From November 22 to 26, IRAM received the participants of its fourth mm interferometry school. A total of 55 researchers, working in ten different countries mostly as PhD students or postdoctoral associates, came to the Grenoble headquarters and attended 21 lectures, given both by invited speakers and IRAM staff members. The lectures are already available on the IRAM web pages (http://www.iram.fr/IRAMFR/IS/presentations.html).
Tutorials helped the students to become familiar with the calibration and imaging of mm interferometer data from the Plateau de Bure observatory. Thanks to guided tours of the IRAM laboratories, they received an impression of the technical work done in Grenoble.
Four young radio astronomers, some of them attendees of one of the previous mm interferometry schools, presented their projects at the Plateau de Bure interferometer, reaching from solar system science to gravitational lenses. 16 participants showed posters on their work at the cutting edge of modern astronomy.
We hope that the school will encourage the school's participants to use mm-wave interferometry for their scientific projects.
The mm interferometry school in Grenoble and the mm observing school organized by IRAM Granada, are an ongoing effort to offer hands-on courses to prepare both young and established scientists to use the IRAM telescopes, and to form an active community of future ALMA users.