Summer School

Introduction to Astronomical Instrumentation

University of Toronto, Canada

The Dunlap Institute’s annual, five-day summer school provides an introduction to cutting-edge astronomical instrumentation for current and future telescope facilities.

The school is designed around both lecture and interactive laboratory activities led by astronomers from around the world who specialize in the development of astronomical instruments. The program will introduce students to the basic principles of optics and detectors, as well as to advanced topics in instrument design and development. It includes a focus on laboratory, computer and data acquisition skills.

Who should attend?

The summer school is aimed at students who have finished at least the 3rd year of an undergraduate program or are in the early years of a graduate program, and have a background in astronomy, physics or engineering.

Registration fee:

In 2015, the fee was $500; the 2016 fee will be announced in early 2016. Travel subsidies and registration-fee waivers available.


Instructors include leading instrumentation and observational astronomers from the Dunlap Institute, U of T’s Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics (DAA), and institutions across Canada and the U.S.

Additional Information

Read more about the 2014 school on the U of T Magazine blog.

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