Europlanet Summer School 2019
From 11-21 June, Europlanet 2020 RI once again welcomed 21 students, early career researchers and amateur astronomers to a summer school at the Molėtai Astronomical Observatory in Lithuania.
The 2019 course was the 20th anniversary of the inaugural summer school organised by the University of Vilnius at MAO and the third time that it has been supported by Europlanet 2020 RI.
This year, the summer school was attended by students from 17 countries. A priority for Europlanet is to support planetary science in under-represented states, so we were particuarly delighted to that the class of 2019 included students from Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania.
All the students were given practical experience in spectroscopic and photometric observations with the MAO’s two telescopes under the supervision of Arnas Drazdauskas, Sarunas Mikolaitis, Edita Stonkute and Justas Zdanavičius of Vilnius University’s Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astronomy. In the mornings, students analysed observations. In the afternoons, they participated in a programme of science communication training.
An introductory lecture, “Stars and Exoplanets – the breakthrough of research”, by Hans Kjeldsen of Aarhus University in Denmark put the programme into context. Participant Martin Topinka of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies gave the public talk, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away – in the perspective of JWST”.
Special thanks to Gražina Tautvaisiene, Renata Minkevičiūtė and all the Local Organising Committee for their work in organising the Summer School and creating a memorable event once again.
Observations at the Europlanet Summer School 2019. Credit: Edita StonkuteMoletai Astronomical Observatory, venue of the Europlanet Summer School 2019. Credit: Reka DenesScience Communication training at the Europlanet Summer School 2019. Credit: Edita StonkuteMuseum of Ethnocosmology, Europlanet Summer School 2019. Credit: Reka DenesStudent presentations at the Europlanet Summer School 2019. Credit: Edita StonkuteScience Communication training at the Europlanet Summer School 2019. Credit: Edita StonkuteEuroplanet Summer School 2019. Credit: Marina Carmona RuizEuroplanet Summer School 2019 attendees at the Geographical Centre of Europe. Credit: Marina Carmona RuizEuroplanet Summer School 2019. Credit: Marina Carmona RuizEuroplanet Summer School 2019 visiting the Museum of Ethnocosmology. Credit: Edita StonkuteImage of Moon taken during observations at Europlanet Summer School 2019. Credit: Reka DenesEuroplanet Summer School 2019 participants at the Geographical Centre of Europe. Credit: Reka DenesEuroplanet Summer School 2019. Credit: Reka Denes