With the advent of large and multi-telescope arrays in the past years, interferometry has reached a new stage. Interferometric facilities are becoming more and more open to non-specialist astronomers, and the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) is a good example as the interferometric facility is fully open.
However the scientific outcome will be at the same level as the VLTI performance only if astronomers get prepared to interferometric observations and to the use of interferometric data and if the specialists in interferometry transmit their knowledge to the European astronomical community. With this objective in mind, we organized a school to train astronomers to the use of the VLTI (and other facilities) current generation of instruments.
The next VLTI training school was held in the Centre IGESA, Porquerolles Island, Côte d’Azur, France in 17th-28th April 2010.
Any student wishing to deepen his(her) knowledge on optical interferometry was welcome to attend the school. The School was recognized as a European Erasmus Intensive Program (I.P. http://ec.europa.eu/education/erasmus/doc900_en.htm). This means that the students from the University partners of the program recognized the school as part of their studies, and that special funding was available for them. The University partners are listed below, and their number should increase in the following years.
Olivier Chesneau, Univ. Nice
Gilles Duvert, Univ. Grenoble
Paolo Garcia, Univ. Porto
Joseph Hron, Univ. Vienna
Pierre Kervella, Univ. Paris
Andrzej Niedzielski, Univ. Torun
Andreas Quirrenbach, Univ. Heidelberg
Jean Surdej, Univ. Liège
Isabelle Tallon-Bosc, Univ. Lyon
University of Nice, contact person: O. Chesneau, Olvier.Chesneau@oca.eu
University of Torun, contact person: A. Niedzielski, firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Porto, contact person: P. Garcia, email@example.com
University of Liège, contact person: J. Surdej, firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Heidelberg, contact person: A. Quirrenbach, email@example.com
University of Grenoble 1, contact person: G. Duvert, Gilles.Duvert@obs.ujf-grenoble.fr
University of Lyon 1, contact person: I. Tallon-Bosc, firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Wien, contact person: J. Hron, email@example.com
University of Paris 7, contact person: P. Kervella, firstname.lastname@example.org