Scientific rationale

The IFAS6 school will bring together students from different horizons, expose them to high-level specialized lectures, and propose them to carry-on a eigh-days research project. The title of the present school is spectroscopy, treasures in the voxels. The voxels, or spaxels, are the elements that compose the data-cubes of integral-field spectroscopy. The topics will go from the observational and data-reduction techniques, through the source detection and extraction in integral-field spectroscopy using inverse methods data fusion approaches, to data analysis. The school is open to students at doctoral and post-doctoral levels, and to highly skilled and motivated master students, without geographic restrictions.

IFAS6 is the sixth edition of a series co-organized by Lyon (LIO, CRAL CNRS UMR5574, UCBL1) and IUCAA in Pune. The first, third and fifth editions were held in 2015, 2017, and 2019 in Pune on observational astronomy, and the other in Lyon. In 2016 on modeling and simulations in astrophysics, and in 2018 on 3D spectroscopy. These schools hosted participants from eleven different nationalities.

The Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon (CRAL) has been a pioneer or 3D, or Intergral field spectroscopy, and recently assembled the MUSE spectrograph now in operation at the ESO's VLT. This is one of the largest and most advanced IFU spectrograph, and it opened the era of spectroscopic blind surveys, where, rather than targeting pre-selected sources, entire new classes of objects can be discovered out of deep fields. IFAS6 will give introduction and practical experience on the cutting-edge spectroscopic methods. IUCAA is coordinating major efforts to develop theoretical and observational astronomy in India, including spatial astronomy, international projects, like the TMT, and gravitational waves, LIGO-India.

Lectures will be given during the morning sessions, and research projects will be proposed to the participants, in small groups supported by a tutor. The school will be concluded by a presentation of the results of these projects.

Up to 30 participants will be selected. The organizers may provide partial financial support on demand and justification (this may take the form of reduced registration fees and/or travel grants).

Important advice: Because of the borders' closure, the school will be organized online. Both the lectures and projects will be maintened, and the registration fees will be waived for all the selected participants.
The added conditions for participating are to have a proper computer and internet connection, and to be 100% available for the whole duration of the school. The school is not compatible with having some other activity in parallel.
If the conditions opens, we will also propose a physical venue, in Lyon, for those whe can travel (the participants will be informed).


Registration, support and deadline

The registrations will be open from 2019 Dec 1st till  May 31st 2020. Early applications are an advantage if a grant is requested.

The registration fees of 770 € include the full board accommodation. The school can offer a travel grant and/or a discounted rate to those justifying it. The fees are waived.

 The registration process is the following:

  1. Create an account, fill the information carefully.
  2. Click on "overview" to check if everything is correct.
  3. Click to submit.
  4. You will receive a mail with a validation link. After validation you can connect again to the site to have the possibility to change your details.
  5. We will then contact you personally, not later than a few days after the deadline, to inform you about your possible selection and the grant that we may offer if you requested one.

Recommendations: The school will be over-subscribed by a factor three. The selection process will start in January, and postponing the registration to close to the deadline may reduce the chances to be accepted. We invite you to (i) submit a complete and concise form and (ii) arrange for a support letter from a professor (if you are student).

Organizing committee

Board of Directors:

P. Prugniel (CRAL), K. Saha (IUCAA)

Counsellors: R. Gupta (IUCAA), H.P. Singh (Delhi University).


Local Organization:

P. Prugniel (CRAL)


The organization of the school would not have been possible without the financial support of the LABEX Lyon Institute of Origins (ANR-10-LABX-0066) of the Université de Lyon within the program "Investissements d'Avenir" (ANR-11-IDEX-0007) of the French government operated by the National Research Agency (ANR), and of the IDEXLYON project from Université de Lyon in the frame of the "Programme Investissement d'Avenir".


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