International School for Young Astronomers

Cape Town
Mon, 06/02/2012 (All day) - Sun, 26/02/2012 (All day)

The 34th International School for Young Astronomers will take place during 6 - 26 February 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa. The school is organized jointly by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and the University of Cape Town (UCT).

The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), home of the 11-m Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), is the premier optical and infrared astronomy facility in Africa and plays a leading role in the promotion of astronomy in the continent.

The school will be hosted at the prestigious University of Cape Town, and at SAAO, and part of it will be conducted at the SAAO/SALT observatory site at Sutherland, 400km from Cape Town, in the Karoo semi-desert. A number of well-known scientists are invited to lecture during the school on a range of topics in active astronomical fields.

The overall theme of the school is "Observational astronomy in the optical and infrared", involving both lectures and observational work in teams. The goal is to give students ideas of modern research projects and to give technical expertise to plan, propose for, obtain, reduce and analyse modern astronomical data.

The school's webpage is