Escuela Gaia en el IAC

Fecha del evento: 
Lun, 03/09/2012
La Laguna (Tenerife)


First announcement of an IAC/GREAT-ITN school on "The art of observational 
IAC, La Laguna (S.C. Tenerife, Spain), September 3-7, 2012

The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), under the auspices of the 
GREAT-ITN (Gaia Research for European Astronomy Training), organizes an 
international school on "The art of observational campaigns" aimed at providing 
a deep understanding of the many aspects related to the organisation and running 
of large observational programmes. The school is mainly addressed to PhD 
students in Astronomy and Physics and is focused, but not limited, to provide 
adequate training to the ESRs (Early Stage Reserarchers) associated to the 
GREAT-ITN partners. The event will take place at La Laguna (S.C. Tenerife, 
Spain) on September 3 to 7, 2012. The school is managed by the GREAT-ITN node at 
the IAC and is open to students and researchers of an ample variety of 
backgrounds, interested in getting involved in observing programmes of various 

The school will be organised in two main sections. During the mornings, the 
different topics will be developed by the instructors in a series of lectures 
each of these focused in a specific area. The afternoons will be devoted to 
practical exercises on which the students will be asked to organise an observing 
programme starting from scratch.

Whenever possible, the Gaia mission and the Gaia-ESO Survey (GES) will be used 
as references. In particular, the practical sessions will make use of part of 
the scientific objectives of GES to develop a programme. Depending upon 
confirmation, a selected section of the resulting observation(s) will be 
executed on telescopes at the ORM (ING and GTC, TBC).

A visit to the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos (ORM, La Palma), which 
will include the WHT and the GTC as a minimum, will be paid in the last school 
day (Friday). A working visit to the Observatorio del Teide (OT, Tenerife) to 
run some observations during the first half of the night is also be considered, 
depending on availability of the telescope and the final school programme.

The school will be held in a centrally located hotel in La Laguna (Hotel 
Nivaria) during the morning sessions, and in the IAC headquarters, in the 
afternoons. A block booking has been made in the hotel, which has to be 
confirmed by early June. The booking is sufficient for 20 students in 
double-room occupancy and 7 lecturers in single rooms, and can be extended upon 
request up to a given limit. It includes the lecture room in the same hotel. The 
hotel is within walking distance to the IAC, where the lunches and afternoon 
sessions will take place. In case of a registration well in excess the above 
numbers, prioritisation will be made ranking first the ITN ESRs.

Please, visit the school web page for information and pre-registration: (functional on Tuesday, April 24th).

The deadline for pre-registration is May, 31st, but since there is a maximum 
number of rooms available, an early registration is highly recommended. The 
final amount for the school fee is still being negotiated. It will cover the 
lodging on double room half board, the school dinner, the coffee breaks in the 
morning sessions and the trips to the ORM and OT (TBC). The fee will be set by 
the time of the second announcement (mid May). Pre-registered participants will 
be asked to confirm their registration, with payment, by late May or early June.

The programme is still being built and will be finalised soon. Topics to be 
dealt in the morning sessions will include some or all of the following:

     From science to specs of the obs. programme and back.
     The GES.>
     Gaia mission: the project, from science to observations.
         Short, medium and long term programmes.
         Single and multi-instrumental programmes.
         Legacy projects<
     Pre-observations and models
         Data mining
         Preparatory works, including additional observations
     Tools for data mining: Virtual Observatory (VO)
     Organisation: Consortium and management
         Preparing the observations
         Organising the working teams
         Managing the data flow: obs. log and data logistic. Observatory 
     Data reduction and distribution
         Data analysis: early preparation within the project (VO)

Confirmed lecturers and instructors

     C. Allende
     C. Babusieux
     Marc Balcells
     Antonio Cabrera
     F. Comerón
     Francisco Garzón (chair, LOC)
     Peter Hammersley
     Xavi Luri
     E. Solano
     Jordi Torra
     N. Walton