Here follows the final program:

  Monday, June 12

Chair: T. Savolainen

09:00 - 09:25: Moscibrodzka (invited): Polarized emission from 3-D GRMHD simulations of black hole jets

09:25 - 09:40: Millas: Synthetic radiation maps from relativistic MHD jet simulations

09:40 - 09:55: Kylafis: The energy distribution of electrons in radio jets

09:55 - 10:10: Contopoulos: Electric currents along astrophysical jets

10:10 - 10:25: Nishikawa: Recollimation, Reconnection and Associated Flares in Global Relativistic Jets Containing Helical Magnetic Fields with PIC Simulations

10:25 - 11:00: coffee

Chair: I. Contopoulos

11:00 - 11:25: Johnson (invited): Imaging Magnetic Fields at the Event Horizon of a Black Hole

11:25 - 11:40: Gómez: Probing the innermost regions of AGN jets and their magnetic fields with RadioAstron

11:40 - 11:55: Kovalev: Ultra-compact regions with very high polarization are found in quasars

11:55 - 12:10: Jimenez-Rosales: Impact of Faraday effects on event horizon scale GRMHD images of Sgr A*

12:10 - 12:25: Janssen: High-resolution polarimetric study of Sgr A* with the GMVA

12:25 - 12:40: Casadio: 3mm GMVA observations of total and polarised emission from blazar and radiogalaxy core regions

12:40 - 15:00: LUNCH

Chair: J. L. Gomez

15:00 - 15:25: Asada (invited): ALMA and SMA polarimetric observation towards M87

15:25 - 15:40: Lu: The polarimetric structure of M87 with 3mm-VLBI

15:40 - 15:55: Savolainen: Multifrequency polarization structure of the (sub-)parsec scale jet of 3C273 at mm-wavelengths

15:55 - 16:10: Hovatta: Probing the magnetic fields in 3C273 through Faraday rotation observations

16:10 - 16:25: Nagai: Accretion Flow Property of 3C 84: A View Through Faraday Rotation

16:25 - 18:00: Posters Session, Reception

18:00 - 19:30: Dr. J. A. MacGillivray (British School at Athens): The Minoans in Space and time - [video]

20:00: star-gazing (public) by “Cretan Friends of Astronomy”

  Tuesday, June 13

Chair: S. Jorstad

09:00 - 09:25: Marscher (invited): Modeling the Time-Dependent Polarization of Blazars

09:25 - 09:40: MacDonald: Faraday Conversion in Turbulent Blazar Jets

09:40 - 09:55: Nalewajko: A model of polarization angle swings in blazars based on kink instability of magnetized jets

09:55 - 10:10: Garrigoux: Modeling polarization from relativistic outflows

10:10 - 10:25: Anantua: Towards multi-wavelength observations of relativistic jets from general relativistic magnetohydrodynamic simulations

10:25 - 11:00: coffee

Chair: A. Marscher

11:00 - 11:25: Zhang (invited): High-energy polarization of blazars: current status and model predictions

11:25 - 11:40: Meliani: Internal shocks in relativistic transverse stratified jets

11:40 - 11:55: Fuentes: Total and linearly polarized synchrotron emission from overpressured magnetized relativistic jets

11:55 - 12:10: Fromm: Radiative signature of large scale magnetized jets

12:10 - 12:25: Angelakis: Full-Stokes, multi-frequency radio polarimetry: monitoring and modeling 

12:25 - 12:40: Boettcher: SALT spectropolarimetry and self-consistent SED and spectropolarimetry modeling of blazars

12:40 - 15:00: LUNCH

Chair: M. Aller

15:00 - 15:25: Jorstad (invited): The VLBA-BU-BLAZAR program: Comparison of linear polarization in parsec scale jets with optical polarization of gamma-ray blazars

15:25 - 15:40: Larionov: The blazar CTA 102 behaviour during two qiant outbursts

15:40 - 16:05: Pavlidou (invited): The RoboPol optopolarimetric blazar monitorng program

16¨05 - 16:20: Blinov: Connection between optical polarization plane rotations and gamma-ray flares in blazars

