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14th XMM-Newton SAS Workshop

14th XMM-Newton SAS Workshop
2 - 6 June 2014

XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre

European Space Astronomy Centre, Madrid, Spain

Motivation and rationale

The SAS Workshop provides an introduction to the procedures and techniques of the Science Analysis System to reduce and analyse astronomical X-ray data from the XMM-Newton Observatory. No specific knowledge of X-ray data analysis is required to attend the workshop, although a general knowledge of XMM-Newton and its scientific payload is desirable. We recommend the workshop participants to refer to the XMM-Newton Users Handbook. Those wishing to familiarise themselves somewhat with the SAS may refer to the SAS Users Guide and SAS Threads. The presentations from the previous workshop are also available here.

Workshop structure

The 5-day workshop is organised around half-days of presentations and half-days of practical training (hands-on) sessions.

The presentations will cover basic topics related to XMM-Newton data analysis and SAS, such as:

The workshop will follow the following general structure. The details of the program will be published at a later stage:

Monday to Friday
9:30 Arrival at Venue
Morning Session
10:00 - 11:00 Morning Session - Part 1
11:00 - 11:20 Coffee Break
11:20 - 13:00 Morning Session - Part 2
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break
Afternoon Session
14:00 - 15:30 Hands-on Session
15:30 - 15:50 Coffee Break
15:50 - 18:00 Hands-on Session
18:30 Departure from Venue

Hands-on sessions

During the hands-on training sessions the participants, supported by XMM-Newton scientists, will have the opportunity to accomplish reduction tasks on XMM-Newton public data-sets downloaded from the XMM-Newton Science Archive. Participants may bring their own data as well, if they wish.

Some Linux workstations will be available for participants during the hands-on sessions. However, it is encouraged that those participants wishing to bring their personal laptops do so. The morning of the first day of the workshop has been allocated to help in setting up the laptops so that they can be used to work with SAS during the hands-on sessions. It is important that general instructions on the minimum installation requirements are followed as given in, Also, a check of known SAS issues listed at the SAS Watchout page is recommended.


Interested persons are invited to send an email through the XMM-Newton HelpDesk before 15th April 2014 specifying in the subject line:

Subject: Interest in participating in the 14th XMM-Newton SAS Workshop

and providing the following information:

Name                   :
Organisation           :
Address                :
Country                :
Phone                  :
Institutional e-mail   :
Main Research Field    :

In need of transportation between the pre-booked
accommodation in Madrid and the workshop venue at ESAC?     : YES/NO
Bringing your own laptop?                                   : YES/NO

Once the pre-registration period is closed, participants will be informed by email about the availability of a place to attend the workshop. Late registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until all the 20 available places are filled.

Registration f(r)ee

No fee is required to attend the workshop. We regret to inform that no financial support is available for Workshop participants.


The Workshop is organized by the XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre (SOC) and will be held at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) of the European Space Agency (ESA). More information on the Venue will be published after the registration deadline.


Please be aware that ESAC is not easy to access with public transportation. Refer to the ESAC access web page for more information.

For those participants staying in Madrid, we will offer a shuttle service only from and to the recommended hotel (see Accommodation) and ESAC in the morning and back in the evening.


A block of rooms will be pre-booked at a recommended hotel in Madrid. Instructions on how to reserve one of these rooms will be distributed and published in these pages after the pre-registration deadline and once participants have been confirmed by email a place to attend the workshop.

Participants are of course free to choose their own accommodation should they wish to do so, but shuttle services to ESAC will only be available from and to the recommended hotel (see Transport).

How to Contact Us

For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the XMM-Newton SOC HelpDesk.

SAS Workshop Local Organising Committee

  • Ignacio de la Calle (Chair)
  • Michelle Arpizou
  • Carlos Gabriel
  • Matteo Guainazzi
  • Nora Loiseau
  • Eduardo Ojero

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