Program

Program

During the symposium (7 – 11 of October) the scheme planned will cover seven sessions, where each session will cover a main topic. Per each session we will have 1 – 2 invited talks (30min), contributed talks (15min), and posters. Summary of the topic and open discussion is planned at the end of each session (30min), and at the end of conference (1hr). Each session will be divided into 1 – 3 sections. We will have up to 4 sections/day (2 in the morning and up to 2 in the afternoon).

Detailed description of the scientific program

            Session 1: Multiwavelength AGN surveys: past, present, and future (2 sections)

Photometric, spectroscopic and polarimetric observations of AGN over the entire electromagnetic spectrum including past and present multi-wavelength surveys. We will also discuss expectations from future missions like eROSITA, JWST, Euclid, CTA, SKA, E-ELT, and Athena.

            Session 2: AGN types and unification (3 sections)

Classification schemes in different wavelength bands with emphasis on new results from MIR, FIR and X-ray surveys and comparison between optical and radio classification. The session also includes new ideas about type 1, type 2 and type 1.9 AGN and discussion about torus observations and models. Other types of central obscurers will also be discussed.

            Session 3: Variability (2 sections)

Broad band and spectroscopic studies of variable AGN. The discussion will be focused on what we know about the duration and origin of variations in different parts of SED, and on new theoretical improvements. We will address the status of reverberation mapping and its use for determining black hole mass, and new observations and theoretical models regarding continuum variations and accretion disk properties. The session includes also a discussion about the role of large facilities (e.g., eROSITA, LSST, and SKA) in variability studies.

            Session 4: Active black holes and their host galaxies (3 sections)

New observational, theoretical, and numerical results about the connections between SMBHs and their host galaxies. This includes models of SMBH growth, and stellar mass growth via star formation, at different epochs, and the various scaling relationships between the two. AGN morphology and types with regard to the growth scenarios, AGN in blue and red galaxies, and the role of environment, are also part of this session.

            Session 5: Triggering, feedback and shutting off AGN activity (3 sections)

The status of AGN theory and numerical simulations regarding triggering of AGN activity, and shutting-off black hole accretion and star formation via AGN feedback. This includes major and minor galaxy mergers, secular evolution and feeding from the halo. Special attention will be given to differences in those mechanisms at different epochs.

            Session 6: Jets and environment (1 section)

New observational, theoretical, and numerical results regarding relativistic and non-relativistic jets. This includes modeling jet morphologies, propagation, and stability and the origin of AGN jets. We aim to understanding better the evolution of astrophysical jets at different redshifts and the influence of jets on their environment.

            Session 7: The Highest redshift AGN and AGN evolution (2 sections)

AGN evolution from the early seed black holes until the present time. Observations and modeling of the first AGN and plans to observe such objects at redshifts larger than 7.5 – the present record. The session will also address the total black hole mass in the universe.

  Tentative schedule:

Sun 6th

afternoon

Registration

Mon 7th

morning

Registration

Opening ceremony

Session 1 (I section): invited talk by Dr. Niel Brandt, contributed talks

afternoon

Session 1 (II section): contributed talks, session summary and open discussion

Session 2 (I section), invited talk by Dr. Claudio Ricci, contributed talks

Tue 8th

morning

Session 2 (II section), contributed talks, session summary and open discussion

Session 3 (I section): invited talk by Dr. Paulina Lira, contributed talks

lunch session

Development of astronomy and space science in Africa

afternoon

Outreach activities

Wed 9th

morning

Session 3 (II section): contributed talks, session summary and open discussion

Session 4 (I section): invited talk by Dr. Petri Vaisanen, contributed talks

lunch session

Current status of women in astronomy and space science in Africa

afternoon

Excursion

Thu 10th

morning

Session 4 (II and III sections): contributed talks, session summary and open discussion

afternoon

Session 5 (I and II section): invited talk Dr. Francoise Combes, contributed talks, session summary and open discussion

Fri 11th

morning

Session 6 (full), invited talk by Dr. Raffaella Morganti, contributed talks, session summary and open discussion

Session 7 (I section): invited talk by Dr. Benny Trakhtenbrot, contributed talks

afternoon

Session 7 (II section): contributed talks, session summary and open discussion

Final discussion

Conference closing reception