************************************************************************* FIRST BYURAKAN INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL FOR YOUNG ASTRONOMERS "OBSERVATIONAL ASTROPHYSICS" 26 August - 3 September, 2006, Byurakan (Armenia) ************************************************************************* T H I R D A N N O U N C E M E N T An international summer school "Observational Astrophysics" will take place on August 26 - September 3, 2006, in Byurakan (Armenia). It is being organized jointly by the Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory (BAO) and the Armenian Astronomical Society (ArAS). The School will be linked to the Byurakan Observatory 60th Anniversary Meeting, which will be held in combination with the ArAS 5th Annual Meeting on September 1-3, so that the students may also participate in these events during the last days of the school. The official language of the School is English. The Byurakan Observatory is one of the main observational centers of the former Soviet Union and is an important observatory with modern facilities in the Middle East region. It was founded in 1946 by V.A. Ambartsumian and is well known for its large spectroscopic surveys: the First and Second Byurakan Surveys, undertaken by B.E. Markarian and colleagues. The Byurakan Observatory hosts a number of medium-size optical telescopes, the most important being the 2.6m classical telescope and 1m Schmidt telescope. There are different modern astronomical instruments, including the multi-pupil spectrograph (VAGR). The Byurakan Observatory holds the Digitized First Byurakan Survey (DFBS, or the Markarian survey), containing low-dispersion spectra for ~20,000,000 objects. Many qualified specialists work presently in Byurakan, who are prepared to teach modern observational astrophysics to young people. In addition, a number of well-known scientists are invited to lecture during the school on different interesting topics. AIM OF THE SCHOOL The aim of the school is to promote and reinforce the development of professional astronomy in countries of the middle East and eastern Europe and to foster integration with other countries in the world. The school is devoted to young predoc and postdoc young astronomers of those countries but students from all countries are welcome in order to create an international environment. TOPICS Observations of Active Galactic Nuclei and Starburst galaxies; Astronomical Surveys and Future Giant Projects; 3D spectroscopy; Computers for Astronomy: Astronomical Data Reduction; Archives, Databases and Virtual Observatories; Observations of Stars and Nebulae; Extrasolar planets. EVENTS: Most of the time will be devoted to lectures (3-4 lectures daily) and practical courses (observations and data reduction). The following events will take place during the School: Lectures on different aspects of observational astrophysics; Observations with 2.6m telescope; Data reduction with MIDAS and IRAF packages; Observations with small telescopes; Practical courses of astronomy with computers; Acquaintance with the Byurakan Observatory and its research; Visit to Orgov Radio-Optical Telescope (ROT); Excursions to famous Armenian sightseeing. LIST OF LECTURERS AND LECTURES: Dr. Vladimir AIRAPETIAN (Goddard Space Flight Center, USA): Physics of Winds from Cool Evolved Stars Dr. Don BARRY (Cornell University, USA): Computers in Astronomy Prof. Alec BOKSENBERG (UNESCO; UK, TBC): Prof. Vassilis CHARMANDARIS (University of Crete, Greece): Infrared Properties of Interacting Galaxies and Mergers Dr. Riccardo CLAUDI (Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Italy): Extrasolar Planets Search with Radial Velocity and Transit Technique; Astereoseismology of solar - like stars (observation techniques and theory) Dr. Michel DENNEFELD (Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, France): Introduction to spectroscopic observations Dr. Serguei DODONOV (Special Astrophysical Observatory, Russia): Methods of the Object Classification by the Spectral Energy Distribution: Past, Present and Future Dr. Dieter ENGELS (Hamburger Sternwarte, Germany): Imaging with Radio Interferometry Dr. Arsen HAJIAN (United States Naval