)

The municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is located close to Madrid at the foot of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range and is certainly worth a visit. The inner city, declared as Artistic Historical Monument in 1971 and UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, offers visitors multiple opportunities for enjoyment and relaxation.