Announcements of Upcoming Summer Schools

Notice that this list is not meant to be all-inclusive, but concentrates on summer schools of potential interest to X-ray, gamma-ray, cosmic-ray, and gravitational astrophysicists. The HEASARC also maintains a list of upcoming (mostly high-energy astrophysics) meetings, as well as a list of on-line proceedings of high-energy astrophysics summer schools. Updates, corrections, and/or suggestions about summmer should be sent to

High Energy Astrophysics Summer Schools

2018 May 16 - 18: Neutron Star Mergers for Non-Experts: GW170817 in the multi-messenger astronomy and FRIB (Facility for Rare Isotope Beams) Eras

2018 May 29 - June 8: Fermi Summer School 2018

2018 June 18 - 26: Looking at Cosmic Sources in Polarized Light

2018 June 19 - 29: Dias Summer School in High Energy Astrophysics

2018 July 2 - 6: NBIA & DARK Summer School: Multi-messengers from Compact Sources

2018 July 2 - 6: 2nd Institute of Space Sciences Summer School: Gravitational Wave Astronomy

2018 July 2 - 13: 14th Summer School on Modern Astrophysics

Other Astrophysics-Related Summer Schools

2018 May 29 - June 2: Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers XIV

2018 June 4 - 8: Summer School in Astroinformatics

Details of High Energy Astrophysics Summer Schools

Neutron Star Mergers for Non-Experts: GW170817 in the multi-messenger astronomy and FRIB (Facility for Rare Isotope Beams) eras

School Dates: 2018 May 16 - 18
Deadline for Registration: 2018 April 1
Maximum Number of Registrants: 100
School Location: East Lansing, Michigan, USA

Recently an extraordinary neutron star merger was observed with gravitational waves and electromagnetically at frequencies from radio to gamma rays. This single event GW170817 dramatically advances nuclear astrophysics and heralds an exciting new era in multi-messenger astronomy. To allow a broader audience to better appreciate these developments, we will teach a summer school from May 16 - 18 at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) in East Lansing, MI. The school is intended for an inclusive audience of graduate students, postdocs, and more senior researchers working in nuclear physics, astrophysics, astronomy and related areas.

The school is supported by the FRIB Theory Alliance and we expect to be able to cover the local expenses of most participants. For more information and to apply please see the website.


  • Brian Metzger (Columbia) on "Kilonovae"
  • Charles Horowitz (Indiana) on "Neutron rich dense matter and the equation of state"
  • David Radice (Princeton) on "Simulations of neutron star mergers"
  • Luke Roberts (MSU) on "R-process nucleosynthesis and weak interactions in mergers"
  • Hendrik Schatz (MSU) on "Nuclear experiments for the r-process"

Contact: Charles Horowitz (horowit "at"

Fermi Summer School 2018

School Dates: 2018 May 29 - June 8
Deadline for Applications: 2018 March 9
School Location: Lewes, Delaware, USA

This year the Fermi Summer School will explore Fermi's deepening view of the gamma-ray sky as the mission approaches its 10-year anniversary. In addition to exploring underlying physics, models, and observational techniques used to study gamma rays in the near and far Universe, we will look at the increasingly vital role that Fermi plays in multimessenger astrophysics and the anticipated role of gamma-ray observations in the future. The deepening mystery of the origins of astrophysical neutrinos and the detection of the first gamma-ray counterpart accompanying a gravitational wave detection from a neutron star binary, highlight several unique contributions that gamma-ray observations make to identifying and understanding sites of extreme astrophysics.

The Fermi Summer School emphasizes the analysis of data from the Fermi instruments through lectures and hands-on workshops. Students spend time working directly with experts in instrumentation, analysis, theory and modeling to develop and extend their own research projects. Topics cover much of the gamma-ray band ranging from keV-MeV transients seen with Fermi's GBM to the highest energies observed by the LAT and the very high energies observed by ground-based gamma-ray telescopes.

