We are entering the golden age of time domain astronomy, providing unparalleled insight into variable phenomena associated with supermassive black hole fueling. The uptick in discoveries of "changing-look" AGN in recent years challenges standard accretion theories and some may perhaps be ascribed to tidal disruption events (TDEs), or microlensing. Our aim is to bring together the communities of AGN variability, TDEs, microlensing, and theorists to focus on the following main themes:
What do we know about AGN variability in general? Are changing-look AGN and TDEs the extreme tail end of this distribution? How can we extend theoretical progress to learn about regular to extreme variability in AGN?
What can changing-look AGN, TDEs, and microlensing teach us about the theory of accretion physics and the AGN/galaxy connection?
How can we devise strategies to most efficiently look for these phenomena with the upcoming generation of multiwavelength telescopes, including Pan-STARRS, PTF/ZTF, LSST, eROSITA, SKA, WFIRST?
Abstract Submission: January 31st - February 28th
Science Program Announced: April 1st
Registration: April 1st - May 1st, or until capacity is reached
The registration fee is $350 and includes 4 lunches, 2 coffee breaks a day for full days of the meeting, opening reception (including 1-2 cocktails), and conference banquet (excluding drinks). There is a limited amount of funding that can be used to defray registration costs on a case-by-case basis. Please indicate whether such funding is necessary at the time of registration and provide a justification.
Participation of underrepresented minorities, and from minority serving institutions, are particularly encouraged. We have limited funding to help defray registration costs on a case-by-case basis to support participation, which can be indicated at the time of registration.
S. Gezari M. Graham S. Komossa S. LaMassa (co-chair) A. Lawrence C. MacLeod N. Ross (co-chair) J. Runnoe