16:20 - 16:50: coffee

Chair: E. Angelakis

16:50 - 17:05: Kiehlmann: Testing a stochastic variability model of optical EVPA rotations in blazars with RoboPol data

17:05 - 17:20: Liodakis: Coherent changes in the polarization angle and broadband SED: the case of 3C454.3

17:20 - 17:45: Itoh (invited): Polarimetric monitoring of jets with Kanata Telescope

  Wednesday, June 14

Chair: M. Moscibrodzka

09:00 - 09:25: Mundell (invited): Probing magnetic fields in relativistic jets with real-time polarimetry

09:25 - 09:40: Carrasco-Gonzalez: These guys can accelerate particles: synchrotron emission from protostellar jets

09:40 - 09:55: Baglio: Neutron star low mass X-ray binaries jets: a polarimetric view

09:55 - 10:10: Buckley: Polarimetric evidence of the first white dwarf pulsar

10:10 - 10:25: S. Potter: The extraordinary polarimetric nature of the white dwarf pulsar ARSCo

10:25 - 11:00: coffee

Chair: Buckley

11:00 - 11:25: Markoff (invited): Unravelling the complexities of the disk/corona/jet relationship

11:25 - 11:40: Trushkin: The jets of  microquasars during giant  radio flares and quiet state

11:40 - 11:55: Johnston: A search for polarised emission in jets from high-mass protostars

11:55 - 12:10: Shazamanian: Polarized near-infrared emission from the Galactic center

12:10 - 12:25: Adebahr: Polarised structures in the restarted radio galaxy B2 0258+35 - Magnetic field compression or magnetic draping?

12:25 - 12:40: Partridge: Can CMB Surveys Help the AGN Community?

12:40 - 15:00: LUNCH

Chair: S. Markoff

15:00 - 15:25: Miller-Jones (invited): Polarised radio emission from X-ray binary jets

15:25 - 15:40: Lee: Detection of short-term flux density variability and intraday variability in polarized emission at millimeter-wavelength from S5 0716+714

15:40 - 15:55: Anderson: Beyond rotation measures: Leveraging broadband polarimetry and all-sky radio surveys to probe spatially-unresolved magneto-ionic structure in AGN jets

15:55 - 16:20: Russell (invited): Optical/infrared polarised emission in X-ray binaries

16:10 - 18:30: Guided Excursion to “Gournia” Minoan site by Prof. Y. Papadatos (University of Athens) and INSTAP by Thomas M. Brogan

21:00: Conference Dinner

  Thursday, June 15

Chair: K. Nalewajko

09:30 - 09:55: Wardle (invited): Understanding jet launching through polarisation observations

09:55 - 10:10: Gabuzda: Determining the Jet Longitudinal Magnetic Field Directions and Black-Hole Rotation Directions in AGNs

10:10 - 10:25: Knuettel: Evidence for toroidal B-field components in AGN jets on kiloparsec scales

10:25 - 10:40: Beuchert: VLBA polarimetry monitoring of 3C 111 as a tool to probe AGN jet physics on parsec scales

10:40 - 10:55: Lico: On the time variable rotation measure in the core region of Markarian 421

10:55 - 11:30: coffee

Chair: M. Böttcher

11:30 - 11:55: Homan (invited): Constraints on Particles and Fields from Full Stokes Observations of AGN

11:55 - 12:10: Pasetto: Exploring the environment of high Rotation Measure Active Galactic Nuclei with wideband radio spectropolarimetry observations

12:10 - 12:25: Pushkarev: Linear Polarization Properties of Parsec-Scale AGN Jets

12:25 - 12:40: Kravchenko: Multi-frequency polarimetric analysis of the quasar 0850+581

12:40 - 12:55: Ma: Radio Polarisation Study of High Rotation Measure AGNs — How to Distinguish Intrinsic from External Sources of Rotation Measure?

12:55 - 13:10: Molina: Magnetic field studies in BL Lacertae through Faraday rotation and a novel astrometric technique

13:10 - 15:30: LUNCH

Chair: T. Hovatta

15:30 - 15:55: Aller (invited): Centimeter-Band All-Stokes Observations of Blazar Variability

15:55 - 16:10: Barres de Almeida: Time-Evolving SED of MKN421: a long-term multi-band view and polarimetric signatures.

