October 16-21, 2006; Xi'an, China

Second Announcement

This is the second announcement of the meeting THE CENTRAL ENGINE OF ACTIVE GALACTIC NUCLEI, scheduled to be held in Xi'an, China, on October 16-21, 2006. Please read this carefully, as it contains a number of important updates.

 *** PROGRAM***

We are happy to report that all of the originally invited speakers have now officially accepted.  We will begin to fill in the remaining schedule with contributed talks, which will be selected from the registered participants in consultation with the SOC.  To ensure that your request for an oral presentation be considered, we strongly encourage you to register as early as possible.



After a thorough search, the LOC has decided that the meeting will be held on the campus of Xi'an Jiaotong University (  Jiaotong is one of the major universities in China that has strong programs in engineering and aeronautics.  It has a suitable lecture hall that we can use for the meeting, a reasonably priced affiliated hotel that most of the participants can use (see below), inexpensive housing for students, and a vibrant campus atmosphere with lots of nearby restaurants.


Registration for the meeting is now open at

Because of the size of the venue, and to ensure a pleasant meeting wherein people can interact well, the meeting will be LIMITED TO A MAXIMUM of 150 participants.  The DEADLINE for registration is 21 July 2006.  We will accept registrations on a first-come-first-serve basis, so we strongly encourage you to register as early as possible.

For logistical purposes, we ask that the invited speakers register at this time. Please note that the registration fee covers daily lunches, the conference banquet, an all-inclusive one-day tour, and a copy of the conference proceedings (to be published by the ASP).


Nanyang Hotel ( is preferred to the participants, which is affiliated with the Xi'an Jiaotong University. Registration for the hotel can be done through the meeting web site with a 20% discount and no reservation rate.  The DEADLINE for registration is 1 August 2006. 
Less expensive accommodations for students are available, as indicated on the meeting web site.


Since airfares are expensive lately, we strongly urge you to book your plane tickets as early as possible.  Please be advised that most nationalities require a visa to enter China.  You should allow yourselves plenty of time to get the paper work processed.  If you need an invitation letter to apply for the visa, please indicate so on the registration form, or contact us if you have any specific requirements.


A one-day tour on October 18 will be arranged as part of the meeting. The tour includes a visit to the 8th world wonder, the Museum of Terra Cotta Warriors in Litong County (Pit 1,2 and 3) and a visit to the Royal Huaqing Resort of Tang Dynasty (hot spring bath sites for the emperor and his concubine Yang Yuhuan and the Xi’an Incident site). The cost of the tour is included in the registration fee.  

In addition, we have arranged for a travel agency to help people organize more extensive tour packages either before or after the meeting.  These are described on the meeting web site.


All information concerning the meeting can be found at the website