Growing Black Holes: Accretion and mergers, 19-24 April 2020, is the seventh in a series of astrophysical conferences held in Kathmandu (Nepal). The meeting will focus on various aspects on accretion onto black holes, mergers of compact objects forming black holes, and jets formed in those systems. Emission of those systems/events in electromagnetic radiation, gravitational waves and neutrinos will be also addressed.
This conference will be in memory of Sergio Colafrancesco.
Sergio has been among the conference organizers for most of the previous conference editions. He was an internationally recognized scientist, expert in cosmology and astrophysics and a Nepal lover.
- Black holes of all masses
- Compact object mergers at all scales (stellar mass & supermassive), EM and GW signatures
- Physics of accretion, disc winds and jets – Galactic systems, IMBHs, and AGN
- Stellar tidal disruption events (TDEs)
- Large-scale feedback: jets and outflows
- Galaxy – BH scaling relations
- Collapsars: black hole formation and GRBs
- Multimessenger astrophysics
- Mission Highlights and upcoming missions
The conference will be held at the five star Hotel Radisson in Kathmandu, Nepal. The hotel is close to the Royal Palace and within walking distance to the center of the city.
The conference fee will be 350 EUR (including lunches, coffee breaks, welcome reception and conference banquet, use of the hotel conference facilities and a sightseeing) if registered before the deadline of 2020.01.01. After that, late registration will only be possible, if any space is left. The fee then is 400 EUR. We strongly encourage early registration and flight booking.
A reduced fee of 250 EUR is foreseen for colleagues who work in SAARC countries and a further reduced fee of 200 EUR is foreseen for students (PhD, master degrees).
Pre-conference school for local students
A two-day school for local students (April 16-17), which introduces the conference topics, is planned.
There is the option of booking a few post-conference trips, including trekking in Nepal with Everest/Himalaya views, and a one-week excursion to Bhutan. These are not part of the conference, but are organized by external trekking agencies. Strict booking deadlines apply. More information is available here
Scientific Organizing Committee
G. Beck (South Africa), K. Belczynski (Poland), M. Branchesi (Italy), M. Colpi (Italy), M. Elvis (US), A. Gopakumar (India), K. Holley-Bockelmann (US), A. Ingram (UK), S. Komossa (chair; Germany), J.-P. Lasota (France), R. Morganti (Netherlands), C. Mundell (UK), E. Palazzi (Italy), E. Pian (Italy), L. Piro (Italy), L. Rezzolla (Germany), G. Sivakoff (Canada), A. Tchekhovskoy (US), M. Trenti (Australia), D.R. Upadhyay (Tribhuvan Univ., Nepal), A. Veledina (Finland), A. Zdziarski (Poland), S.-N. Zhang (China)
Local Organizing Committee
S. Komossa (Bonn, Germany), E. Palazzi (INAF/OAS-Bologna, Italy), M. Trenti (Melbourne Univ., Australia), A. Zdziarski (chair, NCAC, Poland)