Europlanet 2020 (RI) and the Molėtai Astronomical Observatory (ITPA VU) are pleased to announce the international research summer school „Space missions: ground-based observations and science communication“. The aim of the course is to give participants a thorough, multidisciplinary introduction into space missions and the ground-based observations required by space missions before and after launch, as well as an introduction to science communication. More general subjects about specific space missions (Gaia, PLATO, TESS...), planetary systems, habitability of planets, photometric and spectroscopic techniques will be presented. Participants will be given some hands-on experience with analysis of stellar chemical composition, detection of stellar variability and/or exoplanets using the Molėtai Astronomical Observatory telescopes (CCD photometry and high-resolution spectroscopy). In addition, the course will give participants the opportunity to develop comprehensive theoretical and practical skills in science communication and engaging with a range of lay audiences, including the public, media, policy makers, schools and educators. The course is open to PhD and master students, early career scientists, and amateur astronomers.
Activities of professional astronomers and amateur astronomers will be merged in order to achieve more understanding between groups. The level of the school is orientated to PhD students and early career scientists, however amateur astronomers will be provided with the additional scientific support during lectures and observations.
- For selected* participants from the European Economic Area (EEA) the participation will be fully covered and up to EUR 360,- for travel depending on the distance travelled will be reimbursed by EUROPLANET 2020.
- Other selected participants will have to pay a participation fee of 600 EUR that includes accomodation, meals, excursions and local transportation.
The school is organised by the European Commission HORIZON 2020 project EUROPLANET 2020 Research Infrastructure.
The deadline for application is 19 May 2017 23:59:00 UTC.
Notifications of acceptance by 10 June 2017 23:59:00 UTC.
* More information concerning the reimbursement will be provided for the selected participants personally.