General information

'The aim of this School is to introduce the LOFAR system to new members of the collaboration who will analyze Cycle data. Students, postdocs, and staff are all encouraged to attend. The School will cover the many aspects of the LOFAR system from the capabilities of the basic station hardware to the software pipelines and science products they produce. Lectures and tutorials will be presented by members of the LOFAR project team as well as staff from the many institutions involved in the collaboration. Hands-on sessions will also be provided to give attendees an opportunity to gain experience with real LOFAR data.

Presentations will be given at a level appropriate for someone new to LOFAR. Familiarity with the concepts of radio interferometry and standard data processing software such as CASA, will be useful, but not required. Minimum requirements should include some familiarity with scripting languages and in particular Python. Parallel sessions for more expert students are also planned.

This year the school will be organized in the context of and supported by the BALTICS project. BALTICS is a project granted through the H2020-TWINN-2015 call, aimed at twinning the Latvian institute VIRAC with ASTRON and the University of Manchester. The school is open to all current and future LOFAR users regardless of affiliation.