First Announcement,     13-Dec-2017     


Time-Domain Astronomy: a High Energy View

ESAC, Madrid, Spain
13 - 15 June 2018

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


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Aims and Scope of the Meeting

Many astronomical objects are time variable. Time variability encodes key information about the source physics. This information is complementary to that in energy spectra and is essential for our complete understanding of the phenomena involved. Most X-ray emitting objects show variability whose timescales can span many orders of magnitudes, from decades down to milliseconds depending on the source. Studying X-ray variability, we can probe the physics of a large number of phenomena in a plethora of different astrophysical objects, from large scale changes of galactic environments down to the direct environment of compact accretion objects. Objects studied include solar system objects and stars, novae and supernovae, pulsars and magnetars, Galactic black holes and supermassive black holes in the centre of active galactic nuclei.

With the upcoming multi-wavelength time-domain monitoring facilities such as Gaia, LSST, ASAS, TESS, PanSTARRS in the optical band, or SKA in the radio band, to name a few, an enormous potential for multi-wavelength studies will soon be available. The workshop aims to summarise the current understanding of the variability in high energy astrophysical objects in order to explore the potential synergy with other (new) time-domain facilities and to foster cooperation between observers in different energy bands.


  • Statistics, Methodology, and Tools
  • Variable Multiwavelength Emitters and Multiwavelength Facilities
  • Timing from Accretion and Ejection Phenomena
  • Triggers of Variability: Magnetism, Shocks, Companions
  • Explosive Astrophysics/Fast Astrophysics

Invited Speakers

C. Argiroffi University of Palermo, Italy
T. Bogdanovic Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA
B. De Marco Nicolaus Copernicus Astron. Center, Warsaw, Poland
D. Haggard McGill University, Montreal, Canada
F. Fuerst ESAC, Spain
S. Hodgkin University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
D. Huppenkothen University of Washington, USA
E. Lindfors University of Turku, Finland
E. Lusso University of Durham, United Kingdom
M. Middleton University of Southampton, United Kingdom
E. Petroff Netherlands Inst. for Radio Astronomy, The Netherlands
F. Pintore INAF-IASF Milan, Italy
K. Poppenhaeger Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom
G. Sala Polytechnic University, Barcelona, Spain
S. Sciortino Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo, Italy
N. Tanvir University of Leicester, United Kingdom
R. Walter University of Geneva, Switzerland

Scientific Organising Committee

M. Bachetti Astronomical Observatory, Cagliari, Italy
E. Bozzo University of Geneva, Switzerland
G. Dubus University of Grenoble Alpes, France
P. Evans University of Leicester, United Kingdom
P. Gandhi University of Southampton, United Kingdom
M. Hernanz Institute of Space Sciences, Barcelona, Spain
S. Markoff University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
A. Markowitz Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center, Poland
Y. Naze University of Liege, Belgium
F. Panessa INAF-IAPS Roma, Italy
R. Saxton ESAC, Spain
N. Schartel (co-chair) ESAC, Spain
L. Sidoli INAF-IASF Milan, Italy
B. Stelzer Un. Tubingen, Germany and Astron. Obs. Palermo, Italy
J. Tomsick University of California, Berkeley, USA
P. Varniere University Paris Diderot, France
J. Wilms (chair) University of Erlangen-Nurnberg, Germany
A. Zezas University of Crete, Greece

Important Dates

end January 2018 Opening of registration and abstract submission
Second Announcement
Fri 9 March 2018 Deadline for abstract submission
Mon 16 April 2018 Notification about accepted presentations
Mon 30 April 2018 Early registration deadline
Wed 30 May 2018 Late registration deadline

Registration and Abstracts

The registration fee will be 70 €. The fee includes the coffee breaks, a printed issue of the refereed conference proceedings, and a shuttle bus transfer between Madrid and ESAC.

Venue and accommodation

The workshop will be held at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), near Madrid, Spain. We will not block hotel rooms for the conference in any particular hotel, but a list of hotels that we used in the past together with useful links will be posted on our webpage.


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