La Silla Observing Summer School (2020)

Sunset palette in the skies above La Silla

Santiago and La Silla Observatory, Chile, February 3 - 14, 2020


ESO is happy to announce the next La Silla observing summer school, which will be held at the ESO premises in Santiago and the Observatory of La Silla, Chile, from February 3rd to February 14th.


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.


During the school, the students will have lectures on the basics of observing techniques and how to prepare observations for ESO telescopes. They will be divided in several groups: each group will be assigned to a science tutor who will introduce them to the science project they will work on during the school.

On Sunday 9th, the group will go up to the La Silla Observatory for two nights of observations with the ESO NTT (Feb 10-11), two to three nights at the Danish 1.54-m telescope (same dates) plus one night on HARPS on the 3.6-m (Feb 11); data reduction will start while on site. Once back in Santiago with the data in hand, the participants will finish to reduce and analyse their datasets. During the last two days of the school, each group will present its results to the whole school. 

The school will be free for the selected applicants; however they are expected to pay their travel to Santiago. Financial support for traveling may be offered to qualified applicants.


Important deadlines:

  • Registration: October 30, 2019
  • Announcement of selected students: November 25, 2019
  • Arrival to Chile: February 2nd, 2020, at the latest.


School email:

Organizer: ESO


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ESO acknowledges the support of the Astronomical Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences, Ondrejov, Czech Republic, for giving three nights of the Danish telescope time to the summer school.