ESO/NEON Observing School at La Silla

Sunset palette in the skies above La Silla

Santiago and La Silla Observatory, February 18 - March 2, 2018


During two weeks of intense work the participants will have the chance to have hands-on real-life experience on the full cycle from proposal preparation to data reduction. Participants will be divided in 5 groups of 4. During the whole school, each group will be guided by a tutor and possibly by a tutor assistant.


The school is preferentially targeted to PhD students, advanced MSc's and more senior PostDocs. Applicants should fill in the registration form and arrange for a reference letter to be sent by either their advisor or head of department to, indicating clearly the name of the student. The application will not be considered complete until the reference letter is received.


After a preparatory work done at the ESO Headquarters in Chile, where the students will have lectures on the basics of observing techniques and how to prepare observations for ESO telescopes, the group will go up to the La Silla Observatory for three nights of observations with the ESO NTT and the Danish 1.54-m telescopes. Back in Santiago with the data in hand, the participants will reduce and analyse their datasets.

While having lectures on hot-topics of present day astrophysics, the teams will prepare their presentation of their results to the ESO audience. Additional training on aspects of career development is also foreseen.



There is no registration costs. Local expenses (lodging, transportation and meals) are fully covered by the school. Participants are expected to cover their international trip to Chile. A contribution to travel expenses can be envisaged on a duly justified case by case basis. The school is sponsored by ESO and Opticon.



The school is taking place in Santiago at ESO/Chile headquarters whereas the observational part is carried on-site at the La Silla Observatory. Travel information will be added soon.



The registration is now CLOSED.
Important: Please do not proceed with any bookings until your participation is confirmed after 15 November 2017.


Important dates

Registration deadline: October 15, 2017

Outcome of the selection process: November 15, 2017

Arrival in Chile: Feb 18, 2018

School starts: Feb 19, 2018

End of School: March 2, 2018


School email:

Organizers and Sponsors: ESO and Opticon


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