This webpage provides information for the 13th Heidelberg Summer School hosted by the International Max Planck Research School for Astronomy and Cosmic Physics at the University of Heidelberg (IMPRS-HD).

The topic of the Heidelberg Summer School 2019 is

Instrumentation for Ground-based
            Optical and Infrared Astronomy


Current School Information:


Organization:



IMPRS for Astronomy and Cosmic Physics at the University of Heidelberg:
Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics
Astronomisches Rechen-Institut, Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, Landessternwarte Koenigstuhl, Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies.


Scientific organizing committee: Tom Herbst (MPIA).


Lecturers:



Rebecca Bernstein   (Carnegie Observatories, Pasadena)
Elizabeth George   (European Southern Observatory)
Andreas Glindemann   (European Southern Observatory)
Christoph Keller   (Leiden University)
Francois Rigaut   (Australian National Observatory, Canberra)

Background:



The International Max Planck Research School for Astronomy and Cosmic Physics at the University of Heidelberg (IMPRS-HD) has been established in 2005 as a graduate school for PhD studies.

In addition to the yearly course program for graduate studies in astronomy and astrophysics, IMPRS-HD is organizing an annual summer school on up-to-date scientific topics. Internationally renowned scientists are invited as lecturers.

Graduate students and early postdocs are particularly welcome to participate.


When & where:








The 14th Heidelberg Summer School will take place September 9-13, 2019 at the "Mathematikon" in the "Center for Scientific Computing" (IWR) in Heidelberg, Germany.

       
                                Mathematikon
                                Center for Scientfic Computing
                                INF 205
                                69120 HEIDELBERG
                                GERMANY

Deadlines:

   July 1:........ Registration/application deadline for participation
               July 5:........ Final selection of participants
                       July 20 / August 8:........ End of hotel block reservation


Scope of the School:









The 2019 Heidelberg Summer School will focus on all aspects of instrumentation for ground-based astronomy at visible and near-infrared wavelengths. This includes innovative techniques, such as adaptive optics, interferometry, and exoplanet imaging and spectroscopy.

Five distinguished invited lecturers, along with an assortment of local experts, will provide an introduction to the field with an emphasis on real-world applicatiions.

In addition to the formal lectures, there will be problem-solving sessions, career discussions, and a variety of social activities.

Topics that are covered include:
- Adaptive optics
- Detectors
- High-contrast imaging and spectroscopy
- Spectrograph design
- Infrared instrumentation
- Interferometry
- Instrumentation for Extremely Large Telescopes
- Project structure and management


School format:






The school has four main components spread throughout the week


1. A series of structured lectures given by the five lecturers.
2. Problem-solving sessions based on the topics given in the lectures.
3. Presentations by local experts to open specific scientific problems.
4. A social program to enable and encourage scientific interaction between students, lecturers and speakers.

Here is a link to the School program (coming soon).


Registration:














** Registration for the IMPRS Summer School closes on July 1 **

There is registration fee of 30 Euro to be payed cash at the registration desk.

The number of participants is limited. We will not be able to accept all registrations applying for participation. Preference will be given to students or postdocs working in the field.

1) The first step to register is to fill out the registration form. Download the form, print it, sign it, and send it to us preferably as scanned pdf by email.
The DEADLINE for registration is JULY 1, 2019.

2) The second step is that we evaluate the incoming registrations (as we are usually oversubscribed). By July 5 at the latest you will be informed whether you may attend the IMPRS Summer School 2019.

3) You may then go ahead and take care of your accomodation (see below) by contacting the hotels mentioned below.


We urge you to register and book your hotel as early as possible.

Registration is necessary in order to plan for the scientific and social program. Please tell us immediately if you have a problem with our registration schedule (e.g. if you have to apply for other funding).

Please understand that for student and postdoc applications we request for the signature of the supervising staff scientist on the application form.

Here is the list of participants (coming soon).


Travel & arrival:




























The IMPRS Summer School will start on Monday morning (September 9) and end on Friday afternoon (September 13).

