The STFC introductory course in Astronomy for new research students will run from Monday the 11th and Friday the 15th of January 2021. This will be a virtual event, organized by the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, facilitated by the Institute of Physics.   

Lectures will cover topics in astronomy and astrophysics ranging from the study of the Solar system to the most distant galaxies. These will be anchored to talks describing the technical details and scientific aims of ongoing and imminent large surveys, which will provide the running theme for this course. 

In addition to academic lectures, there will be sessions covering transferrable skills, public engagement and data visualization. Breakout sessions between talks will provide opportunities to meet the speakers and ask questions informally.  

All UK and Ireland first-year PhD students are encouraged to present a short talk or poster describing the results of a recent project, or outlining a proposed research project – prizes will be awarded. Prospective students must register using the online form and include a supporting letter from their PhD superviser.

The event will include: 

  • Grand Tour of Astronomical Surveys
  • Keynote talks
  • Lectures
  • Meet the speaker session
  • Workshop sessions
  • Flash talks
  • Poster presentations
  • Public Engagement Skills
  • Scientific and Proposal Writing Skills
  • Career Development Talks

Key dates:

Registration opens:

30 October 2020

Registration deadline:

12 December 2020

Organised by the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium

Sponsored by UKRI STFC