Inter Academy Courses (IAC)

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The undergraduate “Inter Academy Course”, which is taught every year in Utrecht for students of all Dutch universities is specifically tailored for undergraduate students. Each year the topic for next year’s school is selected by the National Astronomy Education Committee, which subsequently appoints a national coordinator for the course. A protocol (in Dutch) describes organizational aspects of these Inter Academy Courses. Dutch MSc students quite frequently “shop around”, that is to say take advanced courses at other institutes than the home university. In this way highly individual MSc programs can be realized, optimized w.r.t. the interests and skills of the MSc student. The same can be said about the final research projects. These are uniformly of very high quality, and specifically tailored projects can be realized at technically oriented research groups in, for example space research, soft- or hardware development, or instrument- or telescope-development groups (inside and outside the universities).

Most Dutch universities will reimburse the travelling expenses for following an Inter Academy Course. Ask your local secretaries for details on this matter.

For more information, see the official IAC Protocol (pdf).

Current IAC

Announcement new IAC

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Lecturer Prof. dr. C. Dominik (UvA)
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Past IAC
List of previous IACs

1990: Röntgen- en gamma-astronomie
1991: Toepassingen van relativiteit in de sterrenkunde
1992: Computational astrophysics
1993: Interstellaire materie
1994: Melkwegstelsels
1995: Waarneem- en reductietechnieken in de sterrenkunde
1996: Accretieschijven
1997: Het vroege heelal
1998: Evolutie van planeten en planetenstelsels
1999: Gravitational lensing
2000: Stappen naar de sterren
2001: Relativistische astrofysica
2002: Stervorming
2003: Het vroege heelal
2004: Geschiedenis van de sterrenkunde
2005: Computational astrophysics
2006: Interferometry
2007: Astrobiology/exoplanets
2008: Astroparticle physics
2009: The physics of GRB afterglows and the nature of their host galaxies
2010: Modern data mining in astronomy
2011: History of astronomy
2012: Galaxy Structure, Dynamics and Evolution
2013: Computational Astrophysics