Group photo with participants of the 2017 Heraeus Summer School in front of Haus der Astronomie

Heraeus Summer School: Astronomy from four perspectives

From September 5 to 8, 2022, Haus der Astronomie will be all about exoplanets – from cutting-edge research to educational aspects. From introductory lectures to tutorials, a diverse program covers the most important aspects of the search for exoplanets, investigations of their atmospheres, and also the question of how it might be possible to detect life on exoplanets in the not too distant future.

Who can participate?

We have a limited number of places for the "Heidelberg contingent" for participants from Heidelberg and the surrounding area. Participation includes attendance at four online morning sessions (which students of Heidelberg University can get LP for, since it is also an official course) and participation in the actual summer school, including catering (coffee breaks and lunch) on site.

If you would like to participate, please contact as soon as possible.

Those who participate this year will also have a preferential claim to the places of the Heidelberg contingent for 2024, when we go to Padua for the summer school (for that trip, travel costs, accommodation costs, lunch and conference dinner are covered).

Under special circumstances, in 2022, we can also admit German participants from further away; however, they would then have to pay for their own travel to Heidelberg and, if necessary, accommodation.

The Summer School Series

The Heraeus Summer School series "Astronomy from four perspectives" draw together teachers and teacher students, research astronomers and astronomy students from Germany and Italy. For each summer school, participants gather at one of the four participating nodes: Heidelberg, Padua, Jena, and Milano/Brescia (until 2021: Florence).

Each summer school has an overarching astrophysical theme. The schools so far have been:

The German-Italian summer schools are funded by the WE Heraeus Foundation.

Each summer school is a combination of lectures by scientists and science educators, presentations by the participants, organized discussions and excursions. Before their joint meeting, the participants from the different nodes have already prepared for the topic at hand at their home institutions.

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