Contact: fermischool "at"

Looking at Cosmic Sources in Polarized Light

School Dates: 2018 June 18 - 26
Deadline for Applications: 2018 April 20
Maximum Number of Registrants: 35
School Location: Asiago, Vicenza, Italy

The goal of the school is to offer graduate students and young researchers an updated, comprehensive view of multi-wavelength astrophysical polarimetry. This is a particularly favourable time for getting together experienced and junior scientists. Polarimetry is entering its golden age thanks to the upcoming space missions (IXPE, XIPE and e-XTP) which, for the first time ever, will systematically perform polarimetry measures in the X-rays. Polarimetry provides an entirely new way to look at the high-energy sky. In particular, it will give key information on highly-magnetic neutron stars (or magnetars), where vacuum birefringence (a Quantum Electrodynamics effect predicted 80 years ago and never measured in the lab) can at last be verified and on the structure and geometry of black hole accretion discs, making it possible to test General Relativity in the strong field limit and obtain an independent measure of the black hole spin. Polarization measurements will test inflation by detecting CMB polarization anisotropies associated with primordial gravitational waves background.

The activities of the school will benefit from the presence of world-leading experts in the field of astrophysical polarimetry. Lectures will cover both observational and theoretical issues, with particular emphasis on the polarigenesis in different classes of astrophysical sources and on the most advanced measurement techniques across the electromagnetic spectrum. This will offer an excellent opportunity for young scientists (undergraduates, graduates and post-docs) attending the school to foster their professional growth in a high-level, multi-disciplinary environment, where they will become acquainted with different aspects of astrophysical polarimetry, from "hard theory" to data analysis and instrument design.

Tentative list of topics:

  • Physical bases of polarimetry and polarigenesis in astrophysical sources
  • Polarization at optical wavelengths
  • Polarimetry in the radio band
  • X-ray polarimetry
  • Polarimetry at very high energies
  • Polarization in strongly magnetized sources
  • Polarization in black hole sources
  • The CMB polarization
  • Polarimetry of the sun and the stars

Additional information can be requested from infopolarschool "at"

DIAS Summer School in High Energy Astrophysics

School Dates: 2018 June 19 - 29
Deadline for Registration: First Come, First Served Until the Workshop is Full
School Location: Dublin, Ireland

The DIAS Summer School on High-Energy Astrophysics 2018 is the second summer school organised by the Centre for Astroparticle Physics and Astrophysics (CAPPA), part of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS), and is hosted by Dublin City University (DCU). The school is aimed at motivated young researchers beginning their careers (in particular PhD students and young postdocs), with the a focus on "filling in the gap" between University education and University-level research.

The rapid and exciting progress in the emerging interdisciplinary field of High-Energy Astrophysics is attracting ever-growing numbers of students and young researchers. However very few Universities or Research Centres are currently able to provide systematic courses on different aspects of this rapidly developing field for young researchers entering the field.

The DIAS Summer School is an intensive 10-day, 27-lecture, residential course that fills this gap by providing a coherent series of advanced lectures. Topics will include:

  • High Energy Phenomena in Astrophysics
  • Non-thermal Galactic and Extragalactic Sources
  • Plasma Astrophysics
  • Acceleration and Transport of Cosmic Rays
  • Radiative Processes in Astrophysics
  • Observational and Theoretical Cosmology

NBIA & DARK Summer School: Multi-messengers from Compact Sources

School Dates: 2018 July 2 - 6
Deadline for Registration: 2018 May 1 or Until the Workshop is Full
Maximum Number of Registrants: ~ 30
School Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

This School aims to bring PhD and advanced MSc students up to date with the booming field of multi-messenger astrophysics and astronomy. The production mechanisms of neutrinos, gravitational waves and electromagnetic radiation in compact astrophysical sources (i.e., core-collapse supernovae, compact binary mergers, black holes) as well as the role of the above mentioned messengers in the source dynamics will be discussed in details. Methods related to multi-messenger searches will also be explored.

Learning outcome

  • Introduce the students to the fundamental mechanisms driving the production of neutrinos, gravitational waves and electromagnetic radiation in compact sources and their detection.
  • Bring together students interested in these topics and world leading scientists in the field in an environment fostering interactions and exchange of ideas.
  • Encourage the students to acquire expertise in the fascinating field of multi-messenger astrophysics emphasizing its multidisciplinary nature.

2nd Institute of Space Sciences Summer School: Gravitational Wave Astronomy

School Dates: 2018 July 2 - 6
Deadline for Registration: 2018 April 2
Maximum Number of Registrants: ~ 30
School Location: Bellaterra, near Barcelona, Spain

The School program covers most aspects of Gravitational Wave Astronomy, from the detection technology to the astrophysics, cosmology and fundamental physics that we can do with gravitational wave detections and their electromagnetic counterparts.

