Santander-Colombia Hosts ISYA 2018

The 41st International School for Young Astronomers. ISYA2018 will take place in Socorro, Santander-Colombia form July 8th to July 28th 2018. The school is organized by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (NASL) and by an alliance of Colombian universities: Los Andes, Antioquia, ECCI, Industrial Santander and Nacional.


The ISYA concept is a three-week international postgraduate school for regions where students have less opportunity to be directly exposed to the full extent of up-to-date astrophysics. In this edition it will be entirely computational/theoretical focussed on observational data processing and analysis techniques with archival data. We want to demonstrate how astronomy can be done in the XXI century with a limited direct access to observational facilities, which is often the situation across the countries in our region. The students will heavily use computational facilities of the Supercomputing Center of Universidad Industrial de Santander (SC3-UIS).

Learn more at the webpage of the school:




Viktor Ambartsumian International Science Prize is one of the important awards in astronomy/astrophysics and related sciences. It is being awarded to outstanding scientists having significant contribution in physical-mathematical sciences from any country and nationality. The Prize is being awarded once every two years since 2010. During 2010-2016 it was established by the Armenian Government as USD 500,000. At present it is USD 300,000.

To apply for the Prize, a work may be presented by an author or authors’ group (not more than 3 persons). The cash award is being equally shared between the winners, and a diploma, a medal and a certificate are being awarded to each winner. The winner(s) receive USD 200,000 as personal award and USD 100,000 is being used for research projects and foreign fellowships for Armenian scientists, organization of meetings in Armenia, and stipends for Armenian students (all under the supervision of the Prize winners).

Viktor Ambartsumian International Prize official webpage



Valeri Hambaryan

On January 7, 2018, the Armenian astrophysicist Dr. Valeri Hambaryan celebrates his 60th birthday.



He was born in 1958 in the village Satkha (Georgia). In 1971-1974 he studied at the Physical-Mathematical Special School in Yerevan. In 1979 he graduated from the Yerevan State University (YSU) Department of Physics with a specialization of Astrophysics and in the same year he started working at the Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory (BAO). In 1984-1988 he was a post-graduate student at BAO and in 1992 he defended his PhD thesis on Optical study of red dwarf stars under the supervision of Prof. L. V. Mirzoyan. In 1998, he left BAO as a senior research associate, moved to Germany and worked in Munich (Max-Planck Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik, 1998-1999 and 2006), Potsdam (Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam, 1999-2005, 2006-2007), and Jena (Astrophysikalisches Institut und Universitäts-Sternwarte, since 2007). Since 2017, he also is a scientific adviser at the Department of Astronomical Surveys in BAO.

Hambaryan’s research interests include physics and evolution of stars, Galactic structure, regions of star formation, T Tau type stars, flare stars, multiple stars, neutron stars, spectroscopy, photometry, timing analysis, and image processing. His recent research is related to X-ray studies of variable objects based on ROSAT, XMM-Newton, and Chandra space observatories data. He has published 145 scientific papers, including those in the world most prestigious astronomical journals. Since 1994 he is a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

He is married and has two daughters.

Valeri Hambaryan’s personal webpage is at