IAU Division D (High energy phenomena and fundamental physics) Newsletter - June 2022

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***IAU Division D Newsletter, June 2022***


* IAU Symposia 2023 Announcement
* IAU 2021 PhD Prize winner - Division D
* Sign-up to support the Athena X-ray Observatory
* Upcoming Conferences, Meetings, Workshops

* IAU Symposia 2023 Announcement

The IAU Symposia, the flagship scientific gatherings of the IAU, aim to significantly advance their fields and explore current key questions and emerging concepts through a programme of invited talks, contributed talks and posters, and ample discussion.

Following the proposal evaluation and recommendations of the IAU Division Presidents and Vice Presidents, the IAU Executive Committee has discussed and approved the list of Symposia for 2023. Because of oversubscription and the high quality of the submitted proposals, the evaluation process was challenging. The approved list of IAU Symposia for 2023 is as follows:

  • IAUS 378 Black Hole Winds at all Scales
  • IAUS 379 Dynamical Masses of Local Group Galaxies
  • IAUS 380 Cosmic Masers: Proper Motion toward the Next-Generation Large  Projects
  • IAUS 381 Strong Gravitational Lensing in the Era of Big Data
  • IAUS 382 Complex Planetary Systems II (CPS II): Latest Methods for an  Interdisciplinary Approach (Kavli–IAU)
  • IAUS 383 Astrochemistry VIII: From the First Galaxies to the Formation  of Habitable Worlds (Kavli–IAU)
  • IAUS 384 Planetary Nebulae: a Universal Toolbox in the Era of Precision Astrophysics
  • IAUS 385 Astronomy and Satellite Constellations: Pathways Forward
  • IAUS 386 Dark Sky and Astronomical Heritage in boosting Astro-Tourism around the Globe

The IAU is delighted to have formed a partnership with the Kavli Foundation for one symposium each year to be a Kavli–IAU Symposium on Interdisciplinary Science, in accordance with the IAU Strategic Plan (2020–2030). These symposia will be supported by additional resources. Intended to begin sooner, but delayed by complications of the covid pandemic, we are pleased to announce that the Kavli–IAU programme will be inaugurated by two Symposia in 2023, as indicated above (IAUS 382 and IAUS 383).

Further details of the approved meetings, such as dates and locations, can be found on the Future IAU Meetings web page.

* IAU 2021 PhD Prize winner - Division D

The IAU PhD Prize recognises the outstanding scientific achievements of astronomy PhD students around the world. Each of the IAU’s nine divisions awards a prize to the candidate it feels has carried out the most remarkable work in the previous year, and the nine divisions together also agree on jointly awarding an extra prize, the PhD at-large Prize. This time 120 PhD theses, defended between 16 December 2020 and 15 December 2021, were submitted.

We warmly congratulate:

Dr. Riccardo Accordia for winning the Division D PhD Prize with the thesis: Accretion onto Black Holes Across the Mass Scale

Dr. Benjamin Crinquand for the honorable mention for the PhD thesis: Particle Acceleration in Kerr Black-Hole Magnetospheres

Dr. Kishalay De for the honorable mention for the PhD thesis: The Whisper and the Bang: Cosmic Fireworks in the Lives of Compact Binaries 


* Sign-up to support the Athena X-ray Observatory

The Athena Science Study Team (ASST) asks for the support of the astronomical community for a public statement regarding the continuity of a powerful Athena observatory, able to address a broad range of astronomical topics at the core of the scientific interests of a large and diverse astronomical community.

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* Upcoming Conferences, Meetings, Workshops

Radiative Transfer in Astrophysics
June 6-10, 2022
NBIA, Copenhagen

240th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society
June 12-16, 2022
Pasadena, California, USA

XMM-Newton Workshop: Black Hole Accretion under the X-ray microscope
June 13-17, 2022
ESAC, Madrid, Spain

Ten Years of the High-Energy Universe in Focus: NuSTAR 2022
June 20-22, 2022
Sardinia, Italy

International School of Physics "Enrico Fermi": Foundations of Cosmic Ray Astrophysics
June 24-29, 2022
Varenna, Italy

EAS 2022: European Astronomical Society's annual meeting
June 27 - July 1, 2022
Valencia, Spain

7th Heidelberg International Symposium on High-Energy Gamma-ray Astronomy (y-2022)
July 4-8, 2022
Barcelona, Spain

44th COSPAR Scientific Assembly (COSPAR 2022)
July 16-24, 2022
Athens, Greece

Hands on the extreme Universe with high energy gamma rays
July 18-22, 2022
Sexten, Italy

The Golden Universe: Nuclear Astrophysics & Cosmic rays in the Multi-Messenger Era
July 25-29, 2022
Quy Nhon, Vietnam

The 27th European Cosmic Ray Symposium
July 25-29, 2022
Nijmegen, The Netherlads

XXXI IAU General Assembly
August 2-11, 2022
Busan, Korea

EUROWD22: 22nd European Workshop on White Dwarfs
August 15-19, 2022
Tübingen, Germany

Supernova Remnants and Their Progenitors
August 16-18, 2022
Cambridge, MA, USA

Cosmic Dust
August 22-26, 2022
Kitakyushu, Japan

Mapping the invisible Universe: Galaxy evolution and cosmology in next-generation sub-mm surveys
August 29 - September 2, 2022
Leiden, The Netherlands

Giant Magellan Telescope Community Science Meeting: Black Holes at All Scales
August 31 - September 2, 2022
Arizona, USA

Roma International Conference on Astroparticle Physics
September 6-9, 2022
Rome, Italy

The VLA Sky Survey in the Multiwavelength Spotlight
September 7-9, 2022
Socorro, USA (Hybrid)

Origin, growth and feedback of black holes in dwarf galaxies
September 12-16, 2022
San Sebastian, Spain

Panchromatic view of the life-cycle of AGN
September 14-16, 2022
ESAC, Madrid, Spain

First Astro-COLIBRI multi-messenger workshop
September 26-30, 2022
Bochum, Germany

What Drives the Growth of Black Holes? A Decade of Reflection
September 26-30, 2022
Reykjavík, Iceland

The Third Gravi-Gamma Workshop
October 5-7, 2022
Volterra, Italy

Two Decades of High-Energy Astronomy with INTEGRAL
October 17-21, 2022
ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany

YAGN22 - Young Astronomers on Galactic Nuclei
October 17-19, 2022
San Sebastian, Spain

Exploring the Hot and Energetic Universe: the third scientific conference dedicated to the Athena X-ray Observatory
November 7-10, 2022
Barcelona, Spain

Gravitational Wave Physics and Astronomy Workshop (GWPAW)
December 5-9, 2022
Melbourne, Australia (Hybrid)


If you wish to share with IAU Division D any information about matters that may be relevant to the activities of Div D Members, please send an e-mail to rea@ice.csic.es . This will appear in the next Newsletter, which will be sent out around July 1, 2022. Thank you in advance for your inputs, and best regards.

Dr. Nanda Rea, acting Scientific Secretary of IAU Division D Steering Committee

Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC, IEEC; Barcelona, Spain)