ZTF Summer School 2022

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The 2022 edition of the ZTF summer school will be hybrid with in-person and virtual attendance possible. The school will take place on July 25-29 at the University of Minnesota, USA. This year's theme is multi-messenger astrophysics. We expect to accommodate about 40 in-person participants and an equal number of online attendees. Students who plan to attend in-person should be able to cover the cost of their travel and accommodation during the school.

The ZTF summer school is designed to provide young astronomers (graduate level and above) with hands-on experience and training in data processing of ZTF and other transient survey data using modern data science techniques such as Bayesian inference, time-series analysis, and machine learning. During the school, students will use Python Jupyter notebooks and work on multiple assignments under the guidance of experts in the field.


Applications for the school will be accepted between April 1st and May 31. To apply for the school, you will need to fill a registration form and submit it along with:

  • A motivation letter outlining (1) your motivation to join the school, (2) your background and experience with astronomy research, and (3) how the school will benefit your future research work.
  • A recommendation letter from an adviser or otherwise someone who can speak to your experience and potential
  • Complete a Python assignment. Download this zip file which contains both the assignment and the data file you need to complete it. When finished, upload a PDF file along with the rest of the material in your application.

We suggest that you prepare your documents first, then return here and click on the Submit an Application button below. Note that in order to upload files into the registration form, you will be asked to sign into your Google account.

Note that participants of any of the former ZTF summer schools are eligible and welcome to apply again.

Selected applicants will be invited in early June.


The program for the school will be posted in June.


The school is hosted by our ZTF partner institution the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. The school sessions will take place on campus. Participants who are attending the school in person, need to arrange for their accommodation. Two options within walking distance from the campus are the Graduate Minneapolis and Days Hotel .


The lead organizer of the ZTF summer schools is Michael Coughlin at the University of Minnesota. He is assisted by members of the ZTF partnership.

  • Matthew Graham - ZTF Project Scientist (Caltech)
  • Iva Kostadinova - ZTF Program Coordinator (Caltech)


If you have questions, please get in touch with us at ztf dot summer dot school @ gmail.com