SECOND BYURAKAN INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL FOR YOUNG ASTRONOMERS
"PRACTICAL ASTROPHYSICS"
20-30 September 2008, Byurakan (Armenia)

Second Announcement

The Second Byurakan International Summer School for young astronomers "Practical Astrophysics" will take place on September 20-30, 2008 in Byurakan (Armenia). It is being organized jointly by the Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory (BAO) and the Armenian Astronomical Society (ArAS). The School is also devoted to Prof. V.A. Ambartsumian’s 100th anniversary and will be linked to Ambartsumian's Centennial meeting, so that the students may also participate in these events before the school.

The Byurakan Observatory is one of the main observational centers of the former Soviet Union and is an important observatory with modern facilities in the Middle East region. It was founded in 1946 by V.A. Ambartsumian and is well known for its large spectroscopic surveys: the First and Second Byurakan Surveys, undertaken by B.E. Markarian and colleagues.

The Byurakan Observatory hosts a number of medium-size optical telescopes, the most important being the 2.6m classical telescope and 1m Schmidt telescope. There are various modern astronomical instruments, including the multi-pupil spectrograph (VAGR). The Byurakan Observatory holds the Digitized First Byurakan Survey (DFBS, or the Markarian survey), containing low-dispersion spectra for ~20,000,000 objects. Many qualified specialists work presently in Byurakan, who are prepared to teach modern astrophysics to young people. In addition, a number of well-known scientists are invited to lecture during the school on various interesting topics.

The First Byurakan International Summer School "Observational Astrophysics" was held on 26 Aug - 3 Sep 2006 and attracted almost 30 students from Italy, Serbia, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Jordan, and Armenia. Dan Weedman (USA), Dieter Engels (Germany), Daniel Kunth, Michel Dennefeld, and Philippe Prugniel (France), Massimo Turatto, Corinne Rossi, and Ricardo Claudi (Italy), Sergei Dodonov and Aleksei Moiseev (Russia), Tigran Magakian, Areg Mickaelian, Tigran Movsessian, and Avetis Sadoyan (Armenia) were the lecturers.

TOPICS

  • Ground-based Telescopes and Modern Observational Techniques
  • Space Telescopes and Space Missions
  • 2D spectroscopy
  • Computers for Astronomy: Astronomical Data Reduction
  • Archives, Databases and Virtual Observatories
  • Studies of Planets, Stars, Nebulae, and Galaxies by various methods
  • Astronomical Surveys and Future Giant Projects

PROGRAMME

September 20, Saturday

Arrival and registration day

September 21, Sunday

10:00-13:00 Acquaintance to the Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory
14:30-16:00 Meeting with IAU President Catherine CESARSKY; lectures:
International Year of Astronomy (IYA) in 2009; Galaxies, LIRGs, and ULIRGs
19:00-20:00 Welcome dinner

September 22, Monday

09:00-09:30 Official opening of the Summer School
09:30-13:00 Lectures
Areg MICKAELIAN (Armenia): Large astronomical surveys, databases and Virtual Observatories
Don BARRY (USA): Existing astronomical software and programming in astronomy
14:30-17:30 Lectures
Daniel KUNTH (France): Galaxy evolution and star-formation in Starbursts
Daniel KUNTH (France): Ly-alpha: local and high redshift galaxies

September 23, Tuesday

09:00-13:00 Lectures
Tigran MOVSESSIAN (Armenia): 3D spectroscopic methods in astronomy
Tigran MAGAKIAN (Armenia): Discoveries and studies of young stellar objects and related objects
14:30-17:30 Practical courses
Don BARRY (USA): Astronomical software
Don BARRY (USA): Data reduction with MIDAS and IRAF packages
Lusine SARGSYAN (Armenia): Spitzer spectra reduction course with SMART package

September 24, Wednesday

09:00-13:00 Lectures
Artashes PETROSIAN (Armenia): Local Universe Supernovae and their Host Galaxies
Lusine SARGSYAN (Armenia): Spectroscopy with the Spitzer Infrared Observatory
Dieter ENGELS (Germany): Radioastronomical observing techniques
14:30-17:30 Practical courses
Dieter ENGELS (Germany): Data reduction of radio spectra with GILDAS
21:00-24:00 Observations with the BAO 2.6m telescope

September 25, Thursday

09:00-13:00 Lectures
Michel DENNEFELD (France): OPTICON, the EU Co-ordination Network for Optical-Infrared Astronomy
Dieter ENGELS (Germany): Radio AGN
Tigran ARSHAKIAN (Germany): Extragalactic magnetic fields
14:30-17:30 Practical courses
Lusine SARGSYAN (Armenia): Usage of the Spitzer archives
Dieter ENGELS (Germany): Data reduction of radio images with AIPS
21:00-24:00 Observations with small telescopes

September 26, Friday

09:00-13:00 Lectures
Dieter ENGELS (Germany): Public radio data archives
Tigran ARSHAKIAN (Germany): Science with LOFAR and SKA
Avetis SADOYAN (Armenia) Gravitational wave astronomy
Haik HARUTYUNIAN (Armenia): Cosmology: new facts and new problems
14:30-17:30 Practical courses
Lusine SARGSYAN (Armenia): Dedicated Extraction and Reduction Software for the DFBS
21:00-24:00 Observations with small telescopes

September 27, Saturday

10:00-17:00 Excursion to Yerevan with lunch

September 28, Sunday

14:00-18:00 Excursion to medieval fortress Amberd
19:00-21:00 School Banquet

September 29, Monday

09:00-10:00 Haik HARUTYUNIAN (Armenia): IYA-2009: astronomical education and knowledge in Armenia
10:00-13:00 Students' reports
16:00-17:30 General discussion

September 30, Tuesday

Departure day

VISAS, TRAVEL, ARRIVAL, AND OTHER PRACTICAL INFO

There are three ways for application for Armenian visa. You can contact the Armenian Embassy (or Consulate) in your country, apply for visa by online form (E-VISA at www.armeniaforeignministry.am), or directly apply at the Yerevan Zvartnots airport (before passport control).

