XMM-Newton: The Next Decade Workshop

First Announcement,  01-Mar-2007

XMM-Newton: The Next Decade

European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC)
Villafranca del Castillo, Madrid, Spain
4-6 June 2007

Aims and Scope of the Workshop

Thanks to the recent generation of high energy observatories, astrophysics is witnessing a golden age of discovery in the X-ray domain. Current technical evaluation demonstrates that the XMM-Newton spacecraft and its scientific instruments can continue to provide first class X-ray observations far into the next decade. Other missions to be launched soon, like Herschel, Planck, GLAST, as well as new ground-based developments, will open up new challenging opportunities for multi-wavelength and follow-up observations to which XMM-Newton is ideally placed to make a major contribution.

The workshop will summarise our current knowledge of X-ray astrophysics, discuss some of the major achievements of the last years and identify the fundamental questions still to be addressed. With this starting point, the main focus of the workshop will be to identify the scientific topics with the highest scientific importance and impact and the observing programs of maximum long-term value to the entire astronomical community. These programs may require large amounts of observing time on one or more targets or sky areas, collaborations of many astronomers from several institutions, innovative ideas or applications, or new instrument modes.

The workshop program will include invited speakers, a discussion panel, and both oral and poster sessions enabling all participants to present their ideas related to programs for the next decade in the life of XMM-Newton and their needs for new operating modes.

Scientific Organising Committee

Monique Arnaud (CEA Saclay, France) Chairperson
Norbert Schartel (XMM-Newton SOC, Spain) Co-Chairperson
Xavier Barcons (Instituto de Fisica de Cantabria, Spain)
Didier Barret (CESR Toulouse, France)
Andrew Fabian (U. Cambridge, United Kingdom)
Massimo Cappi (INAF/IASF-Bologna, Italy)
Paul Green (CFA Cambridge, USA)
Ioannis Georgantopoulos (National Observatory of Athens, Greece)
Richard Griffiths (CMU Pittsburgh, USA)
Guenther Hasinger (MPE Garching, Germany)
Jelle Kaastra (SRON Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Victoria Kaspi (McGill Montreal, Canada)
Brian McBreen (U. Dublin, Ireland)
Juergen Schmitt (U. Hamburg, Germany)
Luigi Stella (INAF Roma, Italy)
Takahashi Tadayuki (U. Tokyo, Japan)
Yoshihiro Ueda (U. Kyoto, Japan)
Mike Watson (U. Leicester, United Kingdom)

Local Organising Committee

Matthias Ehle (Chair), Bruno Altieri, Michelle Arpizou, Maria Diaz- Trigo, Carlos Gabriel, Matteo Guainazzi, Nora Loiseau, Leo Metcalfe, Richard Saxton, Michael Smith

Workshop Registration & Abstract Submission

If you wish to register for this workshop please complete the form and submit your abstract via the Workshop Website at:    http://xmm.esac.esa.int/external/xmm_science/workshops/2007_science/

The workshop will be limited to no more than 80 participants.

Note the registration & submission deadline of 18th of April 2007.

Mailing List & Further Information

Most information on this Science Workshop will be disseminated via the Internet. Abstracts and papers can be submitted electronically on the Workshop Website and authors will be notified via e-mail.

If you are not on our e-mail distribution list for the XMM-Newton Newsletter or if your e-mail address has changed meanwhile please submit your e-mail address to enable us to keep you informed.

A dedicated email address has been established at the XMM-Newton SOC for queries or further information regarding this workshop: ws2007@sciops.esa.int

Calendar of Events

18 Apr 2007 Deadline for registration and abstract submission
end Apr 2007 Definitive invited programme. Authors of contributed talk and posters will be contacted
03 May 2007 Deadline for pre-booked hotel in Madrid
mid May 2007 Final announcement: logistical information, final programme, list of talks and posters
4-6 Jun 2007 Workshop

Yours sincerely,
XMM-Newton SOC