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
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.
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.