7th ARIES Training School in Observational Astronomy (ATSOA) 22th February- 03 March 2017

Our current understanding of the Universe depend not only on continuous growth of observation facilities, but also on the number of peoples utilizing them. Recently there has been seen serge in upcoming observatory not only national wise but also in the international scenario, such as our ARIES Devsthal 3.6m telescope and internationally existing European very large 8.6m telescope (VLT) and American Keck 10m telescope. Similarly the case in high energy range (X- and gamma-ray) which have been made possible by satellites such as XMM-Newton, Chandra, INTEGRAL, RXTE, Swift, and Suzaku, while just commissioned new missions, like the Fermi Gamma-Ray Observatory, promise new discoveries. The same is true for radio astronomy with many discoveries from the existing world-leading radio-astronomical observatories such the ATCA, VLA, VLBA, EVN, MERLIN and GMRT in India, which is world's largest radio telescope at meter wavelength, with a range of major planned upgrades to these facilities, plus additional facilities planned and under construction.

Clearly, given these developments, the need for more researchers to exploit the enormous volume of available and upcoming scientific data, both by analyzing these data and interpreting them, is pressing. In this context, we announce annual ARIES training school in Observational Astronomy (ATSOA) to provide young Indian universities/College M.Sc. Final year or Fresh Ph.D students the necessary expertise/skill to independently conduct data-analysis relating to observational astrophysics especially in Optical domain.

The 7th ATSOA will be held from Feb 22th -03th March 2017 at ARIES, Manora Peak Nainital. The focus will be on hand on experience on observational Astronomy using 1m-ARIES telescope. The topics covered at the school include: telescopes, Star Formation and evolution, circumstellar matter radiative Processes, and techniques of photometry, spectroscopy, as well as Galactic and Extra-galactic Astronomy. The first half of day will consist of talks by ARIES scientist, and second half will be given to hands-on/demo sessions on image processing and spectral analysis. During the school ample time will also be for discussions and practice as well to interact closely with ARIES Ph.D research students, who will be playing major role in hand on session activities.

The audience targeted by the school is primarily to help young M.Sc. or fresh Ph.D students inclined to work in observational Astronomy. We welcome applications from candidates, especially M.Sc. Physics, at various Institutes and Universities all-over India, interested in Astronomy, Astrophysics and related topics. All selected participant are eligible for free hospitality and travel support by sleeper class in case they are unable to get travel support from their parent institute/university.

Important Dates

Registration Opening DateNovember 29, 2016 at 12:00pm
Registration, recomendation letter Closing DateJanuary 8, 2017 at 05:00pm
Anouncement of First selected List January 13, 2017 at 12:00pm
Anouncement of Second selected List January 31, 2017 at 12:00pm
Program Schedule PublishedFebruary 06, 2017 at 12:00pm
ATSOA schoolFebruary 22, 2017- March 03, 2017
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