Swift Science Planning Meeting

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We invite you to attend a meeting of the Swift community at Penn State University on Oct. 28 to 30, 2013. We plan to bring together scientists who have been working with Swift over the last 9 years, especially those who have had active Swift GI programs and/or made use of Swift's ToO capacity. The goal of the meeting is to discuss key science topics from Swift's successful past nine years, and to focus attention on opportunities for further improvements in its observing program and ToO strategies for the coming years. A comprehensive analysis of the road ahead is extremely important considering that Swift is now in its extended life operating phase and that stiff competition in the upcoming 2014 Senior Review will include missions such as HST and Kepler. Funding for Swift science will crucially depend on the active role our community plays in the design of a vital scientific program.

When Swift was launched in 2004, its prime objective was to chase Gamma-Ray Bursts. However, it was quickly realized that its multi-wavelength and fast scheduling capacity make it the most versatile mission ever flown. It has been used for an impressive variety of targets, including AGNs, supernovae, novae, variable stars, etc. Swift has observed objects covering a wide range of redshifts, from nearby solar system objects (comets) out to GRB 090423, one of the most distant objects in the Universe. The detection of tidal disruption event Swift J1644+5734 has shown that Swift continues to discover new object classes. The rich variety of objects scrutinized by Swift will be addressed in this 2013 meeting with sessions dedicated to each class, and with overarching discussions of future direction and emphasis for Swift science.

The meeting will be held in State College, Pennsylvannia, over October 28-30. Abstracts are due August 31st, 2013.

Everyone who has worked with Swift (or is planning to do so) should consider this meeting as a forum for promoting scientific frontier issues in their area of research, and is invited to contribute to the design of the SR proposal. We expect about 100 participants, and plan to offer a mixture of invited and contributed talks.

We look forward to seeing many of you at Penn State for a lively scientific program and an upbeat discussion of the future with Swift as a discovery and ToO engine.

AMON Workshop

We'd like to invite Swift Science Planning Meeting attendees interested in multimessenger astronomy to attend the second Astrophysical Multimessenger Observatory Network (AMON) workshop on October 24-26 at Penn State. The workshop has been scheduled to dovetail with the Swift Meeting.

Details about the AMON meeting may be found here:


General information about AMON may be found here:


If you have any further questions about the meeting or this website, please contact the Local Organizing Committee.