Objectives of the School

Contemporary astrophysics is unthinkable without numerical simulations. Applications range from in-depth studies of individual physical processes, like particle acceleration in magnetic reconnection, to scrutinizing the multi-physics nature of an object class, for example the relative role of gravity, hydrodynamics, radiation, chemistry, and magnetic fields for molecular clouds and star formation. This wide physical interest, together with ever advancing compute architectures, entails an equally wide range of numerical and computational techniques.

The school aims at promoting this broad, multi-physics, multi-technique perspective. It will survey numerical techniques for different physics, illustrate their combination, address their implementation on high performance compute platforms, and exemplify strengths and limitations of individual and combined approaches. The goal of the school is to broaden the participants' knowledge on multi-physics modeling in astrophysics and to sharpen their awareness of pitfalls when physically interpretation corresponding simulation data.



Form of the School

The school will be driven by real science applications, along several topics as listed in the table on the right side of this page. In the first few days, participants will have the opportunity to present their projects in form of a poster or a limited number of oral presentations. Associated questions they may discuss with the lecturers throughout the school, corresponding room will be given. There will also be room to solve (numerical) exercises prepared by the lecturers. 

Level of the School

Target audience are advanced PhD students and early Post Docs.

Admission to the School

All PhD students and post-docs can apply for attendance of the School.

For application (see below), you have to register. In addition, we request that you submit an application in form of a one page letter containing a short CV, a description of your research project and a reasoning why you would like to attend the School. As the number of participants is limited to about 60 students, a scientific committee will make a selection based on this application letter.

The deadline for applications is March 20, 2016.

Confirmation of attendance will be given by March 31, 2016.



  • Rolf Walder, Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon (CRAL), ENS-Lyon, France
  • Ralf Everaers, Centre Blaise Pascal (CBP), ENS Lyon, France


  • Dinshaw Balsara, University of Notre Dame, USA
  • Frédéric Bournaud, CEA, France
  • Benoît Commerçon, ENS-Lyon, France
  • Doris Folini, ENS-Lyon, France
  • Charles Gammie, University of Illinois, USA
  • Jean M. Favre, CSCS Lugano, Switzerland
  • Giovanni Lapenta, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Émmanuel Quéméner, ENS-Lyon, France

See more details in the Lecturer Page.

Astrophysical Subjects

  • Accretion to Compact Objects
  • Dynamics of Galaxies
  • Dynamics of the Interstellar Medium
  • Star formation
  • Stellar Structure
  • Kinetics of Astrophysical Plasmas
  • Particle Acceleration
  • Turbulence

Numerical Techniques

  • Newtonian and Relativistic Fluid Dynamics
  • Radiative Transfer
  • Particle in Cell and Vlasov Solvers for Plasmas
  • Vlasov Solvers for Gravitational Systems
  • Adaptive Meshes

Visualization and Programming

  • Visualization Techniques & Tools
  • In Situ and Remote Visualization
  • Data Analysis
  • Parallel Programming (Mpi/OpenMp/GPU)
  • Machine Architecture

Student contributions

  • Presentation of Student Projects: Oral and/or Posters
  • Excercises in all above topics and subjects
  • Free Discussion Panels with Lecturers
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