GUAS-Subaru Asian Winter School 2008
Dept. of Astronomical Science, Graduate Univ. for Advanced Studies and Subaru Telescope, Optical-IR Division, & Astronomy Data Center, NAOJ December 1-5, 2008 National Astronomical Observatory, Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan

[Important Dates]

July 9 : 1st circular (announcement of the opening of the school) August 6 : 2nd circular (open for application) September 15 : deadline for application September 25 : deadline for domestic application September 30 : selection of participants October 31 : 3rd circular (textbooks/documents distribution) November 20 : final circular December 1-5 : School Program(pdf)


It is our great honor that Subaru Telescope located at the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii ( has been in steady operation for 10 years and continuously producing cutting- edge results in modern observational astronomy of various areas. We are pleased to announce that Subaru Telescope at National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) is going to host a winter school that provides graduate students and young astronomers with an opportunity to learn data analyses and the scientific results obtained with Subaru. The school will be held at NAOJ Mitaka and it will offer a series of lectures, experience with Subaru data, and a half-day trip to the space agency ISAS/JAXA at Sagamihara, Kanagawa ( All the lectures will be given in English. This school is co-sponsored by the Graduate University for Advanced Studies (GUAS; where NAOJ is one of the member organizations to host graduate students. GUAS has been sponsoring Asian Winter Schools for various branches of science since 2004, and this year, GUAS and Subaru/NAOJ will jointly host this winter school specifically on optical and near-infrared astronomy with Subaru. The goals of this winter school inviting students from outside Japan is to encourage the use of Subaru Telescope by wider astronomical community and to promote international collaborations in Asia. Exchange of young students will also form the basis of our partnership in the future astronomy in Asia.


Supposed participants are mainly graduate students from universities and institutes in Asian countries. We hope not to discourage young post-docs or graduate students working at other areas to participate as well, but priorities would be given to graduate students from Asian countries. Participants are expected to have some knowledge of and experience with UNIX. The number of participants will be limited to ~20 from abroad and ~20 from Japan at most, and the selection will be made by the organizers based on the submitted applications if the applications exceed the above limitations. Limited travel support will be available. All the participants are supposed to be at school for the entire period (ie., 13:00 1st Dec -- 12:00 5th Dec), and a partial participation will not be formally allowed and will be lowerly prioritized in selection. All the applicants should visit our webpage (application page -, fill the application form, and submit it through the web by no later than 5.00pm, 15th September in JST. In the case of an application by a graduate student, his/her supervisor is requested to send separately a reference in support of the application *directly* to us either by post or by e-mail (winter08-reference at which should arrive at NAOJ by 5.00pm, 15th September (JST).

[Cost and Financial Support]

Registration Fee (excursion, buffet, snacks, and tea/coffee) of 5,000 Yen (in cash only) will be collected from each participant on his/her arrival at the reception desk. Free accommodation will be provided upon request throughout the school period (ie, from the night of 30 Nov to the morning of 6th Dec). Some daily allowances will also be paid which would be sufficient for ordinary meals. In addition, upon request, we will cover the minimum fares of domestic travel within Japan and also provide a partial support for international travel depending on our available budget and the actual number of participants.


program(pdf) Dec 1 (Mon) start at 13:00, opening remarks, guidance, lectures (telescope, instruments), reception party Dec 2 (Tue) lectures (data archives/analysis), data analysis Dec 3 (Wed) science lectures, excursion to ISAS/JAXA (afternoon) Dec 4 (Thu) data analysis, banquet (buffet style) Dec 5 (Fri) data analysis, school photo, closing remarks, finish at 12:00 *In the data analysis sessions, each participant chooses one of the following Subaru instruments: Suprime-Cam, FOCAS, HDS, or IRCS. A preferred instrument should be specified in the application form. See for details of each instrument. Lectures and brief description of the data analysis courses: Telescope/Instruments: M. Iye Science: N. Kashikawa (extragalactic) M. Tamura (exoplanets, star formation) (TBD) Data archive: R. Furusho, (Y. Yamada, J. Nishizawa, T. Nishimura) Data anaslyses:

[Local Organizing Committee]

W. Aoki, N. Arimoto, R. Furuya, M. Imanishi, N. Kashikawa, T. Kodama (Chairperson), T. Takata, and M. Yagi National Astronomical Observatory of Japan 2-21-1 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-8588, Japan E-mail:


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