Second Announcement,     23-Feb-2011     

The X-ray Universe 2011

Berlin, Germany
27 - 30 June 2011

Organised by the
XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre
of the
European Space Agency (ESA)

The XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre is organising a major astrophysical symposium from Monday 27th to Thursday 30th June 2011 in Berlin, Germany.


Aims and Scope of the Meeting

The symposium is the third international meeting in the series "The X-ray Universe". The intention is to gather a general collection of research in high energy astrophysics. The symposium will provide a showcase for results, discoveries and expectations from current and future X-ray missions.

Session topics will include:

Invited & Solicited Speakers

Invited Speakers

Xavier BarconsInstituto de Física de Cantabria, Spain
Laura BrennemanHarvard Center for Astrophysics, USA
Andrea ComastriOsservatorio Astronomico di Bologna, Italy
Maria Diaz TrigoEuropean Southern Observatory, Germany
Chris DoneUniversity of Durham, United Kingdom
Andy FabianUniversity of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Matteo GuainazziEuropean Space Agency, Spain
Eric GotthelfColumbia University, USA
Margarita HernanzInstitut de Ciències de l'Espai, Spain
Jelle KaastraSpace Research Organisation of the Netherlands
Stefanie KomossaMPI fuer extraterrestrische Physik, Germany
Koji MukaiNASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA
Takaya OhashiTokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
Etienne PointecouteauCentre d'Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements, France
Nanda ReaInstitut de Ciències de l'Espai, Spain
Mikhail RevnivtsevSpace Research Institute, Russia
Juergen SchmittHamburger Sternwarte, Germany
Beate StelzerOsservatorio Astronomico di Palermo, Italy
Jacco VinkUtrecht University, The Netherlands
Andreas ZezasUniversity of Crete, Greece

Solicited Speakers

Didier BarretCentre d'Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements, France (SVOM)
Fiona HarrisonCaltech, USA (NuStar)
Fang-Jun LuChinese Academy of Sciences, China (HXMT)
David LumbEuropean Space Agency, The Netherlands (IXO)
Peter PredehlMPI fuer extraterrestrische Physik, Germany (SRG/eRosita)
Gordon StewartUniversity of Leicester, United Kingdom (AstroSAT)
Tod StrohmayerNASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA (GEMS)
Tad TakahashiJapan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Japan (ASTRO-H)

Scientific Organising Committee

G. Matt (Chair)Universita degli Studi, Roma Tre, Italy
N. Schartel (co-Chair)XMM-Newton SOC, Madrid, ESA
M. A. AlparSabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey
D. BarretCESR, Toulouse, France
E. BeharTechnion Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
H. BoehringerMPE, Garching, Germany
G. Branduardi-Raymont    University College London-MSSL, Dorking, UK
F. J. CarreraInstituto de Física de Cantabria, Santander, Spain
F. E. ChristensenDanmarks Tekniske Universitet, Copenhagen, Denmark
A. DecourchelleCEA, Saclay, France
J.-W. Den HerderSRON, Utrecht, The Netherlands
R. Gonzalez-RiestraXMM-Newton SOC, Madrid, ESA
C. HellierKeele University, UK
S. KomossaMPE, Garching, Germany
C. KouveliotouNASA/Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, USA
K. MakishimaUniversity of Tokyo, Japan
S. MarkoffUniversity of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
B. McBreenUniversity College Dublin, Ireland
B. McNamaraUniversity of Waterloo, Canada
G. MicelaOsservatorio Astronomico G.S. Vaiana, Palermo, Italy
G. MiniuttiCentro de Astrobiologia (CSIC/INTA), Madrid, Spain
Y. NazeUniversity of Liege, Belgium
T. OhashiTokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
F. OzelUniversity of Arizona, Tucson, USA
A. ZezasUniversity of Crete, Greece

