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First Arab Winter School for Astrophysics

Nov. 28 – Dec. 3, 2016


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Scientific Program



First Arab Winter School for Astrophysics

Nov. 28 – Dec. 3, 2016

Cadi Ayyad University
Marrakesh, Morocco

We are pleased to announce the First Arab Winter School for Astrophysics (FAWSA) that will take place in Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakesh, Morocco from Monday, November 28th to Saturday, December 3th, 2016.
FAWSA is supported by the Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) of the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Through a grant to the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in collaboration with Cadi Ayyad University. FAWSA will provide a platform for astrophysics knowledge sharing, triggering collaborations between fellow Arab astrophysicists, and building a strong professional Arab community in the field.

The scope of this winter school covers the following fields:
  • Solar System and Exoplanets
  • Solar Physics
  • Galactic Astronomy: Stars, Stellar Clusters, Nebulae, SNR and ISM
  • Extragalactic Astronomy: Galaxy Formation and Evolution, and Cosmology
  • Observational Astronomy: HRA, Adaptive Optics, Site Testing.
  • Meteoritics and Impact cratering: Meteorites and Impact craters in Arabic countries
  • Technical Tools: Python, IDL, Iraf, and Remote Observatory


Scientific Program :

Scientific Program

Subject matters covered and Speakers :

General Lectures : Tools :
  • Image Processing (Zouhair Benkhaldoun & Ahmed Daassou)
  • CCD Imaging, Photometry, and Astrometry ( Ahmed Daassou)
  • CCD Imaging Spectroscopy (Abdelmajid Benhida & Fouad Sefyani)
  • IRAF, IDL, Python (Ismael Moumen & Ahmed Daassou)
  • Writing a Scientific Paper (Raid Suleiman )
  • Virtual Observatories (Abdelmajid Benhida & Thibault De France)
Public Conferences :
  • Arab Astronomy Heritage ( Zine Al Abidine Al-Houssaini )
  • Light Pollution and Dark Sky Reserve (Martin Aubé)
  • Science at the Universities of the Arabic World (Nidhal Guessoum)

Book of Abstract :

Scientific Program

Important deadlines:
Pre-registration: 15 June 2016
Online Registration: 30 July 2016

FAWSA will be held at Cadi Ayyad UniversityMarrakeshMorocco

Faculty of Sciences Semlalia of University Cadi Ayyad of Marrakech

Boulevard Prince My Abdellah
B.P. 2390 | 40000 Marrakech | Maroc
Tel. : +212 (0)5 24 43 46 49
Fax. : +212 (0)5 24 43 67 69

University Cadi Ayyad Club

Address :
Club de l' Université Cady Ayyad,
Boulevard Al Kouliyate, Amerchiche, Marrakech.
Tel : 212 (0)5 24 31 05 66

Hôtel Tichka Marrakech

Address : Semlalia BP 894, Route de Casablanca, Marrakech.
Tél: +212 (0)5 24 44 87 10 - Fax : +212 (0)5 24 43 61 19

Map of Marrakech :

Satellite Map of Marrakech

All on desk registrations will take place on Sunday 27 November 2016 from 15:00 to 19:00 at the University Club.
Classes will be held at amphitheater 10 , Faculty of Sciences Semlalia , University Cadi Ayyad of Marrakech.
Accommodation is provided on two sites: Tichka hotel, with which the organizing committee has negotiated special rates and University Club.

Financial Support:
We will be able to provide a full or partial financial support for a number of selected participants (depending on the funds). Therefore, all applicants are encouraged to ask for the support in the case that they (or their universities) cannot fund their participation. Full financial support for 15 students from the Arab countries (with 1 student/country) will be available; a limited number of partial supports will also be available. The financial support is assigned based on the financial need and scientific merit of the candidates.
In order to qualify for financial support, the applicant must provide and submit the following information by 5 July, 2016 :

  • A cover letter
  • Your comprehensive CV
  • Two signed recommendation letters (to be sent directly by the person who recommends you to this address: fawsa@ar-as.org)
  • A Short motivation statement (explain why it's important for you to attend FAWSA and briefly state your expectations from this summer school)

The winter school fee is 300 EUR per participant. The fee covers registration, lodging at University Club House, school material, lunches and coffee breaks during the winter school days, shuttle bus services, and a trip to the Oukaimeden observatory. The fee does not cover, telecommunications usage, private transport, or any other personal expenses. Registration will not be confirmed until payment is received.

Official Diner:
A financial contribution of 30 Euros will be requested from participants who wish to participate in this Gala Dinner.

Oukaimeden Observatory Visit:
A participation fee of 20 euros will also be requested for those who register for this visit.

Check the following website for VISA requirements to enter Morocco
Entry to Morocco

International Committee :

Zouhair Benkhaldoun : Oukaimeden Observatory, Cadi Ayyad University, Morocco
Raid Suleiman : Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, United States of America
Randa Asa’d : American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Ismaël Moumen : Université Laval / Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, Canada
Suleiman Baraka : UNESCO chair-holder in Astronomy, Palestine
Hassan Darhmaoui : Al-Akhawyn University, Morocco
Youssef El Azhari : Moroccan National Centre of Pedagogical Innovation, Morocco

Local Committee :

Zouhair Benkhaldoun : Oukaimeden Observatory, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech
Youssef El Azhari : Moroccan National Centre of Pedagogical Innovation, Marrakech
Mohamed Chabab : LPHEA UCA, Marrakech
Aziza Bounhir : FST, UCA, Marrakech
Abdelmjid Benhida : FST UCA, Marrakech
Fouad SEFYANI : FST UCA, Marrakech
Abdelhadi Jabiri : FSSM, UCA, Marrakech
Mohamed Lazrek : FSSM, UCA, Marrakech
Ahmed Daassou : Observatoire Universitaire Cadi Ayyad, UCA, Marrakech
Thami El halkouj : LPHEA/CRMFE, Marrakech
Tarik Khalla : FSSM, UCA, Marrakech
Mohamed Younes Jamjari : 3AM Marrakech

Prof. Zouhair Benkhaldoun at zouhair@uca.ma
Dr. Raid Suleiman rsuleiman@cfa.harvard.edu

Oukaimeden Observatory


OISA (Okaimeden International School of Astrophysics) , is a seasonal doctoral school.It has been proposed by the High Energy Physics and Astrophysics Laboratory (LPHEA), and adopted by the Oukaimeden Observatory Council.
OISA Past Editions :
- OISA 2007
- OISA 2009
- OISA 2011
- OISA 2013
- OISA 2014


Registration is now closed




Prof. Zouhair Benkhaldoun at zouhair@uca.ma
Dr. Raid Suleiman at rsuleiman@cfa.harvard.edu
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