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Modern Astronomical Research


Admission requirements



An introductory course on modern research in astronomy. The students will learn how research is carried out by astronomers at the Observatory, the career paths and daily activities of typical astronomical researchers, how we communicate our research to other scientists, and more specifically, how to prepare and give a talk to other scientific researchers. The course covers how to carry out literature searches (using ADS and astro-ph), how to read and understand scientific papers, through to preparing and presenting a talk to the rest of the class. The presentation will be videotaped and assessed.

Course objectives

The student will gain an understanding of how modern research in astrophysics is conducted by professionals. He/she will learn the way scientific questions are posed and addressed and how results are shared.


See BSc schedules.

Mode of instruction

Lecturers and presentations by students.

Assessment method

A single homework exercise and a presentation of a scientific paper to the class will be graded.


Lecture notes, additional readings and assignments will be provided. To have access to Blackboard, you need an ULCN account. More information:

Reading list



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Contact information

Lecturers: Dr. Elena Rossi / Dr. Annemieke Petrignani / Dr. Remco de Kok / Dr. Pedro Russo.
Assistants: Bavo Croiset, BSc / Pim Overgaauw, BSc
Course website:


Course will be taught in English.