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2024 NEON Observing School in Athens

The 2024 NEON Observing School will be hosted by the National Observatory of Athens, Greece, from October 13 to October 25, 2024. Mainly funded by ORP, the school will provide hands-on observing experience on professional telescopes. During this period, the students will go through, together with an experienced tutor, all the steps from planning the observations to reducing and analysing the obtained data.


This school is mainly meant for Ph.D students in astronomy who do not have prior observing experience with professional telescopes. MSc students in the late stages of their thesis work and young PostDocs can also be considered. The first half of the school consists of lectures as well as planning and carrying out observations. The lectures include, among other topics, modern telescopes, detectors and observing techniques. The second half of the school is dedicated to group work on reducing and analysing the obtained observations, with students presenting their results at the end of the school.

The local costs (accommodation in shared rooms and lunches) are covered by ORP. Some very limited travel support is also available.


The deadline for applications is Friday 31 May. Applicants will be notified about the selection by the end of June 2024.

More information on the school and the application form can be found here: