XMM-Newton 20th Anniversary Event




20th Anniversary Celebration Event

10-11 December 2019

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



This webpage is being updated as further details are known.



On the 10th of December 1999 at 14:32 GMT the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton observatory was launched and started exploring the wonders of the X-ray universe. Since its launch, XMM-Newton has simultaneously collected X-rays, visible and ultraviolet light and consistently demonstrated its role as one of the most important astronomical observatories of all time.

XMM-Newton continues supplying key new data to every aspect of astronomy: life in the universe, studying our solar system and how the activity of more distant stars impacts the habitability of their orbiting planets; extreme universe, exploring places beyond our imagination shaped by the extraordinary gravity around black holes and by shocks from the most powerful cosmic explosions; cosmology, dissecting the cosmic structure formed and evolved after the Big Bang.

XMM-Newton is paving the way for a joint adventure with Athena and LISA, exploring together the hot and energetic universe and the powerful radiative counterparts of gravitational waves, bringing sound to the cosmic movies.

We will celebrate XMM-Newton's 20 years in orbit with a two-day event on 10-11 December 2019 at ESAC/ESA, Madrid.

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The programme can be downloaded in PDF format here

A compressed file with all the presentations can be downloaded here (1.1Gb).

Tuesday, 10 December
Chair: Maria Santos-Lleo
10:00 - 10:10 Guenther Hasinger Welcome
10:10 - 10:30 Norbert Schartel Scientific Highlights and Perspectives
10:30 - 10:50 Juergen Schmitt Exoplanets and Host Stars
10:50 - 11:10 Anne Decourchelle Supernovae Remnants
11:10 - 11:30 Felix Fuerst Ultra-Luminous X-Ray Sources
11:30 - 12:00 Coffee
Chair: Simone Migliari
12:00 - 12:10 Xavier Barcons Workhorse observatories for European astronomy
12:10 - 12:30 Nanda Rea Magnetars
12:30 - 12:50 Giovanni Miniutti Quasi Periodic Eruptions
12:50 - 13:10 Michael Parker AGN Outflows and Absorption
13:10 - 13:30 Fabio Gastaldello Cluster Structure and Feedback
13:30 - 15:00 Lunch
Chair: Rosario Gonzalez
15:00 - 15:20 Monique Arnaud Cluster Cosmology
15:20 - 15:40 Elisabeta Lusso Hubble Diagram of Quasars
15:40 - 16:00 Matteo Guainazzi Athena
16:00 - 17:30 Reception Cocktail at ESAC
21:00 Dinner
Wednesday, 11 December
Chair: Peter Kretschmar
09:40 - 10:10 Robert Lainé / Tommy Strandberg Spacecraft1, Spacecraft2
10:10 - 10:30 Jan Willem Herder & Jelle Kaastra RGS
10:30 - 10:40 Richard Mushotzky US Participation in XMM
10:40 - 11:00 Keith Mason & Matt Page OM1, OM2
11:00 - 11:20 Tony Abbey EPIC-MOS
11:20 - 11:50 Coffee
Chair: Norbert Schartel
11:50 - 12:10 Lothar Strueder & Frank Haberl EPIC-pn
12:10 - 12:20 Marcus Kirsch MOC
12:20 - 12:40 Mike Watson & Natalie Webb SSC
12:40 - 13:00 Maria Santos-Lleo & Peter Kretschmar SOC / 2020+, SOC / 2020+(2)
  Recollection I: "Early X-ray Astrophysics and XMM-Newton" in cooperation with Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte
13:00 - 13:15 Ken Pounds X-ray Astronomy in Europe
13:15 - 13:30 Joachim Truemper Lead-up to XMM-Newton
13:30 - 15:00 Lunch
Chair: Norbert Schartel
  Recollection II: "Early X-ray Astrophysics and XMM-Newton" in cooperation with Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte
  Starting statements
15:00 - 15:05 Brian G. Taylor
15:05 - 15:10 Piet de Korte
15:10 - 15:15 David Lumb
  Panel Discussion
15:15 - 16:30 Ken Pounds
Brian G. Taylor
Joachim Truemper
Piet de Korte
David Lumb
Richard Mushotzky
Robert Lainé


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Local Organising Committee (LOC)

Simone Migliari (Chair), Ignacio de la Calle, Jacobo Ebrero, Felix Fürst, Cristina Hernandez, Aitor Ibarra, Nora Loiseau, Jan-Uwe Ness, Celia Sanchez, Richard Saxton, Norbert Schartel, Ivan Valtchanov, Ana Willis.

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Important Dates

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 Registration open
Sunday, 17 November 2019 Registration deadline
Tuesday, 10 December 2019 Start of Celebration Event


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Registration is now closed.

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

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Social Events

There will be a reception cocktail at ESAC, at 16:00 hrs, on Tuesday 10th December 2019.

The celebration event dinner will take place on Tuesday, 10th December 2019, at 21:00 hrs.
The venue is the the restaurant La Redacción, in Madrid centre (marked blue on the map below).

Attendance at the dinner as well as dietary restrictions can be specified during online registration. Please note that due to limitations in the restaurant capacity, the dinner is by invitation only.

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Accommodation and Transport


Hotel availability in Madrid is quite limited in December 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 event 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 event. 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 8:30
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 in the Building D conference centre, 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 the two days of the event. 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.

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Group photo




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Local Organising Committee:


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