Multiwavelength Star Formation Studies
Nordic astronomy covers most scientific and technical disciplines, but because each community is relatively small, each has tended to specialise in a few key topics with strong interest and expertise, rather different from country to country.
Today, the scientific frontier moves increasingly towards multi-wavelength astronomy, where data from X- and gamma-rays through optical and infrared wavelengths to the radio domain are needed to fully understand the physical phenomena in the Universe.
The historical separation of research groups and topics in Nordic astronomy then becomes an impediment to the formation of strong, versatile Nordic research teams in the future, when a full range of multi-wavelength facilities will be available through the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the European Space Agency (ESA).
The Nordic Optical Telescope Scientific Association and the Onsala Space Observatory, Sweden, with support by NordForsk, have therefore taken a joint initiative to promote Nordic multi-wavelength astronomy, especially at the training level.
The strategy is to organise Nordic PhD-level training courses on suitable topics, combining lectures by international specialists on both theoretical and technical topics with own observations at optical/infrared and radio telescopes in hands-on research projects.
The aim is to foster a new generation of astronomers, who will both be comfortable with the research tools of tomorrow and have the personal contacts to form strong teams in the future.