Announcements of Upcoming Summer Schools

Notice that this list is not meant to be all-inclusive, but concentrates on summer schools of potential interest to X-ray, gamma-ray, cosmic-ray, and gravitational astrophysicists. The HEASARC also maintains a list of upcoming (mostly high-energy astrophysics) meetings, as well as a list of on-line proceedings of high-energy astrophysics summer schools. Updates, corrections, and/or suggestions about summmer schools should be sent to the HEASARC Help Desk.

High Energy Astrophysics Summer Schools

2019 June 14 - 22: Cracow School of Theoretical Physics: Probing the Violent Universe with multimessenger eyes

2019 July 28 - Aug 7: First Light: Stars, galaxies and black holes in the epoch of reionization

2019 Aug 18 - Sep 15: Aspen Center of Physics: Astrophysics in the LIGO/Virgo Era

Other Astrophysics-Related Summer Schools

2019 May 15 - 24: TDLI Summer School on Computational Astrophysics

2019 June 3 - 7: Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers XV

2019 July 8 - Aug 16: Kavli Summer Program: Machine Learning in the era of large astronomical surveys

Details of High Energy Astrophysics Summer Schools

Cracow School of Theoretical Physics LIX: Probing the Violent Universe with multimessenger eyes: gravitational waves, high-energy neutrinos, gamma rays, and cosmic rays

Workshop Dates: 2019 June 14 - 22
Registration deadline: 2019 May 19
Workshop Location: Tatra Mountains, Zakopane, Poland

Topics include:

  • gravitational waves: black holes and neutron stars mergers
  • neutrino physics
  • gamma ray astronomy
  • high energy cosmic rays
  • dark matter
  • neutron stars
  • large structures in the Universe
For more information, visit the website.

First Light: Stars, galaxies and black holes in the epoch of reionization

Workshop Dates: 2019 June 14 - 22
Registration deadline: 2019 April 15
Workshop Location: University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

During July 28 - August 7, 2019, the Institute for Astronomy, Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of São Paulo in São Paulo, Brazil, will organize an intensive school to introduce the future generation of young astronomers (advanced undergraduate and graduate students) to the forefront of the theoretical and observational developments of the astrophysics of the epoch of re-ionisation (EoR) including the following topics taught by international experts:

  • Reionization
  • The First Stars
  • The First Galaxies
  • The First Black holes
  • The development of structure
  • Observational techniques of the early universe
Open to an audience of about 50 international students and 50 students from Brazil, the school will fund the flights and accommodation of all participants through a generous grant from FAPESP. In order to cover coffee-breaks and school dinner a registration fee of USD 50 (students) is requested. The selection of students will be performed by members of the SOC on the basis of the following submitted materials: Letter of motivation, Description of current research, Letter of recommendation from the supervisor, List of grades and disciplines, and CV. Foreign students are expected to be enrolled in a MSc or PhD program, preferably with research activities closely related to the school topics. When presented with multiple students of similar abilities, we will aim to diversify/balance on the basis of gender and geographic origin. Deadline of registration: April 15, 2019.

For more information, visit the website.

Aspen Center for Physics Workshop: Astrophysics in the LIGO/Virgo Era

Workshop Dates: 2019 Aug 18 - Sep 15
Registration deadline: 2019 Jan 31
Workshop Location: Aspen, CO

The direct detection of gravitational waves by the Laser Interferometric Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the European Virgo detector has opened an entirely new window to study the Universe. LIGO and Virgo have uncovered an entirely new population of binary black holes with masses up to 30 times that of our Sun, and the origin of these systems remains hotly debated. The first discovery of the merger of two neutron stars in August 2017 was a watershed event for astrophysics, with associated emission detected across the entire electromagnetic spectrum. From just this single binary neutron star merger we have placed some of the tightest constraints on the equation of state of dense material to date, and have determined that such systems appear to be the dominant source of heavy "r-process" elements in the Universe. Our objective with this workshop is to bring together astronomers and physicists across a diverse range of topics to address some of the most exciting astrophysical questions that have been raised by these gravitational wave discoveries, including: What is the origin of the binary black hole systems discovered by LIGO and Virgo? What constraints on the neutron star equation of state can be derived from joint gravitational wave and electromagnetic observations? Are neutron star mergers indeed the dominant source of heavy (r-process) elements in the Universe? The workshop will take place in the middle of the O3 observing run, and so should be a timely opportunity to discuss these topics.

If you have never been to a summer workshop at the Aspen Center for Physics before, they are quite different from typical conferences - there is very little structured time (i.e., talks), and instead the participants are free to pursue new ideas in a stimulating and interactive environment.

For this reason, participants are asked to attend for at least two (and preferably 3) weeks. All attendees (including the organizers!) must submit an application online.

