First Announcement,    19-Dec-2007

The X-ray Universe 2008

Granada, Spain
27-30 May 2008

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

The XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre is organising a major astrophysical symposium from Tuesday 27th to Friday 30th May 2008 in the city of Granada, Andalusia, Spain.


Aims and Scope of the Meeting

The symposium will be a successor to the "The X-ray Universe 2005" meeting held in 2005 near Madrid which caught the interest of more than 360 participants worldwide. The main focus of the conference in 2008 will be on high energy astrophysics. The symposium will provide a showcase for results and discoveries not only from XMM-Newton, Chandra and Suzaku but also from other current missions. The scientific potential of future projects like XEUS will be discussed at the conference.

Session topics will include:

Scientific Organising Committee

Xavier Barcons (Chair)IFCA (CSIC-UC) Santander, Spain
Norbert Schartel (co-chair)XMM-Newton SOC, ESA
Steve AllenStanford U., USA
Marc AudardISDC/Geneva Observatory, Switzerland
Jean BalletCEA Saclay, France
Thomas BollerMPE Garching, Germany
Niel BrandtPenn State U., USA
Massimo CappiIASF Bologna, Italy
Diana HannikainenU. Helsinki, Finland
Margarida HernanzICE(CSIC) & IEEC, Barcelona, Spain
Giorgio MattU. Roma Tre, Italy
Mariano MendezU. Groningen, The Netherlands
Kirpal NandraImperial College London, United Kingdom
Arvind ParmarESTEC, ESA
Delphine PorquetULP Strasbourg, France
Gregor RauwU. Liege, Belgium
Tim RobertsDurham U., United Kingdom
Sabine SchindlerU. Innsbruck, Austria
Axel SchwopeAI Potsdam, Germany
Yoshihiro UedaU. Kyoto, Japan
Jacco VinkU. Utrecht, The Netherlands

Local Organising Committee

M. Ehle (Chair), M. Diaz-Trigo (co-Chair), B. Altieri, M. Arpizou, R. Bailey, C. Gabriel, M.A. Guerrero (IAA-CSIC), A. Ibarra, N. Loiseau, J. Masegosa (IAA-CSIC), J.R. Muñoz, E. Ojero, A.M.T. Pollock, M. Santos-Lleo, R. Saxton

Important dates

(subject to changes)

January 2008 Second announcement:
Start of registration & abstract submission
29 February 2008 Early registration deadline
07 March 2008 Abstract submission deadline
07 March 2008 Grants application deadline
early April 2008 Decision about grants & accepted presentations
early May 2008 Final announcement
27 May 2008, am Conference starts
30 May 2008, pm Conference ends

Conference Venue

The conference will be held in the Granada Exhibition and Conference Centre:

Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos de Granada

Granada is the capital city of the province of the same name, located in southeastern Spain between the shores of the Mediterranean and the Andalusian hinterland. The city is located at the foot of Sierra Nevada, the highest mountain range of the Iberian peninsula. With more than a thousand years of recorded history, Granada enjoys one of Spain's most important cultural and architectural patrimonies. Besides the Alhambra, the world renowned palaces and fortresses of the Nazarí dynasty, and the historical Moorish Albaicín quarter, both designated as Patrimony of Humanity by the UNESCO, Granada boasts a Renaissance cathedral dating from the 16th century and many other architectural monuments.

Granada is first and foremost a university city; its university was originally founded by the Emperor Charles V in 1526. Currently it has more than 60,000 students and its academic, cultural and economic influence is clearly felt throughout the city.

Granada has been the home of astronomical activities since more than one thousand years, now continued in the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (CSIC), the University of Granada and the Institut de Radioastronomie Millimétrique, which encompass one of the largest astronomical communities in Europe.


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