Astronomical skills for engineers

23 June 2011 - 40 young researches visited summer school at AIP
Astronomical skills for engineers

The AIP summer school took part at the research campus Potsdam Babelsberg. Photo: Emil Popow/AIP

40 international participants took part in the summer school "Opto mechanical Design in Astronomy" at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) at the research campus Potsdam Babelsberg. During four days of lectures and hands-on training they studied the opto-mechnaical details of optical, infrared and radio telescopes. Main topics were current multinational projects such at the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) and the 64 meter Sardinia Radio Telescope (SRT) as best practice examples for real engineer applications.

The coming giant telescopes with 30 and 50 meter mirrors will take fine mechanical construction to its limits. Therefore, clever engineers with astronomical background skills are absolutely needed to realize practical engineer applications for these future giants. The basics have been set now by seven lectures and six experts during AIP's summer school.


More information:

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Science contact:

Prof. Dr. Klaus G. Strassmeier, Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP), Email:, Tel.: +49 331 7499 295


Press contact:

Madleen Köppen, Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP), E-Mail: Tel.: +49 331 7499 469


The key topics of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics are cosmic magnetic fields and extragalactic astrophysics. A considerable part of the institute's efforts aim at the development of research technology in the fields of spectroscopy, robotic telescopes, and e-science. The AIP is the successor of the Berlin Observatory founded in 1700 and of the Astrophysical Observatory of Potsdam founded in 1874. The latter was the world's first observatory to emphasize explicitly the research area of astrophysics.The AIP is a foundation according to civil law and is a member of the Leibniz Association. The Leibniz Association is a network of 87 independent research institutes and scientific service facilities, which strive for scientific solutions for major social challenges.