We could easily say that small Slovenia covers the never-ending universe. Starting with Herman Potočnik – Nordung as one of the pioneers of space, and recently with becoming an associate member of the European Space Agency ESA, Slovenia and the local organiser – the University of Nova Gorica, are proud hosts of the IAU Symposium 324: New Frontiers in Black Hole Astrophysics taking place this September in the CD Congress Centre Ljubljana.
Black holes, a prediction from Karl Schwarzschild’s solution of Einstein’s field equations in 1916, were originally considered to be an esoteric, abstract mathematical concept. Today, thanks to five decades of technology development across the electromagnetic spectrum, supermassive black holes are accepted to lie at the heart of all bulge-dominated galaxies, new stellar-mass black holes are discovered every year in the form of Gamma Ray Bursts and the search for intermediate-mass black holes continues.
IAU Symposium 324: “New Frontiers in Black Hole Astrophysics” will bring together world-leading experts working across the interface between observational and theoretical astrophysics, theoretical physics and particle physics, who share a common interest in black-hole driven systems. The main topics of discussion will be the current state-of-the-art in studies of black-hole driven accretion, jet formation, acceleration, and emission mechanisms (i.e. source physics) and black-hole systems as astrophysical tools to test the current theories of gravity and elementary particle physics in and beyond the standard model.
This symposium brings also events for the general public, including a popular public lecture and an exhibition of black holes.
IAU Symposium 324: New Frontiers in Black Hole Astrophysics
12–16 Sep 2016
CD Congress Centre, Ljubljana, Slovenia