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The first CTAO School is a two-week workshop aimed at students and postdoctoral researchers who want to begin or delve deeper into CTAO science and technology, as well as data analysis. As an international, enriching experience, the first week will take place in Bertinoro (Italy), from June 16 - 22, while the second will be carried out on La Palma (Spain), from June 22 - 29, 2024.

During the two-week school, participants will have the chance to develop hard and soft skills with experts in the field, including:

  • Learning about current hot topics in Very High-Energy (VHE) Astrophysics from international experts;

  • Learning how to write a successful scientific proposal;

  • Performing real observations with the LST-1, fully-equipped prototype of the Large-Sized Telescope;

  • Performing data analysis both on real and simulated data;

  • Presenting their current scientific projects to peers and lead the discussion.

Additionally, students will also have the opportunity to attend scicomm workshops on how to present their results to a general, non-expert audience, as well as visiting several facilities located on top of the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on the island of La Palma, site of the CTAO Northern Array.


Read more on the dedicated Programme page.

The CTAO School is organized by the CTAO gGmbH in cooperation with the LST Collaboration. The first week of the school in Bertinoro is funded by the Cherenkov Telescope Array Plus project (IR0000012; CUP C53C22000430006) within the Italian Resilience and Recovery Plan (PNRR), as an activity led by the University of Bologna. The second week is supported by funds from the Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation and the Japanese Institute for Cosmic Ray Research. Read more about the Scientific and Local Organizing Committees on the Organizers page. 

LST-1 on La Palma (Spain). Credit: Otger Ballester (IFAE).
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