The recent generation of high energy observatories has enabled unprecedented progress to be made in our understanding of astrophysics in the X-ray domain. Current technical evaluations suggest that the XMM-Newton spacecraft and its scientific instruments may continue to provide first class X-ray observations well into the next decade. Other X-ray missions are planned to be launched soon, including Astro-H and e-ROSITA. Coupled with new ground-based developments, this will open up new exciting opportunities for multi-wavelength and follow-up observations, to which XMM-Newton is ideally placed to play a major role.
This workshop will summarise the state of our current knowledge derived from X-ray astrophysics. We will discuss some of the major achievements over the past years, and identify a set of fundamental questions still to be addressed. Within this context a primary aim of the workshop will be to define the key scientific topics which will have the highest scientific importance and impact. We will seek to identify observing programs of maximum long-term value to the entire astronomical community. Many of these programs are likely to require large amounts of observing time on only a few carefully selected targets or sky areas. We strongly encourage innovative ideas for applications, and the formation of well organised major collaborations.
Scientific Organising CommitteeMartin Ward (chair)University of Durham, United KingdomMonique ArnaudCEA Saclay, Gif sur Yvette Cedex, FranceXavier BarconsInstituto de F�sica de Cantabria (CSIC-UC), Santander, SpainHans B�hringerMPE, Garching, GermanyCatherine CesarskyCEA Saclay, Gif sur Yvette Cedex, FranceAnne DecourchelleCEA Saclay, Gif sur Yvette Cedex, FranceChris DoneUniversity of Durham, United KingdomIoannis GeorgantopoulosNational Observatory of Athens, GreeceBrian McBreenUniversity College Dublin, IrelandRichard MushotzkyUniversity of Maryland, College Park, USANanda ReaCSIC-IEEC/University of Amsterdam, Spain/The NetherlandsMarco SalvatiINAF, Osservatorio di Arcetri, Firenze, ItalyCraig SarazinUniversity Virginia, Charlottesville, USANorbert Schartel (co-chair)European Space Agency, Villanueva de la Ca�ada, Spain