The  Seventh NEON  Observing School

The seventh Neon Observing school (fourth one at the telescope in the new series) will take place at: 
  LaPalma Observatories (Canary Islands, Spain) from June 23  to July  5, 2008
using the Isaac Newton 2.5m telescope and the Nordic 2.5m Optical Telescope

The principles are the same as in previous schools: introductory lectures on topics of general interest,  work in small groups, 
execution of a real research project,  presentation of the results at the end of the school.

For practical (and travel) information, see the ING Web page

Preliminary program:

Day 1 (Sunday June 22): Arrival of the students
Day 2-4: Introductory lectures and preparation of the observations

Basics of telescope optics (R. Hook, ESO)
Photometry (J. Knapen, IAC)
Low-resolution Spectroscopy (M. Dennefeld, Paris)
High-dispersion Spectroscopy (H. Korhonen, ESO)
Image analysis (R. Hook, ESO)
Introduction to reduction techniques

Night 3-8: Observations
Days 3-12:  Data reduction and analysis
Additional lectures are foreseen  during the rest of the school.
Archival data
VLT and ELT instrumentation
The history and evolution of telescopes
European observing facilities

Day 13
(Friday, July 4th):       Presentation of the results; round table discussion on prospects in astrophysics
Day 14 (July  5th): Departure

The school is open to PhD students in Astronomy or Post-docs with limited observing experience from all over Europe.
Selection of candidates will be made by the steering committee (see the general information about Neon schools).

Financial conditions: the school is mainly funded through an EU Marie-Curie program. 
Students from EU countries (or Associated Countries) can therefore benefit from grants to participate in this school.
This grant will cover all the local expenses, but probably only part of  the travel costs. Candidates may   therefore
have to complement this by local resources from their home institute.
(no specific form is required besides the general registration form)
EU citizen working presently outside Europe are also encouraged to apply.

Students from other european (non EU-member) countries  are  encouraged to apply also.
Their application will be considered generously and we will do our best to help with financial support,  on a case by case basis.

For general information about the Neon school, see the NEON Web page.
  Details about this particular school (registration, schedule, practical information, etc...) will be posted regularly on the ING Web page.

The on-line registration has   opened in December  2007 .
The registration form is  available through the ESO Web page. 

Deadline for registration: March 31th, 2008

The  list of selected  participants will be released by end of April  2007 .