Giacconi Symposium: Preliminary Announcement

by Mark Adams last modified Feb 06, 2019

rgiacconi.jpgThe Space Telescope Science Institute, Center for Astrophysics – Harvard & Smithsonian, the Johns Hopkins University, European Southern Observatory, and Associated Universities, Inc. are organizing a Memorial Symposium to celebrate the life and work of our friend and colleague Riccardo Giacconi, whom we lost on 9 December 2018. The Symposium will cover the various phases of Riccardo’s career and achievements. It will be held in Washington, D.C. at the National Academy of Sciences (2101 Constitution Ave, N.W.) on 29-30 May 2019.

A Science Organizing Committee is being established to develop the program and invite speakers. Within a few weeks, we will provide a website with information on lodging, registration, and a preliminary list of invited speakers. The website will also accommodate requests for contributed presentations.

We request that you send a statement indicating your interest in attending at your earliest convenience, but no later than 28 February to:

Your input will facilitate our planning, as there are limitations on the number of attendees that can be accommodated for the event.

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