First Announcement,     21-Dec-2021     


Black Hole accretion under the X-ray microscope

ESAC, Madrid, Spain

13 - 17 Jun 2022

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


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The meeting will focus on black hole accretion and its consequences, following the accretion flow from the direct relativistic environment of the black holes out to galactic scales. The two flagship X-ray missions XMM-Newton and Chandra are constantly expanding the frontiers of our knowledge. Many further international X-ray observatories, like NuSTAR, NICER, SRG / eROSITA and ART-XC, Swift, MAXI, Integral, HXMT and AstroSAT, are continuously discovering new phenomena. Multi-wavelength observations, complementing the X-ray data, are often crucial to sharpen our view of the accretion phenomenon and its effects on its surroundings. The meeting aims at providing an opportunity to discuss new results, open questions, and pathways for future progress in the field.


  • Extreme variability events
  • Active Galactic Nuclei
  • Black Hole X-ray binaries and ULXs
  • Cosmology, Surveys, Dual AGN

Invited speakers

Riccardo Arcodia MPE, Garching, Germany
Valentina Braito Observatory of Brera, Italy
Edward Cackett Wayne State University, Detroit, USA
Alessandra De Rosa INAF-IAPS, Roma, Italy
Maria Diaz Trigo ESO, Garching, Germany
Chris Done University of Durham, United Kingdom
Matteo Guainazzi ESAC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Adam Ingram Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Stefanie Komossa MPIfR, Bonn, Germany
Giorgio Matt University Roma Tre, Italy
Matt Middleton University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Claudio Ricci University Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile
Alex Tetarenko Texas Tech University, USA
Meg Urry Yale University, USA

Scientific organising committe

Stefano Bianchi University Roma Tre, Italy
George Chartas College of Charleston, USA
Bozena Czerny Center for Theoretical Physics, Warsaw, Poland
Barbara De Marco Polytecnic University, Barcelona, Spain
Chris Done University of Durham, United Kingdom
Michal Dovciak Astronomical Institute, Prague, Czech Republic
Erin Kara MIT, Cambridge, USA
Stefanie Komossa MPIfR, Bonn, Germany
Sera Markoff University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Alex Markowitz Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center, Poland
Andrea Merloni MPE, Garching, Germany
Giovanni Miniutti (chair) CAB, Madrid, Spain
Sara Motta Observatory of Brera, Italy
Iossif Papadakis University of Crete, Greece
Christopher Reynolds University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Maria Santos-Lleo ESAC, Madrid, Spain
Norbert Schartel (co-chair) ESAC, Madrid, Spain
Phil Uttley University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Marianne Vestergaard University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Natalie Webb University of Toulouse, France

Important dates

Opening of Registration and Abstract Submission End January 2022
Deadline for Abstract Submission Thursday 3rd March 2022
Notification to authors Tuesday 5th April 2022
Early Registration Deadline Thursday 19th May 2022
Registration Deadline Tuesday 7th June 2022

Registration and abstracts

The registration will be free of charge. The opening of registration and abstract submission will be announced at the end of January 2022.

In-person Workshop

The Workshop will be held in person at ESAC, Madrid, Spain. We will follow closely the development of the pandemic and travelling restrictions in the next months. Changes and updates will be announced on the Workshop Webpage and via the XMM-Newton Newsletter.


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