UMAN Training Week 2 at VIRAC

BALTICS Training Week 2 was delivered as part of Work Package 4 (WP4) at the University College, Ventspils, Latvia, from Monday 29 August to Friday 2 September 2016. It followed the Training Week 1 which had been delivered in April.

The programme for the week consists of a mixture of lectures and practical work on the related topics.

The first aim of the week was to provide an introduction to programming in Python, which is now the de facto programming language of choice in modern radio astronomy. Python is also interoperable with all contemporary radio interferometry software. The second aim of the week was to deliver more advanced training in radio interferometry techniques and more specialist applications, following on from the basic training in interferometry in Week 1.

The original aim was modified slightly, because many new participants attended Week 2 who had not been to Week 1. Parallel sessions were therefore run during the Wednesday, to provide a basic introduction to interferometry to those without previous experience, while discussing more advanced techniques of wide-field imaging.

The training was delivered by four personnel from UMAN. Dr. Neal Jackson (NJ) coordinated and delivered the course in Python in the first two days, as well as the parallel session on basic interferometry on the third day. Dr. Anna Scaife (AS) delivered the advanced material on wide-field imaging on the third day. Professor Keith Grainge (KG) and Dr. Rob Beswick (RB) jointly delivered the training on long-baseline and VLBI techniques on the fourth and fifth days.