VI Meeting of AGN Research in Spain in the Era of the New Observatories

Granada. January 30th to February 1st, 2023



Active galactic nuclei (AGN) represent one of the most extreme phenomena in the Universe. They occur when the supermassive black hole (SMBH)  at the center of galaxies accretes material and emits large amounts of radiation across the electromagnetic spectrum, from Γ-rays to radio frequencies, sometimes exceeding the combined luminosity of all the stars in the host galaxy.  Since their discovery in the 60´s AGN have received high interest in the astrophysical community, first seen as exotic objects and now recognized as major players in the evolution of galaxies and also recently as standard candles for cosmology.

Since the 90´s has been well established that massive galaxies (and possible all galaxies) harbor a SMBH at their center, whose mass is strongly correlated with certain properties of the galaxy. The evolution of star formation history and AGN appears to follow similar trends up to very early ages of the Universe, at the same time as theoretical models indicate that nuclear activity is essential for regulating star formation through feedback mechanisms.  

Significant progress has recently been made in understanding the physical processes associated with AGNs, although important questions still remain open, mainly about their intrinsic nature and role in the formation and evolution of galaxies.  Advances in the knowledge of AGN are supported by the availability of new astronomical technology that in the present and near future will reduce some of the most severe limitations of the previous instrumentation. Spatial resolutions will be achieved that will make it possible to study the vicinity of the supermassive black hole and will cover ranges of the electromagnetic spectrum that have been little explored to date. 

Following the success of the prior Spanish AGN meetings, once again this meeting will allow to revise the current understanding in AGN research, discuss the potential of recent and upcoming instrumentation, and to find synergies among different Spanish AGNs teams. A particular attention will be devoted to the new instrumental projects of relevant interest for AGN studies in which Spain is involved.  The main aim of these meetings is to have an open and friendly discussion on the recent results about AGN research which impact in our projects.

Background image credits: X-ray (NASA/CXC/SAO/E. Nardini et al.); Optical (NASA/STScI)


The meeting will cover mainly the following topics, always from a multiwavelenght perspective:

  • AGN evolution and black hole growth as a tracer of galaxy evolution

  • Central engine, accretion disk and torus

  • Outflows and relativistics jets

  • Feedback mechanisms

  • AGN and Cosmology

  • Multi-messenger astronomy

Scientific Organizing Committee

  • José A. Acosta Pulido (IAC)

  • Almudena Alonso-Herrero (CAB)

  • Francisco Carrera (IFCA)

  • Amalia Corral (IFCA)

  • Ascensión del Olmo (IAA) (Chair)

  • Jacobo Ebrero (ESAC)

  • Asunción Fuente (OAN)

  • Josefa Masegosa (IAA)

  • Santiago García-Burillo (OAN)

  • Miguel Pereira-Santaella (CAB/OAN) (co-Chair)

  • Cristina Ramos-Almeida (IAC)

  • Maria Santos-Lleo (ESAC)

Local Organizing Committee

  • Ascensión Del Olmo (IAA-CSIC)

  • Sara Cazzoli (IAA-CSIC)

  • Alice Deconto-Machado (IAA-CSIC)

  • Martín Guerrero (IAA-CSIC)

  • Josefa Masegosa (IAA-CSIC)

  • Miguel Pereira (OAN)

Confirmed invited speakers

  • Iván Agudo (IAA-CSIC)

  • Ismael García-Bernete (University of Oxford)

  • Begoña García-Lorenzo (IAC)

  • Marie Lou Gendron-Marsolais (IAA-CSIC)

  • Jose Luis Gómez (IAA-CSIC)

  • Matteo Guainazzi (ESA/ESTEC)

  • Jorge Iglesias (CAHA, IAA-CSIC)

  • Silvia Mateos (Universidad de Cantabria)

  • Mar Mezcua (ICE-CSIC)

  • Theresa Wiegert (IAA-CSIC)

Call for abstracts

The meeting will be organized as a series of invited reviews (~30 minutes) and short  contribution  talks ( ~ 15 minutes). Poster contributions will be also possible to young  PhD researchers (with additional opportunity of a few minutes to present their work).​

Participants interested in presenting a communication are invited to submit an abstract before December 9th, 2022. All abstracts will undergo peer review by the SOC. 

Notification regarding the status of your abstract acceptance is expected to be sent by the begining of January 2023.

Abstratcs must be submitted through the registation form.

Important dates

  • Open Registration:  October 24th, 2022

  • Abstract Submission deadline: December 9th, 2022

  • Final program announcement: January 10th, 2023

  • Close registration: January 20th, 2023

  • Meeting: January 30th to February 1st, 2023


Registration and abstract submission

How to register?

This Meeting will be an in-person meeting. The registration deadline is January 20th, 2023.​ To formalize the participation you must fill the mandatory fields in the registration form just below.

Abstract submission

The organizing committee invites authors to submit abstracts for on-site presentation within any of the topic listed above

  • Abstracts Submission deadline: December 9th, 2022

  • The presenting author must be registered in the Congress.

  • Abstracts can be up to 350 words.

  • Abstracts must be submitted through the registration form.

Registration fee

All expenses will be covered by the Red the Infraestructuras de Astronomía (RIA. The registration includes the attendance to all sessions, coffee breaks and the welcome pack.

Further information about the meeting dinner and lunch breaks will be announced.

Travel Support

Thanks to the Red the Infraestructuras de Astronomía (RIA) we can offer some limited support towards travelling expenses (travel, accommodation and per diem). We specially encourage pre-docs and young post-docs to apply.



The Meeting will take place at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía headquarters (IAA-CSIC), Glorieta de la Astronomía s/n, 18008 Granada. The IAA-CSIC is located 15 minutes walk from the city centre, and can be reached by bus lines S2, S0, 11 and 9.

How to get Granada?


Federico García Lorca Airport (GRANADA)
Federico García Lorca Airport is currently connected by six daily flights to Madrid and three daily flights to Barcelona. It is located 15km from the city centre, with buses to and from each flight.
Check here all airlines connections with Granada.

Pablo Picasso Airport (MALAGA)
The Pablo Picasso International Airport is located approximately 130km from Granada, connected to every European city with regular daily flights and, thanks to the motorway which links both cities, can be reached in just over one hour by car or bus.

Flights and routes.
See the AENA website – Telephone: 958 245 200


Modern trains connect Granada to all of Andalusia and to the main Spanish cities. The High Speed rail network has been operational since 2015, thus significantly lowering travel times.
Avenida de Andaluces, s/n 18014 Granada – Telephone: 902 320 320
Information, timetables and destinations on their website:


Granada is very well connected thanks to its network of motorways and daily bus services to destinations all over the country.
Bus station
Address: Carretera de Jaén, s/n. 18014. Granada.
Telephone numbers: 958 18 54 80 / 958 25 13 58

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