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Upcoming Partner Conferences (13)

15–20 December 2019 30th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics

Portsmouth, UK

The 30th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics will take place from Sunday 15 to Friday 20 December 2019 in the historic seaside city of Portsmouth, UK. The Texas meetings have covered topics such as black holes, gravitational waves, neutron stars, cosmic rays, dark matter and the early Universe since the first symposium, held in Dallas in 1963.

6–8 January 2020 Rocky Worlds: from the Solar System to Exoplanets

Cambridge, UK

The planets that are best understood are the four telluric planets of our own solar system. Applying the detailed understanding gleaned from these bodies is crucial in our interpretation of exoplanetary systems. With the on-going programs to search for planets around M dwarfs, such as TRAPPIST or MEARTH, as well as transit missions including TESS and upcoming missions such as PLATO, we can anticipate huge growth in the number of detected rocky exo-planets in the coming decades. As the characterisation of these new planetary systems proceeds it will in turn improve understanding of our own solar system, and in particular of how habitable Earth-like planets may form. This workshop aims to bring together planetary scientists, astronomers, and earth scientists to foster discussion and build the collaborations that will pave the way for the next decade of rocky exoplanet discovery and characterisation.

20–24 January 2020 International Conference and School on Observing The First Billion Years of the Universe Using Next Generation Telescopes

Indore, India

During the first billion years of its life, the Universe has gone through one of its most remarkable phase changes, known as the Cosmic Dawn and the Epoch of Reionization (CD-EoR). This era constitutes a crucial missing chapter in the history of our Universe. This is the period when the very first sources of light were formed and where these sources heated and “re”-ionized the cold inter-galactic medium (IGM), consisting of mostly neutral hydrogen (HI) and helium (HeI). There are many fundamental questions related to this era that are still unresolved, including its exact timing and duration, the properties of these first light sources, etc. Answers to these questions will also enable us to understand how the present day cosmic structures have come into place from the tiny fluctuations in the matter and radiation of the early universe. This is why this era is also considered as one of the last frontiers of observational cosmology.

Radio interferometric observations of the redshifted 21-cm signal, coming from the HI of this era, promise to resolve many of these puzzles. The present time is particularly exciting for this rapidly growing field, as several radio telescopes, such as the GMRT, LOFAR, MWA, PAPER, HERA, HIRAX, Tianlai, CHIME, OWFA etc., are competing to detect this signal from the CD-EoR as well as from the post-EoR phase of the Universe. The upcoming SKA, owing to its superior sensitivity, is expected to provide, for the first time, tomographic images of the HI distribution at different cosmic times. These images will enable a giant leap in our understanding of these mysterious chapters in the cosmic history. Additionally, experiments such as EDGES, LEDA, SARAS etc. are trying to measure the variation of the mean 21-cm signal with cosmic time. Further, an upcoming set of telescopes in other wavelengths (e.g. Euclid, Athena, WFIRST, JWST, ELT, TMT, SPHEREx, TIME, CONCERTO etc.) will have the capability to map and characterize the sources that might have reionized the Universe. These multi-wavelength future experiments promise to provide us a comprehensive picture of the CD-EoR through direct observations of the luminous sources as well as of their impact on the IGM at this period.

To find innovative solutions to the various observational and technical obstacles faced by these new generation experiments and to analyze and interpret the unprecedented amount of observational data generated by them, we will need a large pool of highly skilled and motivated researchers. With this goal in mind, we are conducting a five-days-long school (27-31 January 2020) for Masters and PhD students, Postdocs, and Early Career Researchers who wish to conduct active research in this vibrant field. This school will consist of a series of lectures, hands-on demonstrations, and discussions by leading scientists on different methods of analytical modelling, simulations, observations, data reduction, and statistical inference for multi-wavelength observations of this early phase of our Universe. This will be part of the ongoing effort of the SKA-India consortium, which has been conducting such schools annually since 2016.

The school will be preceded by an international conference (20-24 January 2020) that will focus on the progress and present status of observations, modelling, and statistical inference tools of the CD-EoR and post-EoR epoch.


    Reionization of hydrogen and helium
    First sources of light
    Updates on 21-cm experiments
    Updates on X-ray, UV, IR experiments
    Obstacles in the observations
    Modelling and simulations of the first billion years
    Cosmology via intensity mapping of 21-cm and signals in other wavelengths
    Cross-correlation and other synergy studies between observations in 21-cm and other wavelengths
    Constraints on dark matter/dark energy
    Statistical estimators of the expected signals and statistical inference tools

27–31 January 2020 The Cosmic Web in the Local Universe

Lorentz [email protected], Leiden, The Netherlands

How unique is our local cosmic neighbourhood ? Can we describe the local cosmic landscape and compare it to regions further afield? How has our cosmic environment affected the growth of our Galaxy, and other galaxies in the cosmic vicinity. The purpose of the meeting to gauge the status quo from experts in observations, theory and analysis of what the local cosmic web looks like and how it has affected the formation of galaxies within it; and to identify the main hurdles as well as promising avenues for advancing the field. To this end, the workshop focusses on the characterization and accurate quantification of the cosmic structure in the local universe and numerical algorithms that are capable of reconstructing – via constrained initial conditions and numerical simulation - the structure in the Local Universe.

8–13 February 2020 Galaxy Quenching and Transformation throughout Cosmic Time

Aspen, CO, USA

The purpose of this Aspen Winter Conference is to bring together experts with a variety of observational and theoretical backgrounds to map out the path forward in our understanding of galaxy quenching. The physics behind galaxy quenching (both the shutdown of star formation and the structural transformation) represents one of the most poorly understood processes in our framework of galaxy formation and evolution.

