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Conference "The many facets of extragalactic radio surveys: towards new
scientific challenges" - First Announcement

Dear colleagues,

  we would like to bring to your attention the conference "The many facets
of extragalactic radio surveys: towards new scientific challenges", that
will be held in Bologna (Italy) in the period 20-23 October 2015.

Below is a short description of the conference scope. The registration
will open on March 1st, 2015. In the mean time we invite all those
interested in receiving further details and announcements to pre-register

For any inquires please contact

Please distribute the present announcement to potentially interested

Best regards
the SOC

R. Morganti (ASTRON) co-chair
I. Prandoni (INAF-IRA) co-chair
P. Best (ROE)
A. Bonafede (Hamburg Univ.)
R. Braun (SKA Org)
L. Feretti (INAF-IRA)
M. Jarvis (Western Cape/Oxford Univ.)
E. Murphy (Caltech)
R. Norris (CSIRO)
M. Perez-Torres (IAA)
L. Saripalli (Raman)
T. Venturi (INAF-IRA)

Conference Title: The many facets of extragalactic radio surveys: towards new
scientific challenges


Radio continuum surveys are a powerful tool to detect large number of objects over a wide range of redshifts and obtain information on the intensity, polarization and distribution properties of radio sources  across the sky. They are essential to answer to fundamental questions of modern astrophysics.

Radio astronomy is in the midst of a transformation. Developments in high-speed digital signal processing and broad-band optical fibre links between antennas have enabled significant upgrades of the existing radio facilities (e-MERLIN, JVLA, ATCA-CABB, eEVN, APERTIF), and are leading to next-generation radio telescopes (LOFAR, MWA, ASKAP, MeerKAT). All these efforts will ultimately lead to the realization of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), which, owing to advances in sensitivity, field-of-view, frequency range and spectral resolution, will yield transformational science in many astrophysical
research fields.

The purpose of this meeting is to explore new scientific perspectives offered by modern radio surveys, focusing on synergies allowed by  multi-frequency, multi-resolution observations.  We will bring together researchers working on wide aspects of the physics and evolution of  extra-galactic radio sources, from star-forming galaxies to AGNs and  
clusters of galaxies, including their role as cosmological probes.

The organization of this conference has been inspired by the recent  celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Northern Cross Radio Telescope in Medicina (BO), whose pioneering B2 and B3 surveys  provided a significant contribution to radio astronomical studies
for many decades afterwards.

The conference will be organized by the Istituto di Radioastronomia (INAF), and will be held at the CNR Research Area in Bologna, on 20-23 October 2015.  



  • March 1st 2015: Registration opens
  • May 15th 2015: Abstract submission deadline
  • July 31st 2015: Early Registration deadline
  • August 31st 2015: Late Registration deadline


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