Applications open for 3rd Kathmandu Astrophysics School

Applications for the third Kathmandu Astrophysics School on “Introduction to astronomical techniques and data analysis” (KAS20) are open online until 5 pm GMT, 11 October 2020  

KAS20: “Introduction to astronomical techniques and data analysis” will be held in two parts, starting on 9 November 2020. The first component will be an online program covering at the introductory level astrophysical coding in Python, key concepts and techniques used in observational astrophysics, professional development and teaching skills. The second component will be a two-week full-time in-person program held in tranquil Pokhara (Nepal), at the foothills of the Annapurna range, in late 2021 (to be confirmed). Student lodging and meals are fully covered thanks to the support of the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development. Partial travel support will also be available. Students will focus primarily on group research projects under the guidance of the KAS faculty, as well as on more advanced professional development.  

Held every 2 years, the KAS program aims to mentor and upskill students of astrophysics in both professional and academic areas through engagement with a highly qualified international faculty. The KAS organizing committee aims to achieve participation by a diverse and international cohort of undergraduate/beginning graduate students, with substantial inclusion of those enrolled at institutions in Nepal. No registration fee is required to attend, and selection is based on merit. 

Each rendition of the school has a different focus, with KAS16 and KAS18 focussing on Order of Magnitude Astrophysics and Introduction to Computational Methods in Astrophysics, respectively. More information on KAS20 and previous KAS events in the series, along with a link to the application form can be found at 

The organizers invite undergraduate and early graduate students to apply.