13th XMM-Newton SAS Workshop
Motivation and rationaleThe 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. The presentations from the previous workshop are also available here.
Workshop structureThe 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 detailed programme of the Workshop is listed below (pdf version of the programme).
Hands-on sessionsDuring 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.
Linux workstations will be available for all 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, XMM-Newton HelpDesk well before the workshop and specifying in the subject line:
RegistrationThe pre-registration period ended on April 15 2013. Pre-registered participants are confirmed via email a place to attend the workshop. The number of places is limited to 20 participants. At the moment we still have some places available and we will be accepting registrations on a first-come, first-served basis until all the places are filled.
Interested persons are invited to send an email through the XMM-Newton HelpDesk specifying in the subject line:
Subject: Interest in participating in the 13th XMM-Newton SAS workshop
and providing the following information:
Name : Organisation : Address : Country : Phone : E-mail : Main Research Field : Need means of transportation between pre-booked accommodation at Madrid and Venue at ESAC ? : YES/NO Bring your own laptop ? : YES/NO
Registration f(r)eeNo fee is required to attend the workshop. We regret to inform that no financial support is available for workshop participants.
VenueThe 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). ESAC is the ESA centre for space science, which means Astronomy as well as Solar System exploration, and the home of the XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre.
workshop participants can have lunch at the ESAC canteen. The cost of a typical meal is around 5 Euro.
On the first day of the workshop, participants will be asked for a photo identification and be issued a badge to enter the Venue which will be valid for the whole week. Every day upon arrival, participants will need to enter the Venue through the guard's entrance house using the badge. Inside the Venue, the badges need to be displayed at any time, and given back to the guards at the end of the last day of the workshop.
TransportPlease be aware that ESAC is not easy to access with public transportation. Refer to the ESAC access web page for more information.
For those workshop participants staying in Madrid, a taxi service will be available free of charge between Hotel Florida Norte (see Accommodation) and ESAC in the morning and in the evening. This service is also available for workshop participants who do not stay at the recommended hotel, however, the taxi service will be only from and to Hotel Florida Norte.
As additional help:
AccommodationFor those participants registered at the SAS workshop, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Hotel Florida Norte.
Participants are certainly free to choose their own accommodation, but shuttle services to ESAC will only be available from and to the recommended hotel (see Transport above).
How to Contact UsFor any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the XMM-Newton SOC HelpDesk.
SAS Workshop Local Organising Committee
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