CTA-UK Science Meeting

Durham University, 21st-22nd April 2020

Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics, Dept. of Physics

The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) will be the major global observatory for very high-energy (VHE) gamma-ray astronomy over the next decade and beyond. Covering a photon energy range from 20 GeV to 300 TeV, CTA will have a wider field-of-view, higher sensitivity, and better angular resolution than any instrument that has gone before. Its two arrays will have unprecedented capability for surveys, imaging of gamma-ray sources and time-domain astrophysics.

CTA’s science remit is wide, and includes:

  • Active galactic nuclei
  • Dark matter
  • Gravitation
  • Gamma-ray burst and gravitational wave follow-up observations
  • Pulsars and pulsar wind nebulae
  • Star forming systems
  • Galactic plane and Galactic centre surveys
  • Galaxy clusters
  • Extragalactic survey
The CTA Observatory will be operated as an open, proposal-driven observatory, with all data available on a public archive after a proprietary period. In addition, data will be taken regularly as part of multiwavelength/multimessenger ToO campaigns. UK scientists are not only helping to build CTA but also helping to define its scientific programme: come to the CTA-UK Science Meeting and find out what CTA can do for you!

Confirmed speakers

Michael Burton, Armagh Observatory
Rob Fender, University of Oxford
Martin Hardcastle, University of Hertfordshire
Siong Heng, University of Glasgow
Werner Hofmann, MPIK, Heidelberg
Jon Lapington, University of Leicester
James Matthews, University of Cambridge
Martin Ward, Durham University
Roberta Zanin, MPIK, Heidelberg

Poster Session

Posters on topics relevant to CTA are very welcome. Please e-mail Paula Chadwick with the title of your poster.

How to Register

The registration fee is £70, to include the conference dinner on the 21st April and tea, coffee & lunches on both days. Follow the link here: https://www.dur.ac.uk/conference.booking/details/?id=1505. The registration deadline is April 8th 2020.


We are holding a small number of rooms in Collingwood College at £41.66 per person per night bed & breakfast. These can be booked from the registration page.

Otherwise, Durham has plenty of good value accommodation available. See https://www.thisisdurham.com/accommodation for a comprehensive list of options.


For information on how to get here and a map of Durham, see: https://www.dur.ac.uk/about/location/.