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Active Galactic Nuclei at the highest angular resolution: theory and observations
August 27 - September 7, Torun, Poland


School Theme

Active galactic nuclei are a quickly evolving and exciting field of research at the forefront of modern astrophysics. The aim of this school is to present the most recent observational developments on AGNs and Supermassive Black Holes and to provide a description of these high angular resolution techniques with a special emphasis on observations with the Very Large Telescope Interferometer.

The school is composed of two series of lectures. The first series will provide and overview of AGN observations and theoretical models including special lectures on AGN observations with adaptive optics and interferometry, including existed and planned facilities like VLTI and ALMA. The second series of lectures will introduce the basic concepts of interferometry, its applications at optical and near infrared wavelengths and, with the aid of practical sessions, the students will learn to transform their ideas in VLTI observational proposals and will know how to work with VLTI interferometry data.

Confirmed Lecturers

Ric Davies, Moshe Elitzur, Andrew King, Roberto Maiolino, Klaus Meisenheimer, Hagai Netzer, Brad Peterson, Clive Tadhunter, Sylvain Veilleux


David Axon (USA), Annalisa Celotti (I), Bozena Czerny (PL), Ari Laor (IL), Alessandro Marconi (I, chair), Duccio Macchetto (ESA), Jorge Melnick (ESO), Andrzej Niedzielski (PL, co-chair), Guy Perrin (F, co-chair), Huub Rottgering (NL), Helene Sol (F), Linda Tacconi (D), Nektarios Vlahakis (G), Gerd Weigelt (D)


Andrzej Niedzielski (Chair), Monika Krzeminska (Secretary), Piotr Waz, Tomasz Laczkowski, Pawel Zielinski, Stanislaw Krawczyk


This school is intended for PhD students and young post-docs working in the field of Active Galactic Nuclei and Supermassive Black Holes.


This school is funded by the European Union Marie Curie Program. We expect to fund full living and travel expenses of all PhD students and most young post-docs. The number of participants is 50. Participants will be selected ensuring a broad coverage of institutes and countries, and on motivation and domain of expertise. Non-european nationals are encouraged to apply.


Two weeks: from Monday, August 27 to friday, September 7