Lecturers and topics"

  • Theoretical Foundations - Carlos F. Sopuerta (ICE, CSIC & IEEC)
  • GW Detection - Miquel Nofrarias (ICE, CSIC & IEEC)
  • GW Source Modelling - Ulrich Sperhake (Cambridge)*
  • GW Data Analysis - Alicia Sintes (Mallorca, UIB)
  • GW Astrophysics - Pau Amaro-Seoane (ICE, CSIC & IEEC)
  • Electromagnetic Counterparts - Matt Benacquista (NSF)*
  • Relativistic Stellar Dynamics - Xian Chen (Beijing, CAS)
  • Neutron Stars and Black Hole - Nanda Rea (ICE, CSIC & IEEC)
  • The Galactic Centre and GWs - Rainer Schödel (IAA, Granada)
  • Cosmology and GWs - Jaume Garriga (ICCUB)*

*To be confirmed

Additional information can be requested from summer2018 "at"

14th Summer School on Modern Astrophysics

School Dates: 2018 July 2 -13
Deadline for Registration: 2018 March 7
School Location: Dolgoprudny, Moscow Region, Russia

This year's school focuses on theory, simulations, and observations of a wide range of astrophysical phenomena: fast radio bursts, magnetars, neutron star mergers and electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational waves, supernova explosions, and protoplanetary accretion disks. Ample time will be devoted to getting first-hand experience with numerical codes. The school is ideal for students and postdocs interested in getting well-versed in a wide range of current topics in astrophysics and gaining experience in carrying out advanced numerical simulations.


Phil Armitage (Univ. of Colorado, Boulder; Flatiron Institute; Stony Brook Univ.) "Protoplanetary Accretion Disks"
Andrei Beloborodov (Columbia Univ.), "Physics of Magnetars"
Omer Bromberg (Tel Aviv University, Israel) "Stability of Astrophysical Jets"
Francois Foucart (Univ. of New Hampshire), "Neutron star Mergers"
Jason Hessels (Univ. of Amsterdam), "Observations of Fast Radio Bursts"
Matthew Kunz (Princeton Univ.), "Topics in theoretical Plasma Astrophysics"
Philip Moesta (Univ. of California, Berkeley), "Supernovae Explosions"
Samaya Nissanke (Radboud University, Nijmegen), "Observations of Electromagnetic Counterparts to Neutron star Mergers", TBC

Tutorial/Homework Sessions:

Lev Arzamasskiy (Princeton Univ.), "Hybrid-Kinetic Approach for Simulating Astrophysical Plasmas"

Details of Other Astrophysics-Related Summer schools

Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers XIV

Workshop Dates: 2018 May 29-June 2
Registration deadline: 2018 May 4 or when the classes are full
Workshop Location: State College, Pennsylvania, USA

Summer School in Astroinformatics

Workshop Dates: 2018 June 4 - 8
Registration deadline: 2018 May 4 or when the classes are full
Workshop Location: State College, Pennsylvania, USA

Penn State's Center for Astrostatistics is supplementing its long-standing week-long Summer School in statistical methodology with a new Summer School in Astroinformatics. Registration is now open; participants can attend one or both of the programs. Lectures and tutorials are presented by professors in statistics, computer science, astrostatistics and astroinformatics. Tutorials exercise methods with realistic contemporary astronomical dataset. Open-source software and lecture notes are provided. Participants should bring a laptop computer.

Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers: This week provides an intensive program in statistical inference and methods for observational astronomy. Topics include: principles of probability and inference; nonparametrics; regression and model selection; bootstrap resampling; maximum likelihood; Bayesian inference; multivariate clustering and classification; spatial statistics; and time series analysis. Hands-on training uses the R statistical software environment.

Summer School in Astroinformatics: This week gives a strong background in statistical and computational methodology for large astronomical datasets. Topics include: fundamentals of scientific computing and high-performance computing; Bayesian computation; machine learning algorithms; multivariate dimension reduction; clustering and classification; optimization; Gaussian Processes regression; neural networks and Deep Learning.

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