HEAD High Energy Astrophysics Division

The AAS High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) aspires to build a dynamic and diverse community of researchers that collaborates productively on an international scale, attracts broad support for its initiatives, and effectively communicates its quests and discoveries to the public. This includes the advancement of research and the dissemination of knowledge about high energy events, particles, quanta, relativistic gravitational fields, and related phenomena in the astrophysical universe. HEAD also promotes the coordination of this research and knowledge with other branches of science.

The division holds Division Meetings each 12-24 months, as well as sessions within the meetings of the American Astronomical Society.Each year, HEAD awards the Rossi Prize for recent original research in High Energy Astrophysics. Approximately every 18 months, HEAD also sponsors the Schramm Award for High Energy Astrophysics Science Journalism which is awarded at the HEAD Division Meetings. The electronic HEAD Newsletter is published twice yearly. HEAD membership information is managed within the AAS database at AAS Member Directory

Items of Current Interest:

  • Dutch freelance astronomy writer Govert Schilling has been selected as the winner of the 2014 David N. Schramm award. Please see this press release for more information.
  • The May 2014 HEAD Newsletter is available.
  • Have a picture relevant to high-energy astrophysics you'd like to see on the HEAD page? Contact the webmaster to submit with an image and short description.


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