The 33rd SSC consortium meeting



The 33rd SSC consortium meeting

10-11 March 2020

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



This webpage is being updated as further details are known.



This is the 33rd consortium meeting of the XMM-Newton Survey Science Centre (XMM-SSC). The aim of the meeting is to present the current status of the observatory, instruments, software, pipelines and catalogues along with science being done with XMM-Newton. The rest of the meeting will be devoted to discussing developments and making future plans.

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Tuesday 10th March 2020
10:30 Coffee and Registration
11:00 Welcome ESAC
11:05 Welcome Natalie Webb
11:15 XMM-Newton mission status Maria Santos-Lleo
11:40 SAS status and development Richard Saxton
12:10 Pipeline status and future Pedro Rodriguez
12:30 EPIC pn status Michael Freyberg (maybe remotely)
12:45 EPIC MOS status Jean Ballet
13:00 Lunch
14:30 RGS status Aitor Ibarra
14:45 OM status Simon Rosen
15:00 The XCatDB overview and prospects Laurent Michel
15:20 The stacked catalogue and prospects for 4XMM-DR10 Iris Traulsen
15:40 Coffee break
16:10 4XMM Mickael Coriat
16:30 XMM zoo and machine learning Hugo Tranin
17:00-19:00 Steering group meeting
21:00 Meeting dinner


Wednesday 11th March (slots include 5 minutes for questions)
09:30 Particle acceleration in the SNR RX J1713.7-3946 Jean Ballet
09:55 TBD TBD
10:15 The eROSITA/XMM-Newton campaign on PSR B0656+14 Axel Schwope
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 TBD TBD
11:25 TBD TBD
11:50 Wrap up Natalie Webb
12:00 Lunch


Thursday 12th March
Afternoon SASWG meeting


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Local Organising Committee (LOC)

Ignacio de la Calle, Aitor Ibarra, Nora Loiseau.

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Important Dates

Monday, 2nd March 2020 Registration deadline
Tuesday, 10 March 2020 Start of workshop


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There will be no registration fee. The coffee breaks and a shuttle bus transfer between Madrid and ESAC will be offered free of charge.

As the Local Organising Committee of the workshop, we assume that all participants share our commitment to create a meeting environment that values diversity and inclusion and therefore is free from harassment. We want to promote a diverse environment with respectful and courteous behaviour and therefore we expect all participants to adhere to our Code of Conduct.

For registration and booking of the workshop dinner, please click here      

Deadline for registration is 2nd March 2020.

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Social Events

The workshop dinner will take place Tuesday 10th March. More details will be provided in due time.

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 March 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 workshop 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 two days of the workshop. 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.

Departure times from the hotel are:

Tuesday 9:30
Wednesday 8:30


Return times from ESAC to the Hotel Moncloa Exe are:

Tuesday 17:30
Wednesday 16:30


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The event 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:
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:
For taxi rides to other locations, prices can be calculated with the tool 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.

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Local Organising Committee:

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