The Variable Multi-Messenger Sky

Polish-German WE-Heraeus-Seminar

30 Nov - 03 Dec 2020


Cracow, Hotel Wolski

Scientific organizers:

Werner Hofmann, Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, Heidelberg • Stefan Wagner, Zentrum für Astronomie, Landessternwarte, Heidelberg • Michal Ostrowski, Jagiellonian University, Cracow • Tomasz Bulik, University of  Warsaw • Lukasz Stawarz, Jagiellonian University, Cracow

Transient phenomena in the sky are increasingly in the focus of astronomical research, and are investigated over a variety of electromagnetic wavebands and other messengers, such as cosmic rays, neutrinos, and gravitational waves. The time-domain information provides additional insights into the mechanisms acting in often enigmatic cosmic objects; observations often require carefully orchestrated campaigns combining different instruments.

This second seminar in the series of “Polish-German Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminars” aims at bringing together scientists from Poland and Germany to discuss the observational and theoretical perspectives, with particular emphasis on non-thermal phenomena, and on the challenge of coordinating observations and combining and interpreting data of current and future instruments.

This seminar addresses researchers from both fields, and, in particular, from both countries, Poland and Germany. In addition to the invited speakers, which are from both countries, about 40 to 50 participants are expected. Participants researchers will have the opportunity to present their own work in the form of short talks and/or posters. The conference language will be English. The Wilhelm and Else Heraeus-Foundation bears the cost of full-board accommodation for all participants.


On the initiative of the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation, the German Physical Society (DPG) together with the Foundation is pursuing a novel project called “Binational Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminars”. Considering the unfortunate fact of increasing and prevalent scepticism regarding the European integration, these seminars are meant to set an example of commonly organised physics workshops between Germany and one of the countries France, the United Kingdom, and Poland, as a signal of conducive partnership and scientific cooperation between those countries and their learned societies. In particular, the idea is to initiate new or foster existing collaborations between research groups in these countries and Germany. An additional reason for focussing on the above mentioned countries is the long tradition of prestigious jointly-awarded prizes, namely the Gentner-Kastler-Award (Société Française de Physique & DPG), the Max-Born-Award (Institute of Physics & DPG), and the Marian Smoluchowski - Emil Warburg Physics Prize (Polskie Towarzystwo Fizyczne & DPG). In recognition of this notable tradition, the recent prize winners are invited to (co)organize one of the seminars.