XMM-Newton 2019 Science Workshop




Astrophysics of hot plasma in extended X-ray sources

12-14 June 2019

European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC)
Villafranca del Castillo
Madrid, Spain

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This webpage is being updated as further details are known.



Hot plasmas dominate the X-ray emission of supernova remnants, much of the interstellar medium in galaxies, galactic halos and winds, and the intra-cluster medium in clusters of galaxies. Plasma characteristics, observed through their X-ray morphology and spectral properties, reveal the physical processes at work and the structure and evolution of these systems. XMM-Newton and Chandra have been accumulating rich resources of emission line spectra with medium and high spectral resolution. Building on this heritage, in the next decade the XRISM mission and the Athena X-ray observatory will yield unprecedented high-spectral resolution mapping of extended sources. Accurate plasma codes will become even more essential for data interpretation.

This workshop aims to review our current understanding of these X-ray plasmas, their modelling and their astrophysical implications. The goal is to prepare the younger generation and to foster cooperation between the participants on common astrophysics issues, on plasma code requirements, modelling of X-ray spectra, and data reduction of extended sources.

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  1. Supernova remnants
  2. Galaxies
  3. Clusters of galaxies
  4. Plasma codes
  5. Plasma modelling and spectral fitting
  6. Miscellaneous

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Invited Speakers

D. Barret Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, Toulouse, France
G. Betancourt-Martinez Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, Toulouse, France
E. Bulbul Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, Cambridge, USA
E. Costantini Netherlands Institute for Space Research, Utrecht, The Netherlands
G. Ferrand Rikagaku Kenkyūjyo (RIKEN), Saitama, Japan
A. Foster Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, Cambridge, USA
J. Li University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
L.A. Lopez The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA
K. Matsushita Tokyo University of Science, Japan
F. Mernier Magyar Tudományos Akadémia - Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary
S. Molendi Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica, Milano, Italy
C. Pinto European Space Agency, Noordwijk, The Netherlands
G. Ponti Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Osservatorio di Brera, Italy
G. Pratt Commissariat à l'énergie atomique Saclay, Gif sur Yvette, France
P. Predehl Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Garching, Germany
J. Sanders Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Garching, Germany
M. Sasaki University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
T. Temim Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, USA
S. Walker Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, USA
H. Yamaguchi Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Kanagawa, Japan

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Scientific Organising Committee (SOC)

Monique Arnaud Commissariat à l'énergie atomique Saclay, Gif sur Yvette, France
Aya Bamba University of Tokyo, Japan
Hans Boehringer Luwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Germany
Joel N. Bregman University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Anne Decourchelle (chair) Commissariat à l'énergie atomique Saclay, Gif sur Yvette, France
Andy Fabian University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Jimmy Irwin University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, USA
Jelle Kaastra Netherlands Institute for Space Research, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Rosine Lallement Observatoire de Paris, Meudon, France
Pasquale Mazzotta Università di Roma "Tor Vergata", Italy
Takaya Ohashi Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
Paul Plucinsky Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, USA
John Raymond Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, USA
Thomas Reiprich Bonn University, Germany
Samar Safi-Harb University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
Norbert Schartel (co-chair) European Space Agency, Villanueva de la Cañada, Spain
Aurora Simionescu Netherlands Institute for Space Research, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Randall Smith Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, USA
Regis Terrier Université Paris Diderot, France
Jacco Vink University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Q. Daniel Wang University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA

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Local Organising Committee (LOC)

Simone Migliari (Chair), Lucia Ballo, Ignacio de la Calle, Jacobo Ebrero, Felix Fürst, Cristina Hernandez, Aitor Ibarra, Jan-Uwe Ness, Richard Saxton, Norbert Schartel, Michael Smith, Ana Willis, Ivan Valtchanov

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Important Dates

End of January 2019 Opening of Registration and abstract submission
Second Announcement
Friday, 01 March 2019 Deadline abstract submission
Monday, 08 April 2019 Notification to authors
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 Early registration deadline
Thursday, 30 May 2019 Late registration deadline

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Abstract Submission and Registration

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission for oral presentation is closed.

To submit an abstract for a poster presentation please click here here

Decisions about accepted presentations (talks and posters) will be communicated by Monday 8th April 2019.


The registration fee will be 80 €. The fee includes the coffee breaks, a printed issue of the refereed conference proceedings, and a shuttle bus transfer between Madrid and ESAC.

For workshop registration and booking of the workshop dinner, please visit the external web portal, operated by the ESA Conference Bureau:

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Conference proceedings will be published as a regular issue of the refereed journal Astronomical Notes.

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Social Events

The conference dinner will take place on Thursday, 13th June 2019.

The venue is the terrace of the restaurant Arzábal of the Reina Sofía Museum, in Madrid centre (marked blue on the map below).

The dinner fee will be 60 € including drinks. Attendance at the dinner as well as dietary restrictions can be specified during online registration.

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Accommodation and Transport


Hotel availability in Madrid is quite limited in June and early booking is recommended. ESAC is located some 30 km west of Madrid and it will thus be best to search for a hotel in the western parts of Madrid.

Please note that XMM-Newton/ESA does not offer hotel reservation services, nor has authorised any third party to do so on its behalf.

We will not block hotel rooms for the conference in any particular hotel, but a list of recommended hotels in this area together with useful links is posted below:

Other useful links to find budget hotels:

The location of all recommended hotels is marked in the map below:



A shuttle bus service will be provided free of charge for transport between Madrid and ESAC and back to Madrid for the three days of the meeting. The departure location of the bus will be in front of the

Hotel Moncloa Exe
Arcipreste de Hita, 10
28015 Madrid

(marked green on the map), which is also very near metro stations. Please note that it is not required to stay at this hotel to make use of this service. Details will be announced later to those who will make use of the bus. On the last day, we also plan one shuttle bus to go from ESAC directly to the airport, depending on demand.

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The workshop will be held at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), located at Villafranca del Castillo, Madrid, Spain.

The airport of Madrid is connected to the Metro system, providing service to the center of Madrid within 30 minutes for the price of 4,50 €. Find more information under: https://www.metromadrid.es/en/index.html.
Depending on traffic, a taxi from the airport to the centre of Madrid takes about the same time or longer and costs 30 € fixed price. The legal frame of taxi rides to/from the airport can be consulted under: https://www.aeropuertomadrid-barajas.com/transportation/madrid-airport-bytaxi.htm
For taxi rides to other locations, prices can be calculated with the tool https://www.worldtaximeter.com/madrid. This tool is external to ESA, we cannot guarantee it is updated, neither do we endorse this tool to be better than others that may exist.

In order to get to ESAC, we recommend using the shuttle bus. For independent travel by public transport, taxi, or car from Madrid to ESAC, see description How to get to ESAC.

Childcare Service

We are pleased to offer a Childcare Service during the three days of the workshop. The service will be given on-site at ESAC and will be available for all registered participants.

To make reservations and for further information, please contact directly the LOC.


  • Local Organising Committee
    for questions related to the scientific organisation and abstract submission:


  • ESA Conference Bureau
    for information about registration and social events:

    ESA-ESTEC / ATPI Corporate Events
    Keplerlaan, 1
    The Netherlands
    Phone: +31 71 565 50 05

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