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Conference circulars:

1st circular sent on 27 July 2012

FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT
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Black Hole (g)Astronomy: exploring the different flavours of accretion

2-6 September 2013, Brindisi, Italy

SCIENTIFIC RATIONALE:

The greatest challenge in black hole astrophysics lies in the attempt to unify Galactic, intermediate and supermassive black holes under the same physical scheme to gain a more profound understanding of different classes of objects. In such grand-unification models, the observed behaviours and manifestations of accreting black holes are driven by only a few fundamental parameters, such as mass, accretion rate and spin. The conference tackles the issues related to accretion physics, production of jets/winds/outflows and their time evolution by putting a particular emphasis on the role of the net accretion rate onto black holes of all sizes. We are going to explore to which extent grand-unification schemes of black hole accretion are possible and also where they possibly fail. Participants are encouraged to present theoretical and/or observational results and prospects, across the entire electromagnetic spectrum, and to discuss them in the light of grand-unification paradigms of black hole accretion.

Topics suggested for the conference :
- Accretion / ejection flows around black holes : theory and observational predictions
- Within 100 gravitational radii at different accretion rates : disks, winds and jets
- XRBs and AGN grand-unification and scaling relations - what do they mean and where do they fail?
- Ultraluminous X-ray sources and intermediate mass black holes - the missing link?
- Time scales and variability in different accretion states
- Spin evolution and black hole mergers
- Feeding and feedback across the mass scale

SOC members :

F. Panessa
R. Goosmann
A. Merloni
S. Corbel
E. Costantini
C. Fragile
M. Guainazzi
A. Laor
G. Lodato
S. Markoff
D. Porquet

Invited speakers:
To be announced soon

Important dates and details will be circulated soon and will be available at:
Web: http://astro.u-strasbg.fr/~goosmann/gAstronomy_BH_Accretion/gAstronomy_BH_Accretion_dates.html
Contact: francesca.panessa@inaf.it

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- VENUE and PRACTICALITIES
The conference will be held at the Palazzo Nervegna
(http://www.comune.brindisi.it/nervegna-granafei/show_page.php?id=1)
in Brindisi, Italy.

Brindisi is located in the easternmost region of southern Italy, Apulia. It is easily
reached by plane with direct flights from Rome, Milan and a number of European cities
(for information about the town, how to get there, etc. see:
http://www.viaggiareinpuglia.it/prov/BR/en and
http://www.brindisiweb.it/en/index.asp)




2nd circular sent on 5 March 2013

SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT
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Black Hole (g)Astronomy: exploring the different flavours of accretion
2-6 September 2013, Brindisi, Italy
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Dear Collegues,

this is the second announcement of the conference "Black Hole (g)Astronomy: exploring the different flavours of accretion", to be held on 2-6 September 2013 in Brindisi (Italy).

The abstract submission form is now available on the conference website:
http://astro.u-strasbg.fr/~goosmann/gAstronomy_BH_Accretion/gAstronomy_BH_Accretion_register.html

The deadline for the abstract submission is April 15th 2013.
The final scientific program will be put online on June 1st 2013.
As the conference will be limited to around 80 participants, we invite you to register as soon as possible; the confirmation of your participation to the conference will be notified to you by April 30th.

The conference will be organized in seven sessions from Monday 2nd till Friday 6th (Wednesday afternoon will be dedicated to a social/touristic event).
In the abstract submission form you can select the title of the session under which you would like your contribution to be scheduled:
- Accretion / ejection flows around black holes : theory and observational predictions
- Disks, winds and jets at different accretion rates: observations and phenomenology
- XRBs and AGN grand-unification and scaling relations - what do they mean and where do they fail?
- Ultraluminous X-ray sources and intermediate mass black holes - the missing link?
- Time scales and variability in different accretion states
- Spin evolution and black hole mergers
- Feeding and feedback across the mass scale

The early registration fee is 250 euros (register by June 15th), the late registration fee is 350 euros. The fee for Ph.D. students is 100 euros. The social dinner cost is not included in the registration fee. Details for the online payment will be available soon on the conference website.

A list of hotels and b&b is available here:
http://astro.u-strasbg.fr/~goosmann/gAstronomy_BH_Accretion/gAstronomy_BH_Accretion_accomodation.html
A limited number of rooms have been reserved at a special conference rate, please mention your participation to the conference at the moment of booking the hotel.

