The Messenger Astronomical News

Report on the ESO Summer School “La Silla Observing Summer School 2020”

  • Pompei, Emanuela [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Hartke, Johanna [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Korhonen, Heidi [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Mazzucchelli, Chiara [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Navarrete, Camila [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Pala, Anna F. [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Sbordone, Luca [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Schmidtobreick, Linda [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]

Astronomical News

The La Silla Observing Summer School was originally conceived with the goal of providing hands-on training in the use of telescopes and astronomical instruments for senior masters and young doctoral students. The third La Silla Summer School ran over two weeks and was hosted by ESO’s Office for Science and the La Silla Observatory. Twenty PhD and MSc students from several countries participated. They attended lectures on various observing modes and instrumentation but also on scientific presentations, time management, effective proposal writing, and career choices. For the hands-on part at the observatory, the students were supervised by seven ESO tutors. Four small research projects were offered, using three telescopes and four instruments. The students in each research group went through the full process of defining and discussing the observing strategies, conducting the observations, reducing and analysing the data and finally presenting the results to the scientific community at the ESO Vitacura offices. The next school is foreseen for the southern summer break of 2022.

Created: 2020-06-01/2020-06-30
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Cite this article:

E. Pompei, J. Hartke, H. Korhonen, C. Mazzucchelli, C. Navarrete, A. Pala, L. Sbordone, L. Schmidtobreick; Report on the ESO Summer School “La Silla Observing Summer School 2020”. The Messenger 180 (June 2020): 46–49.