The Santiago AGN workshop: a holistic view of active galaxies

The Santiago AGN workshop: a holistic view of active galaxies


20-22 November, 2023

ESO Vitacura, Chile

Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) are the manifestations of accretion onto the supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies, and release vast amounts of energy making them the brightest non-transient sources in the Universe. Moreover, they are considered to play a fundamental role in the evolution of galaxies. Many aspects of the accretion onto the black hole as well as the interaction ("feedback") with the hosting galaxy and the intergalactic medium are not well understood, making AGN one of the key research topics in extragalactic astrophysics.

The state-of-the-art instrumentation that ESO developed and operated in the last decade allowed to tackle some of the open issues of AGN physics. ALMA, the VLT instruments, and the VLTI have effectively helped us gain a better view of AGN fueling and feedback processes across cosmic epochs. In the near future, the advent of new instruments such as ERIS, MOONS, and 4MOST, but especially the ELT, will allow an unprecedented level of detail in the study of AGN. ESO will be at the center of this upcoming wave of new discoveries, playing a pivotal role in understanding AGN physics. Other facilities such as JWST, Athena, and SKA will all play an equally fundamental role. Multi-wavelength synergy across global research facilities will be the key to gaining a comprehensive view of these puzzling objects.

Meeting structure

This three-day mini-workshop stems from the monthly Santiago AGN club meetings, with the aim to bring together the active community of AGN researchers from various universities and institutes in Santiago. The workshop will provide an overview of the current and future AGN research via invited review talks, showcase ongoing work carried out in the local community via contributed talks from participants of a wide range of expertise, as well as strengthen interactions and collaborations among the local AGN community via dedicated and focused group discussions.

- The meeting will be held in person at the ESO offices in Santiago/Vitacura. 

- The number of participants will be limited to approximately 40 people. 

- The workshop does NOT have a registration fee. Lunches and coffee breaks will be provided by ESO. 

- The deadline to register is September 29th, 2023.

For this meeting Eleonora Sani & Yiqing Song are contact points for all matters related to the code of conduct.

For more information or questions, please contact