Observatory, USA): Search and Study of Exasolar Planets Dr. Daniel KUNTH (Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, France): Starburst - AGN Connection Dr. Tigran MAGAKIAN (Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory, Armenia): Young stellar objects and related phenomena Dr. Areg MICKAELIAN (Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory, Armenia): Large astronomical surveys and projects; The Digitized First Byurakan Survey and the Armenian VO Dr. Aleksei MOISEEV (Special Astrophysical Observatory, Russia): 3D methods in astronomy Dr. Tigran MOVSESSIAN (Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory, Armenia): 3D methods in astronomy Dr. Artashes PETROSIAN (Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory, Armenia, TBC): Prof. Massimo TURATTO (Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Italy): Supernovae: Lighthouses in the Universe Prof. Daniel WEEDMAN (Cornell University, USA): Spectroscopy with the Spitzer Infrared Observatory SCHOOL PROGRAM: August 25, Friday Arrival and registration day August 26, Saturday 08:30-09:00 Breakfast 09:00-09:30 Official opening of the Summer School Lectures and lessons on nuclear and starburst activity of galaxies: 09:30-10:30 Starburst - AGN Connection (D.KUNTH) 10:30-11:00 Coffee break 11:00-12:00 Starburst - AGN Connection (D.KUNTH) 12:00-13:00 Radio properties of AGN (D.ENGELS) 13:00-14:00 Lunch 14:00-15:30 Supernovae: Lighthouses in the Universe (M.TURATTO) 16:00-18:00 Acquaintance with the Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory 19:00-20:00 Welcome dinner 21:00-24:00 Observations with the BAO 2.6m telescope August 27, Sunday 08:30-09:00 Breakfast Lectures and lessons on nuclear and starburst activity of galaxies: 09:00-11:00 Spectroscopy with the Spitzer Infrared Observatory (D.WEEDMAN) 11:00-11:30 Coffee break 11:30-13:00 Infrared Properties of Interacting Galaxies and Mergers (V.CHARMANDARIS) 13:00-14:00 Lunch 15:00-17:00 Practical courses: usage of the Spitzer archives (D.WEEDMAN, V.CHARMANDARIS) 19:00-20:00 Dinner 21:00-24:00 Observations with the BAO 2.6m telescope August 28, Monday 08:30-09:00 Breakfast Lectures and lessons on methods of AGN studies: 09:00-10:00 Introduction to spectroscopic observations (M.DENNEFELD) 10:00-11:00 Computers in Astronomy (D.BARRY) 11:00-11:30 Coffee break 11:30-13:00 3D methods in astronomy (T.MOVSESSIAN, A.MOISEEV) 13:00-14:00 Lunch 15:00-17:00 Practical courses of astronomy with computers (D.BARRY, T.MAGAKIAN) 19:00-20:00 Dinner 20:00-21:30 Visit to Orgov Radio-Optical Telescope (ROT) 22:00-24:00 Observations with the BAO 2.6m telescope August 29, Tuesday 08:30-09:00 Breakfast Lectures and lessons on methods of AGN studies: 09:00-10:00 Imaging with Radio Interferometry (D.ENGELS) 10:00-11:00 AGN data archives with VLBI facilities (D.ENGELS) 11:00-11:30 Coffee break 11:30-13:00 Methods of the Object Classification by the Spectral Energy Distribution: Past, Present and Future (S.DODONOV) 13:00-14:00 Lunch 15:00-17:00 Data reduction with MIDAS and IRAF packages 17:00-19:00 Starburst - AGN Connection (D.KUNTH) 19:00-20:00 Dinner 21:00-24:00 Observations with small telescopes August 30, Wednesday 08:30-09:00 Breakfast Lectures and lessons on astronomical archives and Virtual Observatories: 09:00-10:00 Large astronomical surveys, databases and Virtual Observatories (A.MICKAELIAN) 10:00-11:00 The Digitized First Byurakan Survey and Armenian VO (A.MICKAELIAN) 11:00-11:30 Coffee break Lectures on additional hot topics in modern astrophysics: 11:30-12:15 Search and Study of Exasolar Planets (A.HAJIAN) 12:15-13:00 Extrasolar Planets Search with Radial Velocity and Transit Technique (R.CLAUDI) 13:00-14:00 Lunch 14:00-14:45 Young stellar objects and related phenomena (T.MAGAKIAN) 14:45-15:30 Physics of Winds from Cool Evolved Stars (V.AIRAPETIAN) 15:30-16:00 Coffee break 16:00-17:30 General discussion 19:00-20:00 Dinner August 31, Thursday 08:30-09:00 Breakfast 10:00-17:00 Excursion to Yerevan with lunch 19:00-20:00 Dinner September 1, Friday 08:30-09:00 Breakfast 09:00-09:30 Official opening of the Byurakan Observatory 60th anniversary meeting 09:30-13:00 Participation in the Byurakan-60 