The Virtual Observatory (VO) is opening up new ways of exploiting the huge amount of data provided by the ever-growing number of ground-based and space facilities, as well as by computer simulations. At Stockholm University department of astronomy, we plan a tutorial school for PhD students and researchers aiming at providing an extensive training on the utility of VO tools for researchers in all fields of astronomy and cosmology. The goals is to expose the attendants to the variety of VO tools and services available today so that they can use them efficiently for their own research. The tutorials will be held by Evanthia Hatziminaoglou and Paolo Padovani from ESO and Mark Allen from University of Strasbourg.

The Swedish VO days will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday 8-9 of June 2010, and you are all hereby invited to participate. We urge you to apply as soon as possible, as we can only accommodate 20 external participants. Priority will be given to PhD students and young PostDocs, though nobody is a-priori excluded. There is a limited possibility for financial support depending on availability of funds. Apply to attend the school by sending an email to Kambiz Fathi (kambiz AT

The registration deadline is one week prior to the event

Format: Three VO experts (Allen, Hatziminaoglou and Padovani) will lecture and tutor the participants on the usage of VO tools. Real life examples of scientific applications will be given. A large fraction of the time will be dedicated to hands-on exercises, which will allow participants to become fully familiar with the VO capabilities. Since this is a "hands-on" workshop with practical exercises, it is important that partipants bring their laptop computer. For more instructions about the tools that will be introduced, visit . Otherwise download/install the following tools on your machine and make sure they work before the day of the workshop. In case of trouble, contact Evanthia Hatziminaoglou (ehatzimi AT  Aladin SPLAT-VO STILTS TOPCAT VODesktop VOSED VOSpec and the NVO web services  Hands-on tutorials will be given to solve some scientific workflows, but there will also be time to get help for solving Your own case.  Case 0: Familiarise yourself with the tools Case 1: Confirming a Supernova Candidate Case 2: Quasar candidates Case 3: X-ray sources near the Chamaeleon region   Preliminary Schedule: 8th of June: 09.00-10.00: Registration and setting up laptops 10.00-12.00: Introduction 12.00-13.30: Lunch 13.30-15.00: Tutorials 15.00-15.30: Coffee break 15.30-18.00: Tutorials  9th of June: 09.00-10.30: Tutorials 10.30-11.00: Coffee break 11.00-12.00: Tutorials 12.00-13.30: Lunch 13.30-15.00: Tutorials 15.00-15.30: Coffee break 15.30-17.00: Tutorials 17.00-17.30: Ask the tutor 17.30-18.30: Feedback session Contact: E-mail us for any practical or other enquiries Last updated: April 2010 CASE0.html shapeimage_2_link_0shapeimage_2_link_1shapeimage_2_link_2shapeimage_2_link_3shapeimage_2_link_4shapeimage_2_link_5shapeimage_2_link_6shapeimage_2_link_7shapeimage_2_link_8shapeimage_2_link_9shapeimage_2_link_10shapeimage_2_link_11shapeimage_2_link_12shapeimage_2_link_13shapeimage_2_link_14shapeimage_2_link_15