First Byurakan International Summer School for Young Astronomers: Observational Astrophysics

Devoted to the 60th anniversary of BAO


August 26 – September 3, 2006, Byurakan, Armenia



The First Byurakan International Summer School was devoted to the 60th anniversary of BAO and was linked to the International Conference “Active Universe” (Sep 1-3, 2006) so that the students could also participate in it. In fact, last three days of the school were free to attend the conference sessions. 


International Organizing Committee (IOC): Vassilis Charmandaris (Greece), Michel Dennefeld (France), Sergei Dodonov (Russia), Dieter Engels (Germany), Haik Harutyunian (Armenia), Rafik Kandalyan (Jordan), Areg Mickaelian (Co-Chair, Armenia), Massimo Turatto (Italy), Daniel Weedman (Co-Chair, USA).


Local Organizing Committee (LOC): Areg Mickaelian (Chair), Elena Nikoghosyan (Secretary).


Main topics:


·         Observations of Active Galactic Nuclei and Starburst galaxies

·         Astronomical Surveys and Future Giant Projects

·         3D spectroscopy

·         Computers for Astronomy: Astronomical Data Reduction

·         Archives, Databases, and Virtual Observatories

·         Observations of Stars and Nebulae

·         Extrasolar planets


Altogether, 12 lecturers from 6 countries (USA – 1, Germany – 1, France – 3, Italy – 3, Russia – 2, and Armenia – 2) and 30 students from 8 countries (Armenia, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Italy, Serbia, Romania, and Jordan) participated in the school (14 Armenian students and 16 foreign ones). 16 lectures and 2 practical exercises were given. Among the lecturers, there were such famous scientists as Daniel Weedman, Daniel Kunth, Massimo Turatto, Dieter Engels, and Michel Dennefeld. The students gave 8 short presentations as well.




List of the Lecturers and Lectures


Claudi, Riccardo, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Italy: Asteroseismology of solar-like stars (observation techniques and theory)
Dennefeld, Michel, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, France: Introduction to spectroscopic observations
Dodonov, Sergei, Special Astrophysical Observatory, Russia: Methods of the Object Classification by the Spectral Energy Distribution: Past, Present and Future  
Engels, Dieter, Hamburger Sternwarte, Germany: 1. Radio properties of AGN. 2. Imaging with Radio Interferometry. 3. Public radio data archives
Kunth, Daniel, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, France: 1. Introduction to AGN. 2. AGN Surveys. 3. AGN-Starburst Connection
Mickaelian, Areg, Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory, Armenia: Large astronomical surveys and projects
Moiseev, Aleksei, Special Astrophysical Observatory, Russia: 3D methods in astronomy
Prugniel, Philippe, Observatoire de Lyon, France: Virtual Observatory and Astronomical Databases

Rossi, Corinne, Universita di Roma “La Sapienza”, Italy: (practical) The Digitized First Byurakan Survey (DFBS) database

Sadoyan, Avetis, Yerevan State University, Armenia: 1. Computers in Physics and Astronomy; 2. Gravitational Wave Detectors
Turatto, Massimo, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Italy: Supernovae: Lighthouses in the Universe
Weedman, Daniel, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA: 1. Spectroscopy with the Spitzer Infrared Observatory. 2. (practical) Usage of the Spitzer Archives


List of the Students


Adibekyan, Vardan, Ph.D. student, Yerevan State University (YSU), Armenia

Avetisyan, Zhirayr, Yerevan State University (YSU), Armenia

Bon, Edi, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Boutsia, Konstantina, Universita di Roma "La Sapienza", Italy

Bufano, Filomena, Universita di Padova, Italy

Chubko, Larissa, Kiev Astronomical Observatory, Ukraine

Gavrilovic, Natasa, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Ghazaryan, Satenik, B.Sc. student, Yerevan State University, Armenia

Hakobyan, Artur, Ph.D. student, Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory, Armenia

Harutyunyan, Avet, Universita di Padova, Italy

Hovhannisyan, Elena, Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory, Armenia

Hovhannisyan, Lilit, Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory, Armenia

Ivashchenko, Ganna, Kyiv National Shevchenko University, Ukraine

Kapanadze, Bidzina, Abastumani Astrophysical Observatory, Georgia

Khassawneh, Awni Mohammed Saleh, Bajat University, Jordan  

Kochiashvili, Ia, Tbilisi State University, Georgia

Kostandyan, Gayane, Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory, Armenia

Kostogryz, Nadiya, Main Astronomical Observatory, Ukraine

Melkonian, Andre, Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory, Armenia

Navasardyan, Hripsime, Universita di Padova, Italy

Navasardyan, Tatevik, Yerevan State University, Armenia

Paronyan, Gurgen, B.Sc. student, Yerevan State University, Armenia

Poltorak, Sergey, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia

Sargsyan, Lena, Yerevan State University, Armenia

Sargsyan, Lusine, Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory, Armenia

Savos, Raoul, Astronomical Observatory of Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Sedrakyan, Levon, Yerevan State University, Armenia

Sinamyan, Parandzem, Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory, Armenia

Smirnova, Aleksandrina, Special Astrophysical Observatory, Russia

Vovk, Yevgen, Kyiv National Shevchenko University, Ukraine



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