10–14 February 2020 Tackling the Complexities of Substellar Objects: From Brown Dwarfs to (exo-)Planets

Lorentz [email protected], Leiden, The Netherlands

(a) Get to know the four communities and their methods.
(b) Exchange knowledge and methods.
(c) Start join projects (observation proposals, ideas for papers etc.).


University Club UWA, Perth, Australia

By 2020, we will have obtained the first major results from a huge variety of “pathfinder” facilities that are operating with entirely new types of survey instruments. These pathfinders have a common aim of untangling galaxy evolution physics, and so it is important that first science results are communicated across various disciplines. This is the main purpose of this second Australia-ESO conference, allowing us to start serious conversations about the future coordination of next-generation galaxy evolution surveys.

17–19 February 2020 The 24th International Microlensing Conference: New Frontiers of Microlensing -- a conference in honor of Andy Gould

Peking University, Beijing, China

The conference will be held in honor of Andy Gould to recognize his seminal contributions to the field of microlensing. The meeting will cover all aspects of ongoing research of microlensing. It will also look forward to advancing the field in the upcoming decade by standing on nearly three decades of microlensing discoveries.

5–8 March 2020 VI Cosmology and the Quantum Vacuum

Barcelona, Spain

The focus of this workshop will be on different aspects of modern theoretical cosmology, the challenges of the theory being consistent with experimental data, and the unavoidable connection of cosmological models with the quantum nature of the vacuum. A basic question in modern cosmology is: why we do not see vacuum fluctuations at cosmological scale? In addition, should the singularities of cosmological theories be treated as necessary ingredients of the classical theory or should them be considered as indicators of an underlying quantum theory, yet to be discovered? We aim to bring along to this workshop all the leading scientists working on those problems and discuss state of the art results on the above, strongly interdependent, areas of fundamental physics. The workshop will hence cover topics related to modified theories of gravity, theories of dark energy and inflation, the description of the universe’s evolution according to these theories and the incipient but compulsory modification of those within the theoretical frameworks of quantum gravity, including loop quantum cosmology, an elegant theory providing up to date a singularity free cosmological evolution. Describing and understanding the quantum vacuum is always a challenge to all these theories, as is also the comprehension of the main manifestation available of the quantum vacuum at nanometric scales, namely the Casimir effect (e.g., when confronted with van der Waals forces).

The Workshop is open to all the above and related topics, including:

  • Cosmological models: modified gravities, f(R) theories and the like, non-local models.
  • Possibility of Observing Modified Gravity in an Astrophysical Level (Neutron Stars)
  • Quantum Gravity
  • Quantum Cosmology and Loop Quantum Cosmology
  • Quantum vacuum and the Casimir Effect
  • The cosmological constant problem.
  • Mathematical physics techniques for quantum vacuum studies

30 March–3 April 2020 PHAROS Conference 2020: The multi-messenger physics and astrophysics of neutron stars

Patras, Greece

Neutron stars are unique objects that manifest themselves across a wide range of multi-messenger signals: electromagnetic radiation from radio to gamma-rays, cosmic rays, neutrinos, and gravitational waves. Their extreme density, gravity and magnetic fields make them exceptional astrophysical laboratories for the exploration of nuclear physics, general relativity, and electromagnetism at extreme conditions that are impossible to achieve in terrestrial laboratories.

15–19 June 2020 Extragalactic Jets on all Scales—Launching, Propagation, Termination

Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany

Energetic and collimated beams of plasma launched from the centre of galaxies have fascinated the community for a century. In spite of the advancement in observational and theoretical modelling techniques, many aspects regarding the detailed physics of extra-galactic jets remain not fully understood. This conference aims to push forward our understanding of extra-galactic jets bringing together experts from theory and observations.
The main focus shall be on the theoretical side. One major aim of this conference is to demonstrate recent advances in the multi-scale numerical modeling of jets and to discuss strategies for how to better constrain simulations with multi-wavelength and high-resolution observational data. Another focus shall be the universality of jet properties and understand what we can learn from other jets sources such as non-relativistic jets or GRBs.

24–28 August 2020 30th Summer School and International Symposium on the Physics of Ionized Gases (SPIG 2020)

Šabac, Serbia

The SPIG conference follows a longtime tradition initiated almost 60 years ago. The conference covers a wide range of topics from fundamental studies to applications of ionized gases. The 30th SPIG is organized jointly by the Faculty of Mathematics (Department of Astronomy), Institute of Physisc, University of Belgrade and Astronomical Observatory of Belgrade. The 4th workshop on X-ray and VUV Interaction with Biomolecules in Gas Phase (4th XiBiGP), organized in collaboration with the SOLEIL synchrotron (France) will be associated to the conference. Topics: atomic collision processes, low temperature plasmas, particle and laser beam interaction with solids, general plasmas, astrophysical plasmas, spectroscopy.

14–18 September 2020 The 9-th East Asian Numerical Astrophysics Meeting (EANAM2020)

Okinawa, Japan

Numerical simulations have become even more important as detailed comparisons between theories and observations are now possible at a deeper level in most fields of astrophysics. The aim of this series of meetings is to bring (but not limited to) East-Asian numerical astrophysicists together and provide chances to learn each other's work and explore possible collaborations among them. The scope of the meeting will encompass all major astronomical research fields that involve numerical simulations, including (but not limited to) cosmology, astronomical hydrodynamics, magnetohydrodynamics, radiative transfer, particle acceleration, and planetary / stellar / galactic dynamics. In addition, there will also be a focus on computer science applications directed toward astrophysics including numerical methods, simulation data analysis, high performance computing, and optimization for use on large scale computer clusters. Participants from outside of the East Asia are warmly welcome as well.

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