A conference to discuss lessons learned from past UV sky surveys, the status of on-going missions, and plans for future missions. The topics will include both scientific and instrumentation issues, as well as technological challenges to facilitate the future missions.

10-14 July 2017 at Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

The conference will likely take place in the Exact Sciences complex, below and to the right of the Matatia Gate (2) mark on the campus map.

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  • Planetary systems
  • Instrumentation for UV astronomy, exoplanets and stellar astrophysics
  • Future missions
  • Interstellar and intergalactic matter in the UV
  • Time-domain UV astronomy
  • Galaxies and intergalactic matter
  • Active galaxies

The sessions will consist of a few invited review talks and many more contributed papers. We plan to allow sufficient space for poster display during the conference. The planned sessions are on planetary systems, on exoplanets and stellar astrophysics including stellar populations in galaxies and their subsystems, on the interstellar and intergalactic matter, and on time domain UV astrophysics. The invited speakers are Adriana Ocampo (TBC), Aki Roberge, Francesca Figueres, Juna Kollmeier (TBC), Boris Shustov, Jiangyan Wei (TBC), Giampaolo Piotto, Kevin France, Brian Fleming (TBC), John Hutchings, and Avishay Gal-Yam. Gal-Yam will also describe the proposed mission ULTRASAT.
A particularly interesting session will be dedicated to a round table of experts that will discuss small missions in the UV, including high-altitude balloons, sounding rocket experiments, cubesat missions, etc.

Detailed Program

Day and session Topic Invited speaker
Conference opening
Historical perspective UV astronomy throughout the ages Jeffrey L. Linsky
Monday July 10, session 1 Planetary Systems Adriana Ocampo (TBC)
Monday July 10, session 2 -“-
Monday July 10, session 3 Instrumentation A Boris Shustov
Monday July 10, session 4 -“- Jiangyan Wei (TBC)
Tuesday July 11, session 1 Exoplanets & Stellar Astrophysics Aki Roberge
Tuesday July 11, session 2 -“-
Tuesday July 11, session 3 Stellar Astrophysics & Galaxies A: Populations in globular clusters Giampaolo Piotto
Tuesday July 11, session 4 Stellar Astrophysics & Galaxies A
Wednesday July 12, session 1 Instrumentation B Kevin France or Brian Fleming
Wednesday July 12, session 2 -“- John Hutchings
Thursday July 13, session 1 ISM & IGM Francesca Figueres
Thursday July 13, session 2 -“-
Thursday July 13, session 2 -“-
Thursday July 13, session 3 Time domain UV astronomy Avishay Gal-Yam
Thursday July 13, session 4 -“-
Friday July 14, session 1 Stellar Astrophysics & Galaxies B Juna Kollmeier (TBC)
Friday July 14, session 2 -“-
Conference closing and summary Ana Ines Gomez de Castro


Scientific Organizing Committee

  • Ana Ines Gomez de Castro, Spain (chair)
  • Noah Brosch, Israel (co-chair)
  • Martin Barstow, UK
  • Isabella Pagano, Italy
  • Luciana Bianchi, USA
  • John Hutchings, Canada
  • Mikhail Sachkov, Russia
  • Jayant Murthy, India
  • Jorge Melnick, Chile
  • Maohai Huang, China

Local Organizing Committee


The early registration fee is 300 Euro for non-Israeli participants (30 Euro for bona-fide students), or 1000 Israeli Shekels for Israeli participants (100 ISh for bona-fide students). The early registration is available until 15 March 2017. Following this date all fees increase by 15%. The registration fee should be paid by credit card using the links below. Please use the suitable link to register.


If you are a bona-fide student (MSc or PhD) click here, and send a letter confirming your status from your advisor to Dr. Noah Brosch.
Non-students click here.

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We have booked a block of rooms from 9 July to 15 July 2017 at the Tel Aviv Grand Beach hotel (4*). The room price is 490 ISh per night and includes breakfast. These rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Grand Beach hotel is located in the center of Tel Aviv, the city that never sleeps, and just across the road from the Mediterranean beach. To book a room using our special university discount fill in the form below:


Dr. Noah Brosch
Email: noah@wise.tau.ac.il
Phone: (972)-3-6407413


Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv 6997801