Workshop 2023

Workshop on Observational Techniques

21 August – 1 September 2023 at Ondřejov observatory


The Stellar Physics Department at ASU in collaboration with the Stellar Astrophysics Group at Potsdam University in Germany is going to organize second international Observational Techniques Workshop 2023 from Monday August 21 to Friday September 1, 2023 at the observatory in Ondřejov.

The workshop consists of lectures and practical exercises, and aims at teaching the students how to prepare and conduct an observing run, how to select targets using data-mining techniques, and how to process and analyze photometric and spectroscopic data. The students will have an opportunity to learn how to observe with the echelle spectrograph OES at the Perek telescope and how to perform photometric observation at the Perek 2-m and Mayer 65-cm telescopes in Ondřejov. Besides gaining unique expertise in observational astrophysics, students will also have the opportunity to significantly contribute to a specific ongoing science projects (TBD).

The workshop is open to interested students from the Stellar Astrophysics Group at Potsdam University in Germany, from the Department of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics at Masaryk University in Brno (course F9146 Observational techniques), and from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University in Prague (course NAST018 Special practicum II).

More information about the last Workshop 2022 can be found here.


Registration to the workshop should be done by sending an e-mail to with following information:

  • First, Middle, & Last Name
  • Gender
  • University and Department
  • Career status (bachelor, MSc, or PhD student)
  • Level of Linux and IRAF usage knowledge.

Due to the accommodation capacity and the format of the workshop, the number of participants will be limited.

There is no registration fee.

Registration is open until June 30, 2023.


All participants of the workshop will be accommodated at the Ondřejov observatory for free of charged.


Due to limited accommodation capacity only 14 students will be accepted to participate the workshop.


Scientific Organizing Committee (SOC)

  • Prof. Stephan Geier
  • Dr. Matti Dorsch
  • Dr. Brankica Kubátová

Local Organizing Committee (LOC)

  • Dr. Brankica Kubátová (chair)
  • Dr. Tiina Liimets
  • M.Sc. Mauricio Cabezas
  • Doc. Jiří Kubát


  • Prof. Stephan Geier (Potsdam University)
  • M.Sc. Matti Dorsch (PhD student, Potsdam University)
  • M.Sc. Mauricio Cabezas (PhD student, Astronomical Institute AS CR)
  • Dr. Petr Škoda (Astronomical Institute AS CR)
  • M.Sc. Harry Dawson (PhD student, Potsdam University)
  • M.Sc. Max Pritzkuleit (PhD student, Potsdam University)
  • M.Sc. Rick Culpan (PhD student, Potsdam University)

Observer Support at the Telescopes

  • Dr. Miroslav Šlechta (Astronomical Institute AS CR)
  • Jiří Srba (Astronomical Institute AS CR)
  • Mgr. Jan Kára (PhD student, Charles University in Prague)

Technical support and software installation

  • Roman Vesely (Astronomical Institute AS CR)
  • Jiří Srba (Astronomical Institute AS CR)



Venue & Travel  information

The Institute is located in village Ondřejov 30 km south-east of Prague city limits near the highway D1. It can be reached by car, by bus or you can take train and walk the rest. Ondřejov and the surrounding countryside is also a popular target for bicycle trips.

Fly to Prague Airport and arrange for someone to pick you up and drive you to the Institute. This is far the best option. A cab would cost you about 80 EUR. If you prefer public transport on your own, be prepared for another two hours of traveling. Take bus 119 outside the airport terminal, go to Nádraží Veleslavín and change for metro line A there. Continue by metro to Háje changing to line C at Muzeum and then use bus route 383 (timetable).

Traveling by car, take exit 21 on D1 highway Praha–Brno (direction Benešov). Right after the highway exit take a turn, enter village Mirošovice and head for Mnichovice. Continue about 4 kilometres and turn right in Mnichovice towards Ondřejov, where at the beginning of the village (by a sawmill) you will see a sign pointing left to the Institute.

Ondřejov is served by two ROPID (Prague local transport authority) bus routes. Route 383 (timetable) goes from Prague and starts at Háje station (metro line C terminus). The ride takes approx. 60 minutes. Alternatively, you can take train to Strančice and change to bus route 490 there (25 min; timetable).

Trains from Prague main railway station stop at Strančice from where you can take bus 490, or get off at Mirošovice or Senohraby and have a pleasant walk (5 km; follow tourist marking).


For all further information please contact the Local Organizing Committee at the following email address: