ann20005 — Announcement

South African Astronomical Observatory
11 February 2020
International School of Young Astronomers to be held in Cape Town, South Africa

The 44th International School for Young Astronomers, ISYA2020SA, will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 22 November to 11 December 2020. The International School for Young Astronomers (ISYA) is a long-standing project of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), and is now also co-sponsored by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (NASL) through the Office for Young Astronomers (OYA). The 44th school will be co-organised by the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO).

ISYAs are three-week-long international postgraduate schools held in regions where students have fewer chances to be directly exposed to the full extent of up-to-date astrophysics. The schools aim to broaden the young students’ perspective through interactions with lecturers from around the world, who present the most recent astrophysics, both theoretical and observational. This school will also promote academic exchanges between countries, particularly in Africa.

ISYA2020 South Africa will accept 40 students with full support from the ISYA program. 

Applications are open online until 30 April 2020:

Scientific Program:

Stellar Structure and Evolution  Shazrene Mohammed (SAAO/UCT, South Africa)
Galaxy Evolution Michelle Cluver (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)
Cosmology  David Mota (U. Oslo, Norway)
Galactic (MW) Astronomy Francesca Figueras (University of Barcelona, Spain)
Interstellar Medium Alexander Tielens (Leiden University, Netherlands)
Solar System and Exoplanets Jane Luu (MIT, USA)
Virtual Observatory and Databases Itziar Aretxaga (INAOE, Mexico)
Radio Astronomy  James Chibueze (North-West University, South Africa) 
Astrostatistics Lab Juan Rafael Martínez (Center for Astrophysics, Smithsonian, USA)
Optical Observational Techniques  Rudi Kuhn (SAAO, South Africa)

More information

The IAU is the international astronomical organisation that brings together more than 13 500 professional astronomers from more than 100 countries worldwide. Its mission is to promote and safeguard astronomy in all its aspects, including research, communication, education and development, through international cooperation. The IAU also serves as the internationally recognised authority for assigning designations to celestial bodies and the surface features on them. Founded in 1919, the IAU is the world's largest professional body for astronomers.



Itziar Aretxaga
ISYA Director

David Mota 
ISYA Deputy Director

Lars Lindberg Christensen
IAU Press Officer
Garching bei München, Germany
Tel: +49 89 320 06 761
Cell: +49 173 38 72 621

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