ESAC Seminars - 2019 Programme

Seminars at ESAC are currently organised by Héctor Cánovas and Pedro García-Lario.
Please contact the seminar organisers if you plan on giving a seminar or would like to have a visitor presenting one.


Upcoming seminars

Date Title Abstract  Speaker Affiliation Room

Thursday, 10:30h

12 December 2019

Where are all the MeV pulsars?
Print Abstract Pablo Saz Parkinson University of Hong Kong/Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics, CA, USA B3

Monday, 14:30h

16 December 2019

Comet Siding-Spring interaction with Mars’ atmosphere and interplanetary space weather Print Abstract Beatriz Sanchez-Cano University of Leicester, UK B3

Thursday, 10:30h

19 December 2019

TbD Print Abstract

Amina Helmi

(invited speaker)

Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Groningen, The Netherlands B3

Thursday, 10:30h

16 January 2020

Demonstrating Resources that Link Astronomy Research with Education
Print Abstract Fraser Lewis National Schools’ Observatory, Open University B3


PAST seminars

Date Title Abstract  Speaker Affiliation Room

Monday, 11:30h

18 November 2019

Celebrating the twenty years of Chandra through its archive and the Chandra Source Catalog 2.0 Print Abstract Raffaele D'Abrusco Chandra X-Ray Center / Harvard & Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, MA, USA D2


09:30 - 12:30

7 November 2019

Presentations of ESA co-funded PhD Projects Print Abstract Various speakers ESA/ESAC, Madrid, Spain D2

Thursday, 10:30h

31 October 2019

Nine hour X-ray Quasi-Periodic Eruptions (QPEs) from the nucleus of GSN 069 Print Abstract Giovanni Miniutti Centro de Astrobiología (CAB)/INTA-CSIC, Madrid, Spain B3

Monday, 14:30h

28 October 2019

From galaxies to asteroids: citizen science as a powerful tool to explore the science archives Print Abstract Sandor Kruk  ESA/ESTEC, The Netherlands B3

Thursday, 10:30h

10 October 2019

Exoplanets: Past, Present and Future Print Abstract


Michel Mayor

(invited speaker)

Department of Astronomy, University of Geneva, Switzerland D1/D2

Thursday, 10:30h

3 October 2019

Visualizing a billion stars for science and education

Print Abstract

Jackie Faherty

(invited speaker)

American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA B3

Friday, 10:00h

27 September 2019

How ESA took me on a journey across the Universe. Print Abstract Maggie Lieu ESA/ESAC, Madrid, Spain B3

Monday, 14:30h

23 September 2019

The Future of Soft X-ray Polarimetry Print Abstract Herman Marshall MIT Kavli Institute, Cambridge, MA, USA B3

Thursday, 10:30h

19 September 2019

Introduction to Monte Carlo Radiative Transfer
Print Abstract Bert Vander Meulen ESA/ESAC, Madrid, Spain B3

Thursday, 10:30h

12 September 2019

New Herbig Ae/Be and Classical Be candidates using Gaia and Machine Learning Print Abstract Miguel Vioque University of Leeds, UK B3

Thursday, 10:30h

25 July 2019

Unbuckling the Van Allen Belts: from Discovery to Modern Models Print Abstract
Lionel Métrailler Swiss National Trainee/ INTEGRAL Science Operations Centre, ESAC/ESA B3

Thursday, 10:30h

4 July 2019

Atmospheric Dynamics and Meteorology of the Icy Giants Print Abstract Ricardo Hueso (invited speaker) Universidad del País Vasco, UPV/EHU, Bilbao, Spain B3

Thursday, 10:30h

20 June 2019

A global view of accretion and ejection around super massive black holes: radiation driven accretion disc winds in a physical context Print Abstract Margherita Giustini Centro de Astrobiología (CAB)/INTA-CSIC, Madrid, Spain B3

