About the Fall school

The NOVA Fall school is meant to broaden the knowledge of astronomy graduate students. Courses are taught dealing with topics that were missed during the undergraduate studies. Every graduate student in The Netherlands must participate in at least one NOVA Fall school; participation in two schools is recommended.

The school is offered annually at the ASTRON premises in Dwingeloo, during 5 days in the Fall. NOVA Fall schools generally consist of two parallel course streams, which rotate between three topics "Galaxies", "Interstellar medium & Star- and planet formation" and "Compact objects and the late stages of stellar evolution". Each stream consists of a general part and a specialized part. The topics of the latter part are different each year.

The streams are targeted at students who did not have the topic in their undergraduate studies, to broaden their general background in astronomy. PhD students should choose the stream after consultation with their thesis supervisor. All courses are taught in English, and often include practical exercises. Excursions to the Westerbork radio telescope and the Dwingeloo VLBI facilities may also be part of the program. In addition, all participating students are required to make a short oral presentation dealing with their thesis research project, for their fellow students and the lecturers.

To the students:

A bus will be waiting for you at the Hoogeveen train station on Monday morning and will leave at 11:15 (sharp!). This bus will take you to ASTRON. Please be on time, as the bus will not wait. Upon arrival at ASTRON, your luggage will be collected and transported to the hotel. You will be lent a bicycle for the week to travel between ASTRON and the hotel.

If you travel by car you have to mail your license plate number to reception@astron.nl.

All students and teachers are housed in hotel de Borken (www.deborken.nl), which is at least a ten-minute bike ride from ASTRON. Double rooms with two beds have been reserved for the students. Breakfast and dinner will be served in the hotel. Lunch will be held at ASTRON.