First Announcement,     24-Jan-2017     
The X-ray Universe 2017

Rome, Italy
6th - 9th June 2017

Organised by the
XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre
of the
European Space Agency (ESA)

supported by
INAF-OAR, Astronomical Observatory of Rome
INAF-IAPS, Institute of Astrophysics and Planetary Science, Rome
University Roma Tre
ASI-ASDC Italian Space Agency - ASI Data Center, Rome
La Sapienza University, Rome


The XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre is pleased to announce a major astrophysical symposium to take place from Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th 2017 in Rome, Italy, see


Abstract submission and Registration are open

Abstract submission: until Wednesday 22nd March, 2017 at


Early registration: until Thursday 27th April, 2017 at


Important Dates

Wednesday March 22 Abstract submission deadline
mid April Communication of SOC decisions to presenters
Thursday April 27 Early registration deadline
end May Final Announcement
Monday June 5 18:00 Reception and registration
Tuesday June 6 08:00 Registration
Tuesday June 6 10:30 Opening of the conference
Friday June 9 17:15 End of Conference

While exact times are to be confirmed, for travel arrangements we advise to assume that the meeting starts early on Tuesday morning and finishes late on Friday afternoon.

Aims and Scope of the Meeting

The symposium is the fifth meeting in the series of the international symposia "The X-ray Universe". The intention is to gather a general collection of research in high energy astrophysics. The symposium will provide a showcase for results, discoveries and expectations from current and future X-ray missions.

Session topics include:

  • Solar System, Exoplanets and Star-Planet-Interaction
  • Star formation, Young Stellar Objects, Cool and Hot Stars
  • White Dwarfs, Cataclysmic Variables and Novae
  • Isolated Neutron Stars and Magnetars
  • Interacting Binaries and Galactic Black Holes
  • Special Session: ULX
  • Supernovae, Long and Short GRBs, GW events
  • Supernova Remnants and Pulsar Wind Nebulae
  • Galaxies, Diffuse Galactic Emission and Population Studies
  • Active Galactic Nuclei, Quasars, BL-Lac Objects, TDEs
  • Special Session: Accretion and Emission Close to the Event Horizon
  • Groups of Galaxies, Clusters of Galaxies and Superclusters
  • Special Session: AGN and Cluster Feedback
  • Cosmological Structure Formation, Extragalactic Deep Fields and Area Surveys
  • Cosmology, Dark Matter and Dark Energy
  • Special Session: Athena
  • Current and Future X-ray Missions

Invited Speakers

M. Bachetti INAF-OAC, Cagliari, Italy
A. Bamba Univerity of Tokyo, Japan
E. Bulbul MIT, Cambridge, United States
D. De Martino INAF-OACN, Naples, Italy
K. Dennerl MPE, Garching, Germany
M. Diaz-Trigo ESO, Garching, Germany
C. Done University of Durham, United Kingdom
A. Ingram University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
E. Kara University of Maryland, United States
M. Middleton University of Southampton, United Kingdom
E. Pointecouteau IRAP, Toulouse, France
G. Ponti MPE, Garching, Germany
G. Pratt CEA, Saclay, France
P. Wheatley University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Solicited Speakers

X. Barcons Instituto de Física de Cantabria, Spain
D. Barret IRAP, Toulouse, France
J. de Plaa SRON, Utrecht, The Netherlands
D. Eckert University of Geneva, Switzerland
A. Fabian University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
M. Feroci INAF-IAPS, Roma, Italy
M. Guainazzi ESA/ESTEC, The Netherlands
F. Nicastro INAF-OAR, Italy
P. Predehl MPE, Garching, Germany
A. Rau MPE, Garching, Germany
G. Risaliti University of Florence, Italy
P. Soffitta INAF-IAPS, Roma, Italy

Scientific Organising Committee

M. Arnaud CEA, Saclay, France
D. Barret (chair) IRAP, Toulouse, France
G. Branduardi-Raymont MSSL-UCL, Dorking, United Kingdom
L. Brenneman SAO, Cambridge, United States
M. Brusa University of Bologna, Italy
M. Cappi INAF, Bologna, Italy
E. Churazov MPA, Garching, Germany
A. Decourchelle CEA, Saclay, France
N. Degenaar University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
A. Fabian University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
F. Fiore INAF-OAR, Roma, Italy
F. Harrison Caltech, Pasadena, United States
M. Hernanz ICE/CSIC-IEEC, Barcelona, Spain
J. Hjorth University of Copenhagen, Denmark
A. Hornschemeier GSFC, Greenbelt, United States
V. Karas CAS, Prague, Czech Republic
C. Kouveliotou GWU, Washington DC, United States
G. Matt University Roma Tre, Italy
Y. Naze University of Liege, Belgium
T. Ohashi TMU, Tokyo, Japan
I. Papadakis University of Crete, Greece
K. Poppenhaeger QUB, Belfast, United Kingdom
N. Rea ICE/CSIC-IEEC, Barcelona, Spain
T. Reiprich University of Bonn, Germany
M. Salvato MPA, Garching, Germany
N. Schartel (co-chair) ESAC/ESA, Spain
A. Schwope AIP, Potsdam, Germany
B. Stelzer Un. Tubingen, Germany / INAF-OAP, Palermo, Italy
T. Takahashi ISAS, Kanagawa, Japan
J. Tomsick UC, Berkeley, United States
P. Uttley University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
N. Webb University of Toulouse, France
A. Zdziarski NCAC, Warsaw, Poland

Local Organising Committee

XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre, ESA/ESAC: S. Migliari (co-chair), J-U. Ness (co-chair), M. Ehle, N. Schartel

INAF-OAR, Astronomical Observatory of Rome: G. Giobbi (co-chair), M. Bischetti, P. Casella, G.L. Israel, F. Marchi, M.T. Menna, A. Papitto, E. Piconcelli, G. Vietri, F. Vincentelli, L. Zappacosta

INAF-IAPS, Institute of Astrophysics and Planetary Science, Rome: A. De Rosa, L. Hernandez, F. Panessa, S. Zampieri

University Roma Tre: A. Marinucci, R. Middei, A. Tortosa

ASI-ASDC Italian Space Agency - ASI Data Center, Rome: S. Puccetti

La Sapienza University, Rome: F. Lupinacci



The Frentani Conference Centre is located in the heart of Rome, close to Termini station, within easy reach by public transport. The venue is completely accessible to disabled people.

Conference Registration and Accommodation

The registration forms can be accessed at


Registration Fee:

290 EUR: Students able to provide a document of eligibility, until 27th April
390 EUR: Early fee, until 27th April
540 EUR: Late fee, after 27th April

The fee includes the welcome reception, four lunches and all coffee breaks.

A list of hotels near the venue in different price categories is provided at


Social Events

Welcome Cocktail: On Monday June 5 18:00-20:00, a welcome cocktail will take place in front of the Physics Department, Edificio Marconi, La Sapienza University of Rome. The registration desk will be open.

Conference Dinner: On Wednesday June 7 at 20:30 the conference dinner will take place at restaurant l'Archeologia, in the Appia Antica Park. Bus transportation will be organised between the conference venue and the restaurant, the costs are included in the dinner fee of 60 EUR.

More information can be found at



Conference web page containing most up-to-date information:


Local Organising Committe,
for scientific organisation and abstract submission:


ESA Conference Bureau,
for registration, social events and Visa support letters: