XMM-Newton-NEWS  #75,    03-Apr-2008

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Next XMM-Newton Users Group meeting

The date of the next Users Group (UG) meeting is 6th - 7th May, 2008. A dedicated Web page of the Users Group is available at:

This web page provides, among others, the contact points for all interested astronomers to send their comments and suggestions to the UG members prior to the meeting.

Please find herewith the agenda:

1WelcomeM. Arnaud
2Adoption of the agendaAll
3Overall Mission statusA. Parmar
4Instrument operationsR. Munoz
5Report of the Project ScientistN. Schartel
6Mosaic observing modeP. Rodriguez
7BackgroundM. Ehle
8 Calibration
 8.1 EPIC Calibration Status
 8.2 RGS Calibration Status
 8.3 OM Calibration Status
 8.4 Cross-calibration Status
    - cross-calibration within XMM-Newton
    - with other missions

M. Guainazzi
A. Pollock
A. Talavera
M. Stuhlinger
9SAS developments and future plansC. Gabriel
10SSC statusM. Watson
11Action items from last meetingM. Ehle
12 Input from the community
- questions / comments from community
Mission Scientists
13General Discussion/AOBAll
14Dedicated Discussion I 
15Dedicated Discussion IIUG
16Date and time of next meetingUG

8th XMM-Newton SAS Workshop: registration deadline

As already announced in issue #73 of the XMM-Newton Newsletter, the 8th SAS Workshop will be held at the European Space Astronomy Centre of ESA (Villafranca del Castillo, Spain) between the 24th and the 27th of June 2008. SAS Workshops aim at providing XMM-Newton users with a basic introduction to the procedures and techniques to successfully reduce and analyse XMM-Newton data. The 4-day workshop is organised around 4 half-days of presentations and 4 half-days of practical training sessions. They cover all aspects of data reduction and data analysis for all the X-ray cameras on-board XMM-Newton, as well as for its Optical Monitor.

Interested persons are encouraged to send an email to xmmhelp@sciops.esa.int no later than Thursday, April 24, 2008.

No fee is required to attend the Workshop. We regret to inform that no financial support is available for Workshop participants.

Readers may find more information at the following URL: https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/xmm-newton/sas-workshop-2008

Workshop Announcement: "The Warm & Hot Universe"

NASA and Columbia University are pleased to announce the workshop:

"The Warm & Hot Universe"

which will be held on May 7-9th 2008 in Columbia University, New York City, USA.

The workshop will review the unique contributions of X-ray astronomy to the understanding of large scale structures and the Universe.

Main topics to be covered include:

Abstract deadline for contributed talks and posters is April 7th 2008. Deadline for early registration is April 10th 2008.

More information is available at:

Yours sincerely,
XMM-Newton SOC