First Announcement,     21-Nov-2013     

The X-ray Universe 2014

Dublin, Ireland, 16-19 June 2014

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

Dear Colleague,

The XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre is organising a major astrophysical symposium from Monday 16th to Thursday 19th June 2014 in Dublin, Ireland.

Aims and Scope of the Meeting

The symposium is the fourth 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:
      Hot topics:

Scientific Organising Committee

J. Schmitt (chair) University of Hamburg, Germany
M. Arnaud CEA, Saclay, France
X. Barcons CSIC-UC, Santander, Spain
M. Barstow University of Leicester, United Kingdom
L. Brenneman CfA, Cambridge, USA
E. Churazov MPA, Garching, Germany
A. Decourchelle CEA, Saclay, France
D. de Martino INAF, Naples, Italy
C. Done University of Durham, United Kingdom
G. Garmire Huntingdon Inst. for X-ray Astronomy, Pennsylvania, USA
S. Grebenev Space Research Institute, Moscow, Russia
M. Güdel University of Vienna, Austria
L. Harra UCL-MSSL, Dorking, United Kingdom
J. Kaastra SRON, Utrecht, The Netherlands
S. Komossa MPIfR, Bonn, Germany
K. Matsushita University of Tokio, Japan
B. McBreen University College Dublin, Ireland
T. Montmerle IAP, Paris, France
R. Petre GSFC, Greenbelt, USA
P. Predehl MPE, Garching, Germany
G. Rauw University of Liege, Belgium
N. Rea CSIC-IEEC/University of Amsterdam, Spain/The Netherlands
P. Rodriguez-Pascual       ESAC, Madrid, Spain
N. Schartel (co-chair) ESAC, Madrid, Spain
S. Sciortino INAF, Palermo, Italy
G. Trinchieri INAF, Milano, Italy
M. van der Klis University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
A. Vikhlinin CfA, Cambridge, USA
R. Warwick University of Leicester, United Kingdom
J. Wilms University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany
A. Zdziarski N. Copernicus Astronomical Center, Warsaw, Poland

Local Organising Committee

J. Ness (chair), M. Ehle, C. Gabriel, P. Gallagher (Trinity College Dublin), A. Ibarra, N. Loiseau, A. Martin-Carrillo (University College Dublin), B. McBreen (University College Dublin), E. Ojero, R. Saxton, N. Schartel

Important dates

(subject to changes)

Tuesday 14 January     Second announcement: Abstract submission and registration open
Friday 28 February Deadline for abstract submission
second half of April Notification to authors
Monday 28 April Deadline for early registration
early June Final announcement
15 June 18:00 Reception and registration
16 June 08:00 Registration
16 June 10:30 Opening of the Conference
19 June 17:15 End of the Conference

Conference Venue

The conference will be held at Trinity College Dublin:


Dublin is one of Europe's favourite spots to visit. The cultural scene is incredibly rich, with an abundance of galleries, many of which are free to visit, a thriving theatre scene, and great gigs to go to every night. During summer there are lots of gigs and comedy festivals outdoors in places like Dublin Castle, Marlay Park and the Iveagh Gardens.

Dublin is rich in attractions such as the Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and Trinity College.

Trinity College was founded in 1592. Despite its location in today's centre of a capital city and its being one of the most significant tourist attractions in Dublin, the campus retains a tranquil collegiate atmosphere. The library building hosts the prestigious Long Hall and the Book of Kells, a handwritten manuscript from the 800s, and Brian Boru's Harp, dated from the 14th or 15th century, which has become a national symbol of Ireland.

Conference Registration and accommodation

Registration and abstract submission is planned to open on Tuesday 14 January 2014. It will be announced in due time via an XMM-Newton Newsletter.