Summer School

Introduction to Astronomical Instrumentation

26 – 31 July 2015
University of Toronto, Canada

Application and travel subsidy deadline: 10 April 2015

The Dunlap Institute’s annual, five-day summer school provides an introduction to cutting-edge astronomical instrumentation for current and future telescope facilities.

The school is designed around both lecture and interactive laboratory activities led by astronomers from around the world who specialize in the development of astronomical instruments. The program will introduce students to the basic principles of optics and detectors, as well as to advanced topics in instrument design and development. It includes a focus on laboratory, computer and data acquisition skills.

Who should attend?

The summer school is aimed at students who have finished at least the 3rd year of an undergraduate program or are in the early years of a graduate program, and have a background in astronomy, physics or engineering.

Registration fee: $500

Travel subsidies and registration-fee waivers available.



Instructors include leading instrumentation and observational astronomers from the Dunlap Institute, U of T’s Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics (DAA), and institutions across Canada and the U.S.

Confirmed as of February 2015:

Prof. Roberto Abraham, DAA

Prof. Sarah Church, Stanford University

Prof. Bryan Gaensler, Director, Dunlap Institute

Prof. David Naylor, University of Lethbridge

Dr. Alison Peck, ALMA NRAO

Prof. Shelley Wright, University of California, San Diego

Additional Information

Read more about the 2014 school on the U of T Magazine blog.

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