Announcement Log

       First Announcement of 2011 Meeting of the
      High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) of the
        American Astronomical Society

September 7-10 (Wed.-Sat), 2011
Newport Marriott Hotel
Newport , Rhode Island

Email summary:

Mark your calendars, bookmark the conference website and get on the conference mailing list:

Abstracts are due Friday, May 13, 2011

We are delighted to announce the 2011 edition of the High Energy Astrophysics Divisional meeting and we anticipate another excellent conference with several new and exciting features. Learn about the new results from ongoing missions and programs, as well as the latest results from the Large Hadron Collider. Special sessions will inform, discuss, and debate a range of issues from whether dark matter has been detected to the future of high energy astrophysics.

Newport is a very special place with the best-preserved Colonial district in the United States, along with the greatest mansions of the Gilded Age, one of which will host our conference dinner. The weather should be ideal for taking advantage of the wonderful beaches and outdoor activities.

Special Sessions Include

Upcoming X-Ray Missions: NuSTAR, eROSITA, Astro-H, and GEMS
Astrophysics with the Cherenkov Telescope Array
High-Energy Processes in Nearby Galactic Nuclei
X-Ray Polarimetry as a Probe of Extreme Physics
Transient Astronomy in the Advanced LIGO Era: Electromagnetic
Counterparts to Gravitational-Wave Signals
Time Series in High Energy Astrophysics: Techniques Applicable to Multi-
Dimensional Analysis

In addition to the usual topics, we hope to assemble sessions around the themes:

Are There Viable Models for SN Ia?
Particle Physics and Astrophysics
Have We Detected Dark Matter?

And the following topics might help to inform you about the near-future:

The Future of High Energy Astrophysics
The Hiring Process: Things Young Scientists Should Know

Conference Website (meeting logistics, registration, and abstract submission):

We strongly encourage HEAD members, and the wider community, to join us for this special meeting in September.

Head Executive Committee:

Chryssa Kouveliotou (chair)
Joel Bregman (vice chair)
Mitch Begelman (past chair)
Ann Hornschemeier (secretary-treasurer)
Jack Hughes
Frits Paerels
Belinda Wilkes
Rosane DiStefano
Stephen Reynolds
Jan Vrtilek

Local Organizing Committee Chair:

Meg Urry, Yale University

Please contact Trish Dobson ( for any help with your logistical needs and/or any questions regarding this meeting.