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GRADnet Observational Astrophysics Workshop 5-7 March 2018

Cristobel Soares

Monday, 5 March 2018 at 11:30 - Wednesday, 7 March 2018 at 16:00 (GMT)

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GRADnet Observational Astrophysics Workshop 5-7 March 2018    


Who: Physics postgraduate researchers in observational astronomy. Would also be of interest to theoretical astronomers wanting an introduction to data analysis.


What: A 3-day residential workshop led by senior researchers in the SEPnet region comprising lectures, tutorials, seminars and other activities.


When: 5-7 March 2018 

Where: Old Thorns Manor Hotel, Liphook, Hampshire.

Numbers: Circa 20-30 delegates

The aim of this workshop is to give a broad overview and hands-on experience of different techniques in observational astrophysics. The emphasis will be on practical skills training sessions with plenty of opportunity for student/staff interaction.

Exercises will be graded to match students experience and abilities.

Data mining - in other words doing astronomy using existing data in public repositories: examples from galactic and extragalactic astrophysics; an introduction to TopCat from its author (Mark Taylor); practical exercises.

Citizen science - how to get the general public to do your data analysis for you: examples and exercises.

Telescope proposals: the techniques and tools required to write an observing proposal; how the evaluation procedure works; practical exercises in both writing and reviewing. Much of what is learnt will be transferable to other types of proposal, e.g. applying for HPC time, grant funding, etc.

Using the OU robotic telescope: we will make remote observations on the OU PIRATE telescope on Tenerife (weather permitting).

Analysing observational data - an introduction to the main concepts: examples and practical exercises of source extraction, photometry, spectroscopy, SED fitting, etc.

Standalone lectures: introduction to X-ray/HE astronomy; Introduction to radio astronomy & interferometry; Current & planned telescopes/satellites/instruments.

You will not incur any personal costs for attending this workshop.  For residential events SEPnet charges your Department £100.  We have been made aware of the fact that some departments pass this charge on to research groups and/or project research training support grants (RTSG).  If you are concerned about this, or are unsure of your department policy we advise you to ask either your PhD supervisor, Postgraduate Training Director or GRADnet Administrator.


Do you have questions about GRADnet Observational Astrophysics Workshop 5-7 March 2018? Contact Cristobel Soares

When & Where

Old Thorns Manor Hotel
Griggs Green
GU30 7PE Liphook
United Kingdom

Monday, 5 March 2018 at 11:30 - Wednesday, 7 March 2018 at 16:00 (GMT)

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