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The X-ray Universe 2014

The X-ray Universe 2014
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
16th - 19th June 2014
An international symposium organized by the XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre
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Latest News

  • Information for Presenters is now available that should be consulted before preparing a talk or poster
  • Registration and poster submission is still open under Abstract Submission and Registration.
  • Update: Financial support, unfortunately, will not be available.
  • Information about Travel, Sightseeing, Social events and Accommodation can be found here.

Purpose and goals


The XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre is organising a major astrophysical symposium from Monday 16th to Thursday 19th of June 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. The symposium is the fourth international meeting in the series "The X-ray Universe". The intention is to gather a general collection of research in high energy astrophysics. The symposium will provide a showcase for results, discoveries and expectations from current and future X-ray missions.

More information, including details on the key dates for registration and abstract submission will be announced in an XMM Newsletter.

Key Topics

  • Stars and Star-forming Regions, Solar System Studies
  • Interacting Binary Systems, Galactic Black Holes, Micro-quasars
  • Cataclysmic Variables and Novae
  • Isolated Neutron Stars and Pulsars
  • Planetary Nebulae, SN, SNR, PWN, Gamma-ray Bursts and Afterglows
  • Galaxies, Galaxy Surveys, Population Studies, ISM and Diffuse Galactic Emission
  • Active Galactic Nuclei
  • Clusters of Galaxies
  • Extragalactic Surveys and Population Studies, the CXB, WHIM and Cosmology
  • Future of X-ray Astronomy
      Hot Topics
  • Accretion Physics
  • Physics of Magnetised Objects
  • General Relativity: Compact Objects & Reverberation
  • Extrasolar Planets and their Hosts
  • Galactic Centre
  • Transients of the Multi-Band Sky
  • Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Effect: Recent Results
  • The Sky at High Energies of page

Invited Speakers

Currently confirmed Invited and Solicited Speakers

F. BaganoffMassachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
D. BarretIRAP Université de Toulouse, France
A. BeloborodovColumbia University, New York, USA
M. GuainazziAstro-H & XMM-Newton SOC, Villanueva de la Cañada, Spain
F. HaberlMax-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Garching, Germany
A. IngramUniversity of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
F. JansenEuropean Space Agency, Noordwijk, The Netherlands
A. J. LevanUniversity of Warwick, United Kingdom
G. MattUniversita degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy
M. McDonaldMassachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
K. NandraMax Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany
F. NicastroINAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma, Monte Porzio Catone, Italy
G. A. OgreanUniversität Hamburg, Germany
N. OkabeKavli IPMU, The University of Tokyo, Japan
J. P. OsborneUniversity of Leicester, United Kingdom
L. OskinovaUniversity of Potsdam, Germany
A. PapittoInstitute of Space Sciences (CSIC-IEEC), Barcelona, Spain
M. PierreCEA Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
E. PointecouteauInstitut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, Toulouse, France
K. PoppenhägerHarvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, USA
P. PredehlMax-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Garching, Germany
N. ReaCSIC-IEEC/University of Amsterdam, Spain/The Netherlands
C. ReynoldsUniversity of Maryland, College Park, USA
J. RobradeHamburger Sternwarte, Germany
P. UttleyUniversity of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
D. WatsonUniversity of Copenhagen, Denmark
A. A. ZdziarskiN. Copernicus Astronomical Center, Warsaw, Poland of page

Information for Presenters

Info for Oral Presenters

A time slot of 30 minutes (invited) and 20 minutes (contributed) has been allocated for oral presentations consisting of 25/15 minutes for the talk plus 5 minutes for discussion. With the given dense programme, adequate time management will be highly appreciated.

We will provide a Windows and a Mac laptop, allowing presentations of the following formats:

Windows 7 Mac
Open Office 4.0.1 Open Office 4.0.1
Power Point 2010 Power Point 2011
Adobe Acrobat X Pro Adobe Reader 9 Pro
KeyNote 0.8 or more recent

To avoid technical problems and delays, we ask to use one of the two laptops provided and tested by us. We can not guarantee that personal laptops will work with the beamers at Trinity college.

Please upload and test presentations on our equipment well in advance of the talk, at the very latest during the coffee break before it is scheduled. Members of the Local Organising Committee will be available to assist.

Info for Poster Presenters

The poster panels measure 95 cm wide by 232 cm high, allowing A0 size posters to be displayed in portrait orientation. Posters can be put on display from Sunday evening (during the 1st registration and Welcome session) onwards up to the end of the symposium.

Info for All Presenters

After the meeting, the electronic versions of all presentations, talks and posters, will be collected for publication in an archive web page, provided author's approval is given. Astrophysics Data System (ADS) entries will be created, listing each presentation as an unrefereed publication. of page

Important Dates

July 2013 Initial announcement
November 2013 First Announcement
Tuesday 14 January Second announcement, abstract & registration open
Friday 28 February Deadline abstract submission
mid April Notification to authors
Monday 28 April Early registration deadline
early June Final announcement
Sunday 15 June 2014, 18:00 - 20:00 Reception, Registration
Monday 16 June 2014, 08:00 (TBC) On-site Registration
Monday 16 June 2014, 10:30 (TBC) Opening of the conference
Thursday 19 June 2014, 17:15 (TBC) End of Conference of page

Scientific Organising Committee (SOC)

