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New windows on transients across the Universe









The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Paul O'Brien, Professor Kenneth Pounds CBE FRS, Professor Stephen Smartt and Professor Ralph Wijers

Event details

A violent stellar explosion detonates every second in the visible Universe producing transients such as supernovae and gamma-ray bursts. The dawn of a novel array of international observing facilities and detailed super-computer simulations is transforming the field. Our interdisciplinary meeting brings together experimentalists and theorists from photonic, astro-particle, and gravitational wave detection experiments to discuss their results and ideas.

Biographies of the organisers and speakers are available below and you can also download the draft programme (PDF). Recorded audio of the presentations will be available on this page after the event and papers will be published in a future issue of Philosophical Transactions A.

Attending this event

This event is intended for researchers in relevant fields and is free to attend. There are a limited number of places and registration is essential. An optional lunch is offered and should be booked during registration (all major credit cards accepted).

Participants are also encouraged to attend the related satellite meeting Interpreting signals from astrophysical transient experiments which immediately follows this event.

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Schedule of talks

Session 1

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Professor Paul O’Brien, University of Leicester, UK

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GRB progenitors

Professor Tsvi Piran, Racah Institute for Physics, The Hebrew University

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High Energy Transients

Professor Neil Gehrels, NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, USA

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The Dynamics and Afterglow Radiation of Gamma Ray Bursts

Professor Andrew MacFadyen, New York University, USA

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The multi-messenger picture of compact object encounters

Professor Stephan Rosswog, School of Engineering and Science, Jacobs University

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Session 2

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Professor Stephen Smartt, Queens University Belfast, UK

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Crossing the Universe with Supernovae

Professor Brian Schmidt, Australian National University, Australia

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Diverse Energy Sources for Stellar Explosions

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Super-Luminous Supernovae

Professor Avishay Gal-Yam, Weizmann Institute of Science

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The Supernova/Gamma-Ray Burst Connection

Professor Jens Hjorth, Dark Cosmology Centre, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen

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Session 3

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Professor Kenneth Pounds CBE FRS, University of Leicester

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Exploring the transient radio sky: new horizons with LOFAR

Professor Rob Fender, University of Southampton

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Gravitational wave astronomy

Professor Sheila Rowan, University of Glasgow, UK

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Supernova Neutrino Astronomy

Professor John Beacom, Ohio State University, USA

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Very high energy emission from transients

Professor Jim Hinton, University of Leicester, UK

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Session 4

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Professor Ralph Wijers, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Data-Mining and Machine Learning in the LSST Era

Professor Josh Bloom, Dept of Astronomy, University of California, Berkeley

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Monitoring the sky with Pan-STARRS

Professor John Tonry, University of Hawaii, USA

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Supernovae and Cosmology with future European facilities

Professor Isobel Hook, University of Oxford, UK and INAF-Observatory Rome, Italy

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The Square Kilometre Array and the transient Universe

Dr Ben Stappers, University of Manchester

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New windows on transients across the Universe The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK