Galaxy formation and evolution is at the forefront of modern astronomy research; new space and radio telescopes and sophisticated numerical modeling are challenging our views of galaxies young and old. The faculty and special invited speakers will present a comprehensive series of lectures and hands-on projects in the unique ambience of the Papal summer villa that promises to make this school an unforgettable experience!
During the course of the school, students will also present a short paper on their research or the research of their home institution.
During the four weeks of the school we will cover the following topics: Introduction to galaxies near and far; Basic properties of nearby galaxies - masses and star formation, gas content, stellar ages and galaxy evolution, numerical models; Distant galaxies as seen by HST - HST capabilities, results on galaxies; Distant galaxies as seen by EVLA & ALMA; The most distant galaxies & the Dark Ages - observations and models; Promise of low frequency radio arrays; Promise of JWST.
Field trips to visit sites of historical interest to astronomy will be included.
No formal course credits will be given, but certification of satisfactory completion of the course will be supplied.