Nordic Millimetre and Optical/NIR Astronomy Summer School

Observational cosmology and the formation and evolution of galaxies

Onsala, Sweden - 2012 June 11-20

A Nordic Research Training School for graduate students focusing on "Observational cosmology and the formation and evolution of galaxies" will be held at Onsala Space Observatory, Sweden, during the period June 11-20, 2012 (the poster for the summer school can be downloaded here.)

The course is organised jointly by the Onsala Space Observatory (OSO, Sweden), the Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT, Spain), the Finnish Centre for Astronomy with ESO (FINCA, Finland), and the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics (University of Oslo, Norway).

Aims of the Course
The aim of the course is to introduce young researchers to the topics of observational cosmology and galaxy formation and evolution, along with experience in both optical/NIR and mm wavelength techniques. This will prepare them for future use of major Nordic and European research facilities, in particular the ESO VLT, E-ELT, ALMA, SKA and JWST. These facilities will define the future frontiers in a wide range of research fields, notably in studies of high redshift and early Universe, one of the currently most active topics in astronomy.

Structure and Content of the Course
Scientific lectures will be given by leading Nordic and international experts on observational cosmology and galaxy formation and evolution. The main topics will be measurements of cosmological parameters by analysing CMB and supernova observations, nature of dark energy and dark matter, first stars, galaxy formation, and galaxy evolution. A preliminary course schedule is given here.

In addition, the school will also feature lectures on observing techniques in mm and optical/NIR and tutorials on mm interferometric data reduction (CASA) and of optical/NIR data. Each student will, within a group, carry out a short research project during the course. These projects will use interferometric archival datasets, real time mm observations with the Onsala 20m radiotelescope and remote optical/NIR observations with the NOT. A substantial amount of time during the school will be dedicated to these research projects, and students will be expected to provide written and oral reports of their results. Upon successful completion of the full course programme, students will receive a certificate detailing the contents of the course and the workload involved, estimated to correspond to 5 ECTS credit points. Project descriptions can be found here.

Lecturers for the school include:

The course is open to students enrolled at a recognised university at the PhD or final-year MSc level. There is no restriction on the nationality of the applicants, but priority is given to applicants from the Nordic countries (in this context, 'nationality' is assigned by enrollment/affiliation, not by passport). Application should be made through the online application form; the deadline is April 1, 2012. Applicants are asked to indicate their preference for at least two projects when applying. Available space limits attendance to 18 students.

Students will be lodged at the Onsala Space Observatory (about 50km south of Gothenburg) with easy access to computers and network connection. Rooms and all meals are provided, and an excursion to Gothenburg is planned during the weekend.

Financial support
The organisers will cover board and lodging for all students, and travel for all Nordic students. There is no tuition fee for any students.

Further information can be obtained from Dr. Kirsten Kraiberg Knudsen (Chalmers), Prof John Conway (Chalmers), and Dir. Johannes Andersen (NOT).

Deadline for Applications: April 1, 2012