ESO, Garching, July 14-24, 2004

The purpose of the school is to provide the opportunity to gain practical experience in observational astrophysics via archival research, data-reduction and data-analysis, including virtual observatory tools. The research projects, centered on selected astrophysical topics, will be carried out in small groups (4 students) under the supervision of experienced astronomers, and complemented by lectures on general observational techniques and archival research for both ground and space based astronomy.

In the following we present an outline of the program; the power point presentations (where available) can be obtained by clicking on the title of the talks:

Time Topic Speaker
09:00-10:00 Introduction to Neon school at ESO Harald Kuntschner
10:00-11:00 Optical imaging Richard Hook
11:00-12:00 Photometric techniques I Giampaolo Piotto
12:00-13:30 lunch
13:30-14:30 Photometric techniques II Giampaolo Piotto
14:30-15:30 Observing with modern Observatories Benoit Pirenne
  (Demonstration of Data Flow)
15:30-16:00 Setup of computing facilities, accounts etc (30min) Helpdesk
16:00-16:30 Presentation of the topics proposed by the tutors Tutors
16:30-17:30 Tour of the ESO facilities (late afternoon) Jean-Loius Lizon
  followed by a welcome drink
Thursday 15 July
9:00-11:00 Spectroscopic techniques (45min + 45min) Michel Dennefeld
  (including introduction on spectroscopy, and
  observing requirements)
11:00-12:00 ESO/HST archives Alberto Micol
12:00-13:30 lunch
13:30-14:30 Overview of VLT instrumentation Alan Moorwood
14:30-17:00 Distribution of topics and groups All
  Preparation of proposals and "observations"
  (first all together, than in groups)
Friday 16 July
09:00-10:00 Science with Multiwavelength Archival Data Paolo Padovani
10:00-11:00 Observing possibilities in Europe Roland Gredel
11:00-12:00 Job possibilities in astronomy Peter Shaver & Stephane Blondin
12:00-13:30 lunch
13:30- Practical work All
Saturday 17 July
  Free Morning
13:00- Practical work All
Sunday 18 July
  Full day off
Monday 19 July
09:00-10:00 Moving towards the Virtual Observatory - Astrophysical Virtual Observatory Demo Paolo Padovani
  For AVO Demo instructions click here.  
10:00-12:30 Practical exercise with archives Benoit Pirenne & Alberto Micol
12:30-14:00 lunch
14:00- Practical work All
Tuesday 20 July
09:00-10:00 Introduction to Alma Tom Wilson
10:00-12:00 Practical work All
12:00-13:30 lunch
13:30-14:30 Submission of proposals and Phase 2 Harald Kuntschner
14:30- Practical work All
Wednesday 21 July
09:00-10:00 Introduction to VLTI and first scientific results Andrea Richichi
  Here is a good link to more information about interferometry.  
10:00-12:00 Practical work All
12:00-13:30 lunch
13:30- Practical work All
Thursday 22 July
09:00-10:00 From Galileo to OWL: Telescopes of the past, present, and future (30 MB) Philippe Dierickx
  This link gives you access to the full ppt presentation (59 MB)  
10:00-12:00 Practical work All
12:00-13:30 lunch
13:30- Practical work All
Friday 23 July
09:00-12:00 Presentation of the results students
12:00-13:30 lunch
13:30-16:00 General discussion, feedback etc. all

For general questions about the NEON summer school at ESO please email