Sky at Night star beams in for astrophysics summer school

8th September

More than 130 delegates from around the world have attended an astrophysics summer school, hosted by the University of Hull.

Sky at Night presenter Chris Lintott with students at the astrophysics summer school

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 speakers, including 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.

He said:

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 their careers.

(Left to right) Professor Brad Gibson, Director of the University’s E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics and Sky at Night presenter Professor Chris Lintott.

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 Professor 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 research world.
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 week.
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.

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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.

She said:

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 great.

Jenifer Millard, 23, also a delegate, said:

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.
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