The lectures will be held in Chiang Mai, where some of the observations also will be carried out.  More observations, and tutorials, will take place at the site of the Thai National Observatory on Doi Inthanon.  This is the highest peak in Thailand, at about 2,500m elevation.  Note that night time temperatures there in December can often fall below 10 C.  Accommodation and meals, both in Chiang Mai and at the Observatory, will be arranged and provided free of charge by the organizers.


Lectures will be provided on the following topics: the Sun and the Solar System; stellar physics and evolution; exoplanets; variable stars; stellar pulsation and asteroseismology; binary stars; stellar clusters; galaxies and cosmology; black holes; telescopes and instrumentation; high time resolution astronomy; space astronomy; and radio astronomy. 


There also will be tutorials on: spectroscopic data and analysis; photometric data and analysis; observing with the 2.4-m Thai National Telescope and the 50-cm Chiang Mai University telescope; the PROMPT robotic telescopes; using surveys and data archives; and planetary observing.


In addition, there will be ?how-to? sessions on: writing an observing proposal; writing a paper; and writing a job application.


During ISYA 2014 three public lectures will be provided to those attending the School, to academics and students from Chiang Mai University and to interested members of the general public.  These free-of-charge evening lectures will be held at Chiang Mai University on November 25, 27,28. The subjects and speakers are as follows:


November 25, at 18:30-19.30

"Signs of Life on Other Planets"

By Assoc. Prof. Raymond J. RITCHIE

Faculty of Technology and Environment, Prince of Songkla University-Phuket Campus


November 27, at 18:30-19.30

"Gaia: the space mission that is charting a billion stars in the Milky Way."

By Dr. Michèle Gerbaldi

Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris – France


November 28, at 18:30-19.30

"How To See a Black Hole"

Charles Bailyn, Yale-NUS College, Singapore; Yale University, USA


Venue: Physics Building 2, room 100, Faculty of Science, Chiangmai University


For more information please contact 053-225569 # 403


At this stage, the following evening social events are planned:


?      A ?Welcome Reception?

?      An informal outdoor dinner at Chiang Mai University?s Sirindhorn Observatory prior to an observing session

?      Attendance at the King?s Birthday Celebrations (and fireworks display) at Royal Park Rajapruek on 5 December (for the locations of the Royal Park and Sirindhorn Observatory, see the map in ?The Venue?)

?      An ISYA 2014 Banquet




Three very different half-day excursions have been arranged:


(1)  City Temples and a Handicraft Village

Time:  1 p.m. ? 5 p.m. on 29 November 2014.

First we will visit Chiang Mai?s famous historic Buddhist temples, including Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang, with their distinctive northern architectural style.  These temples date to the 14th and 15th centuries (for their locations, see the map in ?The Venue?)


Then we will visit the home industry and handicraft village of San Kamphaeng (an hour to the east of Chiang Mai), with its renowned factories that produce umbrellas, jewelry, Thai silk products, silverware, woodcarvings, lacquer ware, etc.


(2)  Doi Suthep, Bhuping Palace and a Hill-tribe Village

Time:  9 a.m. ? 12 a.m. on 30 November 2014.

We will visit Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, a highly-revered temple containing a holy relic of the Lord Buddha, located on the summit of Doi Suthep (~1,056 meters above sea level) in the mountains immediately to the west of Chiang Mai.  This temple affords splendid views of the city and surrounding countryside.


In addition, we will visit the nearby Bhuping Palace with its beautiful gardens and grounds (where the Thai Royal Family stays during their visits to Chiang Mai), and the Doi Pui Mong hill-tribe village, where the distinctive traditional houses, clothes and handicrafts of Thailand?s ethnic hill-tribe people will be on show.  All of these localities also are shown in the map in ?The Venue?.


(3)  Elephant Camp

Time:  9 a.m. ? 12.30 a.m. on December 5, 2014

We will travel to the Mae Ta Maan elephant camp an hour north of Chiang Mai to watch the elephants taking their morning bath before we see how they were trained to haul logs in the forest. 


Afterwards we will ride on elephants through the forest and across streams.  Then we will enjoy riding on ox-carts past rice fields and small farms.