Date sent: 7 March 2018, 15:12

From: Anna Watts (

Subject: IAU Div D (High energy phenomena and fundamental physics) Bulletin No. 21 - 1 Mar 2018

***IAU Division D Bulletin N. 21: March 1, 2018***


* INTEGRAL AO-16 - announcement of opportunity for observing proposals

* Upcoming conferences, meetings, workshops and schools (new announcements)

* INTEGRAL AO-16 - announcement of opportunity for observing proposals

We invite you to submit proposals to the International Gamma-ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL) 16th "Announcement of Opportunity" (AO-16) for observations to be performed during the year 2019.  The AO opens on 5 March. The deadline for proposal submission is Friday 13 April 2018, 14:00 CEST.

The documentation, proposal submission, and support software are available from  We are looking forward to your proposals.

Please take note of the following points:

* Joint Observing Time:

ESA provides the opportunity to propose for coordinated observations with ESA’s XMM-Newton (total 300 ks), and NASA's NuSTAR (total 100 ks) and/or NASA's Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory (total 150 ks) satellites. Note that through an agreement with ESA, the NASA’s Fermi project offers the possibility to obtain observing time with INTEGRAL through a single proposal to NASA via the Fermi AO.

* ToO Observations:

Following a recommendation by the IUG, the time for execution of TOO observations has been increased from 2 to 3 Ms.  This is allocated for long-term planning before the start of the AO. More time may be allocated to ToO observations during the execution of the AO if justified on the basis of scientific merit.

* Agreements with other projects:

- The INTEGRAL Project had signed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU with the LIGO/Virgo consortium to participate to the electro-magnetic follow-up campaign of GW signals until 25 August 2017.  A similar MoU is at the moment being discussed, to participate only to low significance GW triggers.  Note that the occurrence of high significance GW signals are expected to be publicly announced by the LIGO/Virgo consortium during their next observing run ("O3").
- The INTEGRAL Project has signed a MoU with the IceCube collaboration to receive their private very-high energy neutrino multiplet alerts and to establish a close collaboration in general.
- The INTEGRAL Project has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with the deep-sea neutrino telescope ANTARES, to receive their neutrino events alerts and to do targeted follow-up observations with INTEGRAL in collaboration with the ANTARES team.
- The INTEGRAL Project has signed a LoI for follow-up of Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) discovered by the SUPERB project (Parkes radio observatory), in collaboration with the SUPERB team.

It is important to note that it is not possible to propose for time bound by these MoU/LoI.

* Key Programmes:

It is possible to submit Key Programme proposals with observations spanning two AO cycles.

*Upcoming Conferences, Meetings, Workshops and Schools

IAU Symposium 342, Perseus in Sicily (Regular Registration fee deadline March 15)
Noto, Italy
May 13-19, 2018

Neutron star mergers for non-experts: GW170817 in the multi-messenger astronomy and FRIB eras
East Lansing, MI, USA
May 16-18, 2018

2018 TDLI Summer School on Computational Astrophysics
Shanghai, China
May 17-25, 2018

11th International Neutrino Summer School (INSS 2018)
Mainz, Germany
May 21-June 1, 2018

Fermi Summer School
Lewes, Delaware, USA
May 29-June 8, 2018

GEMMA (Gravitational waves, ElectroMagnetic and dark MAtter) Physics Workshop
Lecce, Italy
June 4-7, 2018

Time-Domain Astronomy: a High Energy View
Madrid, Spain
June 13-15, 2018

DIAS Summer School in High Energy Astrophysics
Dublin, Ireland
June 19-29, 2018

NBIA & DARK Summer School: multi-messengers from compact sources
Copenhagen, Denmark
July 2-6, 2018

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

14th International Summer School of Modern Astrophysics
Moscow, Russia
July 2-13, 2018

The Extreme Physics of Eddington and Super Eddington Accretion onto Compact Objects: Simulations Meet Observations (Scientific Event E1.13), 42nd COSPAR Assembly
Pasadena CA, USA
July 14-22, 2018

Are AGN Special? The environmental dependence and global impact of AGN activity
Durham, UK
30 July-3 August 2018

Santa Margherita di Pula, Sardinia
September 9-15, 2018


If you wish to share with IAU Div D any information about matters that may be relevant to the activities of Div D Members, please send an e-mail to . This will appear in the next Bulletin, which will be sent out on April 1, 2018.  Thank you in advance for your inputs, and best regards.

Dr Anna Watts, Secretary of IAU Div D Steering Committee
Associate Professor, University of Amsterdam


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