Instrument Center for Danish Astrophysics

IDA CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS

One of the aims of IDA is to support and secure
the danish astrophysical research 
in relation to the use of the danish membership of ESO, ESA and NOT

Nordic Optical Telescope

IDA will cover expenses in relation to the Danish use of the Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT).

Travel expenses covered by IDA include travel, accommodation, local transport, food/per diem for one observer in connection to a given observing run.

Before you book your travel, please make a budget of your expected travel expenses for final approval.

Fill out the travel form here

From 2015 IDA will also cover all service fees in relation to the Danish use of the NOT. Service fees will be paid directly by IDA to NOT.   

NOT Summer School 2019 - Call for applications

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NOT Summer school 2019 - Course Description

One of the aims of the Instrument Center for Danish Astrophysics (IDA) is to support the training of students and young researchers in the future use of different telescopes and instruments, as well as learn how to plan and analyze observations, hence securing the necessary competences when it comes to using the different facilities in observational astrophysics. In 2019, IDA offers a summer course in August 2019 for students at master level and Ph.D. students from AU, KU, SDU and DTU.
The purpose of the course is to become familiar with basic elements of modern observational astrophysics and the heart of the course is an observing trip to the Nordic Optical Telescope in La Palma at which the students in teams during 5 nights will carry out an observational program.

Maximum number of participants
16 students.

ECTS
5

Course duration

The course will last three weeks in August; one week of preparation, one week at the telescope in La Palma and one week of subsequently data processing. The observing trip will take place in the beginning of August 2019. Dates for now are 3 August - 10 August 2019.
∗ Note that the dates are tentative and may be subject to change.

Course fee Usually no fee – but, may be up to 1000 DKK.  

Structure and content of the Course

The course has three elements: application for observing time, astronomical instruments, preparation of observing runs (target visibility, finding charts, signal-to-noise considerations).

1) a preparation phase: execution of astrophysical observations at the Nordic Optical Telescope. When possible, we will also visit other telescopes on Roque del los Muchachos (e.g., the Swedish solar telescope, the Isaac Newton Group telescopes or the Spanish GTC).

2) the actual observations at the telescope on La Palma.

3) a data reduction and report writing phase: data reduction and analysis, publication of data and oral presentation of selected data.

Objective of the Course

The objective of the course is to give the students an introduction to the central elements in preparation, execution and data reduction relating observations at a modern astrophysical observatory, hence securing the necessary competences when it comes to using the various facilities at international infrastructures.

Competences

The student will after having passed the course be able to:

  • Prepare an observing run. This includes determining when a given target can be observed during the year and on a given night, how long the target should be observed to reach a specified signal-to-noise ratio, establishing which calibration data are needed, and interact with the observatory staff about which instrumental setup is needed for the run.
  • Carry out astrophysical observations in an efficient and careful manner.
  • Extract the astrophysical relevant information from a dataset and write up a report presenting the conclusions in a clear and comprehensive manner.

Prerequisites

There are no formal prerequisites but some basic knowledge of astronomy corresponding to an introductory astronomy course is an advantage.

Exam

The course is passed by active participation in phase 1, 2 and 3 and by submitting a written report, which will be presented at a mini-symposium during October/November 2019. The date for this will be determined shortly after returning from La Palma. IDA will cover travel costs in Denmark.  

Letter of motivation

It is mandatory to submit a letter of motivation (max 1 page) which should include:

  • Your personal motivation for applying for the summer course in relation to your field of study and academic level.
  • Aspiration for future competencies (practical/scientific).
  • Relevant experience (if possible)
  • Future academic goal

Besides the letter of motivation, kindly also specify your grades obtained so far in the study in a separate document and upload the documents as a single PDF file. As there is a limitation on the number of participants for this course, the motivation letter will play a decisive role in determining whether you will be granted one of the spots or not.

The selection committee will assess your application based on both academic profile, letter of motivation and additional qualities.

Teachers

KU: Johan Fynbo + possibly a teaching assistant

AU: Frank Grundahl

Application guidelines

You apply for the summer course by completing and submitting the application form online. (Link below)

Fill out the basic information online and attach your letter of motivation and grades as a single PDF-file.

The deadline is 1 March 2019 at 23:59 (Danish time).

You will receive a confirmation by mail and expect to get a reply about your application approximately 1 week after the deadline.

If you have questions please contact Mai Korsbæk (mkorsbaek@phys.au.dk).

