The IAU 363 symposium:
Neutron Star Astrophysics at the Crossroads: Magnetars and the Multimessenger Revolution will be held at the Gran Sasso Science Institute in L’Aquila June 22-26, 2020
The IAU 362 symposium will be held at the Gran Sasso Science Institute, which is an international PhD school and a center for research and higher education in the areas of Astroparticle Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science and Social Sciences. GSSI represents a lively interdisciplinary environment. The Astroparticle Physics department counts approximately 15 Faculty members, 15 Fellows, 40 PhD students, and is steadily growing. Research topics include the experimental and theoretical search for rare events in deep underground laboratories (neutrino physics, direct dark matter searches, nuclear astrophysics) and the study of cosmic-rays, gravitational waves, high energy and multimessenger astrophysics. The institute benefits from a close collaboration with the Gran Sasso National Laboratories of the National Institute for Nuclear Physics, the largest underground research center in the world devoted to neutrino and astroparticle physics. The GSSI has a scientific association with the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) consortium. A group of 15 scientists and students are members of the Virgo collaboration. Locating the symposium at the GSSI will provide the opportunity for PhD students and young researchers to meet an international research community covering a wide range of interests. This will increase the awareness of students and young researcher in high-energy astrophysics and stimulate their interest in this area of research. The Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) hosts an auditorium for 300 persons. A similar conference room at Palazzo dell’Emiciclo (location of the Abruzzo Regional Council) is accessible from GSSI. The conference rooms are fully wheel-chair accessible.
The institute is located at the center of L’Aquila, which lays on a hill in the wide valley of the Aterno river and is surrounded by the Apennine Mountains, the beautiful Gran Sasso National Park. Only an hour and a half from Rome, L’Aquila is a combination of natural, historical, architectural, and cultural attractions. The monumental area of the town center exhibits an elegant grid of palazzos and churches. On April 6, 2009, L’Aquila was struck by a devastating earthquake, which resulted in hundreds of casualties and inflicted damage to between 3,000 and 10,000 buildings, many of historical interest. After ten years, proudly rising from the terrible destruction, the town has been rebuilt with the most sustainable and innovative anti-seismic architecture, and is now an alive and active center. The rebirth of the city has its roots in the enhancement of culture in all its aspects from fine arts to science. The symposium is intended to further strengthen the role of science in the town growth. L’Aquila will offer the participants a large choice of fine restaurants (including slow/sustainable food restaurants), where to taste the Italian culinary and wine traditions.