EGU and IVS Training School on
VLBI for Geodesy and Astrometry

Date:  2013, March 2-5
Place: Aalto University, Espoo (Finland)


The aim of this training school is to convey knowledge to the next generation researchers who will work with the next generation VLBI system for Geodesy and Astrometry. The goal is to cover all major aspects of todays VLBI system and the next generation VLBI system. The will cover technical aspects, observations, correlation, data analysis and the interpretation of results.
The program can be found here: Program of the VLBI-school


The VLBI training school is part of the activities in Working Group 6 of the
International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry (IVS)

The organizing committee consists of

The teaching team consists of members of the international components of the IVS:


The Training School on VLBI for Geodesy and Astrometry receives financial support by the European Geosciences Union (EGU), the Onsala Space Observatory (OSO), and RadioNet. Aalto University and the Finnish Geodetic Institute provide the lecture rooms and additional support, and several international institutions that are associated to the International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry (IVS) support the school by sending teachers.
The financial support by EGU and RadioNet is going to be used entirely to support the students of the school which are in a master's or PhD education. These students will be supported by 200,- € each.

The VLBI Training school will be held on the campus of Aalto University in Espoo, just 500 m outside of Helsinki, and at the premises of the Finnish Geodetic Institute at Masala.

Please arrange accomodation in the Helsinki region yourself using e.g. web services. A list with examples of  accomodation possibilities is given here: Accomodation list

Public transport in Helsinki:
Check the webpages of the Helsinki Region Transport for transportation possibilities between your accomodation and the venue at Aalto University.

The participation in the training school requires a bachelor degree in geodesy, astronomy, physics, geophysics, electrical engineering or engineering physics.  Applicants with master's degree or PhD degree in one of these areas are welcome, too. A reference letter by a supervisor is also required.

Applications for participation:

The number of students is restricted to 40. Applications for participation have to be submitted electronically as pdf-files before 2012-12-17, 17:00 UT. The applications shall include:
  1. A personal statement describing the motivation for the application.
  2. Information on the educational background (e.g. scanned degree certificate).
  3. A letter of recommendation by a supervisor.
The applications for participation in the school will be evaluated by the organizing committee. In case of more than 40 qualified applicants, places will be allocated according to the receive date of the applications. Send the application papers in due time to
rudiger.haas (at)
The applicants will receive answers before the end of 2012.

Last update: 2013-02-26, by Rüdiger Haas