NOVA Fall School 2023

About the Fall school

The NOVA Fall school is meant to broaden the knowledge of astronomy graduate students. Courses are taught dealing with topics that were missed during the undergraduate studies. Every graduate student in The Netherlands is expected to participate in a NOVA Fall school at least once, and preferably within their first year of the PhD.

The school is offered annually during 5 days in the Fall. NOVA Fall schools generally consist of two parallel course streams, which rotate between three topics "Galaxies", "Interstellar medium & Star- and planet formation" and "Compact objects and the late stages of stellar evolution". Each stream consists of a general part and a specialized part. The topics of the latter part are different each year.

The streams are targeted at students who did not have the topic in their undergraduate studies, to broaden their general background in astronomy. PhD students should choose the stream after consultation with their PhD thesis supervisor and select the stream that is the most distant from the science subject matter pertaining the PhD. All courses are taught in English, and often include practical exercises. In addition, all participating students are required to make a short oral presentation dealing with their PhD or Master thesis research project, for their fellow students and lecturers.

Dates and location of the 2023 school:

The 2023 school will take place in-person at ASTRON (Dwingeloo) in the month of November 2023. This year the school will take place from Monday, November 27th, till Thursday, the 30th, both days included. Some adjustments within this fixed period might be made, depending on logistical constraints.

Important: Registration is closed. 

Some preliminary practical information

Participating students will stay nearby in Hotel Spier-Dwingeloo, with the arrival and departure dates being the school start and end dates. All hotel bookings are made by the school on the basis of two persons sharing a room. Sharing is based on gender by default. There will be an option to provide a preference for a roommate after an overview is available of the number of people attending. The hotel is within biking distance to ASTRON. Excursions to the Westerbork/LOFAR radio telescope and the Dwingeloo VLBI facilities may be part of the program.

It is likely that some transport to/from the local train station Beilen will be provided on the start and end dates of the school. Travel to/from Beilen by train is your own responsibility.

More information will follow at a later time.


The School organisers are: Reinout van Weeren ( for all scientific aspects, Pikky Atri ( for ASTRON related aspects and Jantine Liesting ( for the logistics and administration.