Conferences

Conferences

Selected meetings organized by our department.

2015

November 30-December 2 - Dissecting the Universe - Workshop on Results from High-Resolution VLBI

This workshop reviews recent results on high resolution radio astronomy, including opportunities provided by new antennas becoming available.  This includes mm-VLBI, both at 3-mm and 1-mm, and space VLBI, with special focus on the RadioAstron mission.  It discusses as well on the applications of high-resolution imaging techniques and the synergies in the study of compact objects by space and mm-VLBI together. 

Participants | Program

Group picture of the conference "Dissecting the Universe", taken on December 1st, 2015 at the MPIfR.
Group picture of the conference "Dissecting the Universe", taken on December 1st, 2015 at the MPIfR.

June 15-19, RadioAstron International Science Council & Science Teams Meeting

The RadioAstron International Science Council held its 2015 meeting at the MPIfR in Germany on June 15-16, followed by a colloquium on June 17.  This event served as occassion for the science teams working on RadioAstron data to visit Bonn and work together during the complete week, from June 15 to 19.

Participants | Program

Group meeting of the RISC Meeting 2015
Group meeting of the RISC Meeting 2015

2014

November 26, Perspectives of Very-Long-Baseline Interferometry at Extreme Precision

The one-day workshop reviewed the historic developments of VLBI, and used this overview as ramp for discussing the VLBI prospects for the coming decade. The creation of the European VLBI Network, the pioneering and deep radio surveys, the study of gravitational lenses, technical developments in astronomical and geodetic VLBI, superluminal motions in quasars and radio galaxies, advancement of phase-referencing and astrometric methods will be at the focus of this discourse, bringing together a broad fraction of the worldwide VLBI community and providing a forum for deep and fruitful discussions.

Participants | Program

<p>Group picture of the meeting "Perspectives of VLBI at extreme precision"&nbsp;</p>

Group picture of the meeting "Perspectives of VLBI at extreme precision" 

July 31 - MPIfR - Workshop in AGN Physics


Workshop on theory and observations of AGN jets.

May 20-22 - Potsdam - 99 years of Black Holes - from Astronomy to Quantum Gravity

Closing meeting of the COST Action MP0905 on 'Black Holes in a Violent Universe'.  The aim of the meeting was to  bring together the Black Hole community (from Quantum to supermassive) as well as the Gravitational Wave Community. Main topics clustered around Black Holes, Gravitational Waves and the Future of General Relativity and Quantum Physics.

Program | Participants

Group picture of the COST MP0905 closing meeting.
Group picture of the COST MP0905 closing meeting.

2013

December 2 - Bonn-Dwingeloo Meeting

Neighbourhood meeting on VLBI science with speakers from Bonn (MPIfR & AIfA) and Dwingeloo (ASTRON & JIVE).

Group picture from the 2013 Bonn-Dwingeloo Meeting, held at the MPIfR
Group picture from the 2013 Bonn-Dwingeloo Meeting, held at the MPIfR

September 16-19 - Ioannina, Greece - Summer School on Black Holes at all Scales

Black Holes in a Violent Universe” (MP0905) organized a Summer School with a program including reviews on various aspects of Black Hole-related science, such as: demographics and formation theories of galactic black hole binaries in our and nearby galaxies, our "own" supermassive black hole on the Galactic center, formation and cosmic evolution of supermassive black holes, phenomenology of active galactic nuclei and a review of their "unification" theories, theory of jet formation and energy extraction in black hole systems, as well as the scaling of accretion and jet physics from mini-quasars to quasars.

April 22-26 - Bonn - The Modern Radio Universe

This conference was organised by the whole MPIfR, and addressed the original and exciting science currently being produced by radio astronomical telescopes, such as the GBT, Effelsberg, LOFAR, ALMA, the JVLA, GMRT, eMERLIN, EVN, VLBA, as well as pathfinder experiments of the SKA, and others.

Program | Participants

Group picture of the MRU conference, organised by the MPIfR and held at the LVR-Landesmuseum Bonn.
Group picture of the MRU conference, organised by the MPIfR and held at the LVR-Landesmuseum Bonn.

18-22 March - CERN, Geneva, Switzerland - The biggest accelerators in space and earth 

This workshop was jointly organized by the COST programme on "Black Holes in a Violent Universe", the CERN TH group and the LPCC. The focus of the workshop was set on the phenomena taking place at the highest-energies available in the cosmos and in the laboratory, spanning the whole range from the most luminous events in space (extragalactic jets from active black holes, gamma ray bursts, cosmic rays, etc) to the exploration, theoretical and at the LHC, of new particles and quantum gravity phenomena (searches for black holes, extra dimensions, dark matter; theoretical understanding of the information properties of black holes, gravitational scattering at high energy, properties of the event horizon, etc.). The goal of the meeting is to bring together experts from the two communities of astrophysics and particle physics, and share with each other the latest developments and open issues in their respective field.

Program | Participants

2012

November 21-22 - INAF, Palermo, Italy - Black Holes and Jets - 5th Working Group meeting of the COST MP0905 Action

The workshop had the aim to study black-hole powered jets at all scales, including formation, collimation, and propagation.  Addressed were jet lauching, kinematics, broadband emission & variability, and jet simulations and modeling.

Program | Participants

Group picture of the COST WG Meeting on Black Holes and Jets held in Palermo, Italy.
Group picture of the COST WG Meeting on Black Holes and Jets held in Palermo, Italy.

November 6-8 - Bonn - Nuclei of Seyfert galaxies and QSOs - Central engine & conditions of star formation

The focus of this workshop was set in understanding the conditions of star formation in AGN and the interplay between star formation, the active nuclei, and the host galaxies - especially of intermediate redshift (z<0.1) systems - in order to bridge the gap between local, well-studied AGN and their hosts and marginally resolved high redshift AGN and their hosts. 

Program | Participants

Group picture of the Seyfert 2012 workshop held at the MPIfR in Bonn.
Group picture of the Seyfert 2012 workshop held at the MPIfR in Bonn.

April 20-24 - La Valetta, Malta - Black Holes: From Quantum to Gravity

The meeting covered Black Hole related topics like Black Hole- and AGN-evolution, the scientific and technical approaches towards the Event Horizon of SgrA*, as well as the problem of Singularities.  This was a collaboration between the COST Action MP0905 'Black Holes in a Violent Universe' and the COST Action MP1006 'Fundamental Problems in Quantum Physics'.

Program | Participants

2010

June 24-25 - 1st Working Group Meeting of the COST MP0905 Action 'Black Holes in a Violent Universe'

The starting meeting of the action provided all participants with the opportunity to get to know Black Hole experts from all aspects of this research field, to discuss ideas and "burning" scientific questions and develop new strategies/projects to tackle them.

Program & PresentationsParticipants

Group picture of the 1st WG Meeting of the COST MP0905 action, held at the MPIfR in Bonn.
Group picture of the 1st WG Meeting of the COST MP0905 action, held at the MPIfR in Bonn.

June 21-23 - Fermi meets Jansky: AGN at Radio- and Gamma-Rays

Workshp on the potential synergies between high-resolution radio astronomy and gamma-ray observations of AGN, one year after the launch of the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope.

Presentations

Group picture of the Fermi meets Jansky meeting, held at the MPIfR in Bonn.
Group picture of the Fermi meets Jansky meeting, held at the MPIfR in Bonn.
 
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