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.”

  Full poster in PDF format



  • 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

Date Time Person Title
10 July 09:00 Noah Brosch Opening
  09:10 Jeff Linsky
UV Astronomy through the Ages
  09:50 Boris Shustov
Comets in the UV
  10:20 Coffee break  
  10:40 David Polishook
Weizmann institute
Why do we need UV observations of asteroids?
  11:10 Ana Ines Gomez de Castro
Complutense University
On the potentials of Lyman alpha monitoring for exoplanets studies
  11:40 Marina Orio
University of Wisconsin-Madison, and INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova
UV-surveys as means of identifying and understanding X-ray binaries in the Local Universe
  12:00 Sabina Ustamujic
Complutense University
MHD simulations of protostellar jets
  12:40 Allison Youngblood
U. Colorado
The MUSCLES Treasury Survey: UV characterization of 11 nearby exoplanet host stars
  13:10 Lunch Break  
  14:10 Boris Shustov
World Space Observatory  Ultraviolet remains very relevant
  15:00 John Hutchings
NRC, Canada
The ASTROSAT/UVIT mission: preliminary results
  15:40 Brian Fleming
University of Colorado
The LUVOIR mission
  16:30 Coffee break  
  16:50 Sara Heap
The UV Mission Concept, CETUS
  17:20 Paul Scowen
Arizona State U.
Use of Plasma Enhanced ALD to create pure, controlled coatings of metal oxide and fluorides for FUV filter construction
  17:50 Paul Scowen
Arizona State U.
Future Possibilities for FUV Astronomy from Space: the HabEx UVS instrument and the ANUBIS probe mission concept
  18:20 End of first day  
11 July 09:00 Luca Fossati
Space Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Exoplanet science at UV wavelengths
  09:40 Shkolnik/Scowen
Arizona State U.
Monitoring the high-energy radiation environment of around low-mass stars with SPARCS (Star-Planet Activity Research CubeSat)
  10:10 Odette Toloza
University of Warwick
New constraints to the single degenerate channel from failed SNeIa
  10:40 Coffee break  
  11:10 Luciana Bianchi
Johns Hopkins U
New source catalogs and science tools from the GALEX UV sky surveys
  11:50 Luciana Bianchi
Johns Hopkins U
A characterization of the post-AGB stellar population from GALEX-SDSS-PanSTARRS-HST-Gaia surveys
  12:20 Jay Holberg
Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Arizona U.
A Comprehensive Characterization of Sirius-Like Systems
  12:50 Lunch Break  
  13:50 Mike Shara
American Museum Natural History
A 9 month, Near-UV HST Survey of M87
  14:40 Maayane Soumagnac
Weizmann Institute
A UV glimpse at Wind-Supernovae
  15:10 Coffee break  
  15:40 Sergey Shugarov
Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia
Detection of the appearance and disappearance of superhumps in thecataclysmic variable RZ LMi in the "U" passband
  16:10 Michael Siegel
Penn State U.
Pulsating or Exploding: UVOT Sweeps Up the Hot Stars
  16:40 Roberto Rampazzo
Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova
Investigating early-type galaxy evolution with a multi-wavelength approach
  17:10 Maayane Soumagnac
Weizmann Institute
Unveiling the stellar environment with eclipses and supernovae explosions
  17:40 Sathya Narayanan
Amrita University, India
Diffuse Ultraviolet Radiation near Taurus Molecular Cloud
  18:10 End of second day  
12 July 09:00 Jayant Murthy
Indian Institute of Astrophysics
Small Scientific Payloads at IIA
  09:40 Lauro Conti
University of Tuebingen
MCP detector development for UV space missions
  10:10 Erez Ribak
UV compact telescope mission
  10:40 Coffee break  
  11:10 Pablo Marcos Arenal
Complutense University
WSO-UV Simulator applied to the detectability of spectral lines
  11:40 Juan Vallejo
Complutense University
Building the WSO-UV Science Control Centre: the Mission Data Archive
  12:10 Marta Silva
University of Groningen
Simulations of UV emission from galaxies and from the IGM
  12:40 John Hutchings
NRC, Canada
The CASTOR mission
  13:10 Lunch Break  
  14:10 End of third day  
  15:45 Hotel pickup for Jaffa tour+conference dinner  
13 July 09:00 Jeff Linsky
Probing the Local ISM with UV Spectroscopy
  09:40 Marcelo Armengot
Complutense University
Distribution of ISM features as per the GALEX all sky survey
  10:10 Leire Beita-Antero
Complutense University
Distribution of small dust grains in Orion. A GALEX-based study
  10:40 Coffee break  
  11:10 Avi Blasberger
Israel Space Agency and Technion
Shifted UV 2175Å Absorption Feature as Indicator of PAH Molecules
  11:40 Michael Rutkowski
Stockholm University
The UV perspective on reionization and missing metals in the low-redshift universe
  12:10 Tobias Schmidt
U. California, Santa Barbara
Using HST FUV spectroscopy to map He ii reionization and constrain thequasar episodic lifetime to > 25 Myr
  12:40 Lunch Break  
14:10 Avishay Gal-Yam
Weizmann Institute
UV Time-Domain Surveys
  14:50 Areg Mickaelian
Byurakan Observtory
UV properties of Markarian galaxies
  15:20 Shai Kaspi
Wise Observatory
Measuring Supermassive Black Holes via Reverberation Mapping in the UV
  16:10 Coffee break  
  16:40 Panel of experts on small missions  
  18:00 Ana Ines Gomez de Castro
Complutense University
Concluding remarks
  18:30 Conference ends  

On Friday July 14 we organized a visit to the Herzlyia Space Laboratory, where nano-satellites are built and launched by high-school pupils, followed by an excursion to Caesarea Maritima National Park to visit the Roman ruins of the town built by Herod the Great.

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
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
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