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First Announcement,     30-Nov-2011     

Galaxy Clusters as Giant Cosmic Laboratories
ESAC, Spain, 21st - 23rd May 2012

XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre at
ESA's European Space Astronomy Centre,
P.O. Box - Apdo. 78, 28691 Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid, Spain

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The European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) of the European Space Agency (ESA) is organising an XMM-Newton Science workshop

Galaxy Clusters as Giant Cosmic Laboratories
from 21st to 23rd May 2012
European Space Astronomy Centre
Madrid, Spain

Aims and Scope of the Meeting

Galaxy clusters are interesting astrophysical laboratories to study large-scale physical processes and important probes to assess the structure and evolution of our Universe. X-ray observations provide the most detailed insight into structure, composition, and evolution of galaxy clusters.

Since the launch of the XMM-Newton and Chandra observatories, our understanding of galaxy clusters has impressively improved including paradigm changes like the physics of cooling cluster centres and the description of galaxy clusters as a tightly constrained self-similar family of objects. During this period, galaxy clusters have also helped to define the quite precisely described Concordance Cosmology Model, and they have shown how the intergalactic medium is enriched by heavy elements over the last half of the age of the Universe. Observations with XMM-Newton, Chandra and SUZAKU have been essential for this progress and after a little more than a decade, a detailed picture of galaxy clusters has crystallised, well worth to be critically reviewed and discussed at a topical workshop.

Scientific Organising Committee

Hans Boehringer (Chair)          MPE, Garching, Germany
Xavier Barcons Inst de Física de Cantabria (CSIC-UC), Spain
Stefano Borgani Università di Trieste, Italy
Marcus Brueggen Jakobs Universität, Bremen, Germany
Andy Fabian University of Cambridge, UK
William Forman Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Jelle Kaastra SRON, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Silvano Molendi INAF IASF, Milano, Italy
Takaya Ohashi Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
Kristian Pedersen Niels Bohr Institute/Copenhagen University, Denmark
Manolis Plionis National Observatory Athens, Greece
Trevor Ponman University of Birmingham, UK
Gabriel Pratt CEA Saclay, France
Craig Sarazin University Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA
Norbert Schartel (Co-chair) XMM-Newton SOC, Madrid, Spain

Local Organising Committee

J.U. Ness (Chair), M. Arpizou, M. Ehle, A.L. Longinotti and M. Stuhlinger
(XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre, European Space Astronomy Centre, Madrid, Spain)

Important Dates

(subject to changes)

16th January 2012       Second announcement:
  Opening of registration & abstract submission
2nd March 2012 Abstract submission deadline
End March 2012 Decision about accepted presentations
27th April 2012 Registration deadline

Abstracts and Registration

A registration fee of 50 € will be charged that includes
  • Coffee breaks
  • Shuttle bus from Madrid to ESAC
  • A printed issue of the refereed conference proceedings
Abstracts can be submitted between 16th January and 2nd March. Decisions about accepted presentations (talks and posters) will be communicated about one month before the registration deadline, which will be 27th April.

Venue and Accommodation

The workshop will be held at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), Villafranca del Castillo, Madrid, Spain.

A block booking has been made in several hotels in Madrid. Details will be given on the conference web page and in the second announcement.

A shuttle bus service between Madrid and ESAC will be provided. Pick up point and booking of the service will be announced.


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