XMM-Newton-NEWS  #132,    10-Feb-2012

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12th XMM-Newton SAS Workshop

The XMM-Newton SOC announces the 12th SAS Workshop, which will be held at the European Space Astronomy Centre of ESA, Madrid, Spain, between the 11th and the 15th of June 2012.

SAS Workshops aim at providing XMM users with a basic introduction to the procedures and techniques to successfully reduce and analyse XMM-Newton data. The 5-day workshop is organised around 5 half-days of presentations and 5 half-days of practical training sessions. The sessions cover all aspects of data reduction and data analysis for all the X-ray cameras and the Optical Monitor on-board XMM-Newton.

Interested persons should send an email through the XMM-Newton Helpdesk:


not later than the 30th of April 2012.

Please specify in the subject line:
"Interest in participating in the 12th XMM-Newton SAS Workshop"
and provide the following information:

Name                :
Organisation        :
Address             :
Country             :
Phone               :
E-mail              :
Main Research Field :

Need means of transportation between pre-booked
accommodation at Madrid and Venue at ESAC ?         : YES/NO
Bring your own laptop ?                             : YES/NO

No fee is required to attend the Workshop.

Full details are given at the Workshop Website:


"Galaxy Clusters as Giant Cosmic Laboratories":
Deadline for abstract submission

This is a reminder on the approaching deadline for abstract submission for the Workshop "Galaxy Clusters as Giant Cosmic Laboratories", that will take place from 21st to 23rd May 2012 at ESA's European Space Astronomy Centre, Madrid, Spain.

Please submit your abstracts by Friday, the 2nd of March through the Workshop Web page:


Workshop Announcement: Tidal Disruption events and AGN outbursts

The ESA Faculty at ESAC is pleased to announce the Workshop

  Tidal Disruption events and AGN outbursts

25th-27th June 2012

European Space Astronomy Centre, Madrid, Spain

Over the next few years, sensitive, large-area, surveys will come on-line and likely detect extragalactic flares in large numbers. The recent detection of a high luminosity tidal disruption event candidate, with the SWIFT satellite, has given fresh impetus to the field and now is an opportune moment for a workshop dedicated to these enigmatic objects.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together theorists and observers for a review of previous and current observations and state-of-the-art modelling, and help to develop a strategy for the identification and follow-up of future events.

Deadline for registration and abstract submission is 15th April 2012.

More information can be found at the Workshop Web page:


ASTRO-H Session at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science

The ASTRO-H mission will be launched in 2014 by the Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency (JAXA). It will carry several revolutionary instruments, like a focusing-optics hard X-ray imager and the first calorimeter on an X-ray satellite. ASTRO-H will be an observatory mission, with some fraction of the time available to European astronomers.

A one-day Special Session will be devoted to ASTRO-H on 3rd July 2012 at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS) in Rome, Italy.

The goal of this session is to promote the mission in the European community and to start preparing European astronomers for the successful use of ASTRO-H.

Abstracts for contributed talks and posters can be submitted until 30th March 2012 on the following web page:


Information regarding the EWASS 2012 meeting can be found at:


Yours sincerely,
XMM-Newton SOC