PLANE arrivals:

Frankfurt/Main (FRA): The easiest is to take the (direct) airport bus to Heidelberg which runs about every hour. The bus is labeled "Lufthansa bus" but might be run by a different company. The bus leaves very close to the exit gate B at Frankfurt airport. This link provides further information for reservations. Note that a reservation (3 days in advance) is highly recommended as the "bus" is actually a van with 9 seats only. The bus arrives very close to downtown Heidelberg, about 200 m away from the central bus station "Bismarck-Platz". There are also frequent train connections from the airport via Mannheim to Heidelberg (main station).

Frankfurt/Hahn (HHN): Many low-cost airlines arrive at Frankfurt/Hahn. There is a direct airport bus to Heidelberg as well, however, arriving at Heidelberg main station. (Be aware that in spite of its name this airport is 125km from Frankfurt!).

TRAIN arrivals:

Trains will arrive at Heidelberg main station ("Hauptbahnhof"), about 500 m away from either downtown Heidelberg or the Max-Planck-Haus.
If you like to go downtown, you may take the tram (line 21) direction downtown Heidelberg (direction "Bismark-Platz" which is the central bus stop).


Hotel Central is located just 100m from the main station (one block across the main road towards the East). If you arrive by the Lufthansa bus, take a tram or a bus to the main station. The trams leave 100m north from the Lufthansa bus stop.

Steffis Hostel is located 100m north of main station. Enter the big shopping mall (outdoor equipment) north of the train station. Pass it to the north, leave it and go 150m to a big brick stone building (old factory). The hostel is located in there.


To go to the Mathematikon conference center, take the tram 5 or from the main station direction "Handschuhsheim" to stop "Bunsengymnasium", or bus 31 from the main station direction "Universitaetsplatz" to stop "Bunsengymnasium, or bus 31 from the main bus stop at "Bismarckplatz" direction "Hauptbahnhof" and continue to stop "Bunsengymnasium".

The following schematic map shows the public transport system in Heidelberg (provided by the Heidelberg area public transportation system RNV, http://www.rnv-online.de/).

Please, check the google map to find your way from main station to the conference center at "INF 205".

Or download the following maps we have prepared:
map main station to Mathematikon
map max Planck Haus to Mathematikon
map max main station to Planck Haus to Mathematikon
satellite view main station to Mathematikon
satellite view main station to Mathematikon - zoomed


Here are maps of the major bus and tram stops: Stop Bunsengymnasium. The Mathematikon is just above the writing "Klaus-Tschira-Platz". Bus 31 arrives and departs EAST of the conjunction. Tram 5 arrives at "Steig B" and departs at "Steig A" ("Steig" means "platform").
Stop main station ("Hauptbahnhof"). Bus 31 departs at "Steig F", Tram 5 departs at "Steig E" (direction "Weinheim").


Travel support:
Unfortunately, we cannot provide any travel support to participants.

Accomodations:


























A number of rooms have been block reserved from Saturday, September 7 - Saturday, September 14, 2019, at Hotel Central and at Steffis Hostel. We ask you to take care of your accomodation as early as possible. Note that we have only reserved the accomodation, while booking and payment is up to you.

    (1) We have made a block reservation (deadline July 20, code "IMPRS summerschool") for double, 4- and 5-bed rooms at

    Steffis Hostel
    Alte Eppelheimer Str. 50
    69115 Heidelberg

    Tel : +49-(0)6221-7782772

    Email: steffi@hostelheidelberg.de

    Price: 20-30 Euro per person (plus 3 Euro breakfast).

The hostel is located 100m north of main station. Enter the big shopping mall (outdoor equipment) north of the train station. Pass it to the north, leave it and go 50m to a big brick stone building (old factory). The hostel is located there.

    (2) We have made a block reservation (deadline August 8, code "IMPRS Summer School") for single rooms and double rooms at

    Hotel Central
    Kaiserstr. 75,
    69115 Heidelberg

    Tel: +49 6221 20641

    Email: info@hotel-heidelberg.info
    Further informations about the hotel can be found via HRS and Booking.com.

