Sky at Night star beams in for astrophysics summer school
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More than 130 delegates from around the world have attended an
astrophysics summer school, hosted by the University of Hull.
More than 130 delegates from around the world
have attended an astrophysics summer school, hosted by the
University of Hull.
The annual event, funded by the Science and Technologies
Facilities Council (STFC), was held in Hull for the first time
in its history.
The conference is held for students who have
finished their undergraduate degrees in the field and are embarking
on a PhD this year.
It included lectures from 18 different
Sky at Night presenter Professor Chris Lintott.
Professor Lintott was recruited to the Sky at
Night team around the time he began his PhD at UCL, first as a
researcher and then as a reporter and co-presenter.
I was thrilled to be able to address the summer school
this year, and show the amazing cross-disciplinary opportunities
that astrophysics training can provide, as students move forward in
Students arrived from around the globe, from
as far afield as Australia and Venezuela, with 35 different
universities represented amongst the 130 participants.
It took place in Hull this year after
Brad Gibson, Director of the University’s E.A. Milne Centre for
Astrophysics, applied for a grant from the STFC.
Professor Gibson, said:
This event is a particularly important one for the
students. It’s the first real experience of a conference and in
some senses, the first time they are dipping their toes into the
We have had a range of speakers; of the 18, 12 were
women, so in terms of diversity, it is something in which we take a
great deal of pride, and it is satisfying to have had that
recognised and appreciated by the students. To have these sorts of
inspiring leaders come here to Hull has been fantastic. Given the
Milne Centre is new, it is an important component of our plan to
increase our community footprint. We have had some really positive
feedback and we hope those who have been here will pass back all
those positive things from their experiences this
We are making an impression in the field and laying the
foundation for future success for the Milne Centre and this
conference has been a great way to do that.
The conference has included a mix of lectures,
tutorials as well as an introduction to some of the software they
are likely to be using as part of their PhD.
Ioana Ciuca, 23, was one of the delegates.
I came here because I wanted to engage with the
astrophysics community and with my peers. Brad Gibson made this
conference sound really exciting so I decided to come along. It has
been amazing, a really great conference where I have met great
people. The speakers have been great and I have learned so much
stuff. The University of Hull is great, the facilities are
Jenifer Millard, 23, also a delegate,
It’s been a great week. We have learned a lot and it
has been a great networking experience. The facilities in Hull are
amazing. I have been so impressed with the University. Everyone has
really looked after us.