We are delighted to announce IAU Symposium 363 in L’Aquila, Italy. Please find below some important information (including early registration process, financial support requests, and abstract submission). For further information please visit the conference webpage




IAU Symposium 363: Neutron Star Astrophysics at the Crossroads:

Magnetars and the Multimessenger Revolution — 1st Announcement


June 22nd - 26th, 2020

Gran Sasso Science Institute, L'Aquila, Italy


The 363st International Astronomical Union (IAU) Symposium will be held in L'Aquila, Italy in June 2020.

The symposium will focus on the astrophysical implications of gravitational wave and electromagnetic observations of neutron stars. It will discuss the status, perspectives and challenges in the blossoming era of multi-messenger astronomy in order to build a complete physical picture of neutron stars, both isolated and in binary systems. It will explore the many facets of neutron stars, from magnetars to extreme astrophysical phenomena, such as giant flares, gamma-ray bursts and kilonovae. It will include discussions on next generation facilities for multi-messenger astronomy and their associated science cases.

The symposium will bring together the most prominent specialists in neutron star physics, magnetars, gamma-ray bursts, gravitational wave observations and theory. It will represent a natural avenue to present and discuss the latest transformative results of multi-messenger observations of neutron stars. The symposium will be organized around a morning plenary session and two parallel sessions in the afternoon. Plenary sessions are designed to give a broad and interdisciplinary overview of neutron stars, their gravitational wave and electromagnetic emission. The parallel sessions will instead provide a deeper insight into specific questions on the physics of magnetars on one side, and neutron stars as sources of gravitational waves, kilonovae and gamma ray burst on the other.

Coordinating IAU Division: Division D High Energy Phenomena and Fundamental Physics

Supporting IAU Commission: Commission D1 Gravitational-wave astrophysics

INVITED SPEAKERS (preliminary list)

Slavko Bogdanov, Alessandra Corsi, Paolo D’Avanzo, Imma Donnarumma, Irina Dvorkin, Paolo Esposito, Chris Freyer, Ersin Gogus, Alice Harding (TBC), Jeremy Heyl, Kostas Gourgouliatos, Michael Kramer, Paola Leaci, Samaya Nissanke, George Pavlov, Luigi Piro, Sergei Popov, Andrea Possenti, Bangalore Sathyaprakash, Masaru Shibata, Masaomi Tanaka, Christina Thöne, Hendrik Van Eerten, Daniele Viganò, Linqing Wen.


Registration and abstract submission open November 15th 2019

Deadline to apply for IAU Travel Grants/Financial Support January 15th 2020

Deadline for abstract submission February 15th 2020

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The conference fee is 325,00 € (275,00 € for undergraduate and PhD students). It includes coffee breaks and lunches from Monday to Friday, social dinner, on-line proceedings, and childcare. The late registration fee (afterApril 15th) is 400,00 €. Please indicate when registering if you would like to be considered for financial support. Funds are provided by the IAU to support travel to the meeting to PhD students, early-career researchers, and researchers from economically less privileged countries who otherwise would be unable to attend the meeting.


Marica Branchesi (chair), Gian Luca Israel (chair), Roberto Turolla (chair), Eleonora Troja (chair), Matthew Baring, Laura Cadonati, Bala Iyer, Nobuyuki Kawai, Tara Murphy, Rosalba Perna, Nanda Rea, Stephan Rosswog, Samar Safi-Harb, Dmitry Yakovlev, Silvia Zane


Eleonora Troja, Silvia Zane


Marica Branchesi (chair), Chiara Badia, Valerio Congeduti, Eliana Di Giovanni, Marco Drago, Gor Oganesyan, Giulia Pagliaroli, Alessandro Pajewski