XMM-Newton-NEWS  #179,    11-Jan-2016

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Anticipated timeline for next XMM-Newton Announcement of Opportunity: AO-16

The planned key milestones for the sixteenth XMM-Newton "Announcement of Opportunity" have been established. Within this AO-16 a new call to submit proposals for observations to be performed with the XMM-Newton observatory will be issued.

To be prepared for this, please find below the anticipated timeline:

 Announcement of OpportunityTuesday 23 August 2016
 Due date for ProposalsFriday 7 October 2016 (12:00 UT)
 Final OTAC approved programmemid December 2016

For approved proposals only:

 Start of phase II proposal submissionTuesday 10 January 2017
 Closure of phase II proposal submissionFriday 3 February 2017
 Start of AO-16 observationsMay 2017

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

Conference Announcement: "The first science conference on the XIPE mission"

The first science conference dedicated to the X-ray Imaging Polarimetry Explorer (XIPE) will be held on May 24-26 2016 in Valencia, Spain.

XIPE is a candidate for ESA M4 mission, and it is currently under phase A study. This mission would open the new observational window of X-ray polarimetry and combines scientific objectives in astrophysics and fundamental physics. XIPE is going to put new constraints on open questions about strong gravity, quantum electrodynamics in strong magnetic fields or dark matter candidates.

Registration and abstract submission for contributed talks and posters will be open in January 2016.

More information is available at the meeting web page:


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XMM-Newton SOC