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Dunlap Institute Summer School – Introduction to Astronomical Instrumentation

Please note that due to continued restrictions in place due to COVID-19, the Dunlap Institute Summer School will NOT be held in 2022. Please check back in late 2022 to learn more about/apply to the 2023 Summer School.

Program description: 

The Dunlap Institute’s annual summer school provides a unique introduction to cutting-edge astronomical instrumentation for current and future telescope facilities.

The school is designed around both lecture and virtual 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, spectrographs and detectors, as well as to advanced topics in instrument design and development. It includes a focus on laboratory, computer and data acquisition skills. Students can also participate in virtual career development sessions.


Entrance Requirements:

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

Potential students will be asked to provide a short 100-300 word paragraph expressing their interest in the virtual summer school, as well as a current transcript as part of their application.  (An unofficial transcript will suffice.).


Every year, instructors include leading instrumentation and observational astronomers from the Dunlap Institute, U of T’s David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics (DADDAA), and from Canadian, U.S. and international institutions.


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