• Second Announcement: "XMM-Newton: The Next Decade"
  • First Announcement: "High-resolution X-ray Spectroscopic Software and Tools"

Second Announcement,     29-Jan-2016     

XMM-Newton: The Next Decade

ESAC, Madrid, Spain, 9th - 11th May 2016

As announced in a previous issue of the XMM-Newton Newsletter


the XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre of the European Space Agency is organising an astrophysical workshop


XMM-Newton: The Next Decade

9th - 11th May 2016
European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), Madrid, Spain

Registration and abstract submission for this workshop are open.

Abstract submission deadline Monday 29th February 2016
Notification about accepted presentations end March 2016
Registration deadline Thursday 14th April 2016

More information and links to the abstract submission and registration forms are available at the workshop website


Invited speakers

Monique Arnaud CEA, Saclay, France
Massimo Cappi INAF/IASF-Bologna, Italy
Anne Decourchelle CEA, Saclay, France
Jelle Kaastra SRON, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Ian McHardy University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Etienne Pointecouteau IRAP, CNRS/University of Toulouse, France
Nanda Rea IEEC, Spain / Un. of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Thomas Reiprich AIfA, University of Bonn, Germany
Juergen Schmitt Hamburger Sternwarte, Germany
Beate Stelzer INAF/Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo, Italy

Invited speakers

David Alexander University of Durham, United Kingdom
Alexey Boyarsky University of Leiden, The Netherlands
William N. Brandt Pennsylvania State University, USA
Graziella Branduardi-Raymont MSSL/UCL, United Kingdom
Joel Bregman University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Eugene Churazov MPI for Astrophysics, Garching, Germany
Andrea Comastri INAF/Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna, Italy
Jelle de Plaa SRON, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Tim de Zeeuw ESO, Garching, Germany
Dominique Eckert University of Geneva, Switzerland
Andrew Fabian University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Frank Haberl MPE, Garching, Germany
Werner Hofmann MPIK, Heidelberg, Germany
Stefanie Komossa MPI for Radioastronomy, Bonn, Germany
Xavier Luri University of Barcelona, Spain
Roberto Maiolino University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Matt Middleton University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Raffaella Morganti ASTRON, Dwingeloo, The Netherlands
Kirpal Nandra MPE, Garching, Germany
Fabrizio Nicastro INAF/Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma, Italy
Takaya Ohashi Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
Marguerite Pierre CEA, Saclay, France
Peter Predehl MPE, Garching, Germany
Gregor Rauw University of Liege, Belgium
Guido Risaliti University of Florence, Italy
Belinda Wilkes Harvard-Smithsonian CfA, USA


May is a busy season in Madrid and we recommend to make hotel bookings early. Block bookings for hotels in Madrid have been made. Details are given in the conference web page



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First Announcement,     29-Jan-2016     

High-resolution X-ray Spectroscopic Software and Tools

ESAC, Madrid, Spain, 12th - 13th May 2016

Our knowledge about cosmic plasmas and astrophysical objects has considerably improved in the last fifteen years thanks to the X-ray grating spectrometers on board XMM-Newton and Chandra. A new big leap will occur with new calorimeter facilities, in 2016 with the launch of Astro-H and in the next decade with Athena.

This two-day workshop will concentrate on the software packages dedicated to high-resolution X-ray spectral fitting (e.g, ISIS, Sherpa, SPEX, XSPEC) and specific tools for X-ray plasma diagnostics for various physical conditions.

The workshop is addressed to both experts and non-experts of high-resolution spectral data analysis. It will contain formal presentations in the morning and practical interactive sessions in the afternoon with tutorials and Q&A sessions with tool and software developers.

Example spectra will be provided in the tutorials, but of course participants can bring their reduced spectra.

For more information see


Registration is open at


Accommodation and shuttle bus transport will be organized in coordination with the preceding workshop "XMM-Newton: The Next Decade", see