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Distances in the Universe





ESO (European Southern Observatory) organizes every year an astronomical camp in the Aosta Valley (Italy). These stays are aimed at encouraging astronomical vocations and are adapted to the general framework of teaching: bilingualism, promotion of science education and values education (effort, companionship, creativity, etc.)

This year the camp will explore the theme of the distances in the universe via several astronomical sessions, including lectures, hands-on activities, and night-time observations with the telescopes of the Observatory, alongside various social activities, winter sports and excursions.


Camp, from 26 December 2017 to 1 January 2018.

Registration: until 11 October 2018

Web and registration form


The camp is open to a maximum of 56 secondary school students aged 16-18 (born in 1999, 2000 and 2001) from the ESO Member States* and additional ESO Science Outreach Network Countries (ESON)**.

A number of places will be available to students from other countries, however they will not be eligible to receive bursaries. The working language of the camp will be English. Participants of previous editions can apply, but priority will be given to new applicants.


Applicants shall fill a form at the web of the camp and upload a 3 minutes-long video. The video shall be considered as a short presentation to show the applicant's interest to participate to the astronomy camp. The video should be in English on the theme "I would like to invent/discover... because"


The camp fee is 500 euro. The fee includes full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch, dinner) at the hostel of Saint-Barthelemy, supervision by professional staff, all the astronomical and leisure activities, material, excursions, internal transports, transport from Milan Malpensa airport to the Observatory and return (private bus) and insurance.


  • ESO Grant: The applicant with the best entry for participation at the incontestable discretion of the organisers will win a free trip sponsored by ESO (the complete cost of the camp and transportation to the camp)
  • SEA Grant: The "Spanish Society of Astronomy" offers a grant to a Spanish student, covering the travel, the cost of campus and stay.


Registrations will close on 11 October. Winners of the financial support and general acceptance will be communicated by 23 October. The final registration is due by 30 October.

Further information informaciķn:

Web of the ESO Camps

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