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  • Athena: revealing the Hot and Energetic Universe

    Athena: revealing the Hot and Energetic Universe

  • Where are the hot baryons and how do they evolve?

  • Reveal the causes and effects of cosmic feedback

  • Track obscured accretion through the epoch of galaxy formation

  • Understand the physics of accretion onto compact objects

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2nd Institute of Space Sciences Summer School: Gravitational Wave Astronomy. 2-6 July, 2018.

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The 2nd summer school of the Institute of Space Sciences, entitledGravitational Wave Astronomy”, will be held in Barcelona (Spain) from 2 to 6 of July 2018. The main goal of this school is to present the basic foundations of Gravitational Waves and it’s addressed to around 30 master and/or doctoral students.

The registration is opened until 26th of April.  Further details can be found on the school webpage. For questions and requests about this workshop, please write to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Workshop “Ultra-luminous X-ray Pulsars”. 6-8 June, 2018.


The workshop entitled “Ultra-luminous X-ray Pulsars” will be held at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), Madrid, Spain, 6-8 June 2018. The aim of the workshop is to advance in the knowledge of the physics and evolution of ULPs.

The registration and abstract submission are opened. The number of participants is strictly limited to 50 people.

Further details can be found on the conference website. For questions and requests about this workshop, please write to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Workshop “Treasures hidden in high-energy catalogues”. 22-24 May, 2018.


The workshop entitled “Treasures hidden in high-energy catalogues” will be held at IRAP, Toulouse, France, 22-24 May 2018. This workshop will offer the opportunity to get a full overview of the different catalogues proposed in the framework of ESA's XMM-Newton mission and their synergies with other multi-wavelength catalogues.

The closing date for abstract submission is 31st of March 2018.

Further details can be found on the conference website. For questions and requests about this workshop, please write to the organisers.

COSPAR Scientific Event: “AGN X-ray Surveys: Soft to Hard and Deep to Wide”. 14-22 July, 2018.

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The scientific event E1.12: “AGN X-ray Surveys: Soft to Hard and Deep to Wide” will be held during the 42nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly on 14-22 July 2018.

This meeting is dedicated to the presentation of the most relevant AGN's survey science results and to discuss the way forward for the forthcoming eROSITA all-sky survey, and the next decade missions such as Athena, the High Energy X-ray Probe and the X-ray Surveyor.

The abstract submission deadline is 9 February 2018.

Further details at the event programme.

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Advanced Telescope for High Energy Astrophysics


Athena (Advanced Telescope for High ENergy Astrophysics) is the X-ray observatory mission selected by ESA, within its Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 programme, to address the Hot and Energetic Universe scientific theme. It is the second L(large)-class mission within that programme and is due for launch in 2028.

Athena will study how hot baryons assemble into groups and clusters of galaxies, determine their chemical enrichment across cosmic time, measure their mechanical energy and characterise the missing baryons which are expected to reside in intergalactic filamentary structures. At the same time, it will study the physics of accretion into compact objects, find the earliest accreting supermassive black holes and trace their growth even when in very obscured environment, and show how they influence the evolution of galaxies and clusters through feedback processes. Athena will also have a fast target of opportunity observational capability, enabling studies and usage of GRBs and other transient phenomena. As an observatory, Athena will offer vital information on high-energy phenomena on all classes of astrophysical objects, from solar system bodies to the most distant objects known. See Science chapter for more details.

Athena will consist of a single large-aperture grazing-incidence X-ray telescope, utilizing a novel technology (High-performance Si pore optics) developed in Europe, with 12m focal length and 5 arcsec HEW on-axis angular resolution. The focal plane contains two instruments. One is the Wide Field Imager (WFI) providing sensitive wide field imaging and spectroscopy and high count-rate capability. The other one is the X-ray Integral Field Unit (X-IFU) delivering spatially resolved high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy over a limited field of view. See Mission chapter for more details.

With its unparalleled capabilities, Athena will be a truly transformational observatory, operating in conjunction with other large observatories across the electromagnetic spectrum available in the late 2020s (like ALMA, ELT, JWST, SKA, CTA, etc).