Fermi Summer School 2018

Cape Henlopen State Park near Lewes, Delaware

Fermi at 10 Years!

This year the Fermi Summer School will explore Fermi's deepening view of the gamma-ray sky as the mission approaches its 10-year anniversary. In addition to exploring underlying physics, models, and observational techniques used to study gamma rays in the near and far Universe, we will look at the increasingly vital role that Fermi plays in multimessenger astrophysics and the anticipated role of gamma-ray observations in the future. The deepening mystery of the origins of astrophysical neutrinos and the detection of the first gamma-ray counterpart accompanying a gravitational wave detection from a neutron star binary, highlight several unique contributions that gamma-ray observations make to identifying and understanding sites of extreme astrophysics.

The Fermi Summer School emphasizes the analysis of data from the Fermi instruments through lectures and hands-on workshops. Students spend time working directly with experts in instrumentation, analysis, theory and modeling to develop and extend their own research projects. Topics cover much of the gamma-ray band ranging from keV-MeV transients seen with Fermi's GBM to the highest energies observed by the LAT and the very high energies observed by ground-based gamma-ray telescopes. This year's school will be held at the University of Delaware Conference Center in Lewes, Delaware, from May 29 to June 8th, 2018.

Summer School 2017

Find information about last year's school at: https://fermi.gsfc.nasa.gov/science/mtgs/summerschool/2017/

Material will be aimed at graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. Topics will include particle acceleration and gamma-ray production mechanisms; space-based and ground-based gamma-ray instrumentation; spectral, spatial, and time-based analysis of gamma-ray data; modeling and interpretation of gamma-ray data; and astrophysical source classes such as AGN, GRBs, Galactic pulsars and binary systems, supernova remnants, and pulsar wind nebulae as well as searches for dark matter and new physics.

Yajie Yuan lecturing at the Virden Center Facility in 2017

Important Dates


Details will be announced soon. The formal program includes 10 days of lectures and hands-on sessions. One day is left free for excursions.

Application Information

To apply, complete one of the provided templates and send to fermischool@bigbang.gsfc.nasa.gov.

Attendance Fee:

An attendance fee of $1000 USD covers lodging for the nights of Monday, May 28, through Thursday, June 7, and includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks for 10 days of the formal program. Payment details will be provided to accepted applicants.