Submit your application by clicking here

IDA: Call for applications 2015-2016

***The deadline has passed***

Introduction

One of the aims of the Instrument Center for Danish Astrophysics (IDA) is to support and secure the Danish Astrophysical research in relation to the use of the Danish membership of ESO, ESA and NOT and to create opportunities for Danish participation in international projects with a substantial research importance. It is essential that all priorities for IDA focus on national interests within astrophysics.

 

Based on the Letters of Intent that IDA received this autumn the IDA Board has decided to make a call for applications to be supported by IDA in 2015-2016.

 

Call for applications

The call is divided in three categories:

1.       Access Support:Total or partial coverage of access to specific facilities in space or on ground.

2.       Instrument Design Support: Support for the development and design of new instruments.

3.       Training Support: Support for projects where students and young researchers can be trained.

 

Guidelines

The following guidelines should be followed:

 

  • No specific text format is required for submitting an application for IDA funding.
  • The applications should be kept short and focused.
  • Applications should be submitted as a single PDF-file.
  • The deadline is Monday 1 December 2014 at 23:59 (Danish time).
  • The evaluation will take place during December.
  • IDA will announce the selected projects before 20 December.

 

The below mentioned guidelines should be followed in relation to the three categories:

 

1.       Access Support: Total or partial coverage of access to specific facilities in space or on ground.

The intention is to open new opportunities – also long term opportunities. IDA can cover the direct costs to allow Danish researchers to access telescope time. IDA can also cover costs (hardware or manpower) that are required, in order to obtain access to observing time or data products.

 

Project Description:

- Provide a title for the project.

- Write a short abstract (max. 10 lines).

- List the PI of the project (name and affiliation).

- List additional participants (names and affiliations).

- Describe the project (max. two pages). Discuss the background, impact, relevance and aims and focus on the opportunities.

- Discuss the cost in relation to the access possibilities (cost-benefit)

- Discuss how this access may benefit Danish astrophysics in general.

- Include the intended schedule.

- Add any relevant information not covered above.

 

Appendices:

- CV and publication list (for the last 5 years) for the PI.

- Provide a detailed budget.

- Describe the funding profile. IDA will consider co-funding or possible co-funding essential.

- Discuss why IDA funding is needed and describe which other funding sources you have or will use to fund the project or part of the project.

- Additional appendices (if any).

 

2.       Instrument Design Support: Support for the development and design of new instruments.

The intention is to support mainly the design and development of new instruments, but IDA does not have enough funding to provide the general support of hardware for building an instrument. IDA can however support e.g. purchase of specific filters, grisms or slits that will improve an existing instrument with the aim of allowing optimum use of our observing facilities.

 

Project Description:

- Provide a title for the project.

- Make a short abstract (max. 10 lines).

- List the PI of the project (name and affiliation).

- List additional participants (names and affiliations).

- Describe the project (max. two pages). Discuss the background, impact, relevance and aims and some technical details. Is the instrument intended for a national facility?

- Discuss how this may benefit Danish astrophysics in general.

- Add any relevant information not covered above.

 

Appendices:

- CV and publication list (for the last 5 years) for the PI.

- Provide a detailed budget.

- Describe the funding profile. IDA will consider co-funding or possible co-funding essential. Discuss why IDA funding is needed and describe which other funding sources you have or will use to fund the project or part of the project.

- Additional appendices (if any).

 

3.       Training Support: Support for projects where students and young researchers can be trained in the use of various telescopes and instruments as well as learn how to plan and analyze observations, hence securing the necessary competences when it comes to using the various facilities.

 

Project Description:

- Provide a title for the project.

- Make a short abstract (max. 10 lines).

- List the PI of the project (name and affiliation).

- List additional participants (names and affiliations).

- Describe the project (max. two pages). Discuss the background, impact, relevance and aims and focus on the training support. Will this initiative be open for a restricted group only?

- Describe the intended schedule (time line and milestones).

- Add any relevant information not covered above.

 

Appendices:

- CV and publication list (for the last 5 years) for the PI.

- Provide a detailed budget.

- Describe the funding profile. IDA will consider co-funding or possible co-funding essential. Discuss why IDA funding is needed and describe which other funding sources you have or will use to fund the project or part of the project.

- Additional appendices (if any).

 

How to submit?

  • Deadline is Monday 1 December at 23:59 (Danish time).
  • Applications should be submitted as a single PDF-file.
  • Applications should be submitted to ida@phys.au.dk

 

If you have questions please contact Louise Børsen-Koch (louise@phys.au.dk).