IAU Symposium 342 – Perseus in Sicily: from black hole to cluster outskirts

Noto (Sicily, Italy), 2018 May 13-18

Departure information

Shuttles to Catania airport will depart from Hotel Sofia on Friday, May 18, at 06.50am and 11.40am, and on Saturday, May 19, at 06.00am and 09.50am. Please check your name is in the correct one on the sheet at registration desk.

If you need to depart at a different time, please see the desk to book a car ride and inquire about time and cost, or consider the public transportation hours below.   Public bus by AST (http://www.aziendasicilianatrasporti.it) and Interbus (http://www.interbus.it/Home.aspx) depart near Hotel Flora (via Pola), where tickets can be purchased.  Please note the updated timetables below (updated May 17).

AST Departures from: NOTO  Arrival to: CATANIA AEROPORTO

Typical journey duration: 1h15 (see notes for exceptions)

Friday, May 18 06:15 07:45 09:45 12:45 14:45* 17:45
Saturday, May 19 06:15 07:45 09:45 12:45 14:45* 17:45
Sunday, May 20 09:15 15:45** 17:45**    

* This bus takes 1h25m instead of the usual 1h15m.

** These rides are going to be very crowded because of tourists going back after the “Infiorata”

INTERBUS Departures from: NOTO  Arrival to: CATANIA AEROPORTO

Cost: 8.40€. Typical journey duration: 1h25 (see notes for exceptions)

Friday, May 18 06:05 07:05 07:35 09:20 12:20 12:55* 14:20 16:20 18:20
Saturday, May 19 06:05 07:35 09:20 14:20 16:20
Sunday, May 20 06:55 16:20** 18:20**    

* This bus takes 2h20m instead of the usual 1h25m.

** These rides are going to be very crowded because of tourists going back after the “Infiorata”


Latest news – updated May 11

The conference is about to start!!!!     The registration desk will be open at Grand Hotel Sofia starting Sunday, May 13, at 17.00.     The welcome cocktail will also be served at Grand Hotel Sofia, starting at 20.00.

Please check the travel information page for the current schedule of shuttles and the bus timetable.    We look forward to meeting you all!!!!

Last updates

(14 May) Abstract Booklet

(11 May) Travel information updated with shuttles and bus schedule

(4 May) Final announcement (final logistics, social program, etc.)

(25 March) Publication of preliminary symposium program and list of posters

(28 February) Close of abstract submission for oral presentations

(27 February 2018) Preliminary list of participants available

(23 February 2018) Symposium poster published

(21 February 2018) Notification of travel grant allocations

(20 February 2018)  Second announcement distributed, Travel information updated

(14 January 2018)  Application for IAU travel grants, End of reduced fee registration

(21 Nov 2017) First announcement distributed


Science rationale

The Perseus cluster has recently been the stage of some ground-breaking discoveries: on ultra-fine linear scales, space-VLBI has revealed fundamental details of the jet launching mechanism; on large scales, at superb energy resolution, Hitomi has revealed surprising details about the gas dynamics shaking our current understanding of the cool core phenomenon; in gamma rays of high and very high energy, dramatic activity with extremely short time scales has been reported both in NGC1275 and IC310. The importance and timeliness of discussing these and other topics, including feedback, is enhanced by the many developments recently achieved also in the fields of theory of accretion and particle acceleration, as well as to the great improvement in performance and accuracy of numerical simulations and imaging techniques.

We will gather multi-wavelength observers and theoreticians, experts from the event horizon out to the Megaparsec scales, encouraging interactions and discussion in the beautiful Sicilian city of Noto, a location rich in history, culture, nature, well-being, and science, near to the INAF 32m radio telescope and the CTA-ASTRI prototype.

Participation of qualified scientists with limited means of support, e.g., colleagues from economically less privileged countries and young scientists, will be facilitated thanks to IAU Travel Grants.


Kazunori Akiyama
Michiel Brentjens
Eugene Churazov
Francoise Combes
Denise Gabuzda
Karl Gebhardt
Marie-Lou Gendron-Marsolais
Gabriele Giovannini
Federica Govoni
Matteo Guainazzi
Melanie Johnston-Hollitt
Ruta Kale
Elina Lindfors
Anna Lia Longinotti
Monika Moscibrodzka
Monica Orienti
Chris Reynolds
Jeremy Sanders
Debora Sijacki
Aurora Simionescu
Taka Tamura
Alexander Tchekhovskoy
Eleonora Torresi
Irina Zhuravleva