See you in Brindisi,

Francesca Panessa
René Goosmann
Andrea Merloni

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SOC members : F. Panessa, R. Goosmann, A. Merloni, S. Corbel, E. Costantini, C. Fragile, M. Guainazzi, A. Laor, G. Lodato, S. Markoff, D. Porquet
LOC members: F. Panessa, R. Goosmann, A. Merloni, S. Bianchi, M. Del Santo, A. Nucita, E. Piconcelli

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Invited Speakers: Omer Blaes, Tamara Bogdanovic, Shane Davis, Maria Diaz-Trigo, Chris Done, Sebastian Heinz, Phil Kaaret, Andrew King, Roberto Maiolino, Julien Malzac, Dave Merritt, Roberto Soria, Phil Uttley

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- VENUE and PRACTICALITIES
The conference will be held at the Palazzo Nervegna
(http://www.comune.brindisi.it/nervegna-granafei/show_page.php?id=1)
in Brindisi, Italy.

Brindisi is located in the easternmost region of southern Italy, Apulia. It is easily
reached by plane with direct flights from Rome, Milan and a number of European cities
(for information about the town, how to get there, etc. see:
http://www.viaggiareinpuglia.it/prov/BR/en and http://www.brindisiweb.it/en/index.asp)




3rd circular sent on 12 April 2013



                    THIRD ANNOUNCEMENT

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Black Hole (g)Astronomy: exploring the different flavours of accretion
2-6 September 2013, Brindisi, Italy

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Dear Collegues,

we would like to remind you that the abstract submission deadline for the conference "Black Hole (g)Astronomy: exploring the different flavours of accretion", to be held on 2-6 September 2013 in Brindisi (Italy), is now approaching (April 15th 2013).

The abstract submission form is available on the conference website:

http://astro.u-strasbg.fr/~goosmann/gAstronomy_BH_Accretion/gAstronomy_BH_Accretion_register.html

In the abstract submission form you can select the title of the session under which you would like your contribution to be scheduled:

- Accretion / ejection flows around black holes : theory and observational predictions
- Disks, winds and jets at different accretion rates: observations and phenomenology
- XRBs and AGN grand-unification and scaling relations - what do they mean and where do they fail?
- Ultraluminous X-ray sources and intermediate mass black holes - the missing link?
- Time scales and variability in different accretion states
- Spin evolution and black hole mergers
- Feeding and feedback across the mass scale

The final scientific program will be put online on June 1st 2013.

As the conference will be limited to around 80 participants, we invite you to register as soon as possible; the confirmation of your participation to the conference will be notified to you by mid-May.

The conference will be organized in eight sessions from Monday 2nd till Friday 6th (Wednesday afternoon will be dedicated to a social/touristic event). The early registration fee is 250 euros (register by June 15th), the late registration fee is 350 euros. The fee for Ph.D. students is 100 euros. Unfortunately, no financial support for travel and lodging expenses is available. The social dinner cost is not included in the registration fee. Details for the online payment will be available soon on the conference website.

A list of hotels and b&b is available here:
http://astro.u-strasbg.fr/~goosmann/gAstronomy_BH_Accretion/gAstronomy_BH_Accretion_accomodation.html

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at a special conference rate, please mention your participation to the conference at the moment of booking the hotel.

See you in Brindisi,

Francesca Panessa, René Goosmann, Andrea Merloni


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SOC members : F. Panessa, R. Goosmann, A. Merloni, S. Corbel, E. Costantini, C. Fragile, M. Guainazzi, A. Laor, G. Lodato, S. Markoff, D. Porquet

LOC members: F. Panessa, R. Goosmann, A. Merloni, S. Bianchi, M. Del Santo, A. Nucita, E. Piconcelli

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Invited Speakers: Omer Blaes, Tamara Bogdanovic, Shane Davis, Maria Diaz-Trigo, Chris Done, Stefan Gillessen, Fiona Harrison, Sebastian Heinz, James Miller-Jones, Phil Kaaret, Andrew King, Roberto Maiolino, Julien Malzac, Dave Merritt, Daniel Proga, Roberto Soria, Phil Uttley

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- VENUE and PRACTICALITIES

The conference will be held at the Palazzo Nervegna
(http://www.comune.brindisi.it/nervegna-granafei/show_page.php?id=1)
in Brindisi, Italy.

Brindisi is located in the easternmost region of southern Italy, Apulia. It is easily
reached by plane with direct flights from Rome, Milan and a number of European cities
(for information about the town, how to get there, etc. see:
http://www.viaggiareinpuglia.it/prov/BR/en and http://www.brindisiweb.it/en/index.asp)




4th circular sent on 24 July 2013

Dear Colleagues,

thank you very much for attending the Black Hole (g)Astronomy conference in Brindisi. At this point in time the scientific program is finalized and available on the web :

http://astro.u-strasbg.fr/~goosmann/gAstronomy_BH_Accretion/gAstronomy_BH_Accretion_program.html


If you submitted an abstract for a talk that does not appear in the program, you will have the possibility to put up a poster. Please let us know in case you decide not to bring a poster.