    Prices:
    90 Euro per double room (per night, breakfast 7 Euro) or
    70 Euro per single room (per night, breakfast 7 Euro).

The hotel is is located just 100m from the main station (one block across the main road towards the East). If you arrive by the Lufthansa bus, take a tram or a bus to the main station. The trams leave 100m from the Lufthansa bus stop.

Please make a reservation by August 8, 2019 at Hotel Central, or by July 20, 2019 at Steffis Hostel, refering to the code mentioned above.
If you have booked your hotel, please notify Huong Witte-Nguy (imprs-hd @ mpia.de) about your booking by email.

Other options could be:

- the Heidelberg Youth Hostel which offers beds in 2-4 bed rooms for about 27 Euro incl. breakfast. The bus lines 31 or 32 connect the Youth hostel with the stops "Bunsengymnasium" close to the conference center.
Tell them that you participate in The IMPRS summerschool that is organized by the MPIA/University. Thereby you will save teh hostel fee of 3,50 Euro.

- the Cafe Frisch, 100m from the Max-Planck-Haus, with a limited number of rooms

- the guest house in the Max-Planck-Haus with a very limited number of rooms.

Please note that you will have to cover all costs which may incur if you do a late cancellation of your hotel booking.

See also our map for the area between the train station / Hotel Central, the Max Planck House and the downtown area, provided as gif file.


Transportation in Heidelberg:

















Heidelberg has a fairly good public transportation system.


After arrival in Heidelberg you may buy a 3-day ticket at any ticket maschine. The ticket is valid for the day when you buy it and the following two days ("3-Tages-Karte", 16,60 Euro).

As alternative you may buy a multiple ticket for 5 rides ("Mehrfahrtenkarte", 12,60 Euro).

The following schematic map explains the public transport system in Heidelberg (provided by the Heidelberg area public transportation system RNV, http://www.rnv-online.de/).

The Hotel Central and Steffis Hostel are connected to the conference center (stops Bunsengymnasium") by tram lines 5 and bus line 31. Each of the lines goes every ten minutes during the week.


To go to Mathematikon conference center, take the tram 5 or from the main station direction "Handschuhsheim" to stop "Bunsengymnasium", or bus 31 from the main station direction "Universitaetsplatz" to stop "Bunsengymnasium, or bus 31 from the main bus stop at "Bismarckplatz" direction "Hauptbahnhof" to stop "Bunsengymnasium". From the earlier proposed school location Max Planck Haus to the Mathematikon it is a 450m walk.

The following schematic map shows the public transport system in Heidelberg (provided by the Heidelberg area public transportation system RNV, http://www.rnv-online.de/).

Please, check the google map to find your way from main station to the conference center at "INF 205".

Or download the following maps we have prepared:
map main station to Mathematikon
map max Planck Haus to Mathematikon
map max main station to Planck Haus to Mathematikon
satellite view main station to Mathematikon
satellite view main station to Mathematikon - zoomed


Here are maps of the major bus and tram stops: Stop Bunsengymnasium. The Mathematikon is just above the writing "Klaus-Tschira-Platz". Bus 31 arrives and departs EAST of the conjunction. Tram 5 arrives at "Steig B" and departs at "Steig A" ("Steig" means "platform").
Stop main station ("Hauptbahnhof"). Bus 31 departs at "Steig F", Tram 5 departs at "Steig E" (direction "Weinheim").

See also our map for the area between the train station / Hotel Central, the Max Planck House and the downtown area, provided as gif file.


Contact information:





For further information regarding the content and scientific objectives of the meeting, please contact:

Christian Fendt (IMPPS coordinator)
Phone: +49-(0)6221-528-387
E-mail: imprs-hd@mpia.de

For further information regarding logistics, please contact:

Huong Witte-Nguy (IMPRS assistant)
Phone: +49-(0)6221-528-417
Fax:     +49-(0)6221-528-339
E-mail: imprs-hd@mpia.de


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