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The 4th LOFAR Data Processing School

Submitter: Roberto Pizzo & Emanuela Orru'
Description: The Fourth LOFAR Data Processing School was organized and hosted by ASTRON between 5-9 September 2016. The event was sponsored by ASTRON, the International LOFAR Telescope (ILT), and BALTICS, which is a project granted through the H2020-TWINN-2015 call and is aimed at twinning the Latvian institute VIRAC with ASTRON and the University of Manchester.

The School has provided a week of lectures and tutorials to introduce the LOFAR system to users and new members of the collaboration who will analyze Cycle data. The topics ranged from the capabilities of the basic station hardware to the software pipelines and science products they produce. Particular emphasis was given to long-baseline imaging topics. Compared to previous LOFAR Schools, more time was reserved for tutorials. Moreover, 'Q&A' sessions were introduced in the programme. These helped the participants to ask more questions and properly understand all topics, including the most complex ones. The best images made by the participants after the imaging tutorials were awarded a prize. 47 students attended the event, together with lecturers, tutors, and helpers. The social events included a School dinner at ASTRON, a GPS competition, and a visit to the LOFAR core.

Here you see the school picture, taken on the third day of the school at the LOFAR Superterp. For the participants, the LOC, and SOC, it has been an intense, fruitful, and successful week. The School LOC thanks all the people who contributed to the school!

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