Local Organising Committee

M. Ehle (co-Chair), J.-U. Ness (co-Chair),
M. Arpizou, C. Gabriel, A. Ibarra, A. Labiano, G. Lamer (AIP), N. Loiseau, L. Oskinova (University Potsdam), A. Pollock, M. Santos-Lleo, R. Saxton, G. Schoenherr (AIP), M. Stuhlinger, A. Schwope (AIP)

Conference Venue

The conference will be held in the

    Seminaris Science and Conference Center
    Takustr. 39, 14195 Berlin, Germany
    Phone: +49(0)30 - 55 77 97-0
    Fax : +49(0)30 - 55 77 97-100

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall some 20 years ago, Germany's capital has experienced enormous changes: it has become a capital not only in the political sense, but culturally and intellectually as well. As a result, it is now considered one of Europe's most exciting and diverse cities.

The history of Berlin is one of the most unusual: While the oldest parts date back to the 12th century, Berlin became only important in the 17th century with the fast rise of Prussia. With the unification of all German states to a single imperial state in the 1870, Berlin became the capital city. After World War II, Berlin was divided into sectors, and in 1961 the infamous Berlin Wall was built. The Brandenburg gate became a symbol of the division between East and West. After the wall came down in 1989, Berlin was made again the capital of reunited Germany.

Berlin offers attractive sites for all taste. The city has famous museums hosting important galleries and archaeological attractions such as the Pergamon altar or the Ishtar gate. The contemporary art scene, too, has long since found a home in Berlin. Great art can also be experienced in Berlin's opera houses and its many renowned theatres.

Hotel Information


Lunches will be served at the Conference Centre on all days of the conference and are included in the registration fee. If participants need a special diet, they should let us know when registering.

Social Events

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner is planned to take place in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt ( http://www.hkw.de/ ). Tickets should be purchased when registering.

Post-conference Tour

For Thursday afternoon, a post-conference tour will be organized offering visits to the "Einsteinturm" ( http://www.aip.de/einsteinturm/ ) and to the "Great Refractor" at the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam ( http://www.aip.de/grosser_refraktor/ ). Please, indicate your interest in this tour when registering. The tour is organized and sponsored by Astrophysical Institute Potsdam.

The booking deadline for the social events is 28 April 2011.


Proposals for poster and oral presentations will be evaluated on the basis of half a page abstracts with a maximum of 200 words.

Abstracts should be submitted online before 21 March 2011 using the submission form available at:


Authors will be notified of the decision of the Scientific Organising Committee in due time before the early registration deadline. Authors whose abstracts have been accepted for presentation will receive further instructions and information on presentation facilities available at the Conference Centre.

Accepted abstracts will be included in an abstract booklet, to be circulated at the start of the conference.

Registration form

Please submit the registration form to register for the conference before 28 April 2011.

Web forms are available at: http://www.congrex.nl/11a10/

A registration fee of 300 € for early registration is asked and includes:
A reduced student fee of 180 € will be asked from students who send two documents proving eligibility during registration and who register before 28 April 2011.

For late registrations, after the 28 April 2011, the fee will be 360 €.


As part of the ESA Conference Opportunities for Sponsored Students Programme (ECOSS), the ESA Education Office is pleased to be able to offer sponsorship to a limited number of students interested in attending the event. Highly qualified full-time students from ESA Member or Cooperating States are encouraged to apply for ESA Sponsorship.

Students selected by ESA Education will have their registration fee waived (paid by ESA in advance) and will be reimbursed up to a maximum of 300 € in travel and accommodation expenses (single reimbursement after the conference).

Before applying, students must visit the conferences page of the ESA Education Portal and familiarize themselves with the content of:

Sponsorship Conditions:

How to Apply:

It is a requirement that the applicant has submitted an abstract as first author of a planned poster presentation or of a talk.

Applications for grants should be sent before 21 March 2011 via the ESA Education registration system available at:

Applicants will be notified in due time before the early registration deadline.


The conference web page containing most up-to-date information is available at: