Looking at the polarized Universe: past, present, and future

Dear colleagues,

The RoboPol collaboration is pleased to announce the conference “Looking at the polarized Universe: past, present, and future”, to be held from May 24th to May 28th, 2021 at the University of Crete in Heraklion, Greece. The conference will take place in online format.


We are celebrating 8 years of science with the RoboPol optical polarimeter, which has operated since 2013 at the Skinakas observatory in Crete. Data collected with RoboPol have been used to monitor blazars, X-ray binaries, white dwarfs, gamma-ray bursts, and map magnetic fields in the interstellar medium. In 2021 the RoboPol blazar monitoring program produced its first data release. This conference aims to bring together scientists working in the field of polarimetry to celebrate the conclusion of a successful program and look into the future.


We welcome abstracts for contributed talks covering any subject from the following topics:

  • Polarimetry of AGN and compact objects
  • Polarimetry in time-domain astronomy
  • Interstellar polarization and magnetic fields
  • Multi-wavelength polarization synergies
  • Future polarimetric surveys/monitoring programs

Deadline for Abstract submission: 23 April 2021

Deadline for Registration: 14 May 2021


B-G Andersson (SOFIA Science Center), A. Berdyugin (University of Turku), R. Blandford (Stanford University), F. Boulanger (ENS), M. Böttcher (North-West University), D. Clemens (Boston University), M. Cohen (Caltech), N. Globus (ELI Beamlines and Flatiron Institute), S. Jorstad (Boston University), M. Haverkorn (Radboud University), B. Hensley (Princeton University), M. Lister (Purdue University), A. P. Marscher (Boston University), J. Poutanen (University of Turku), D. Russel (NYU Abu Dhabi), M. Sasada (University of Hiroshima), L. Sironi (Columbia University), K. Wiersema (University of Warwick)



V. Pavlidou (University of Crete), K. Tassis (University of Crete), A. N. Ramaprakash (IUCAA), A. Słowikowska (Nicolaus Copernicus University), G. Panopoulou (Caltech)


Schedule: The meeting will take place Monday 24/05 to Thursday 27/05. The schedule is available here (time is in CEST timezone).


Contact information: I. Liodakis (yannis.liodakis@utu.fi)


Supported by European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement No 771282