Scientific rationale

The IFAS schools bring together students from different horizons, expose them to high-level specialized lectures, and propose them to carry-on a ten-days research project. The topic of the present IFAS5 school is astronomical spectroscopy, covering subjects from the observational and data-reduction techniques, through the source detection and extraction in integral-field spectroscopy using inverse methods data fusion approaches, to data analysis. The school is open to students at Master and Doctoral level, and early postdoctoral fellows, without geographic restrictions.

These schools are co-organized by Lyon (LIO, CRAL CNRS UMR5574) and IUCAA, in the frame of a bi-lateral agreement between Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 and IUCAA. A new session is held every year alternatively in India and France.

The Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon (CRAL) has been a pioneer in 3D Intergral field spectroscopy, and recently assembled the MUSE spectrograph now in operation at the ESO's VLT. This is one of the largest and most advanced IFU spectrograph, and it opened the era of spectroscopic blind surveys, where, rather than targeting pre-selected sources, entire new classes of objects can be discovered out of deep fields. The Inter University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics is a major actor of Indian astrnonomy and coordinates the activities of Universities throughout the countries, it caries on reasearch in all field of astronomy, including theory, observations, simulations, and instrumentations, and is involved in major national and international projects.

Lectures will be given during the morning sessions, and research projects will be proposed to the participants, in small groups supported by a tutor. The school will be concluded by a presentation of the results of these projects.
Up to 30 participants will be selected. The organizers may provide partial financial support on demand and justification (this may take the form of reduced registration fees and/or travel grants).


Registration, support and deadline

The registrations will be open from Feb. 10, 2019 till March 30th 2019. Early applications are an advantage if a grant is requested.

The registration fees of 400 € include the full board accommodation. The school can offer a travel grant and/or a discounted rate to those justifying it.

 The registration process is the following:

  1. Create an account, fill the information carefully.
  2. Click on "overview" to check if everything is correct.
  3. Click to submit.
  4. You will receive a mail with a validation link. After validation you can connect again to the site to have the possibility to change your details.
  5. We will then contact you personally, not later than a few days after the deadline, to inform you about your possible selection and the grant that we may offer if you requested one.

Recommendations: The school will be over-subscribed by a factor three. The selection process will start in early April, and postponing the registration to close to the deadline may reduce the chances to be accepted. We invite you to (i) submit a complete and concise form and (ii) arrange for a support letter from your supervisor (if you are student).

Previous IFAS schools

IFAS5 is the fifth session in the series, the previous were:

  1. IFAS1, 2015, Pune, Observational Astronomy
  2. IFAS2, 2016, Lyon, Galaxy formation and evolution: Models to interpret observations
  3. IFAS3, 2017, Pune, Spectroscopy and Polarimetry
  4. IFAS4, 2018, Lyon, Spectroscopy 2D 3D

Organization bodies

Board of Directors:

K. Saha (IUCAA) , P. Prugniel (CRAL), R. Gupta (IUCAA)

Local Organization:

R. Gupta & K. Saha (IUCAA)


The organization of the school would not have been possible without the financial support of the LABEX Lyon Institute of Origins (ANR-10-LABX-0066) of the Université de Lyon within the program "Investissements d'Avenir" (ANR-11-IDEX-0007) of the French government operated by the National Research Agency (ANR).


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