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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

List of participants

The complete list of participants could be consulted through the following link:



January 30th, Monday

14:30  Registration

15:15 - 15:30 Welcome by Isabel Márquez, Martín Guerrero, LOC

Session 1 : Central Engine, Accretion Disk and Torus. Chairs: Isabel Márquez and Álvaro Labiano

15:30 - 16:00 JWST view of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Dust in Seyfert galaxies - Ismael García Bernete

16:00 - 16:12 Exploring the infrared nuclear emission of nearby GATOS Seyfert galaxies -  Almudena Alonso Herrero

16:12 - 16:24 Anatomy of dusty molecular tori and nuclear outflows in nearby AGNs - Santiago García-Burillo

16:24 - 16:36 Exploring the properties of the dust-gas torus of AGN through mid-IR and X-ray wavelengths - Donaji Esparza Arredondo

16:36 - 17:10  Coffee break

17:10 - 17:40 Seeing the invisible: imaging supermassive black holes with the Event Horizon Telescope - José Luis Gómez

17:40 - 17:52 Representative AGN spectral shapes for Automatic redshift extraction from X-ray AGN spectra - Koushika Vaiyapuri Palanimuthu

17:52 - 18:04 The origin of the optical intermediate classification of AGN - Lorenzo Barquín González

18:04 - 18:16 Compact jets dominate the continuum emission in low-luminosity active galactic nuclei - Juan Antonio Fernández Ontiveros

18:16 - 18:28 Exploitation of AGN in Euclid with an empirically generated catalog - Xavier López López

January 31st, Tuesday

Session 2 : Instrumentation from a  multiwavelength perspective. Chairs: Lourdes Verdes Montenegro and Martín Guerrero

09:30 - 10:30 Spotlight on AGNs with SKAO, the future most sensitive radio facility - Theresa Wiegert and Marie Lou Gendrón Marsolais 

10:30 - 11.00 Think about your AGN science with HARMONI - Begoña García Lorenzo

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 - 12:00 TARSIS, the future IFU for the Calar Alto observatory - Jorge Iglesias Páramo

12:00 - 12:30 The forthcoming revolution in X-ray spectroscopy: AGN science with XRISM - Matteo Guainazzi

12:30 - 13:00 Prospects for AGN Research at Very High Energies for the Coming Decades - Iván Agudo

13:00 - 15:00  Lunch break

Session 3 : Outflows and relativistics jets. Chairs: María Santos-Lleó and Amalia Corral


15:00 - 15:12 Outflows in low-luminosity AGNs: the case of NGC1052 - Sara Cazzoli

15:12 - 15:24 Detecting outflows with MEGARA in a sample of nearby LINERs - Laura Hermosa Muñoz

15:24 - 15-36 Multi-phase outflows in local type-2 quasars - Giovanna Speranza

15:36 - 15:48 AGN feedback in the Local Universe: the multiphase outflow of Seyfert galaxy NGC 5506 - Federico Esposito

15:48 - 16:00 Obscuring winds in AGN: the case of NGC 985 - Jacobo Ebrero Carrero

16:00 - 16:12 JWST/MIRI MRS view of the jet-ISM interaction in NGC 7319. Missing jet energy? - Miguel Pereira Santaella

16:12 - 16:24 The impact of radio-jets on the molecular gas reservoirs of obscured quasars - Anelise Audibert

16:24 - 17:00 Coffee break

17:00 - 17:12 Characterisation of molecular outflows in ULIRGs using ALMA - Isabella Lamperti

17:12 - 17:24 AGN feedback along the quasar Main Sequence at high redshift - Alice Deconto-Machado

17:24 - 17:36 AGN feedback: connecting molecular outflows and X-ray fast winds in Narrow Line Seyfert 1 Galaxies - Anna Lia Longinotti

17:36 - 17:48  Role of AGN in galaxy evolution through the green valley studies - Mirjana Pović

17:48 - 18:00 The short term variability in Blazars as observed by TESS - Jose Acosta Pulido

18:00 - 18:12 Finding the pieces to explain the optical spectropolarimetric variability of blazars - Jorge Otero Santos

18:12 - 18:24  Polarimetry of GSN 069: the source of the quasi-periodic eruptions - Beatriz Agis González

20:30  Meeting Dinner. Hotel Vincci Albaycín

February 1st, Wednesday

Session 4 : Feedback. Chair: Rubén García Benito


09:30 - 09:42 Quantifying the impact of AGN-driven winds on the stellar populations of their host galaxies - Patricia Bessiere

09:42- 09:54 Understanding the impact of quasar-driven outflows on galaxies at z ∼ 0.3-0.4 - Kiara Hervella Seoane

09:54 - 10:06 The cold molecular gas kinematics of type-2 quasars as seen by ALMA - Cristina Ramos Almeida

10:06 - 10:18 The impact of AGN on the molecular gas reservoir of their host galaxies at Cosmic Noon - Chiara Circosta

10:18 - 10:30 The JWST/NIRSpec Galaxy Assembly Survey: environment and spatially resolved outflows in two AGN at z~3.5 - Michele Perna

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break

Session 5 : AGN evolution and black hole growth as a tracer of galaxy evolution. Chair: Ascensión del Olmo


11:00 - 11:30 The seeds of the first supermassive black holes - Mar Mezcua

11:30 - 11:42 AGN triggering: the “twin galaxies” approach and the CAVITY survey project - Ignacio del Moral Castro

11:42 - 11:54 AGN and quasar science with the J-PAS narrow-band photometric survey - Silvia Bonoli

11:54 - 12:06 GOGREEN reveals the minor role of the environment in AGN activity - Irene Pintos Castro

12:06 - 12:18 AGN incidence in massive clusters across cosmic time: Simulations vs. Observations - Iván Muñoz Rodríguez

12:18 - 12:30 Using narrow UV emission-line components to derive gas-phase chemical abundances in AGN - Enrique Pérez Montero

12:30 - 12:42 The chemical content of the NLR as estimated from IR emission lines in AGNs - Borja Pérez Díaz

12:42 - 13:15 Concluding Remarks - Josefa Masegosa & Miguel Pereira

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

This meeting is supported by RIA (Red de Infraestructuras de Astronomía) through grant PGE2022 28.06.463B.449.06 of the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación. 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.

Publication of the contributions:

Even there are no official proceedings of the meeting, we would like to invite you to submit your research and views to the special issue entitle "A Multimessenger View of Supermassive Black Holes and the Quasar Main Sequence" of the peer-review journal  Universe:

It is aimed to host contributions, both theoretical and observational, dealing  with diverse aspects related to the research on AGN. Universe has many types of articles that can fulfil your contribution such as original research articles and review articles  (with a suggested minimum word count of 4000 words) or short communications with observational studies showing preliminary results (about 2000 words). Article and communication papers should contain some novel contents. A complete list of article types are described in the journal. For more details, please visit

The submission of papers is open (deadline 31st May 2023) and the Editorial Office of the Journal is offering a 90% discount for the publication of the contributions of the VI Meeting of AGN Research in Spain.



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.


The organization has reached an agreement with the Hotel Maciá Monasterio de los Basilios. The room price for all attendees is €67.50 (breakfast included). To book a room, you must contact the hotel directly at +34 958 28 58 06 from Monday to Friday

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

Please, before preparing your trip, check the latest news and restrictions related to COVID here:




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