Jürgen Schmitt (chair) Hamburger Sternwarte, Germany
Monique Arnaud CEA Saclay, Gif sur Yvette Cedex, France
Xavier Barcons Instituto de Física de Cantabria (CSIC-UC), Santander, Spain
Martin Barstow University of Leicester, United Kingdom
Laura Brenneman Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, USA
Eugene Churazov Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, Garching, Germany
Anne Decourchelle CEA Saclay, Gif sur Yvette Cedex, France
Domitilla de Martino INAF Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte Napoli, Italy
Chris Done University of Durham, United Kingdom
Gordon Garmire Huntingdon Institute for X-ray Astronomy, USA
Sergei Grebenev Space Research Institute, Moscow, Russia
Manuel Güdel University of Vienna, Austria
Louise Harra UCL-Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Dorking, United Kingdom
Jelle Kaastra SRON, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Stefanie Komossa Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Bonn, Germany
Kyoko Matsushita Tokyo University of Science, Japan
Brian McBreen University College Dublin, Ireland
Thierry Montmerle Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, France
Robert Petre Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, USA
Peter Predehl Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Garching, Germany
Gregor Rauw Université de Liège, Belgium
Nanda Rea CSIC-IEEC/University of Amsterdam, Spain/The Netherlands
Pedro Rodriguez XMM-Newton SOC, Villanueva de la Cañada, Spain
Norbert Schartel (co-chair) XMM-Newton SOC, Villanueva de la Cañada, Spain
Salvatore Sciortino INAF Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo, Italy
Ginevra Trinchieri INAF Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, Milano, Italy
Michiel van der Klis University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Alexey Vikhlinin Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, USA
Robert Warwick University of Leicester, United Kingdom
Jörn Wilms Karl Remeis-Observatory & ECAP, Bamberg, Germany
Andrzej A. Zdziarski N. Copernicus Astronomical Center, Warsaw, Poland of page

Local Organising Committee (LOC)

Jan-Uwe Ness (chair)
Matthias Ehle
Carlos Gabriel
Peter Gallagher (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
Aitor Ibarra
Nora Loiseau
Antonio Martin-Carrillo (University College Dublin, Ireland)
Brian McBreen (University College Dublin, Ireland)
Eduardo Ojero
Richard Saxton
Norbert Schartel of page

Conference Venue

Trinity College Dublin

College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone: +353 1 8961000

About Dublin

Dublin's official date of establishment was in 988 A.D. although evidence of it's existence dates back to the second century. Ireland's capital is rich in attractions such as the Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, Saint Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College.

For good reason, Dublin is one of Europe's favourite spots to visit. The cultural scene is incredibly rich, with an abundance of galleries, many of which are free to visit, a thriving theatre scene, and great gigs to go to every night. For its size, Dublin's nightlife contains more night clubs, bars, lounges and pubs per capita than anywhere else in the world. During summer there are lots of gigs and comedy festivals outdoors in places like Dublin Castle, Marlay Park and the Iveagh Gardens.

Trinity College was founded in 1592, at a time when it was believed that the establishment of a university was an essential step in bringing Ireland into the mainstream of European learning and in strengthening the Protestant Reformation within the catholic country.

Despite its location in today's centre of a capital city and its being one of the most significant tourist attractions in Dublin, the campus retains a tranquil collegiate atmosphere. When entering the campus, the Campanile gives the first impression. The historic dining hall from the 18th century provides a classical atmosphere for the lunch breaks during the conference.

The library building, just opposite of the conference facilities, hosts the prestigious Long Hall and the Book of Kells, a handwritten manuscript from the 800s, and Brian Boru's Harp, dated from the 14th or 15th century, which has become a national symbol of Ireland.

Links of interest:

Long Hall
©The Board of Trinity College Dublin of page

Travel Information and Accommodation

Travel Information

Local information and how to get to the venue can be found here.


Trinity College hosts on-site accommodation with breakfast and wireless internet included. In order to book a room, a Promotion Code will be needed which will be provided when registering.

More details and a list of other nearby hotels are given here of page

Abstract Submission and Registration

Abstract Submission

The deadline for abstract submission has passed. Only posters can be submitted.

An abstract can be submitted using the   

Decisions about accepted contributions will be communicated by mid April, before the early registration deadline.


A registration fee will be charged:
  • 200 €: until Monday 28 April for students preparing a thesis. To qualify, two documents of eligibility need to be uploaded during registration:
    • copy of student ID
    • letter from the supervisor confirming that a thesis is being prepared
  • 370 €: Early fee, until Monday 28 April
  • 460 €: Late fee, after Monday 28 April
The fee includes:
  • All lunches and coffee breaks
  • Access to all sessions
  • Welcome drink (Sunday 15 June, 18:00 - 20:00)
For conference registration and booking of social events and accommodation, please visit the external web portal, operated by the ESA Conference Bureau: of page

Social Events

  • Welcome drink during registration: Sunday 15 June, 18:00-20:00 at Trinity College included in registration fee. Attendance can be booked during online registration.
  • Conference Dinner: Tuesday 17 June, 19:30-22:30 Venue: Celtic Night at the Arlington Hotel O'Connell Bridge. Dinner tickets are not included in the registration fee and can be purchased for 52 € during registration.
  • Tickets for a self-guided visit to the Long Hall with the historic library can be purchased for 6.50 € during registration. The main chamber of the Old Library of Trinity College is the Long Room, and at nearly 65 metres in length, it is filled with 200,000 of the Library‚Äôs oldest books such as the Book of Kells, and also famous Brian's Harp is on display.
More information can be found here. of page


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