EDP Sciences and A&A EDP Sciences and A&A are glad to be partners for the
"Astronomy and Astrophysics Schools: Scientific Writing for Young Astronomers" since 2008!

The first two workshops took place in Blankenberge, Belgium.
The third workshop took place in Tihany, Hungary.
The fourth workshop took place in Puerto Varas, Chile.

Fourth SWYA - 19-22 April, 2016 - Puerto Varas, Chile

Fourth SWYA program (PDF)
Fourth SWYA
19-22 April, 2016 - Puerto Varas, Chile

A word of Patricio Rojo, the Director of the school:

From April 19 to 22, 2016, the beautiful town of Puerto Varas in Chile will host the fourth edition of the Scientific Writing School for Young Astronomers organized by the A&A journal and co-sponsored by Astronomy & Astrophysics, Sociedad Chilena de Astronomia (SOCHIAS) and EDP Sciences.

Experienced researchers, editors and language experts will be coming together to provide a hands-on experience for graduate students and early-career astronomers. Topics include effective and ethical science writing, visual communication, language editing, astronomy libraries and databases, and the publication process.

In order to provide a personalized experience, registration will be limited to 40 participants who, after registration, need only to take care of travel expenses.

Third SWYA - 24-28 August 2014 - Tihany, Hungary

Third SWYA program (PDF)
Third SWYA
24-28 August 2014 - Tihany, Hungary

Comments from third SWYA students

I liked the most Effective Sciences writing because we have clear practice in small groups

I liked the most Friendly approach and professional help

It was structural, methodical and pedagogical

I think [A&A] is a nice journal that cares about young astronomers and gives them a first chance to enter in the community

Really, I’d like to thank all of the organizers for the work they did, and also for the opportunity to be here

Peaceful place

A&A is a journal where astronomers publish their papers. I am impressed how big editorial work the A&A team does to improve the papers and help the scientists

It is a journal with a lot of publishing quality papers. I was impressed on the editors contributions to the papers to ensure it was as good as possible

it is a major international journal in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Thanks to the referee process, the articles are always of high quality. It is really appreciated by the scientific community

It's a very good place to publish papers, all phases of submitting articles are very professional and useful for next publishing process


Joli Adams

Joli Adams

English-language editor at Astronomy & Astrophysics since 2005, she graduated from Cornell University and UCLA, taught English language, literature, writing in French international lycées and colleges, and edited English articles in Europe since 1983.

Joao Alves

João Alves

Astronomer investigating how stars and planets came to be. He uses near-infrared and radio techniques on large telescopes to map the structure of dark clouds and study their densest regions, the stellar embryos. He also has an interest in the development of life in the Universe. Joao Alves is Letters Editor-in-Chief of Astronomy & Astrophysics and he is Professor of Stellar Astrophysics at University of Vienna

Claude Bertout

Claude Bertout

Former editor in Chief of Astronomy & Astrophysics. He is a spectroscopist of young stars and pre-main sequence stars, and a specialist in star formation in young clusters.

Laurent Cambresy

Laurent Cambresy

Astronomer at the Centre de Données Astronomiques de Strasbourg (CDS). He provides science expertise for SIMBAD and VizieR databases. His main research topics are interstellar medium and star formation in nearby molecular clouds.

Thierry Forveille

Thierry Forveille

Astronomer at the Observatoire de Grenoble and the editor in chief of Astronomy & Astrophysics. His main field of current research is observational studies of brown dwarfs and extrasolar planets.

Uta Grothkopf

Uta Grothkopf

Head librarian of the ESO Library in Garching near Munich, Germany. The library fulfills the information needs of ESO astronomers and engineers and develops digital services to give greater access to scientific content. The library also maintains the Telescope Bibliography, a database of refereed articles that uses ESO data and provides ESO Management with bibliometric statistics derived from this database.

Agnès Henri

Agnès Henri

Publishing Director of EDP Sciences, the publisher of Astronomy & Astrophysics. She has a PhD in Physics from the University Paris-Diderot (Paris VII) and worked in EDP Sciences since 1995.
Located in Paris and in Les Ulis (Paris’ suburb), the group EDP Sciences has almost a century’s experience in publishing journals, books and magazines. EDP Sciences is a mission-driven publisher, owned by learned societies - committed to facilitating and spreading scientific progress. We pursue openness, collaboration, quality and integrity through our business practices.

Helenka Kinnan

Helenka Kinnan

A language editor at A&A since 2012. She has a B.A. from Columbia University and a M.A. from its Teachers College. Originally from New York, she has lived in Rome for many years. She has taught EFL for over 20 years and worked on bilingual scientific editing for the Italian Encyclopedia.

Laszlo Kiss

László Kiss

Astronomer and research professor at the Konkoly Observatory of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Budapest, Hungary). His main field of research is observational studies of stellar oscillations and interacting binary stars, applications of ultraprecise space photometry on exoplanets, and theoretical investigations into the detection of exomoons. He also teaches at the Eötvös University in Budapest.

Birgitta Nordstrom

Birgitta Nordstrom

Astronomer studying the formation and evolution of the Milky Way Galaxy. She uses high resolution spectroscopy to study the abundances, motions, and ages of the oldest and most metal poor stars. She is chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Journal Astronomy & Astrophysics and Assoc. Professor at the Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen University, Denmark.

Astrid Peter

Astrid Peter

A language editor at A&A since 2009 and a freelance translator and editor for German and English scientific texts and novels. She holds a Masters degree in English from the Georg August University in Göttingen and a diploma from the Berlin Journalistenschule. She studied in St. Andrews, Scotland, and Göttingen, Germany, and lived in Boulder, Colorado for several years.

Steve Shore

Steve Shore

An associate editor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, professor of astrophysics in the Department of Physics "Enrico Fermi" of the University of Pisa, and an associate of the INFN-Pisa and INAF-Arcetri. His principal areas of interest are theoretical and observational: hydrodynamics - especially turbulent processes, spectroscopy and radiative transfer, and recently high energy (GeV,TeV) and gravitational wave astronomy.

Second SWYA - 18-20 May 2009 - Blankenberge, Belgium

Second SWYA
18-20 May 2009 - Blankenberge, Belgium

Comments from second SWYA students

To learn how a paper is peer-reviewed was very interesting because it explains the time needed to publish a paper. It also shows the quality of the papers in A&A. These information will be very useful in my work. The school was perfect, very interesting, very useful and nicely organized. Just continue to organize this school because for young astronomers, it's perfect.

Many things will be used immediately. The facilities were excellent. The school demystifies manuscripts (published papers), brings together students from all fields, gives knowledges for the future. Make sure to keep it running. Thank you!

The school is important for the future preparation of manuscripts, important to improve as an author, important to see and to know the point of view from the editors and referees.

First SWYA - 19-21 May 2008 - Blankenberge, Belgium

First SWYA
19-21 May 2008 - Blankenberge, Belgium

Comments from first SWYA students

… SWYA school was a well arranged and for me was very useful, instructive and also it was really fun...
I do not know how can I thank all the people who organized and attended this school …

… I really liked the school and the discussions stimulated! I believe the lectures and the organization were very well taken care of, thus many thanks to all the people involved for this wonderful experience! …

… I have to admit that this school was amazing and very informative.
The discussed subjects are very crucial in a PhD student's life …