The ASTERICS collaboration is pleased to announce the symposium: "The New Era of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics". We look forward to welcoming you to Groningen to discuss the recent developments in the fields of gravitational waves, astrophysical neutrinos, the highly energetic dynamic sky, and to explore new methods for multi-messenger science and the related research infrastructures.


The conference will be held at Martini Plaza in Groningen, the Netherlands,

from Monday 25 March to Friday 29 March 2019.


The New Era of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics


The past few years have been pivotal for multi-messenger astrophysics, with the first detection of gravitational waves from the merging of two neutron stars and the recent announcement of a high-energy neutrino event detected by IceCube coincident in direction and time with a gamma-ray flare from a blazar detected by Fermi. Gravitational Wave and Neutrino sources and their electromagnetic counterparts, together with new developments in transient astronomy, are a vibrant field where the nature of many phenomena is still unknown or debated. Furthermore, the generation of new sensitive, wide-field instrumentation across the entire electromagnetic and astroparticle spectrum (SKA, CTA, KM3NeT, ELT, Athena) are set to radically change the way we perceive the Universe. In the next decade, space and ground-based detectors will jointly explore the Universe through all its messengers. Adequate e-infrastructures and algorithms will be needed to manage and analyse the data.


The new era of multi-messenger astrophysics has dawned. The time is right to convene a meeting of international researchers to review recent scientific and technological progress, and to continue planning the future of multi-messenger astrophysics.


The conference will be held from 25 to 29 March 2019, hosted by the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) on behalf of the ASTERICS collaboration at Martini Plaza in Groningen, The Netherlands. ASTERICS is a Horizon 2020 funded project that collects knowledge and experiences from astronomy, astrophysics and particle physics and fosters synergies among existing research infrastructures and scientific communities, with the ambition of seeing them interoperate as an integrated, multi-wavelength and multi-messenger facility.


Key themes are:

  • Electromagnetic transients in multi-messenger signals
    • Explosive triggers
    • Repeaters
  • Gravitational Wave Sources in multi-messenger signals
    • Persistent sources
    • NS mergers
    • BH events
  • Sources of high-energy particles (neutrinos, CRs, VHE gamma-rays)
    • Blazars and astrophysical neutrinos
  • Multi-messenger technology and interoperability
    • Synoptic surveys and multi-messenger signals
    • Interoperability of multi-messenger facilities
    • Data access and Virtual Observatory
  • Alert mechanism systems and fast response of facilities
    • Policies for multi-messenger astrophysics
  • The principles of Open Science




ASTERICS is a project supported by the European Commission Framework Programme Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation action under grant agreement n.653477

E-mail: locasterics@astron.nl