ESO 2017 Astronomy Winter Camp In Europe -For Secondary School Students

ESO and its Science Outreach Network in conjunction with the science education event organiser Sterrenlab and the Astronomical Observatory of the Autonomous Region of the Aosta Valley (OAVdA) to sponsor the  fifth ESO Astronomy Camp on the topic of Distances in the Universe. Taking place from Tuesday 26 December 2017 to Monday 1 January 2018 in the Aosta Valley, Italy.

The camp will explore the theme of Distances in the Universe through several astronomical sessions, including lectures, hands-on activities, and night-time observations with the telescopes and instruments at the observatory. Social activities, winter sports and excursions will contribute to making the camp a memorable experience for the participants. ESO and OAVdA will be responsible for the scientific programme of the ESO Astronomy Camp, and will provide lecturers and material together with several other partners.

The registration fee of €500 covers full-board accommodation at the hostel in Saint Barthélemy, supervision by professional staff, all astronomical and leisure activities, materials, excursions, internal transport and insurance. Bus transport between the observatory and the airport of Milan Malpensa will be provided. The fee does not include travel costs between the student’s home and Milan Malpensa.


The camp is open to a maximum of 56 secondary school students aged 16-18 (born in 1999, 2000 and 2001) from the ESO Member States* and additional ESO Science Outreach Network Countries (ESON)**.

A number of places will be available to students from other countries, however they will not be eligible to receive bursaries. The working language of the camp will be English. Participants of previous editions can apply, but priority will be given to new applicants.

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* Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom 
** Albania, Australia, Chile, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, United States of America. 


The camp will take place at the Astronomical Observatory of the Autonomous Region of the Aosta Valley located in Saint-Barthélemy (Nus, Italy) in natural scenery of unspoiled Alpine beauty, close to some of Europe’s highest mountains and under clear skies. The Observatory’s staff has a long experience both in scientific research and educational activities; moreover, the Observatory is equipped with seven telescopes devoted to the camp activities.
Camp participants will be accommodated at the hostel of Saint-Barthélemy, situated next to the Observatory and known for its cheerful atmosphere. Supervised bus transportation from the airport of Milan Malpensa to the Observatory will be arranged by organisers.

Nus  /  The Hostel  /  The Observatory


During the Christmas holidays 2017, from Tuesday 26 December to Monday 1 January to take advantage of the long nights and enjoy a breath-taking winter Alpine landscape. We will celebrate New Year’s Eve together with a traditional dinner and a Star Party.

Application Deadline;11 October 2017 at 23:00 CET.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Fifth ESO Astronomy Winter Camp for Secondary School Students

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