Astrophysics in the Light of History Conference

The Vatican Observatory in Castel Gandolfo (near Rome) announces a week-long workshop on the history of stellar astrophysics: Astrophysics in the Light of History.
The workshop is for graduate students currently enrolled in PhD or masters’ programmes doing research in observational or theoretical astrophysics, or in some cases, researching topics in the history of astronomy. There will be a limit of approximately 24 participants.
The dates of the workshop will be 28 September to 3 October 2020. The application deadline of 10 February is fast approaching. If you have a graduate student or students who might be interested in participating in this first Vatican workshop to learn more of the historical background to our science, please encourage them to apply in the coming days.
The workshop will comprise lectures on the history of astrophysics from the five faculty astronomers, student research projects in the Vatican Observatory library followed by short student talks, and visits to cultural and historical sites at the Vatican Observatory and in the region of Castel Gandolfo. The language of the workshop will be English. The lectures will cover topics in the history of stellar and solar astrophysics and the astrophysics of the interstellar medium.
Students should apply on-line at by the deadline of 10 February 2020. The registration fee will be 260 euros. Accommodation will be available within walking distance of the observatory and with breakfast included at an approximate cost for the week of 200 euros (share twin room) or 400 euros (single occupancy).
Students from all countries are welcome to apply. Travel costs to and from Rome will be borne by the student. Students will be expected to arrive on Sunday 27 September and depart on Sunday 4 October, and must be available to participate for the whole week of the workshop.
For more information, please contact Paul Mueller S.J. at