Astronomy School 2020
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GROWTH Astronomy School 2020

Note about COVID-19

In light of the latest developments around COVID-19 globally, our team has decided to cancel the physical, in-person GROWTH astronomy school and instead run an entirely web-based version, which will include recorded live lectures/discussions and interactive Python workshops.
Last updated: June 6, 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.


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Note that live school sessions will take place in late afternoon European time, early morning US time. Please, keep this in mind if you decide to apply for the school. We regret that students from certain time zones will not be able to apply due to the inconvenient time difference.

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School Format

The online school consists of three components - video lectures that students are asked to watch prior to each live session. Each live session consists of a live follow-up discussion and Q&A based on the lecture that students have watched followed by a live interactive workshop during which students will be split in breakout rooms and guided by tutors.

During the interactive workshops, students will work on a set of exercises involving real observational data from telescopes around the world. These will be organized in Python Jupiter notebooks and expert tutors will provide guidance throughout each live workshop. At the end of the school, students will be familiar with multiple tools and techniques for data analysis of observational astronomical data. Students who successfully attend the school sessions will be awarded a certificate of participation.


The video lectures will be posted on Youtube. Live sessions will be conducted via Zoom. A Slack workspace will serve as a discussion forum for students to communicate with instructors and among themselves during and after the school.


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

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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.