You can travel to Armenia by a number of air companies, including Armavia, Aeroflot, Ukranian Airlines, Air France, Lufthansa, Czech Airlines, Austrian Airlines, etc. The international airport is Zvartnots, situated 7.2 km southwest from Yerevan. Please check Zvartnots webpage at http://www.menq.am/travel/. Please make your reservation asap as September is a busy period in Armenia.

Please inform your arrival (and departure) details (day, time, aircompany and flight number) asap as we are going to meet all participants at the Yerevan Zvartnots airport. Upon arrival you will be met by the representatives of LOC. Please look for banners with "Byurakan Summer School". Our cars will take you to Byurakan Observatory where you will be lodged in the hotel and get further information.

Armenian Dram (AMD) is the currency in Armenia. The approximate rates for 20.08.2008 are 1 EUR = 450 AMD and 1 USD = 300 AMD. Note that the Yerevan airport tax is not included in the price of the tickets; you will be asked to pay 10,000 Armenian drams (about 22 Euros) before the departure. Local time is GMT +3, and the summer time, GMT +4.

Armenia is often described as a sunny country. Its climate ranges from dry subtropical to cold weather. It is rather hot in summer, but cold in winter. The average temperature in July is +25C and -5C in January. During the School it will be the end of the summer hot period. Some 25C is expected. You may anticipate dry and hot weather. Rains are rare. However, you can take light coats for evenings (especially useful for observations), as the daily temperature amplitude is sometimes 15C.

DEADLINES

April 28, 2008 First Announcement
June 30, 2008 Deadline for applications for support
July 18, 2008 Notification on distribution of travel grants
July 20, 2008 Second Announcement with program
August 10, 2008 Deadline for registration
August 20, 2008 Final Announcement with detailed program
September 20-30, 2008 Second Byurakan International Summer School

 

First Announcement

The Second Byurakan International Summer School for young astronomers "Practical Astrophysics" will take place on September 20-30, 2008 in Byurakan (Armenia). It is being organized jointly by the Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory (BAO) and the Armenian Astronomical Society (ArAS). The School is also devoted to Prof. V.A. Ambartsumian’s 100th anniversary and will be linked to Ambartsumian's Centennial meeting, so that the students may also participate in these events before the school.  

The Byurakan Observatory is one of the main observational centers of the former Soviet Union and is an important observatory with modern facilities in the Middle East region. It was founded in 1946 by V.A. Ambartsumian and is well known for its large spectroscopic surveys: the First and Second Byurakan Surveys, undertaken by B.E. Markarian and colleagues.

The Byurakan Observatory hosts a number of medium-size optical telescopes, the most important being the 2.6m classical telescope and 1m Schmidt telescope. There are various modern astronomical instruments, including the multi-pupil spectrograph (VAGR). The Byurakan Observatory holds the Digitized First Byurakan Survey (DFBS, or the Markarian survey), containing low-dispersion spectra for ~20,000,000 objects. Many qualified specialists work presently in Byurakan, who are prepared to teach modern astrophysics to young people. In addition, a number of well-known scientists are invited to lecture during the school on various interesting topics.

Topics:

  • Ground-based Telescopes and Modern Observational Techniques
  • Space Telescopes and Space Missions
  • 2D spectroscopy
  • Computers for Astronomy: Astronomical Data Reduction
  • Archives, Databases and Virtual Observatories
  • Studies of Planets, Stars, Nebulae, and Galaxies by various methods
  • Astronomical Surveys and Future Giant Projects

Events:

Most of the time will be devoted to lectures (2-3 lectures daily) and practical courses (observations and data reduction). The following events will take place during the School:

  • Lectures on different aspects of observational astrophysics
  • Observations with 2.6m telescope
  • Data reduction with MIDAS and IRAF packages
  • Observations with small telescopes
  • Practical courses of astronomy with computers
  • Acquaintance with the Byurakan Observatory and its research
  • Excursions to famous Armenian sightseeing

Tentative list of Lecturers and Lectures:       

Dr. Don BARRY (Cornell University, USA)
Dr. Michel DENNEFELD (Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, France)
Dr. Dieter ENGELS (Hamburger Sternwarte, Germany)
Dr. Haik HARUTYUNIAN (Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory, Armenia)
Dr. Daniel KUNTH (Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, France)
Dr. Tigran MAGAKIAN (Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory, Armenia)
Dr. Areg MICKAELIAN (Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory, Armenia)
Dr. Tigran MOVSESSIAN (Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory, Armenia)
Dr. Artashes PETROSIAN (Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory, Armenia)
Dr. Avetis SADOYAN (Yerevan State University, Armenia)
Ms. Lusine SARGSYAN (Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory, Armenia

Deadlines

April 28, 2008                         First (this) Announcement
June 30, 2008                         Deadline for applications for support
July 10, 2008                          Notification on distribution of travel grants
July 20, 2008                          Second Announcement with tentative program
August 10, 2008                     Deadline for registration
August 20, 2008                     Final Announcement with detailed program
September 20-30, 2008          Second Byurakan International Summer School


     

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