A few organizational details:

1) Early and late registration fee
The early registration fee deadline has been postponed to July 15th. On the conference website you will find all the details for the fee payment, which can be done either by bank transfer or secure on-line credit card payment. The social dinner costs of 40 euro per person is not included in the fee. If you pay via bank transfer please calculate the total amount including dinner(s). If you use the credit card payment you will find different options according to the number of accompaining persons. Starting on July 16th, the late registration fee needs to be payed. You may also pay in cash or by credit card at the conference desk.

2) Conference dinner
The conference dinner will be held on Tuesday September 3rd at Castello Monaci
(www.castellomonaci.com). We will take a bus at around 18h30 from Brindisi and reach Castello Monaci after a 40 mins drive. Once there, we will visit the wine museum and taste excellent wine, while the social dinner will be served in the castle garden. Please let us know in advance if you plan not to attend the social dinner, as reservations and cancellations have to be made quite early.

3) Welcome Cocktail
A welcome cocktail will be offered on sunday evening at around 19h along with the opening of the registration desk. Details on the location will be provided in one of the following circulars.

4) Travel and lodging
We would like to recall that the conference takes place during holiday season in Brindisi so it is recommended to make your reservations for traveling and lodging as soon as possible. We have put together some information of how to travel to Brindisi :

http://astro.u-strasbg.fr/~goosmann/gAstronomy_BH_Accretion/gAstronomy_BH_Accretion_venue.html

Here you can find information about hotels and Bed & Breakfast places close to the conference site:


http://astro.u-strasbg.fr/~goosmann/gAstronomy_BH_Accretion/gAstronomy_BH_Accretion_accomodation.html

If you come to Brindisi a few days earlier, you can visit the patron Saint's festival celebrated from Friday to Sunday. This is a typically Italian festival, with religious celebrations, music, illuminations, good food, commercial stands along the town streets and final fireworks. On Saturday evening, a large number of boats is going to parade in the harbour to celebrate the Saint offering a very nice scenario.

5) List of participants
A complete list of participants including affiliations will soon be available on the conference website.

6) Waiting list
So far, we had a few cancellations so that we could enable a small number of participants on the waiting list to come to Brindisi. In case your plans change and you cannot come to the meeting anymore, please let us know as we still have more people waiting to participate.

Best wishes,

Francesca Panessa
Andrea Merloni
Rene Goosmann





5th circular sent on 30 August 2013

Dear Colleagues,

this is the fifth circular before the conference "Black Hole (g)Astronomy:
exploring the different flavours of accretion" to be held next week on 2-6 September 2013
in Brindisi (Italy). Below we give some updates and practical advice.

Conference hall and welcome cocktail:
The meeting is going to take place at the Ex Convento Santa Chiara, in via Santa Chiara 1. For more detailed information please visit the venue section of our website, where you can find a city map.
A welcome cocktail will be served at the conference place on Sunday evening at 19h along with the opening of the registration desk.
http://astro.u-strasbg.fr/~goosmann/gAstronomy_BH_Accretion/gAstronomy_BH_Accretion_venue.html


Scientific program and abstract book:
The latest version of the scientific program is now online, together with the book of abstracts. Note that you are going to get a printed copy of the abstract book together with your conference kit at the registration desk.
http://astro.u-strasbg.fr/~goosmann/gAstronomy_BH_Accretion/gAstronomy_BH_Accretion_program.html

We briefly want to remind you about the time and space limits of oral and poster presentations:
- invited talks: (25+5) min.
- solicited talks (17+3) min.
- contributed talks (17+3) min.
- poster size A0, both portrait or landscape format are possible

Social events:
A new offer for a social event on Monday evening has been added involving traditional music ("Pizzica") and a delicious dinner! At the conference desk you will find a paper where you can sign for the dinner.
http://astro.u-strasbg.fr/~goosmann/gAstronomy_BH_Accretion/gAstronomy_BH_Accretion_events.html

At the desk, you will also find a paper to sign if you would participate
to the city tour on wednesday afternoon.

Registration fee and dinner tickets:
If the registration fee is not waived for you and if you have not paid for it yet, you may still use our online payment tool. Dinner tickets can also still be purchased online. Alternatively, you may pay on arrival at the registration desk.
http://astro.u-strasbg.fr/~goosmann/gAstronomy_BH_Accretion/gAstronomy_BH_Accretion_register.html

Have a good trip to Brindisi!

Francesca Panessa
René Goosmann
Andrea Merloni