[ASA] ESO Summer Research Programme 2021

stuart.ryder at astronomyaustralia.org.au stuart.ryder at astronomyaustralia.org.au
Fri Jan 15 11:36:24 AEDT 2021

As the new academic year gets underway, AAL and ESO would be grateful if ASA
members could bring the following notice to the attention of undergraduate
or Masters students at their universities. As a result of Australia's
Strategic Partnership with ESO, students who are Australian citizens are
eligible to apply for this program, and to date two Australian students
(Matthew Wilkinson from UQ in 2019
r-research-student> , and Katy Proctor from UWA in 2020) have participated.
While it seems almost certain that the program will be run in a virtual
fashion again in 2021, this is still an unparalleled opportunity to engage
with ESO scientists on a cutting-edge research project, join exclusive
behind-the-scenes tours of ESO facilities, and more. Please note that
applications close on Wednesday 3rd February.


Stuart Ryder, AAL

 <mailto:Stuart.Ryder at astronomyaustralia.org.au>
Stuart.Ryder at astronomyaustralia.org.au





ESO Summer Research Programme
5th July - 13th August 2021

Application Deadline (
ure.html> instructions): 3rd February 2021


For six weeks in the summer of 2021, ESO will host the third Summer Research
Programme <https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/qKUACyojxQTRW7mysQRK41?domain=eso.org> .
This fully-funded programme is an opportunity for university students
interested in astronomy/astrophysics, who are not yet enrolled in a PhD
programme, to obtain research experience alongside astronomers based at ESO
Headquarters (HQ) in Garching, Germany. We accept applications from
promising university students from any country, although priority will be
given to students from ESO Member States
<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/kt7KCzvkyVCABGNmtKejhG?domain=eso.org> ,
Strategic Partners (Australia) and the Host State (Chile). 

* The Summer Research Programme will be hosted in Garching, Germany only if
all accepted students are able to travel to ESO HQ. If the COVID-19 pandemic
does not allow an in-person visit, the programme will be held virtually as
was done in 2020.

The Summer Research Program at ESO is an exceptional opportunity for
students to work at an institute that is both the headquarters of the most
productive observatory in the world and a top-class research organisation.
People at ESO's HQ maintain a very active research community and are also
designing and operating cutting-edge telescopes and their instruments
including the
<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/14tQCANpgjCzoZJ1HQAmNk?domain=eso.org> VLT,
<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/buehCBNqjlCOmDJlf1KGLp?domain=eso.org> ALMA, and the forthcoming
<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/sZofCD1vlpTkmorOSRZCfF?domain=elt.eso.org> ELT, which will be the world's biggest optical-near
infrared telescope!  

The applicants can choose between a wide range of
research projects, covering many areas of astronomy from planets to
galaxies. The ESO Summer Research Programme will also provide opportunities
beyond research, including a series of lectures, a mini-workshop, a
planetarium visit, an ELT instrumentation visit, and many social activities.
You should expect six weeks packed with new experiences, new networks and
new friendships!  Potential applicants are encouraged to read the ESO Blog
articles on the 2019
and (virtual) 2020
editions of the Summer Research Programme.

(In the event it does become possible to host the programme in person,
travel costs to/from Garching will be covered for participants of the
> Accommodation will be provided free of charge in a shared apartment in
Garching (with electricity, heating and internet all included). Students
will also be provided with a modest stipend to cover living costs during the
programme. Successful students have the responsibility to acquire any
required visas to spend six weeks working in Germany under these

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