The Regional Astronomical Workshop aims at exchanging scientific research, teaching, astro tourism and public outreach experience.

The Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory (BAO) is one of the main observational centers of the former Soviet Union and is an important observatory with modern facilities in the region. It was founded in 1946 by one of the greatest astrophysicists of the 20th century V. A. Ambartsumian and is well known for its large spectroscopic surveys: First and Second Byurakan Surveys (FBS and SBS), undertaken by B. E. Markarian and his colleagues. BAO hosts a number of medium-size optical telescopes, the most important being the 2.6m classical telescope and 1m Schmidt telescope. BAO holds the Digitized First Byurakan Survey (DFBS, or the Digitized Markarian survey), containing low-dispersion spectra of ~20,000,000 objects, largest number in the world, which is the basis of the Armenian Virtual Observatory (ArVO), a member of the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA).

All local expenses will be covered by the organizers. We also offer a limited number of travel grants for the participants from South West and Central Asian Region (Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkey) and few more grants to other nationality scientists from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, etc. English is the working language of the school.

At the beginning of the same week, 9-10 Sep 2019, an International Conference “Active Galaxies and Quasars” will take place dedicated to M. A. Arakelian’s 90th anniversary, so that the participants will have possibility to take part in these events as well. Please mark the corresponding button showing your interest in the registration form.