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 list of the topical sessions is shown below.

The program of overview and invited talks is now complete. The list of invited speakers can be found here.  We are soliciting scientific contributions to this meeting that can take the form of oral presentations (15 minute presentation + 5 minute for discussion) or posters.Thus, we are encouraging a broad range of participation, including early career scientists and students.  Students qualify for a reduced registration fee.

The pre-registration deadline and the deadline for the submissions for oral presentations is October 13 with a final deadline for posters of October 27.


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