Second Astronomy School

"The Many Faces of AGN"

National Obsertvatory of Athens, Insitute of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Schedule & Talks


Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) are at the forefront of astrophysical research. They represent natural laboratories to explore physics under extreme conditions, they form cosmic beacons which can be used to probe the early Universe and also signpost sites of intense galaxy and supermassive black-hole formation. Understanding AGN is therefore important for a wide range of applications, from elucidating how galaxies form and evolve, to constraining fundamental cosmological parameters and testing new physics.

The goal of the 2nd Astronomy School organised by the Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the National Observatory is to provide a comprehensive review of the key recent developments in the study of AGN and to highlight open problems and challenges for the future.

The school is sponsored by the British Council, the Ministry of Education, the National Observatory of Athens in Greece, and the General Secretary of Research and Technology. Lectures will be presented by astrophysicists from both Greek and International Universities and Research Institutes. The school will take place at the facilities of the National Observatory of Athens at Pendeli.

Who should attend
The school will be limited to approximately 20 students at the graduate level with an interest in extragalactic Astronomy and AGN research. Keen undergraduates are encouraged to apply. All students must apply for participation via email to the organizing committee. Support for students outside Athens is available. Interested parties please contact the organising committee.

Content and Schedule

Monday 22 to Wednesday 24, September 2008. Lectures will run from 9:00-17:00. Topics covered:

  • Accretion History of the Universe

  • Massive Black Holes Across Cosmic Time

  • The role of AGN in the evolution of galaxies

  • Black Holes and their Environment

  • Cosmology with AGN

  • Multiwavelength properties of AGN

  • AGN Radiation Processes

  • Jet Dynamics


National Observatory of Athens,

Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics,

I. Metaxa & V. Pavlou, Pendeli, Athens,

Seminar room "Aimilios Harlaftis"

List of Speakers

Kirpal Nandra, Imperial College London

Michael Rowan-Robinson, Imperial College London

Andrea Cattaneo, Astrophysical Institute Potsdam

Apostolos Mastichiadis, University of Athens

Spyros Basilakos, Academy of Athens

Manolis Xilouris, National Observatory of Athens

Eleni Chatzichristou, National Observatory of Athens

Antonis Georgakakis, National Observatory of Athens

Manolis Plionis, National Observatory of Athens

Ioannis Georgantopoulos, National Observatory of Athens

Athanassios Akylas, National Observatory of Athens