Sep 12 – 16, 2022
Geneva Observatory
Europe/Zurich timezone

Phd students in astronomy are invited to attend the Summer School on "Exoplanets and astrostatistical analysis techniques", sponsored by the MW-GAIA-COST Action and hosted by the department of astronomy at the university of Geneva, Switzerland.

The school will provide a state-of-the-art picture of the astrostatistical data analysis techniques in the field of exoplanet research. It will cover various modern techniques that are currently used to detect and characterize extrasolar planets, including the spectroscopic radial velocity method, the photometric transit method, the astrometric orbit detection method. The astrometric method will become particularly relevant with the upcoming data releases of the Gaia space mission. The school will introduce the students to the relevant astrostatistical background given the particular noise properties of astrophysical datasets, as well as give them hands-on experience with real and synthetic datasets. Participants will learn the limitations of each method and the biases it introduces in the derived sample of exoplanets. The students will have the opportunity to discuss all of these topics with world experts in the field.

Confirmed lecturers:

  • François Bouchy (University of Geneva, Switzerland)

  • Rodrigo Díaz (National University of San Martín, Bueno Aires, Argentina)

  • Nathan Hara (University of Geneva, Switzerland)

  • Berry Holl (University of Geneva, Switzerland)

  • Pierre Kervella (Paris-Meudon Observatory, France)

  • Adrien Leleu (University of Geneva, Switzerland)

  • Vinesh Maguire-Rajpaul (University of Cambridge, UK)

  • Johannes Sahlmann (European Space Astronomy Centre, Madrid, Spain)

  • Shay Zucker (University of  Tel Aviv, Israel)

School SOC:

  • Xavier Dumusque, Jean-Baptiste Delisle, Damien Ségransan, Alessandro Sozzetti, Joris deridder

Pre-Registration : Pre-registration is done by filling the linked google-form ( and will be open until June 15th, 2022. The number of participant is limited to 40.

Fees : Registration fees will amount to a maximum of 200 CHF. They include lunches and school dinner. 

Grants may be available on a case by case basis.

Prerequisites to attend the school : Intermediate level in Python and scientific programming. Personal laptops are required as Python's hands-on session will  done using JupyterLab on JupyterHub.

School LOC:

  • Nicolas Unger, Henry Leath, Chantal Tacoy

Preliminary Programme:

Accomodation : there are plenty of hotels in Geneva, especially close to the Cornavin train station. The Lake Geneva hotel, located in Versoix, is also a good choice. There are several more affordable places in nearby France (Divonne les bains, Ferney Voltaire) but.... without good public transport.

Reaching the observatory :

Geneva Observatory
Astrotech - Jura & Lac rooms
Chemin de Pegasi, 51b 1290 Versoix Switzerland