11th NEON Observing School La Palma Observatory (Spain), from July 14 to 27th 2013



11th NEON Observing School

La Palma Observatory (Spain), from July 14 to 27th 2013 


The eleventh Neon Observing school, directly at the telescope, will take place at LaPalma Observatories (Canary Islands, Spain) from July 14  to July  27, 2013 using the Isaac Newton 2.5m telescope and the Nordic 2.5m Optical Telescope.

The principles are the same as in previous schools: introductory lectures on topics of general interest,  work in small groups, execution of a real research project,  data reduction and presentation of the results at the end of the school.

For practical (and travel) information, see the ING Web page or the NOT Web page.

Day 1 (Sunday July 14th): Arrival of the students

Day 2-3: Introductory lectures and preparation of the observations:

  • Basics of telescope optics (R. Hook, ESO)
  • Photometry (J. Falcon Barroso, IAC)
  • Low-resolution Spectroscopy (M. Dennefeld, Paris)
  • Image analysis (R. Hook, ESO)
  • Introduction to reduction techniques

Night 3-8: Observations

Days 3-12:  Data reduction and analysis
Additional lectures are foreseen  during the rest of the school.

  • Archival data
  • Detectors
  • Adaptive Optics
  • VLT and ELT instrumentation
  • The history and evolution of telescopes
  • European observing facilities
  • etc... 
Day 13 (Friday, July 26th): Presentation of the results; round table discussion on prospects in astrophysics

Day 14 (July  27th): Departure

The school is open to PhD students in Astronomy or Post-docs with limited observing experience from all over Europe.
Selection of candidates will be made by the steering committee (see the general information about Neon schools).
Financial conditions: the school is mainly funded now through an OPTICON (EU FP7)  program.  Students from EU countries (or Associated Countries) can therefore benefit from grants to participate in this school. This grant will cover all the local expenses, but probably only part of  the travel costs. Candidates may therefore have to complement this by local resources from their home institute (if you need  financial support for travel, please indicate the reasons in  the general registration form). EU citizen working presently outside Europe are also encouraged to apply. Students from other european (non EU-member) countries  are  encouraged to apply also. Their application will be considered generously and we will do our best to help with financial support,  on a case by case basis. 
For general information about the Neon school, see the NEON Web page.  Details about this particular school (registration, schedule, practical information, etc...) will be posted regularly on the ING Web page.
The on-line registration has opened in January  2013 .
The registration form is available through the IAP Web page.  
Deadline for registration: April 20th, 2013
The list of selected  participants will be released by end of May  2013.