Nordic-Baltic Research Training Course

Young Stars across Time and Wavelengths

6th-16th June 2011; Turku, Finland

A Nordic-Baltic Research Training Course "Young Stars across Time and Wavelength" will take place at Tuorla Observatory, Turku, Finland, during the period 6-16 June 2011. The course is organised jointly by the Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT, Spain), Centre for Star and Planet Formation (StarPlan, Denmark), Onsala Space Observatory (OSO, Sweden), and Tuorla Observatory, with financial support from NORDFORSK.

Aims of the Course
The aim of the course is to give young researchers experience in analysis of multi-wavelength data - with particular focus on observations of young stars. This will prepare them for future use of major European research facilities - in particular, the ESO VLT and E-ELT, the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) and the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). These facilities will define the future frontiers in a wide range of research fields, notably in studies of star and planet formation, one of the currently most active topics in astronomy.

Structure and Content of the Course
The course will be built up around lectures and hands-on exercises by the students. The main set of lectures will be given by leading experts on star formation to introduce the basic questions of star formation research and the techniques from optical through infrared and (sub)millimeter wavelengths. In addition to these lectures a few invited "guest" speakers will present hot topics from their own research further motivating the general lectures. A preliminary course schedule is given here.

The exercises will feature own observing projects in remote mode with the Nordic Optical Telescope on La Palma and the 20m radio telescope at Onsala as well as the use of archival data from space. They are designed familiarise students with the reduction and analysis of specific data sets - and the comparisons of data across wavelengths. Upon completion of the course and approval of the project reports the students will receive a certificate of attendance specifying the workload of the course (estimated to correspond to 6 ECTS credit points).

The projects are described in the on-line application form. The students are asked to indicate their preference for at least two of these when applying for the course.


  • Per Bjerkeli, Chalmers
  • Mika Juvela, Helsinki
  • Jes Jørgensen, StarPlan
  • Johan Lindberg, StarPlan
  • Magnus Persson, StarPlan
  • Klaus Pontoppidan, STScI
  • Tapio Pursimo, NOT
  • Bo Reipurth, Honolulu
  • Wouter Vlemmings, Bonn / Onsala

Who can Apply?
The course is open to students enrolled at a recognised university at the PhD or final-year MSc level. There is no restriction on the nationality of the applicants, but since the course is sponsored by NORDFORSK, preference in filling the available positions (up to 20 students) will be given to applicants from the Nordic and Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania). In this context, nationality is assigned by enrolment, not by passport.

Financial Support
We expect to be able to cover board and lodging for all students from the NordForsk grant, but can only pay for travel for Nordic students. There is no tuition fee for any students.

Students and faculty will be lodged at Tuorla Observatory (some 12 km from the centre of Turku) or in the nearby agricultural school for easy access to computers and network connections. Rooms and all meals are provided, and two excursions during the weekend are included in the program. Turku has good airline as well as ferry and train connections to the Nordic and Baltic countries.

Further information can be obtained from Dr. Jes Jørgensen at StarPlan, Dr. Sebastien Muller and Dr. John Conway at Onsala, Dr. Leo Takalo at Tuorla, or Dr. Tapio Pursimo at the NOT.

Deadline for Applications: April 1, 2011