Astronomy School 2019
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GROWTH Astronomy School 2019


The theme of the 2019 GROWTH astronomy school is "From X-ray to radio: Follow up of transients in the era of multi-messenger astronomy".

The school is designed to offer a comprehensive training to graduate and advanced undergraduate students in observational techniques and tools for follow up of transient events at X-ray, UV, optical, infrared and radio wavelengths. The school sessions are organized by wavelength range and the format includes a short lecture that introduces the topic followed by an interactive workshop where students will be engaged in data analysis using real data from the LIGO, Keck Observatory in Hawaii, Palomar Observatory in California, the VLA in New Mexico and telescopes in the GROWTH global network of observatories.

We are in the era of multi-messenger astronomy, where we have seen a neutron star merger emit gravitational waves and then light up the entire electromagnetic spectrum on timescales of seconds to years. Having a broad training in observational techniques and data analysis across multiple wavelengths and gravitational waves will equip the next generation of astronomers with the skills to maximize time-domain science.

The astronomy school is part of the education and training program of GROWTH. This second edition of the school will closely resemble to goals and structure of the first one, which was held last year in Mumbai, India. Materials from each school are posted online on our website for students and educators.


We accept applications for the astronomy school until May 31, 2019.

Applications will be reviewed by a GROWTH committee based on academic performance, former research experience, and how well applicants' research interests align with the topics of the school. Successful applicants will be notified in the second half of June.

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See a tentative program for the school. The full program will be posted at the end of June.

Hands-on Sessions

For each lesson, students will hear from a world expert on some aspect of time-domain astronomy observational followup. Afterwards, students are provided with a Python notebook with examples and exercises on how to actually apply the lessons that the lecturer discussed on real-world data from some of the biggest telescopes in the world. These examples and tools will be a valuable insight and reference as the student moves forward in the field of observational and time-domain astronomy.


A list of the selected and confirmed participants will be posted here at the end of June.

Travel & Logistics

The GROWTH winter school is taking place on the campus of San Diego State University.

The closest airport is the San Diego International Airport located just 13 miles from the SDSU campus (driving time is about 20 min with normal traffic).

You can use this interactive map of SDSU to look up various facilities and parking options on campus.

Note that limited travel support may be offered to exceptional candidates to cover their travel expenses to the venue.

Contact Us

Please, send any questions you may have about the winter school to

GROWTH is funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant No 1545949. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.