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 a NOVA Fall school at least once; participation in two schools is sometimes 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 PhD 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 Master thesis research project, for their fellow students and lecturers.

The NOVA Fall School 2017 will be held at ASTRON (Dwingeloo) on October 9-13.


PURPOSE


The NOVA Fall school is meant to broaden the knowledge of astronomy graduate students. The taught courses usually correspond to specialised topics that may have been missing in undergraduate studies. All AIOs, OIOs and bursaries must participate in the NOVA Fall school at least once. Participation in two schools is sometimes recommended.

The lecturers of the 2017 school will be Pratika Dayal (Groningen) and Elena Rossi (Leiden).

  • Stream 1: Galaxies and the Intergalactic Medium in the First Billion Years (P. Dayal)
  • Stream 2: Compact Objects and Accretion (E. Rossi)


    Students have to choose one of the two streams. We recommend that students, after consultation with their PhD thesis supervisors, choose the stream that is least related to the MSc courses that they followed. All courses are taught in English and typically include practical exercises.

    LOCAL AND SCIENTIFIC ORGANISATION


    The School organisers are: Karina Caputi (karina_at_astro.rug.nl) for all scientific aspects; Christa Meijering, Martine ter Wal (secr_at_astro.rug.nl) and Diana Verweij (verweij_at_astron.nl) for the logistics and administration.