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 meeting will take place at the "Diaspora" museum, which is in the university campus (http://www.bh.org.il/), in the Zeevi hall (http://www.bh.org.il/wp-content/uploads/Zeevi.pdf). The description of the hall is in Hebrew but the picture is valid.”

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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. Avishay 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 and Exoplanetary Systems TBD
Monday July 10, session 2 Instrumentation A Boris Shustov and John Hutchings
Tuesday July 11, session 1 Exoplanets & Stellar Astrophysics Luca Fossati
Tuesday July 11, session 2 Stellar Astrophysics & Galaxies A: Populations in globular clusters TBD
Wednesday July 12, session 1 Instrumentation B Brian Fleming
Afternoon-Evening Social Event
Thursday July 13, session 1 ISM & IGM TBD
Thursday July 13, session 2 Time domain UV astronomy Avishay Gal-Yam
Friday July 14, session 1 Stellar Astrophysics & Galaxies B TBD
Conference closing and summary Ana Ines Gomez de Castro

Registered Participants

Name Institution Country
Allison Youngblood University of Colorado USA
Marina Orio Dept. of Astronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Italian National institute of Astrophysics, Padova
Marta Silva University of Groningen The Netherlands
Jay Holberg Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona USA
Brian Fleming University of Colorado USA
Sergey Shugarov Sternberg Astronamical Observatory, Moscow University Russia
Sathyanarayan Kuzhikkat Amrita University India
Areg Mickaelian Byurakan Observatory Armenia
Leire Beitia Antero Complutense University, Madrid Spain
Sabina Ustamujic Complutense University, Madrid Spain
Michael Rutkowski Stockholm University Sweden
Roberto Rampazzo Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova Italy
Michael Siegel Penn State University USA
Caryl Gronwall Penn State University USA
Jayant Murthy Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore India
Marcella Contini Tel Aviv University Israel
Sara Heap NASA USA
Marcello Armengot Complutense University, Madrid Spain
Pablo Marcos Arenal Complutense University, Madrid Spain
Sreejith Aickara Gopinathan Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore India
Luciana Bianchi Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore USA
Jayant Murthy Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore India
Boris Shustov INASAN, Moscow Russia
Odette Fabiola Toloza Castillo University of Warwick UK
Wen Hou National Astronomical Observatories, Beijing China
Yinbi Li National Astronomical Observatories, Beijing China
Ana I. Gomez de Castro Complutense University, Madrid Spain
Noah Brosch Tel Aviv University Israel
John Hutchings National Research Council Canada
Shai Kaspi Tel Aviv University Israel
Fadil Saleh Ministry of Science, Technology and Space Israel
Avigdor Blasberger Ministry of Science, Technology and Space Israel
Jeffrey L. Linsky University of Colorado USA
Avishay Gal-Yam Weizmann Institute Israel
Luca Fossati Space Research institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences Austria
Tobias Schmidt University of California Santa Barbara USA
Erez Ribak Technion Israel
Ana I. Gomez de Castro Complutense University, Madrid Spain
Paul Scowen Arizona State University USA
Lauro Conti University of Tuebingen Germany
Mikhail Sachkov INASAN, Moscow Russia
Maayane Soumagnac Weizmann Institute Israel


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 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 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. Since the number of blocked rooms is limited and about half have already been requested, we urge those who want to stay at the Grand Beach to please indicate this to us the soonest. To book a room using our special university discount fill in the form below:


Proposed contributions should be sent directly to noah@wise.tau.ac.il before 30 April 2017.


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


Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv 6997801