Awareness Conferences

These conferences, given by  a small team of expert scientists and instrumentalists, present the "hot topics" in Astrophysics and the large facilities, on ground or in space, available (or planned), to help to solve the pending questions. They should encourage students to choose a PhD subject in Astrophysics and help astronomers, specially from the new EU (or accessing) countries, to broaden their horizons and raise their interest in the Access program.

The first such conference was held in Sofia (Bulgaria) in October 2009 (see the program).

A new one, addressing specifically students and engineers interested in Instrumentation, has been organised during the Jenam in Lisbon, on September 6, 2010. See for details

(SPS1 Special Session 1 :       "Astronomy Challenges for Engineers and Computer Scientists" )

In 2011, we have  contributed to the school on "Opto-Mechanical Design in Astronomy", in Potsdam (Germany), June 20-23, 2011
For details, see
We did also contribute to the Astrometry school in Antalya, Turkey, Sept. 5-9, 2011.
For details, see

In 2013, we had an Awareness conference for Eastern Europe participants,  hosted in Bucharest in Romania from September 23d to 28th. Details can be found here .

The 2014 Conference was hosted in Sofia (Bulgaria) from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1st. The report is available here.

In 2015, the Conference and Practical School took place at the Mazaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, from Sept. 1. to 12.
The report and program can be found here.