meeting 13:00-14:00 Lunch 14:00-18:00 Participation in the Byurakan-60 meeting 19:00-20:00 Dinner September 2, Saturday 08:30-09:00 Breakfast 09:30-13:00 Participation in the Byurakan-60 meeting 13:00-14:00 Lunch 14:00-18:00 Participation in the Byurakan-60 meeting 19:00-21:00 School and Meeting Banquet September 3, Sunday 08:30-09:00 Breakfast 09:30-13:00 Participation in the Byurakan-60 meeting 13:00-14:00 Lunch 14:00-18:00 Excursion to medieval fortress Amberd 19:00-20:00 Dinner September 4, Monday Departure day PARTICIPATION AND ACCOMMODATION: Upper-level University students and post-graduate students are eligible to apply for participation. Students must have a working knowledge of English which will be the official language of the school, as well as sufficient level in physics and mathematics. A maximum of 30 students will be selected. Most of the participants will stay in the Byurakan Observatory hotel and hostel. Some participants may stay in Yerevan at the Yerevan State University (YSU) hotel. A bus will take these participants every day to Byurakan and back. Meals will be offered in Byurakan, too. PARTICIPATION FEES: Registration fee: 120 $ BAO hotel: 10-15 $ per night YSU hotel: 25-30 $ per night Meals: 12 $ per diem Excursion: 20 $ School Banquet: 20 $ The registration fee includes transportation of all participants from the airport to Byurakan and back, participants' sets (bags, etc.), welcome reception, coffee-breaks and refreshments during the working days of the school, excursions in Byurakan and to Orgov, and organizational expenses. For a number of participants, the participation fee will be covered by the organizers/sponsors. SPONSORS AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT The Byurakan Observatory, Armenian Astronomical Society, and Prof. Daniel Weedman (USA) are the sponsors of the school. The organizers are looking for new sponsors to support the participation of more students. A small number of travel grants will be distributed for a partial support of students exceptionally from countries with limited resources. An application for a financial support with a brief justification should be sent to Areg Mickaelian (email@example.com) and Elena Nikoghossian (firstname.lastname@example.org). INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE (IOC): V. Charmandaris (Greece) M. Dennefeld (France) S. Dodonov (Russia) D. Engels (Germany) H. Harutyunian (Armenia) R. Kandalian (Armenia, Jordan) A. Mickaelian (Co-chair, Armenia) M. Turatto (Italy) D. Weedman (Co-chair, USA) LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE (LOC): A.M. Mickaelian (Chair), E.H. Nikoghossian (Secretary), S. Ghazaryan, K.S. Gigoyan, A.A. Hakopian, L.R. Hovhannisyan, T.Yu. Magakian, N.D. Melikian, A. Melkonian, T.H. Movsessian, L.A. Sargsyan. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND DEADLINES: December 25, 2005 First Announcement March 1, 2006 Deadline for preliminary registration April 1, 2006 Second Announcement with tentative program May 10, 2006 Third Announcement with detailed program July 1, 2006 Deadline for registration, hotel reservation and payment Aug 26-Sep 3, 2006 Byurakan International Summer School CONTACT ADDRESSES: Postal Address: Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory, Byurakan 378433, Aragatzotn Province, Armenia. Phone: 374-10 58-06-56 (Areg Mickaelian) 374-10 26-00-58 (Elena Nikoghossian) Fax: 374-10 58-06-56 E-mail: email@example.com (Areg Mickaelian) firstname.lastname@example.org (Elena Nikoghossian) Web page: http://www.aras.am/SS_2006/SS_index.htm ---------------------------------------------------------------- REGISTRATION FORM ---------------------------------------------------------------- Name: First name: Age: Sex: University, department: Year and stage of Academic studies: Country: Your reasons for wishing to attend the school: Name and address of your supervisor or a person who will give recommendation: Postal Address: Phone: Fax: E-mail: Web page: NOTE: Motivation for financial support (registration fee and local expenses): ----------------------------------------------------------------- DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: July 1, 2006.