ann24005 — Announcement

The City of Algier
12 February 2024
Registrations Open for the 45th International School for Young Astronomers in Algiers, Algeria

The 45th International School for Young Astronomers, ISYA2024, will take place in Algiers, Algeria, from 15 September to 3 October 2024. Applications to attend the school are now open until the deadline of 31 March.

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 schools aim to broaden the students’ perspectives on astronomy through exposure to an intensive three-week programme of lectures with up-to-date astrophysics, both theoretical and observational, led by an international team of experts.

The 45th ISYA is co-organised by the OYA, the Research Center in Astronomy and Astrophysics (CRAAG) and the General Directorate of Scientific Research and Technological Development (DGRSDT). Participants will learn about different astronomical fields, from solar physics to cosmology, and acquire the technical expertise necessary to analyse current astronomical data and models.

We invite applications from students in their early studies of a MSc or PhD in astronomy in African, Middle Eastern, and Eastern European countries. Final-year BSc students and researchers with PhDs in other fields intending to enrol in a graduate programme in astronomy and astrophysics will also be considered. The official language of the school will be English.

Although the ISYA is not a research conference, successful applicants will be encouraged to submit posters to present a summary of their research projects during the school. In addition to the academic activities, attendees will also have the opportunity to experience the archaeological, artistic and scientific culture around Algiers through a series of events and excursions.

ISYA2024 will accept around 30 students, who will be granted scholarships to cover travel from their home cities and accommodation during the school. All selected participants are expected to commit 100% of their time to the three-week programme and participate in all scheduled activities.

Registration is now open online.

Scientific Programme:

  • Solar Astrophysics, Valentín Martinez Pillet (NSO, USA)
  • Small Bodies in the Solar System, Naceur Bouziani (CRAAG, Algeria)
  • Stellar Astrophysics, Eric Lagadec (Obs. de la Côte d'Azur, France)
  • Interstellar Medium, Suzanne Madden (Saclay, France)
  • Galaxies, Itziar Aretxaga (INAOE, Mexico)
  • Cosmology, David Mota (Univ. Oslo, Norway)
  • High Energy Astrophysics, Marat Gilfanov (MPA, Germany)
  • Radio-Astronomy, James Chibueze (UNISA/NWU, South Africa)
  • Virtual Obs and Databases, Mirjana Povic (ESSTI, Ethiopia/IAA, Spain)
  • Machine Learning, Helena Domínguez Sánchez (CEFCA, Spain)
  • Observational Optical Astronomy & Projects for Students, Roger Hajjar (Univ. Notre Dame, Lebanon), Amina Boulkaboul (CRAAG, Algeria), Yassine Damerdji (CRAAG, Algeria), Nassim Seghouani (CRAAG, Algeria)

Important dates:

  • Applications open: 4 February 2024
  • Application deadline: 31 March 2024
  • Notification of acceptance: 2 May 2024
  • Opening Ceremony: 15 September 2024
  • Closing Ceremony: 3 October 2024
  • Departure: 4 October 2024

Nassim Seghouani (CRAAG) – 45th ISYA Local Director 
Hamoud Beldjoudi , CRAAG Director
Itziar Aretxaga – ISYA Program Director
David Mota – ISYA Deputy Director

Local Organising Committee:
Redouane Mecheri – CRAAG
Mourad Fouka– CRAAG
Khalil Daifallah – CRAAG
Lotfi Yelles – CRAAG
Dalel Aberkane – CRAAG
Zineddine Bouyahiaoui – CRAAG
Yassine Rahmani – CRAAG
Ghoulam Boudiba – CRAAG
Rafik Aitcherif – CRAAG
Abdellah Ghebriout – CRAAG

More information

The IAU is the international astronomical organisation that brings together more than 12 000 active 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.

The IAU Office for Young Astronomers (OYA) was established in 2015 by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (NASL) and the International Astronomical Union (IAU) with the aim of ensuring a robust financial and organisational basis for the operation of the ISYA program. The OYA’s prime purpose is to run the IAU program on International Schools for Young Astronomers (ISYA).

The International School for Young Astronomers (ISYAs) is a project of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), established in 1967. The objective of ISYAs is to broaden the participants’ perspective on astronomy through lectures from an international faculty on selected topics of astronomy, seminars, practical exercises and observations, and exchange of experiences.



Itziar Aretxaga
ISYA Director

David F. Mota
ISYA Deputy Director

Lars Lindberg Christensen
IAU Director of Communications
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