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Probing Strong Gravity near Black Holes

Dear Colleague,

We plan to organize a conference “Probing Strong Gravity near Black Holes”, to be held in Prague next year (15-18 February 2010). Interested colleagues and students will be most welcome to participate. For further information and news please visit the Conference website <http://astro.cas.cz/bh2010>.

We are at early stages of the conference set up. Pre-registration is now open via the website. Please feel free to let anyone who might be interested know about this conference.

With best wishes,

Vladimir Karas, Giorgio Matt, & Matteo Guainazzi
(on behalf of organizers)

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*Conference topics*

To discuss and compare different methods to study strong gravity effects around astrophysical black holes. Both theoretical and, when available, observational results will be discussed in the context of present and future approaches: line and continuum spectroscopy, timing, polarimetry, imaging…

*Scientific Organizing Committee*

Hisamitsu Awaki
Bozena Czerny
Andreas Eckart
Andy Fabian
Matteo Guainazzi
Vladimir Karas
Fukun Liu
Giorgio Matt
Jon Miller
Ranjeev Misra
Kirpal Nandra
Ramesh Narayan
Delphine Porquet
Luigi Stella
Ladislav Subr

*Venue*

The conference will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, in the historic part of the town.

*Registration*

We have now opened a pre-registration. By pre-registering you will help us to set-up the most effective conference program and select the most appropriate conference room. Also, this way you
can be kept informed about new developments.

*Dates*

Pre-registration … is now open
On-line registration … fall 2009
Abstract submission … fall 2009
On-site registration … 14-18 February, 2010
Conference … 15-18 February, 2010

*Contact*

Conference email: bh2010 AT astro.cas.cz

Program issues:
Vladimir Karas (Prague)
Giorgio Matt (Rome)
Matteo Guainazzi (Madrid)

Local Organizing Committee:
Michal Bursa (chairman)
Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences
Bocni II 1401/1a
CZ-141 31 Praha 4
Czech Republic

Conference secretariat:
Congress Business Travel
Lidicka 43/66
CZ-150 00 Praha 5
Czech Republic