XMM-Newton-NEWS  #174,    20-Jul-2015

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Reminder: Anticipated timeline for AO-15

 Announcement of OpportunityTuesday 25 August 2015
 Due date for ProposalsFriday 9 October 2015 (12:00 UT)
 Final OTAC approved programmemid December 2015
For approved proposals only:
 Start of phase II proposal submissionTuesday 12 January 2016
 Closure of phase II proposal submissionFriday 5 February 2016
 Start of AO-15 observationsMay 2016

The official "Announcement of Opportunity" will be made public in the XMM-Newton News and on the XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre Home Page.

XMM-Newton Users Handbook update for AO-15

The XMM-Newton Users Handbook (UHB) has been updated to version 2.13 in preparation for the next Announcement of Opportunity (AO-15) which will open shortly.

The UHB contains information on the instrumentation on board XMM-Newton and serves as the main technical support document for proposal preparation, based on which potential XMM-Newton users can assess the technical feasibility of their planned observations.

The XMM-Newton Users Handbook is available on-line at


Alternatively, pdf and postscript versions of the UHB can be downloaded from the "XMM-Newton Proposer's Info and Manuals" portal at


XMM-Newton Workshop "The Extremes of Black Hole Accretion":
Presentations and Posters available on-line

The XMM-Newton Science workshop "The Extremes of Black Hole Accretion" was held at ESAC from 8th to 10th June 2015. Presentations and posters are available on-line at


and stored in the ADS database under


Refereed proceedings are under preparation and will appear next year as an issue of Astronomical Notes / Astronomische Nachrichten.

ESA Research Fellowships in Space Science at ESAC

Postdoctoral fellowships in the area of Astronomy and Astrophysics related to the X-ray observatory XMM-Newton are tenable at the XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre in the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) located in Villafranca del Castillo, near Madrid, Spain.

The European Space Agency awards several postdoctoral fellowships each year. The aim of these fellowships is to provide young scientists, holding a PhD or the equivalent degree, with the means of performing space science research in fields related to the ESA Science and Robotic Exploration Programmes. The fellowships have a duration of two years.

Applications are now solicited for fellowships in space science to begin in the fall of 2016. Preference will be given to applications submitted by candidates within five years of receiving their PhD. Candidates not holding a PhD yet are encouraged to apply, but they must provide evidence of receiving their degree before starting the fellowship.

Research opportunities with XMM-Newton science staff include: studies of the high energy emission of novae, galaxies, and AGN using XMM-Newton data. Working at ESAC within the XMM-Newton team gives the unique opportunity of being in contact with the calibration scientists, the developers of the analysis software and the User Support Group.

Please contact Norbert Schartel () for more details on ESA Research Fellowships related to XMM-Newton.

The deadline for applications is

1st October 2015

More information on the ESA Research Fellowship programme in Space Science, on the conditions and eligibility, as well as the application form can be retrieved from


Reminder on Registration Deadline: "Exploring the Hot and Energetic Universe"

As announced in a previous issue of this Newsletter (#172), the conference "Exploring the Hot and Energetic Universe: The first scientific conference dedicated to the Athena X-ray observatory" will take place from 8th to 10th September 2015 at ESAC, Madrid, Spain.

The conference website is available at


We remind on the upcoming Registration Deadline which is Friday, 21st August 2015.

Yours sincerely,
XMM-Newton SOC