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Astronomical research experience in German institutions. Areg Mickaelian Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory (BAO) DAAD seminar Yerevan, 14.12.2010. Outline.

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astronomical research experience in german institutions
Astronomical research experience in German institutions

Areg Mickaelian

Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory (BAO)

DAAD seminar

Yerevan, 14.12.2010



Astronomy in ArmeniaAstronomy in GermanyGerman-Armenian collaboration in astronomyCollaborative research projectsVirtual ObservatoriesInternational and German foundationsOrganization of meetingsSummer schools for young astronomers


Astronomy in Armenia

Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory (BAO). Since 1946, 50 researchers, 6 groups, 2.6m, 1m Schmidt telescopes Yerevan State University (YSU), Dept of Physics, Chair of Astrophysics (General Phys. and Astrophys.). Since 1944Yerevan Physics Institute (YerPhI). Cosmology, Cosmic RaysGarni Space Astronomy Institute (Galaxy). HESS mirrorsArmenian Astronomical Society (ArAS). Since 1999, Annual Meetings, e-Newsletters, ArAS PrizeIsaac Newton Institute (INI) Armenian Branch. Since 2000Astronomical Education: Secondary and special schools, Astronomical Olympiads

byurakan astrophysical observatory
Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory

Founded in: 1946

Longitude: 2h57m10s E

Latitude: 4020'07" N

Altitude: 1405 m

Address: Byurakan 378433, Aragatzotn province, Republic of Armenia

Web page:

Telephone: (374-91) 195901



International participation

IAU: 22 members from Armenia; V.A. Ambartsumian: IAU President in 1961-1964, Vice-President in 1948-1955, presidents and members of Commissions, working groups, meetings SOC and LOCEAS: ArAS affiliated society, 22 members from Armenia; SREAC EC memberEAAS: 10 members from Armenia, EC, IB and STC membersIVOA: ArVO, Executive Council memberUNESCO Astronomy and World HeritageInternational societies: membership (AAS, ASP, EPS, Euroscience), ITHEA, etc.Collaboration (~100 scientists from 21 countries: France, USA, Russia, Germany, Italy, etc.; PICS, GAC, IAC), meetings, schools, seminars, grants, prizes, etc.

astronomy in germany
Astronomy in Germany


>14,300 staff members, including 5,510 scientists and 7,700 Ph.D. students, post-docs, and student assistants; 80 research institutes

Hamburger Sternwarte

AIP, Potsdam

AstronomischeGesellschaft (AG)

Participation in ESO (based in Garching), ESA

CAHA, Calar Alto, Spain: large telescopes

GAVO, Euro-VO, Garching

Participation in international organizations

first contacts

First contacts

Meeting in Preston, UK, Aug 2000; Dieter Engels and Franz-Josef Zickgraf

Invited seminar, MPIfR, Bonn, Sep 2000; Eugene Preus, Tigran Arshakian

IAU Col. #184 in Byurakan, Armenia, June 2001 (German Embassy was a sponsor); Wolfgang Voges et al.

research subjects and results

Research subjects and results

Optical identifications of X-ray sources

Study of ROSAT selected Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN)

Digitized First Byurakan Survey (DFBS)

X-ray properties of FBS late-type stars

Statistical properties of bright Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN)

Infrared galaxies, Spitzer Space Telescope sources

Herschel Space Observatory projects

BHRC – Byurakan-Hamburg ROSAT Catalog

Papers in Astronomy & Astrophysics (A&A), Astrophysics (Ap)

Students involved

Byurakan International Summer Schools


International/German Science Foundations

EU FP7 projectsDFG (research visits)DAAD (3 research visits, Byurakan summer schools)ESOEuro-VOUniversity/institutions funds for international collaborationGerman scientistsHS: Dieter Engels, Franz-Josef Zickgraf, Hans HagenMPE: Wolfgang VogesMPIfR: Tigran ArshakianAIP: Lutz WisotzkiEuro-VO: Paolo Padovani, EvanthiaHatziminaoglu

byurakan international summer schools

Byurakan International Summer Schools

First Byurakan International Summer School, 2006:

Lecturers: Dieter Engels

Second Byurakan International Summer School, 2008:

Lecturers: Dieter Engels, Tigran Arshakian

Students: Lars Buntemeyer, Felix Bunzel

Third Byurakan International Summer School, 2010,

combined with the 32nd International School for Young Astronomers (ISYA-2010):

Lecturers: Dieter Engels, Tigran Arshakian, Lutz Wisotzki

Students:Sebastian Dietz, Martin Gaetgens, Johannes Kleiner, Fabian Koehlinger, Natalia Lewandowska, Alexander Muller

Sponsored by DAAD