16:10 - 16:25: Goyal: Multiwavelength variability study of the BL Lac objects PKS 0735+178 and OJ 287 on timescales ranging from decades to minutes

16:25 - 16:50: Agudo (invited): Linear and Circular Polarization Variability Properties of AGN Jets at Short Millimeter Wavelengths

16:50 - 17:20: coffee

Chair: K. Asada

17:20 - 17:35: Cohen (remotely): Double Rotations in EVPA in OJ287

17:35 - 17:50: Myserlis: Multi-frequency, radio circular and linear polarization monitoring of OJ 287

17:50 - 18:05: Biggs: Polarization monitoring of the lens system JVAS B0218+357

18:05 - 18:30: Kobayashi (invited): Polarised Emission from Gamma-Ray Burst Jets

Friday, June 16

Chair: D. Gabuzda

09:00 - 09:25: Martí-Vidal (invited): AGN polarization at the highest radio-frequencies and resolutions

09:25 - 09:40: Damas Segovia: Rotation measure asymmetry reveals a precession of the AGN outflow in a Seyfert galaxy

09:40 - 09:55: Cantwell: Low frequency Polarization observations of NGC 6251

09:55 - 10:10: Johnston-Hollitt: Evidence for Helical or Toroidal Magnetic Fields on in a Jet on kpc-scales

10:10 - 10:25: Kierdorf: Probing the Magnetized Medium of AGNs using Wideband Polarimetry

10:25 - 11:00: coffee

Chair: S. Potter

11:00 - 11:15: W. Potter: Modelling blazar flaring using a time-dependent fluid jet emission model - an explanation for orphan flares and radio lags

11:15 - 11:30: Beaklini: Optical polarimetry and radio observations of PKS1510-089 between 2009 and 2013

11:30 - 11:45: Readhead (T. Hovatta): SPRITE: the Stokes Polarimetric Radio Interferometer for Time-domain Experiments

11:45 - 12:00: Marshall: The Imaging X-ray Polarization Explorer (IXPE)

12:00 - 12:15: Briggs: LEAP – A LargE Area burst Polarimeter for the ISS

12:15 - 14:30: LUNCH

Chair: H. Marshall

14:30 - 14:45: Moody: Automated Polarimetry with Smaller Aperture Telescopes: The ROVOR Observatory

14:45 - 15:00: Bernard: Linear Polarimetry with gamma -> e+e- conversions

15:00 - 15:15: Spencer: An Old Fogey's History of Jets

15:15 - 15:50: Stawarz (invited): Conference Summary


  1.   Closing ceremony by E. Angelakis

  2.   Astrophotography contest by I. Myserlis [video]

  3.   Public talk: “Our Universe step by step” by E. Angelakis


  1. 1. Gamma-ray astronomy with magnetic-field-free active targets: Optimal measurement of charged particle momentum from multiple scattering with a Bayesian analysis of filtering innovations - Denis BERNARD (LLR, CNRS/IN2P3), Mikael Frosini

  2. 2. High angular-resolution high sensitivity gamma-ray astronomy and linear polarimetry with low density (gas) detectors in the MeV-GeV energy range - Denis BERNARD (CNRS / IN2P3)

  3. 3. Gravitational lens time delays using polarization monitoring - Andy BIGGS (European Southern Observatory)

  4. 4. Resolving Quasar 3C 334 with e-MERLIN and the Jansky VLA- Katie HESTERLY (The University of Manchester)

  5. 5. Hydrodynamical Jet Simulations with Passive Magnetic Fields - Christopher KAYE (University of Central Lancashire)

  6. 6. The Jet Collimation Profile of 3C273 - Colin LONSDALE (MIT Haystack Observatory), Kazunori Akiyama, Vincent Fish (MIT Haystack Observatory), Keiichi Asada, Masa Nakamura (ASIAA), Hi- roshi Nagai, Kazuhiro Hada (NAOJ)

  7. 7. From Supernovae, to Hypernovae to Binary Driven Hypernovae - Remo RUFFINI (ICRANET)

  8. 8. The giant flares of the microquasar Cygnus X-3: X-rays states and jets - Sergei TRUSHKIN (Special Astrophysical Observatory RAS), M. McCollough, N. Nizhelskij, P. Tsybulev

