The CRAQ Summer School on Space Astronomy

The Centre for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec (CRAQ) is announcing its annual Summer School, which will be held on July 24-26, 2023 at Campus MIL of Université de Montréal, Montréal, Quebec.

This year’s topic will focus on space astronomy. This 3-day school will introduce the status of current Canadian capacity in Space Astronomy across the electromagnetic spectrum, how to access and use various facilities as well as classes on mission development and operations.

The CRAQ Summer School is principally aimed at graduate students in the field of physics, astronomy, and astrophysics, although students who have completed an undergraduate program in physics will also be considered.


Topics & instructors:

  • From MOST to POET, development of Microsatellites in Canada – Jason Rowe (U. Bishop’s)
  • CSA Satellite Operations and the Near-Earth Object Surveillance Satellite (NEOSSat) – Viqar Abbasi (Canadian Space Agency)
  • NEOSSAT Space Surveillance – Earth Orbit and Solar System Monitoring – Stefan Thorsteinson (Defence Research and Development Canada)
  • An Introduction to Stratospheric Balloon-borne Astrophysics – Laura Fissel (Queen’s University)
  • XRISM : a new generation X-ray telescope to be launched in 2023 – Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo 
(Université de Montréal)
  • Unregulated satellite megaconstellations are ruining the night sky for everyone – Sam Lawler (University of Regina)
  • Space instrumentation development, bridging the gap between ideas and great discoveries Anne-Sophie Poulin Girard (ABB)
  • BRITE-Constellation: Space photometry of the brightest stars – Catherine Lovekin (Mount Allison University)
  • Le télescope spatial James Webb – Loïc Albert, René Doyon, Nathalie Ouellette (U. de Montréal)
  • Detecting Gravitational Waves in/from Space: The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna – John Ruan (Bishop’s University)
  • CASTOR: Getting Ready for Canada’s First Flagship Space Telescope Tyrone Woods (University of Manitoba)
  • Workshop – Biases : everybody has some – Anne-Sophie Poulin-Girard


Registration is CLOSE.

There is no registration fee. However, we will not offer traveling funds or cover lodging expenses.

The Centre for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec promotes employment diversity, inclusion and equity. We encourage applications from women, visible and ethnic minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. We will consider providing travel funds for individuals from these communities if they cannot attend the summer school otherwise. Please contact us using the email address below.


Affordable rooms are available in the ZUM residences at the University of Montreal. You can reserve online here. You can also reserve by phone at 514-343-8009 and mention the name of the event.

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About the CRAQ

The Centre for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec is a partnership between the Université de Montréal, McGill University, the Université Laval, Bishop’s University, the Cégep de Sherbrooke, and the Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne. The CRAQ brings together all researchers working in the field of astronomy and astrophysics of these institutions, as well as other collaborators from the Canadian Space Agency and the private sector (Photon etc., ABB Bomem Inc., Nüvü Caméras). The CRAQ is funded through the program Regroupements stratégiques of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQ-NT). The CRAQ constitutes a unique grouping of researchers in astrophysics in Québec bent on excellence and whose varying and complementary fields of expertise allows them to be innovative, creative and competitive in several scientific fields, thus offering graduate students a wide variety of subjects in both fundamental and applied fields of research.