The Aspen Center for Physics is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. The Center does not discriminate based on personal factors including (but not limited to) race, color, national or ethnic origin, alienage, age, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, political affiliation or philosophy, disability, or veteran's status. Additional information about the Center's commitment to diversity can be found here.

Along these lines, the Center can help secure child care arrangements for those with younger children to help facilitate attendance.

Details of Other Astrophysics-Related Summer schools

TDLI Summer School on Computational Astrophysics

Workshop Dates: 2019 May 15-24
Priority Registration deadline: 2019 April 14
Workshop Location: Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China

The Tsung-Dao Lee Institute (TDLI) in Shanghai, China, is organising a series of Summer Schools in the field of Computational Astrophysics. This 3rd School in the series will be on Radiative Transfer, one of the most challenging yet ubiquitous pieces of physics. In particular as multi-messenger astrophysics gains popularity, being able to actually decipher the message is indispensable.

The 2019 TDLI Summer School on Computational Astrophysics will take place from May 15 to 24, 2019 in the Tsung-Dao Lee Institute (TDLI) on the Minhang Campus of Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China. Prof. D. John Hillier from University of Pittsburgh, USA will be the lecturer. The main goal of this School is to teach students how to understand, use, and write radiative transfer codes. Prof. Hillier's expertise is in stellar atmospheres and stellar outflows. He is developer of the publicly available radiative transfer code CMFGEN, for which he will also provide a brief "boot camp" as part of these lectures.

The School is designed for graduate students with significant research experience in astrophysics and beginning postdoctoral researchers. Interested applicant should ask his/her research advisor to send a recommendation letter to Professors Alexander Heger (alexander.heger [AT]monash [DOT] edu) and Yong-Zhong Qian (qian [AT] physics [DOT] umn [DOT] edu).

Applications received prior to April 14, 2019 will be given full consideration. Please pre-register here.

Approximately 30 participants will be accepted. Attendance for the entire duration of the School is required. The TDLI will arrange lodging (two students per room) for the nights of May 14-24, 2019 and lunches on lecture days of the School for all participants. There is a registration fee of RMB 4,000 or US $600, which covers lodging, lunches, reception, banquet, and coffee breaks.

Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers XV

Workshop Dates: 2019 June 3 - 7
Registration deadline: 2019 May 3 or when the classes are full
Workshop Location: State College, Pennsylvania, USA

Astronomy at the beginning of the 21st century, and particularly research arising from wide-field survey observatories at various wavebands, finds itself with serious challenges in statistical treatments of data to achieve its astrophysical goals. A vast range of statistical problems arise in the scientific interpretation of astronomical studies involving sampling, multivariate and survival analysis, image and spatial analysis, signal processing and time series analysis, nonlinear regression, and more.

It is this diversity of statistical issues confronting astronomy today that led to the creation of the Center for Astrostatistics at Penn State in 2003 to facilitate development and promulgation of statistical expertise and toolkits for astronomy and related observational sciences. The Center is housed in the Department of Statistics. The activities of the Center are multi-faceted: conduct and support research on forefront problems; provide forums where active astrostatistical researchers can interact; foster new cross-disciplinary collaborations; liaise with other organizations oriented towards statistical applications in physical sciences. One of the aims is to disseminate advanced methodologies to the wider astronomical and space science communities through curriculum development, tutorial workshops, Web-based resources, and public software.

The Center serves as a crossroads where researchers at the interfaces between statistics, data analysis, astronomy, space and observational physics collaborate, develop and share methodologies, and together prepare the next generation of researchers.

For more information, visit the website.

Kavli Summer Program In Astrophysics 2019: Machine Learning in the era of large astronomical surveys

Workshop Dates: 2019 July 8 - Aug 16
Registration deadline: * NOW CLOSED *
Workshop Location: UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA

The past decade has ushered in the era of Big Data in astronomy -- multiple surveys that image large areas of the night sky, spectroscopic programs that compile millions of spectra each comprised of thousands of data-points, and large-scale numerical simulations capable of generating Terabytes of outputs in a single run. This torrent of data is forcing the astronomical community to evolve away from traditional approaches to data analysis. Even algorithms and techniques developed for modest datasets are being overwhelmed or lack sufficient generality to efficiently extract science from the largest datasets. These challenges have inspired astronomers to introduce tools developed in the data-science industry, i.e. to apply machine-learning to pursue science in the era of Big Data. The 2019 Kavli Summer Program will be focused on the application of machine-learning techniques in astronomy. We will host lectures and research projects covering a diversity of these techniques -- random tree forests, deep learning algorithms, Gaussian processes, and more, applied to imaging, spectroscopic, and computational datasets.

The program will be hosted at UC Santa Cruz and co-directed by J. X. Prochaska, A. Leauthaud, and B. Robertson. The first week will be dedicated to techical lectures on the topic of machine learning. Subsequent weeks will allow graduate students, postdocs, and faculty to collaborate on addressing some of the key outstanding puzzles in the field.

For more information, visit the website.

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