  9. 9. Polarisation and spectral energy distribution in OJ 287 during the 2016 outbursts - Staszek ZOLA (Astronomical Observatory, Jagiellonian University), A. M. Valtonen, S. Zola, S. Ciprini, H. Jermak, A. Gopakumar, L. Dey amp; Monitoring Team

  10. 10. OGLE Blazars behind the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds - Natalia ZYWUCKA-HEJZNER (Astronomical Observatory of Jagiellonian University), Arti Goyal, Marek Jamrozy, Lukasz Stawarz, Michal Ostrowski, Szymon Kozlowski, Andrzej Udalski

Abstracts Book 

The Abstracts book can be downloaded here.

Social Activities

The Minoans in Time and Space

(in English)

Dr A. MacGillivray (British School of Athens) | Monday June 12 at 18:00 | facebook

A review of current thinking on the origins and interconnections of Europe’s first great maritime civilization and their appreciation of the night sky for both navigation, and time keeping. Dr J. A. MacGillivray, formerly Knossos Curator of the British School at Athens, is co-director of the Palaikastro excavations in Eastern Crete. Suggested material: Sinking Atlantis, The Minoans, The Quest for the Minotaur's Labyrinth, The wave that destroyed Atlantis, Santorini The Doomsday Volcano

Star-gazing night

(in Greek)

M. Perakis & Dr E. Angelakis | Monday June 12 at 20:00 | facebook

With the assistance of the Cretan Friends of Astronomy ( we will observe the night sky. High quality equipment with let us enjoy the marvels of the lunar surface, distant galaxies and exotic planets with the assistance of amateur and professional astronomers.

Guided Tour to the Gournia minoan site

(in English)

Prof. Y. Papadatos (University of Athens) | Wednesday June 14 at 16:00

The archaeological site of Gournia sits on the north coast of the Isthmus of Ierapetra in East Crete. Possessing some 50 well-preserved houses, a system of cobbled  streets, a central court, a Minoan palace, and cemetery, Gournia gives the visitor the best picture of what a Late Bronze Age (1500 B.C.) town looked like. Gournia was a regional production center of bronze tools and weapons, domestic objects, and pottery and stone vases, an active trade emporium with overseas connections to other parts of the Aegean and the Near East, and the palatial administrative center for the Mirabello region. Its harbor complex consists of a monumental shipshed, fortification walls with towers, a riverside dam, and a cobbled street running from the coast to Town.

Guided Tour to the Institute for Aegean Prehistory Study Center for East Crete

(in English)

Dr. Tom Brogan (INSTAP) | Wednesday June 14 at 16:00

INSTAP Study Center for East Crete is a unique facility for archaeological research, especially in the area of Aegean Prehistory. The Center is committed to stimulating and facilitating publication in the broader field of Cretan studies, with a focus on archaeology and ethnology. The Center provides storage space for artifacts from American and Greek-American excavations in eastern Crete and offers services for the primary study of excavated material to both member projects and individual scholars. On a broader level, the Center also functions as a base of operations for individuals engaged in a wide range of Cretan research topics unrelated to the member projects. The numerous facilities and services at the Center are available to both individuals and projects.

Conference dinner

at Napoleon restaurant  | Wednesday June 14 at 20:00

One of the most traditional and original taverns on Ierapetra water front.  

Guided Tour to Ierapetra 

(in English and Greek)

tba and tbc | Friday June 16 at tba

We will have a guided tour around the most interesting attractions of the Town including: The Archeological Museum, the Venetian fortress (Kales) and the neighboring church dating from the 11th century, the roman theater recently excavated and the estate claimed to have hosted Napoleon for one night on his way to Africa and of course the Mosque. 

Astro-photography contest ceremony | facebook

(in English and Greek)

E. Angelakis (Max Planck for Radio Astronomy) | Friday June 16 at 20:00

We will summarize the conference for the local public and present the astrophotography contest participations. The three best pictures will be announced and a prize ceremony will take place. We will also do a go-through the some of the most exotic processes in the universe through the astro-photos of the contestants that participated in the astro-photography contest of the conference.

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