Astronomy School 2020
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GROWTH Astronomy School 2020

Note about COVID-19

We are monitoring the developing situation regarding the COVID-19 illness, caused by the novel coronavirus. While we are currently unable to predict what impact this will have on the school, as of now we are proceeding with the organization as normal. We emphasize that applying does not imply any formal committment to attend, and we encourage all interested students, from all countries, to apply. In the event of any changes to the schedule or the programme, we will communicate this information promptly through this website.
Last updated: March 11, 2020



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. The lectures and materials from each school are posted online on our website for students and educators.


The registration fees, accommodation and food (excluding dinners) will be covered for all selected participants with generous funding provided by the Royal Astronomical Society, Science and Technology Facilities Council and the National Science Foundation GROWTH grant. Participants are expected to find their own funding only for travel to/from the venue.


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Hands-on Sessions

Students will have to complete a number of exercises contained in a Python notebook during the hands-on sessions. Students will also work with real observational data from telescopes around the world. At the end of the school, students will be familiar with multiple tools and techniques for data analysis of observational astronomical data.


The list of school participants will be posted once applications are reviewed and candedates have been selected.

Travel & Logistics

The GROWTH astronomy school is taking place at the Astrophysics Research Institute on the campus of the Liverpool John Moores University in the United Kingdom.

The closest airport is the Liverpool John Lennon Airport located just 9 miles from the LJMU campus. However, we advise participants coming from abroad to fly to the much larger international airport in Manchester. The Manchester airport is well connected with central Liverpool via regular train and bus service. The journey takes 1 hour 20 min on average. Heathrow airport in the London area is also an option. While there is no direct connection from the airport to Liverpool, easy connections to Liverpool with both a bus or train are available with journey times of around 3-4 hours.

You can use this webpages to look up directions to various unversity buildings, parking options,travel tips and more.

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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.