Optical Infrared Coordination Network for Astronomy

Horizon 2020

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NEON Observing School 2018

Asiago, Italy, September 9-22, 2018

Deadline for applications Friday April 6

The 2018 NEON Observing School is hosted by the Asiago Astrophysical Observatory in Italy September 9-22. This school will provide hands-on observing experience on professional telescopes. During it students will, together with an experienced tutor, go through all the steps from planning and carrying out the observations to reducing and analysing the obtained data.

This school is meant for Ph.D students in astronomy who do not have prior observing experience with professional telescopes (MSc students in the later stages of their studies and young PostDocs can also be considered). The first half of the school comprises of lectures, and planning and carrying out observations. The lectures include, among other topics, modern telescopes, detectors, and optical observing techniques. The second half of the school is dedicated to group work on reducing and analysing the obtained observations, with students presenting their results at the end of the school.

The local costs (accommodation and meals) are covered by OPTICON, and some travel support is also available (and needs to be applied for with the application form).

More information about the school:


Application Form:


The deadline for applications is Friday April 6, and the applicants will be notified about the selection in the end of April.

Gaia Science Alerts Workshop 2017

Warsaw, Poland, 6-8 December 2017

The details of the workshop and the registration are available here:

We encourage all people interested in Gaia Science Alerts, their follow-up observations and scientific study to attend the workshop. We also invite everyone willing to join the worldwide network of Gaia Science Alerts collaborators as well as representatives of other transient surveys programmes. We would appreciate if you could pass this information to your colleagues.

The main goals of the 8th Gaia Science Alerts Workshop are:

  • update on the Gaia and Gaia Alerts status
  • talk about recent highlights from Gaia Alerts
  • organize the follow-up campaigns and scientific goals
  • maintain the existing connections between the follow-up partners
  • meet new follow-up partners

This year we plan to have a hands-on session on Gaia Alerts follow-up organization. We will learn about and practice with the available tools, developed by the Alerts Team. We will learn how to optimise the observations and how to process them in order to maximise the scientific outcome.

The registration is open until 12. November 2017 and can be directly accessed here:

Looking forward to seeing you in Warsaw in December!

Lukasz Wyrzykowski
on behalf of the Workshop Organizing Committee.

Fizeau Exchange Visitors Program

Call for Applications

The Fizeau exchange visitors program in optical interferometry funds (travel and accommodation) visits of researchers to an institute of his/her choice (within the European Community) to perform collaborative work and training on one of the active topics of the European Interferometry Initiative. The visits will typically last for one month, and strengthen the network of astronomers engaged in technical, scientific and training work on optical/infrared interferometry. The program is open for all levels of astronomers (Ph.D. students to tenured staff), with priority given to PhD students and young postdocs. Non-EU based missions will only be funded if considered essential by the Fizeau Committee. Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek also partial support from their home or host institutions.

The deadline for applications is October 15. Fellowships can be awarded for missions to be carried out between December 2017 and May 2018!

Further informations and application forms can be found at www.european-interferometry.eu

The program is funded by OPTICON/H2020.

Looking forward to your applications,
Josef Hron & Peter Abraham
(for the European Interferometry Initiative)