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Astrophysics Summer School

Shooting star over a mountain range and lake

Our Astrophysics Summer School will introduce you to some of the most exciting topics in current astrophysics research such as planet and star formation, galaxy evolution and cosmology.

The Summer School takes place from 18 July until 1 August 2020.

Cardiff University hosts renowned experts who will introduce you to these subjects, giving you the knowledge and the tools to perform experiments on state-of-the-art astronomical data.

On the programme, you will:

  • learn how to measure the mass of a black hole
  • detect outflowing gas towards accreting young stars
  • identify eventual sites of planet formation
  • gain an introduction to the principles of infrared/sub-millimeter photon detection
  • visit the labs where ground-breaking instrumentation is being built at Cardiff University.

The School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University has continued to play a key role in the development of revolutionary space missions such as the far-infrared Herschel Space Observatory as well as ground based facilities, providing instrumentation to some of the best (sub-) millimeter telescopes around the world such as the JCMT in Hawaii, or the IRAM 30m telescope in Spain.

Please note, the contents of this course are still subject to change and may be cancelled in the event of low turnout.

The fee for the Summer School is £1,995.

This includes tuition fees, accommodation, 10 meals per week (breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday), airport pick up and drop off from Cardiff Airport and Heathrow Airport on fixed dates (pick up is on 18 July, drop off is on 1 August) and excursions organised by Cardiff University (such as Stonehenge and industrial visits).

Your visit

In addition to a valuable learning experience, you will stay in city centre accommodation, embark on two cultural trips within the UK and be invited to entertaining social events in our vibrant Welsh capital. This is an opportunity to experience British culture with new friends from across the globe.

Both Wales and the UK are uniquely rich in history, architecture and culture and our Summer Schools are sure to give you unrivalled personal, social and academic benefits which will enhance any CV or résumé.

Contact us

If you have any queries about this Summer School, the academic content or how you can prepare for this course, please get in touch with Sophie Lewis in our International Summer School team.

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