Cosmic Accelerators: Understanding Nature's High-energy Particles and Radiation

November 6 - 9, 2017

Annapolis, Maryland

The Joint Space-Science Institute (JSI), a partnership between the University of Maryland College Park and the NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, is pleased to host a conference on “Cosmic Accelerators: Understanding Nature's High-energy Particles and Radiation”. The meeting will take place over 3.5 days on November 6-9, 2017, in historic Annapolis, Maryland.

The meeting will bring together scientists working on the detection of high-energy particles and radiation signatures and theorists and modelers to engage in a discussion of the mechanisms for particle acceleration across the broad range of astrophysical sources from the heliosphere to galaxy clusters. The conference will include presentations on the latest data from a range of observatories and insights into the mechanisms for particle acceleration coming from theoretical developments and large-scale simulations. The goal of the meeting is to assess where we stand in our effort to understand the sources of energetic particles throughout the universe, identify key challenges and explore the implications for understanding the dynamics of astrophysical systems.  A preliminary list of the topical sessions is listed below.

We are soliciting overview and invited talks that span key topics and encourage the submission of contributed talks and poster presentations. Thus, we are encouraging a broad range of participation, including early career scientists and students.


  • Setting the Stage: overviews of observations and acceleration mechanisms
  • Cosmic Rays
  • Supernova Remnants
  • Pulsars, Pulsar Winds, Pulsar Wind Nebulae
  • Black Holes, AGN, Jets and GRBs
  • The Heliosphere: a local laboratory
  • Galaxy Clusters
  • Fast Radio Bursts