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The Art of Astrometry and Computation

Lund : 24-28 June 2024

 Lund Observatory invites scientists to join the MW-Gaia Doctoral Network 2024 meeting:

This workshop that will be held in Lund, Sweden, on the 24th and 28th of June 2024. This workshop will focus on Astrometry and computational problems related to Galactic dynamics using Gaia data. The workshop will consist of morning lectures and afternoon project work on the velocity dispersion of stars without the use of radial velocity data and the dynamical determination of masses and mass density.

Topics covered include: Newtonian gravitation and dynamics. Reference systems and units. Galactic coordinates. Astrometry and the determination of the distance, the motion and distribution. The HR-diagram and the stellar colours, luminosities and ages of stars. Stellar kinematics. Circular motions. The motion of the sun and the local velocity standard. The rotation curve, differential galactic rotation and Oort's constants. Force, potential, and Poisson’s equation. Non-circular motion in the galactic plane. The potential of the galaxy and galactic orbits. Statistical description of distributions and motions. The phase space, the collision free Boltzmann equation and Jeans's equations. Applications of the Jeans equations to dynamical determination of masses and mass density. 


The main meeting will begin at 09:00 on the 24th June and will be finished by 14:00 on the 28th June.

The students will give presentations of the research projects at the end of the meeting.

The Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebula comparing visible and NIR. Image NASA.
The Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebula comparing visible and NIR. Image NASA.

If you wish to attend the meeting please register before midnight May 1st at the very latest.

There is no charge to attend the meeting but lunch and dinner are not included.

The meeting is being held physically at Lund Observatory.


The full programme can be found here


The participants list can be found here

Local Information


You will need to arrange your own accommodation for the meeting. The meeting will be held in the north east of Lund at the Observatory which is a 15-20 minute walk from the centre.

Map of Lund

We recommend the two following local hotels:
Hotel Lundia: roughly a 20 minute walk from the Observatory.
Address: Knut Den Stores Torg 2, Lund
Tel. +46 46 280 65 00

Hotel Planetstaden: about a 25 minute walk from the Observatory. 
Address: Dalbyvägen 38, Lund
Phone: +46 46 280 01 00
Google maps show a larger number of hotels near the centre.

We encourage you to make your reservation at a hotel as soon as possible as they are often booked out!


Lund Central Station, or Lund C is the main railway station of Lund, Sweden. It is located on the Southern Main Line and the West Coast Line.

From the train station bus number 7 stops outside the the front (south side) of the observatory at the BMC stop.

Also from the train station tram line stops outside the back (north side) of the observatory at the LTH stop.

More information can be found here.