Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2007 18:15:45 +0200 (MEST)
From: Alessandro Marconi <>
Subject: Summer school on AGNs and VLTI
Dear Colleague,
here is the first announcement and call for applications for a VLTI summer
school on "Active Galactic Nuclei at the highest angular resolution: theory
and observations". Please, circulate it to anyone who might be
We apologize if you will receive this email more than once.
Alessandro Marconi & Andrzej Niedzielski
VLTI Summer School on:
Active Galactic Nuclei at the highest angular resolution: theory and 
August 27 - September 7, Torun, Poland
This is the first announcement and call for applications for a VLTI summer
school on
"Active Galactic Nuclei at the highest angular resolution: theory and 
which will be held in Torun, Poland from August 27 to September 7 2007.
Applications are open at the school web page:
DEADLINE for applications is **** JUNE 25th, 2007 ****
This school is intended for PhD students and young post-docs working in the
field of Active Galactic Nuclei and Supermassive Black Holes.
The number of participants is restricted to 50 and we expect to fund full
living and travel expenses of all PhD students and most young post-docs.
Participants will be selected ensuring a broad coverage of institutes and
countries, and on motivation and domain of expertise. Non-european
nationals are encouraged to apply.
Active galactic nuclei are a quickly evolving and exciting field of
research at the forefront of modern astrophysics. The aim of this school is
to present the most recent observational developments on AGNs and
Supermassive Black Holes and to provide a description of these high angular
resolution techniques with a special emphasis on observations with the Very
Large Telescope Interferometer.
The school is composed of two series of lectures. The first series will
provide and overview of AGN observations and theoretical models including
special lectures on AGN observations with adaptive optics and
interferometry, including existed and planned facilities like VLTI and
ALMA. The second series of lectures will introduce the basic concepts of
interferometry, its applications at optical and near infrared wavelengths
and, with the aid of practical sessions, the students will learn to
transform their ideas in VLTI observational proposals and will know how to
work with VLTI interferometry data.
Clive Tadhunter (University of Sheffield, UK), "An introduction to AGNs and
the unified model"
Brad Peterson (Ohio State University, USA), "The Central Black Hole and its
relations with the host galaxy"
Andrew King (University of Leicester, UK), "The accretion disk and the 
launching of jets and winds"
Hagai Netzer (Tel-Aviv University, Israel)e, "The Broad and Narrow Line
Moshe Elitzur (University of Kentucky, USA), "The obscuring torus"
Sylvain Veilleux (University of Maryland, USA), "AGN host galaxies"
Klaus Meisenheimer (Max-Planck-Institut fr Astronomie Heidelberg,
Germany), "VLTI: observations and future prospects
for AGN studies"
Roberto Maiolino (INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma), "ALMA: prospects
for AGN studies"
Ric Davies (Max-Planck-Institut fr Extraterrestrische Physik, Germany),
"Adaptive optics: observations and prospects for
AGN studies"
This school is organized by:
INAF-Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Italy (Alessandro Marconi)
Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland (Andrzej Niedzielsky).
Scientific Organizing Committee:
David Axon (USA), Annalisa Celotti (I), Bozena Czerny (PL), Ari Laor (IL),
Alessandro Marconi (I, chair), Duccio Macchetto (ESA), Jorge Melnick (ESO),
Andrzej Niedzielski (PL, co-chair), Guy Perrin (F, co-chair), Huub
Rottgering (NL), Helene Sol (F), Linda Tacconi (D), Nektarios Vlahakis (G),
Gerd Weigelt (D)
Local Organizing Committee:
Andrzej Niedzielski (Chair), Monika Krzeminska (Secretary), Piotr Waz,
Tomek Laczkowski, Pawel Zielinski, Stanislaw Krawczyk
This school is part of the ONTHEFRINGE project
(, a Marie Curie Series of School
designed to train young astronomers in optical interferometry. The program
is one of the activities of the European Interferometric Initiative. It is
supported by 15 EU member states, including new member states, and thus
integrates the entire European optical interferometry community.
Project partners are: Centro de Astrofsica da Universidade do Porto,
European Southern Observatory, Observatoire de Paris, Max Planck Institute
for Astronomy - Heidelberg, INAF-Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri.