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What Drives the Growth of Black Holes?

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Workshop overview

"What drives the growth of black holes: a decade of reflection"
in Reykjavik, Iceland, 26th-30th September 2022

Massive black holes are at once exotic and yet ubiquitous, residing at the centres of massive galaxies in the local Universe. Recent years have seen remarkable advances in our understanding of how these black holes formed and grew over cosmic time, during which they are revealed as Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN). The focus of this workshop is to review our understanding of what drives the growth of black holes, to reflect on the progress made in the last decade, and to look towards expected future advances enabled by conceptual and technological improvements.

The scientific sessions of the conference will be broadly the same as our first workshop in 2010 on "What drives the growth of black holes?", allowing for a direct comparison of progress made in the last decade:

• How does the gas accrete onto black holes, from kpc to sub-pc scales?

• What properties of the host galaxies or larger-scale environment affect black-hole growth?

• What fuels the rapid growth of the most massive (and also the first) black holes?

• What impact do AGN winds/jets/outflows have on the black-hole fueling and star formation?

This conference is the latest in our Durham-Dartmouth black-hole series. In deference to our previous meetings it will not be held in either Dartmouth or Durham but will be hosted in the iconic Harpa conference centre in Reykjavik so we can face Eyjafjallajokull, the infamous Iceland volcano that shut down European airspace in April-May 2010. This calamitous event led to the cancellation and subsequent rescheduling of our original workshop on "What drives the growth of black holes?". Our latest conference, a celebration of the subsequent progress made over the last decade, was originally scheduled for 2020 but had to be rescheduled to 2021 and then again to 2022 due to covid19... yes nature seems to be inherently linked to our workshop series! We hope to see you in Iceland over 26th-30th September 2022 to celebrate the last decade of progress on "What drives the growth of black holes?"

Meeting Format

The conference will be hosted at the iconic Harpa conference centre with four full days of scientific presentations and discussion and a full-day mid-week excursion out to Eyjafjallajökull, the infamous Iceland volcano that has left an indelible mark on our black-hole workshop series!

The venue has a capacity of 185, which means that in-person attendance will be limited. The meeting will be available in a hybrid format for those who are unable to attend in person to join virtually. Please see the COVID-19 Information link in the menu to the left for updates on covid restrictions and protocols.

Registration and Abstract submission

Abstract submission is now open, and the full registration pages will be opened shortly after the abstract deadline. The regular in-person registration fee will be 80,000 Icelandic Krona (ISK) and a reduced fee of 50,000 ISK will be charged for students. The registration fee covers use of the venue, the evening reception, refreshment breaks, and the conference dinner at the Gamla bió. The full-day excursion will be available for an additional charge - cost and details to be confirmed. Remote participation will be available for a registration fee of 16,000 ISK and will allow remote participants to present a short poster talk. The expectation is that conference speakers will deliver their talks in person.

The majority of the scientific programme will be based on submitted abstracts and will be announced in early June.

Tweeting the Meeting

The official twitter account of the meeting is @BHGrowthDecade. Follow us for updates, and use the hashtag #BHGrowth2022 to spread the word!

"Local" Organizing Committee

David Alexander (Durham) *
Ryan Hickox (Dartmouth) *
Leah Morabito (Durham) *
George Lansbury (ESO)
Tonima Ananna (Dartmouth)
Carolina Andonie (Durham)
Alice Eltvedt (Durham)
Emmy Escott (Durham)
Vicky Fawcett (Durham)
Brivael Laloux (Durham)
James Petley (Durham)
Grayson Petter (Dartmouth)
Stephanie Podjed (Dartmouth)
Kelly Whalen (Dartmouth)

* Denotes co-chairs and designated points of contact for all matters related to the code of conduct.

Science Organizing Committee

David Alexander (Durham, co-chair)
Ryan Hickox (Dartmouth, co-chair)
James Aird (Edinburgh)
Francoise Combes (Observatoire de Paris)
Sara Ellison (Victoria)
Eilat Glikman (Middlebury)
Chris Harrison (Newcastle)
Cristina Ramos Almeida (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias)
Benny Trakhtenbrot (Tel Aviv)
Marta Volonteri (Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris)
Dominika Wylezalek (Heidelberg)
Nadia Zakamska (Johns Hopkins)

What drives the Growth of Black Holes?
A decade of reflection
26 - 30 September 2022

Last Updated: 31 March 2022

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Workshop graphics and poster designed by: George Lansbury