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Multi-Message Time Domain Astronomy

Due to new sequestration policies,
this conference has been canceled.

Annapolis, MD
May 29-31, 2013

Conference Announcement:

This is an exciting time in the field of time domain astronomy. Wide-field survey projects and missions are on-line or coming on-line across the electromagnetic spectrum from LOFAR in the radio; to PanSTARRS, PTF and LSST in the visible; to MAXI, eROSITA, Swift, INTEGRAL, Fermi, CTA, and HAWC at high energies. In addition, new instruments such as the IceCube neutrino detector and the LIGO-Virgo gravitational wave detectors will open multi-messenger channels of observation. Transient phenomena such as gamma-ray bursts, supernovae, and compact mergers are key multi-messenger sources that serve as physics laboratories as well as astronomical tools for studying the universe.

The Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science & Technology (CRESST) and NASA/GSFC will hold a three-day conference on "Multi-Messenger Time Domain Astronomy" May 29-31, 2013 at the Loews Hotel in Annapolis, Maryland to discuss the progress and future prospects for this field, with the focus on multi-messenger transient sources. Participants will be invited to submit abstracts for contributed talks and posters, though please note that space for talks is limited. Posters highlighting specific multi-messenger observing opportunities and facility capabilities are especially encouraged.

Pre-Conference Workshop:
Astronomical Capabilities for Discovering Counterparts to Gravitational Wave Sources
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

What are the major facilities for radio, optical, and high-energy astronomy? What are their capabilities with respect to gravitational wave source models? What is the current status of our understanding of gravitational wave events, and what instruments might detect them? How can researchers utilize these observatories effectively? How does information flow to and from these facilities? What will be available in the coming years?

These questions and others will be discussed at an introductory workshop on Tuesday, May 28, as a prelude to the three day conference. The introductory workshop will provide overview level talks on the observational facilities that can be used in conjunction with gravitational wave observatories.

Important Dates/Registration

Abstracts Deadline: April 12, 2013
Early Registration Deadline: April 19, 2013
Online Registration Deadline: May 25, 2013
No refunds after May 14, 2013

Scientific Organizing Committee:

Joshua Bloom
Joan Centrella (co-chair)
Dale Frail
Suvi Gezari (co-chair)
Neil Gehrels (co-chair)
Gabriela Gonzalez
Francis Halzen
Martin Hendry
Ann Hornschemeier
Stefanie Komossa
Lee Mundy
Paul O'Brien
Steve Ritz
Peter Shawhan
Alicia Soderberg
Michael Strauss
Craig Wheeler
Roy Williams
Michael Wise

Local Organizing Committee:

Mike Corcoran
David Holdridge (co-chair)
Jonah Kanner
Andrew Ptak (co-chair)
Lynette Queen
Judith Racusin
Jeremy Schnittman
Tonia Venters

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