Doctoral School on numerical astrophysics

The evolution of Solar- and stellar systems


How to reach the Observatory / European Doctoral College

Motivations, objectives 

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 rem-nants, ..) 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 exo-planet astronomy.

Tools: 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 his/her laptop computer. Eduroam services are available everywhere on site.

Course material: an on-line textbook is available ;

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Requirements / registration

The school will be opened to PhD candidates of the ED-182 in Strasbourg; and those from other Post-Graduate programme or Universities with a let-ter of support from their supervisor. Basic knowledge of the Python programming language is required to attend. 

To register send an email (with letters if/when needed) to the organizers.

Programme outlook

The programme of lectures and practicals will be split in two-hour lectures (am) and 4-hour practicals including coaching, tests, and discussions around numerical integrators. The final programme is here .


ngc 1850 / ESO

ngc 6231 / Chandra

Orion nebulae / ALMA - IRAM

AS 209 / ALMA

Contacts :

Observatoire astronomique

11 rue de l’Université

Strasbourg 67000


+33 (0)3 68 85 24 10

Lecturers :

Simon Portegies Zwart


Wilhelm Kley (Tübingen)

Thomas Roemetsch (Tübingen)

Steven Rieder (Exeter)

Christian Boily (Strasbourg)

Pierre Maggi (Strasbourg)


Christian Boily

Thomas Keller

  1. S.Langenbacher

Thomas Lizée

Joe Lewis

Pierre-Antoine Oria

Timothé Roland

Accommodation :

External participants may contact the    European Doctoral School    in Strasbourg.

Registration fee :

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

Registered Participants: list

Strasbourg Observatory & European Doctoral College

9 - 13 December 2019