2nd IVS Training School on
  VLBI for Geodesy and Astrometry

  Date:  2016, March 9-12
  Place: Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy (South Africa)


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 lecture slides can be found here:
– Lecture L01 (Axel Nothnagel)
– Lecture L02 (Bill Petrachenko)
– Lecture L03 (Gino Tuccari)
– Lecture L04 (Harro Verkouter)
– Lecture L05 (John Gipson)
– Lecture L06a (Alexander Neidhardt)
– Lecture L06b (Alexander Neidhardt)
– Lecture L07 (Walter Brisken)
– Lecture L08 (Roger Cappallo)
– Lecture L09 (Thomas Hobiger)
– Lecture L10 (Johannes Böhm)
– Lecture L11 (Patrick Charlot)
– Lecture L12 (Thomas Artz)
– Lecture L13 (Chris Jacobs)

Some material for the exercises can be found here:
– Exercises EX1 (Bill) 
   – Solutions to EX1
– Exercises EX2 (John)
– Exercises EX3 (Alexander)
– Exercises EX4 (Roger)
– Exercises EX5 (Thomas H + Johannes)
– Exercises EX6 (Thomas A)
The videos of the lectures (OBS: big files!) can be found here:
– Video L01 (Axel Nothnagel)
– Video L02 (Bill Petrachenko)
– Video L03 (Gino Tuccari)
– Video L04 (Harro Verkouter)
– Video L05 (John Gipson)
– Video L06 (Alexander Neidhardt)
– Video L07 (Walter Brisken)
– Video L08 (Roger Cappallo)
– Video L09 (Thomas Hobiger)
– Video L10 (Johannes Böhm)
– Video L11 (Patrick Charlot)
– Video L12 (Thomas Artz)
– Video L13
(Chris Jacobs)

The VLBI training school is part of the activities in the
IVS Committe on Training and Education 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:
  • Thomas Artz (University of Bonn, Germany)
  • Johannes Böhm (Vienna Technical University, Austria)
  • Walter Brisken (NRAO, USA)
  • Roger Cappallo (MIT, Haystack Observatory)
  • Patrick Charlot (Bordeaux Observatory, France)
  • John Gipson (NASA, NVI Inc., USA)
  • Rüdiger Haas (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
  • Thomas Hobiger (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
  • Chris Jacobs (JPL, NASA, USA)
  • Axel Nothnagel (University of Bonn, Germany)
  • Alexander Neidhardt (TU Munich, Germany)
  • Bill Petrachenko (National Resources Canada, Canada)
  • Gino Tuccari (Instituto di Radioastronomia, Italy)
  • Harro Verkouter (JIVE, The Netherlands)

Travel support for students:

We aim at providing some travel support for students. The target group is entirely "real" students that are currently enroled in a master's or PhD education. There will not be any possibility to support senior researchers.

All successfully participating students will get a certification of their participation.

The VLBI Training school will be held at Hartebeesthoek Radio Observatory.

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 2015-12-11, 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) chalmers.se

The applicants will receive answers before the end of 2015.

Last update: 2016-03-10, by Rüdiger Haas