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Third ASTERICS School

The ASTERICS project is organising an international Virtual Observatory school at the Centro de Astrobiología, Madrid, Spain.

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. The goal of the school is twofold:

  • Expose European astronomers and representatives of the ESFRI projects involved in ASTERICS to the variety of VO tools and services available today so that they can use them efficiently for their own research.

To achieve these goals, VO experts will lecture and tutor the participants on the usage of VO tools and services. 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 on their own laptops.

In order to ensure the right level of interaction, participation will be restricted to a limited number of participants (45 approx.). Preference will be given to PhD students and post-docs.


  • First announcement: 17 July 2017
  • Deadline for registration: 15 October 2017
  • Deadline for submission of participants' use cases: 1 October 2017
  • Meeting: 14-16 November, 2017


   Centro de Astrobiología (CAB, INTA-CSIC) 
   Campus ESAC
   28691 Villanueva de la Cañada 
   Madrid, Spain

The campus is located about 30 km north-west of Madrid The meeting will take place in the conference centre of ESAC, in building D, rooms D1/D2.


The registration form can be accessed here


A block booking of 23 rooms has been made at the Hotel Aravaca Village on 13-17 November. Breakfast is included and all rooms are equipped with free wifi.

Arriving at hotel from airport:

  • Taxi from Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport to the hotel (near €50) & 20 minutes.
  • Metro (€4.50-5.00 with airport supplement) taking L8 to Nuevos Ministerios and L6 to Moncloa. At Moncloa (a transportation hub) you can take bus number 162 (dock 32,€1.50) to get the hotel. The bus stop name is “Cº Zarzuela - Cementerio Aravaca” and the bus stop ID number is: 3470.(From Moncloa: 9 stops and 25 min. aprox. The bus frequency is typically 15 minutes).

From hotel to Madrid downtown

  • You can take bus number 162(bus stop name: “Cº Zarzuela - Cementerio Aravaca”. Bus stop ID number 3471) to Moncloa, where you can go on foot or take Metro L3 to Sol (city center).

here you can get the App of the public transport in Madrid.


A preliminary program can be found here


There will be a bus available to transport participants from the hotel to ESAC in the mornings and back in the afternoons.

IMPORTANT: There will be no passenger control, which means the bus will not wait for you. Please, try to be in place at least 5 minutes in advance. ESAC is in the middle of the countryside and difficult to reach by public transport. So, if you miss the bus, you'll get in trouble…

Financial support

Travel and accommodation support is available for the participants in this workshop. For further information, contact

You can find useful information about Madrid in these web sites:

You can see the weather forecast here.


Local Organising Committee: Enrique Solano, Francisco Jiménez, Miriam Cortés Contreras, Carlos Rodrigo


School pictures

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