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Date: 11-15 May 2020

Neutron stars are the compact remnants of massive stars which are left behind when such stars terminate their life in a supernova explosion. The extreme physical conditions in/near neutron stars are impossible to imitate in any laboratory on Earth and make these compact objects ideal for studying the fundamental nature of physics – e.g. neutron stars host the densest matter in the observable universe, possess the strongest electromagnetic fields and are excellent probes of strong-field gravity. Many neutron stars are found in binary systems with a companion star leading to exotic interactions affecting their formation in supernovae, mass transfer and emission of X-rays, the recycling process to millisecond pulsars, and their evolution as gravitational wave sources and mergers. This conference will gather world leading experts for a dedicated and lively meeting on new ideas in neutron star astrophysics.


Nils Andersson (Uni. Southampton, UK)

John Antoniadis (MPIfR, Bonn, Germany)

Abbas Askar (Lun Uni., Sweden)

Matthew Bailes (Swinburne Uni., Australia)

Andreas Bauswein (GSI, Darmstadt, Germany)

Chris Belczynski (Copernicus Center, PAN, Poland)

Edo Berger (Harvard Uni., USA)

Rene Breton (Uni. Manchester, UK) 

Alessandra Buonanno (AEI, Potsdam, Germany)

Hailiang Chen (Yunnan Obs., China)    

Jerome Chenevez (DTU Space, Denmark) 

Ross Church (Lund Uni., Sweden) 

Monica Colpi (Uni. Milano-Bicocca, Italy)

Melvyn Davies (Lund Uni., Sweden)

Nathalie Degenaar (Uni. Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Tim Dietrich (NIKHEF, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Maria Drout (Uni. Toronto, Canada)

Paulo Freire (MPIfR, Bonn, Germany)

Chris Fryer (LANL, Los Alamos, USA)

Alexander Heger (Monash Uni., Australia)

Jason Hessels (Uni. Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Gian Luca Israel (INAF, Rome, Italy)

Thomas Janka (MPA, Garching, Germany)

Vicky Kalogera (Northwestern Uni., USA)

David Kaplan (Uni. Wisconsin, USA)

Mansi Kasliwal (CalTech, USA)

Victoria Kaspi (McGill Uni., Canada) 

Michael Kramer (MPIfR, Bonn, Germany)

Norbert Langer (Uni. Bonn, Germany)

Xiang-Dong Li (Nanjing Uni., China)

Ilya Mandel (Monash Uni., Australia)

Michela Mapelli (INAF, Padova, Italy)

Brian Metzger (Columbia Uni., USA)

Cole Miller (Uni. Maryland, USA)

Takashi Moriya (NAOJ, Tokyo, Japan)

Bernhard Mueller (Monash Uni., Australia)

Gijs Nelemans (Radboud Uni., The Netherlands)

Samaya Nissanke (Uni. Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Maria Alessandra Papa (AEI, Hannover, Germany)  

Chris Pethick (NBI, Uni. Copenhagen, Denmark)  

Tsvi Piran (Hebrew Uni., Jerusalem, Israel)

Philipp Podsiadlowski (Oxford Uni., UK)

Juri Poutanen (Uni. Turku, Finland) 

Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz (UCSC, USA/NBI, Denmark)  

Scott Ransom (NRAO, Virginia, USA)

Luciano Rezzolla (Uni. Frankfurt, Germany)

Carl Rodriguez (MIT, Boston, USA)

Stephan Rosswog (Stockholm Uni., Sweden)

Luigi Stella (INAF, Rome, Italy)

Maximilian Stritzinger (Aarhus Uni., Denmark)

Irene Tamborra (NBIA, Copenhagen, Denmark)

Thomas Tauris (Aarhus Uni., Denmark)

Edward van den Heuvel (Uni. Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Marten van Kerkwijk (Uni. Toronto, Canada) 

Norbert Wex (MPIfR, Bonn, Germany)

Preliminary program

Monday: Millisecond Pulsars (and their applications)

Tuesday: Supernovae (progenitors and fate)

Wednesday: X-ray binaries (accretion, recycling and ULXs) 

Thursday: Gravitational wave sources (LIGO and LISA)

Friday: Mergers (kilonovae, r-processes and sGRBs)

Social program

Two visits to the the following excursions sites in Aarhus are planned:

Moesgaard Museum (MOMU): a prehistory and ethnographic museum of international calibre. At MOMU, prehistory is presented innovatively in a breathtaking architectural setting.

The Old Town (Den Gamle By): a national open-air museum of urban history and culture in Denmark and with Living history.

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