The First IOTA/ME Astronomical Winter School (2013)
The first IOTA/ME astronomical winter school held by IOTA/ME in cooperation with Iranian Space Agency was from 7-9th of March, 2013. The place of the astronomy academy was the Iran space agency observatory, Mahdasht, Iran. Thirteen participants from different cities of Iran joined this 3 days event. In this course the lectures were given by Atila Poro (president of IOTA-ME), Koorosh Rokni (astronomy expert of Iran apace agency) and Somayeh Zahabi (Ms. of astrophysics, a member of IOTA/ME academic group).
During this course the participants received hands-on training to work with a 16 inch telescope and a CCD SBIG 1000M. Additionally they carried out two successful small projects.
From now on, the astronomy academy course by IOTA/ME would be held twice per year, in winter and summer, to provide the opportunity for interested people both to learn how to work with astronomical devices and to learn how to conduct a small scientific astronomical project.