OCTOBER 6-8, 2014

Presented by the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization and the Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
on the National Mall in Washington D.C.

The Smithsonian Institution and the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization are hosting a three-day conference to improve our understanding of time-domain astrophysics and explosive phenomena. Scientists from around the world will gather at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. to discuss the state of the field in topics ranging from supernovae, gamma-ray bursts and new classes of time-variable sources.

A gala conference banquet will be held at the historic Willard hotel in downtown Washington. The conference will begin with a public lecture from Prof. Robert Kirshner from Harvard University regarding the surprising content of our Universe (RSVP required).



A new generation of sky surveys and time-domain experiments will soon open a new window on transient phenomena in the Universe.

The Giant Magellan Telescope and other spectroscopic instruments will play a leading role in advancing our understanding of objects identified through their explosive variability. The conference will bring together experts from around the world to discuss the state of the field. Topics include gamma-ray bursts as probes of the early universe, supernova explosions, the discovery potential of large-scale optical and radio time-domain surveys, and electromagnetic follow-up of gravitational wave sources.

Registration deadline: September 1, 2014. Space is limited.


Edo Berger, CfA (Chair)
Wendy Freedman, Carnegie Observatories
Bryan Gaensler, U of Sydney
Neil Gehrels, NASA/GSFC
Suvi Gezari, U of Maryland
Paul Green, CfA
Daniel Holz, U of Chicago
Zeljko Ivezic, U of Washington
David Kaplan, U of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Tom Matheson, NOAO
Tara Murphy, U of Sydney
Mark Phillips, Carnegie Observatories
Armin Rest, STScI
Roger Romani, Stanford
Nathan Smith, U of Arizona
Alicia Soderberg, CfA
Nick Suntzeff, Texas A&M
Andrew Szentgyorgyi, CfA
Lucianne Walkowicz, Princeton
Craig Wheeler, U of Texas, Austin
Sung-Chul Yoon, Seoul National University



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