AMUSE summer school

from 13 June 2022 through 17 June 2022

Workshop Description

The Doctoral School on Numerical Astrophysics will be held at Geneva Observatory, Switzerland from June 13th to 17th, 2022.

Registration closes on Friday, 27th May

The main drivers behind this school are recent advances in high-resolution observational astronomy, and the challenges of their interpretation which arise when modeling stars realistically (internal evolution, compact remnants, ..) with numerical calculations. The school will introduce the participants to key concepts linked to the evolution of stellar associations, focusing on the close environment of stars. The lectures will cover the main ideas of star formation, their surrounding, and proceed with practical exercises to explore the evolution of these systems through interactions in groups. A special topic will be devoted to the dynamics in circumstellar discs to apprehend the rapid development (theoretical and observational) in exoplanet astronomy.

The AMUSE project: the participant will be introduced to a suite of codes suitable for the self-exploration of gravitational dynamics and stellar evolution. The public-domain suite comes with a set of on-line examples and documentation. A disc image will be provided. However, each participant should bring their laptop computer. Eduroam services are available everywhere on site.

The course material will be the textbook "Astrophysical Recipes: The Art of Amuse", which can be downloaded for free, and the online tutorials about AMUSE. For further information, visit

This school is open to PhD candidates or other Post-Graduates with an interest in Numerical Astrophysics. Basic knowledge of Python programming language is required to attend.

There is no registration fee for the school, but places are limited to 20 participants.

Practical information

The address of the Observatory is: Chemin Pegasi 51, 1290 Versoix

There will be an observatory shuttle from the Versoix train station (lake side) to the Observatory on the morning, and back to the train station at the end of the day, but there is also the TPG bus number 55 (stop Observatoire de Genève, every 30 minutes, it takes 6 minutes from the train station to the Observatory). Note that hotels deliver a free public transportation card that is valid for the Geneva-Versoix track.

The airport is connected to Geneva through buses and trains. Free short duration tickets can be retrieved at the exit of the bagage claim area.

Participants are required to arrange their own accomodation. Here, we provide a list of recommended hotels:

Vegetarian lunches are provided for CHF 11.50 at the Observatory. People preferring to bring their own food should tell us, so that we do not order too many extra lunches that week.


Steven Rieder (Geneva)
Silvia Ekström (Geneva)
Christian Boily (Strasbourg)
Simon Portegies Zwart
Steve McMillan (Drexel)
Inti Pelupessy (NLeSc)


Silvia Ekström
Steven Rieder
Georges Meynet
Corinne Charbonnel
Martijn Wilhelm
Veronica Saz Ulibarrena