INTRODUCTION

 

Radio astronomy is a young discipline with roots dating back less than a century, but there have been remarkable developments in the past decade or so, and many important new discoveries have been made.  In our part of the world, India, Australia and Japan in particular have been very active in radio astronomy for many years, but more recently, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam have all become active in radio astronomical research and instrumentation.

 

Clearly this is a growing area of interest for Asian and Southeast Asian astronomy, and as a result in the last week of January 2014 the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) and the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) will host a Winter School on INTRODUCTORY RADIO ASTRONOMY in Chiang Mai, Thailand?s second largest city

 

This Winter School is designed for postgraduate and senior undergraduate university students.  An interest in astronomy?or better still radio astronomy?is desirable, but is not essential.

 

The aims of this Winter School are to:

 

?       Introduce students to the basics of contemporary radio astronomy.

?       Introduce students to some of the research projects being carried out by the Winter School lecturers.

?       Provide an opportunity for each student to participate in a lab sessions and hands-on tutorial.

?       Make students aware of recent radio astronomy developments in Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia.

?       Discuss postgraduate training options in radio astronomy for Southeast Asian and Korean students. 

 

In order to minimize the cost to students, NARIT and KASI are subsiding this Winter School, so accommodation, all meals and local travel will be covered once you reach Chiang Mai.  There is no registration fee, and morning and afternoon tea also will be provided during the Winter School.