Thursday, 10:30h

13 June 2019

Towards a multi-dimensional classification scheme for minor planets Print Abstract Max Mahlke Centro de Astrobiología (CAB)/INTA-CSIC, Madrid, Spain B5

Monday, 14:30h

10 June 2019

Stellar black holes at the dawn of the universe Print Abstract Felix Mirabel IAFE-Conicet-Argentina & DAP-CEA-France B3

Monday, 14:00h

27 May 2019

Deciphering origin and evolution of the Solar System by in situ chemical analysis of a comet Print Abstract

Kathrin Altwegg

(invited speaker)

Bern University, Switzerland B3

Thursday, 10:30h

23 May 2019

Exploring volcanic eruption styles on Mercury Print Abstract Sebastien Besse ESAC/ESA, Madrid, Spain B3

Friday, 14:30h

17 May 2019

The chemical evolution of r-process elements from neutron star mergers: the role of a 2-phase interstellar medium Print Abstract Ralph Schönrich University of Oxford, UK B3

Thursday, 10:30h

16 May 2019

Gaia and Substructure in the Milky Way Print Abstract Ralph Schönrich University of Oxford, UK B3

Monday, 14:30h

6 May 2019

Radar evidence of subglacial liquid water on Mars  Print Abstract

Roberto Orosei

(invited speaker)

Istituto di Radioastronomia/Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Bologna, Italy B5

Thursday, 10:30h

25 April 2019

Grid-Mapping Mars – Quantifying the Geography of Landforms Print Abstract Martin Voelker ESAC/ESA, Madrid, Spain D2

Monday, 14:30h

15 April 2019

Constraining galaxy-cluster masses with multi-waveband observations Print Abstract Malak Olamaie University of Cambridge, UK B3

Thursday, 10:30h

4 April 2019

Dwarf Galaxies - Fossils of Galaxy Evolution Print Abstract

Eva Grebel

(invited speaker)

Astronomisches Rechen-Institut Zentrum für Astronomie, Heidelberg University, Germany B5

Wednesday, 10:30h

20 March 2019

The Young and the Restless Stars in the Time Domain Print Abstract

Lynne Hillenbrand

(invited speaker)

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena CA, USA B5

Thursday, 10:30h

14 March 2019

Science with the Mars Webcam: Unveiling the Martian climate using the Visual Monitoring Camera on Mars Express Print Abstract Jorge Hernández-Bernal/ Eleni Ravanis ESA/ESAC, Madrid, Spain / UPV, País Vasco, Spain B3

Wednesday, 14:30h

13 March 2019

Modelling and inferring the relationship between the dark matter and the galaxy distribution Print Abstract Francisco-Shu Kitaura Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), Tenerife, Spain D1

Thursday, 10:30h

7 March 2019

A white dwarf catalogue from Gaia-DR2 and the Virtual Observatory Print Abstract Francisco Jiménez-Esteban Centro de Astrobiología (CAB)/INTA-CSIC, Madrid, Spain B3

Thursday, 10:30h

28 February 2019

Missing Baryons and the Warm-Hot Intergalactic Medium
Print Abstract

Fabrizio Nicastro

(invited speaker)

Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF), Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma, Italy B5

Thursday, 10:30h

21 February 2019

Titan’s Global Geology from Cassini Print Abstract

Rosaly Lopes

(invited speaker)

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CA, USA B3

Thursday, 10:30h

7 February 2019

Jets from accreting neutron stars Print Abstract Nathalie Degenaar Amsterdam University, The Netherlands B3

Thursday, 10:30h

31 January 2019

The ultra-low surface brightness Universe with HST and future space telescopes Print Abstract Alejandro Serrano Borlaff  Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain B3

Monday, 14:30h

21 January 2019

Hunting for short and energetic transients with INTEGRAL Print Abstract Volodymyr Savchenko ISDC/Geneva Observatory, Switzerland D1

Thursday, 10:30h

17 January 2019

What can cluster galaxies tell us about their host environments? Print Abstract

Lyndsay Old

ESA/ESAC, Madrid, Spain B3