XMM-Newton-NEWS  #216,    28-Nov-2018

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  • XMM-Newton AO-18 OTAC Results
  • XMM-Newton Users' Group News:
    • New chairpeson
    • Call for candidates

XMM-Newton AO-18 OTAC Results

The list of XMM-Newton proposals accepted by the AO-18 Observing Time Allocation Committee (OTAC) and the associated abstracts are available at


The Principal Investigators of submitted proposals have been informed by e-mail about the results of the OTAC evaluation. The message contains the details about the second phase proposal submission for successful observations, which must be done via the XMM-Newton Remote Proposal Submission System (XRPS). The XRPS will close on the 1st of February 2019 at 13:00 UT.

AO-18 observations will start to be routinely performed in May 2019.

XMM-Newton Users' Group News

The XMM-Newton Mission thanks Prof. Martin Ward (University of Durham, UK) for chairing the XMM-Newton Users' Group for four years and especially for giving guidance to the project on several occasions.

We welcome Prof. Rudy Wijnands (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) as new chairperson of the Users' Group.

Address of Prof. Wijnands

As new chairperson of the XMM-Newton Users' Group I would also like to thank Martin Ward very much for his dedication and efforts over the past four years to help optimize the scientific output of XMM-Newton. I am honoured and excited to take over his position and I am looking forward to work together with the XMM-Newton user community to assure that XMM-Newton will continue to produce excellent scientific results. To ensure this, the input of the community is vital and all users can always contact me to discuss user-related aspects of the XMM-Newton mission.

Letter of invitation for nominations of Users' Group candidates

Dear XMM-Newton Observer,

The XMM-Newton Users' Group provides community advice and feedback to the Project Scientist, to ensure the interests of the guest investigator community are well-served by the project.

Details on the Users' Group, including its mission statement, are available at:


The Users' Group consists of 9 members of the XMM-Newton science community, with 4 year terms planned. There is one face-to-face meeting organised per year held in the spring. Membership on this committee is open to the worldwide community and we strive for a committee that is diverse in terms of career stage, gender and scientific focus.

With this announcement, we invite letters of self-nomination to serve on this committee.

Letters of self-nomination, due January 1st, 2019, should be sent to

Self-nomination letters should be up to one page in length. Also a CV should be sent, which can be up to one page in length.

Best Regards,

Rudy Wijnands (Chairperson of the Users' Group)
Norbert Schartel (Project Scientist)


Yours sincerely,

XMM-Newton SOC