ZTF Summer School 2023

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The 2023 is the last edition of the ZTF summer school. This year, we continue with the same successful hybrid format, with both in-person and virtual attendance possible. We expect to accept up to 40 in-person and 40 online participants. The school will take place on July 24-28 and will be hosted by the University of Minnesota, USA.

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.This year's theme is transients.


Materials from the ZTF summer school are made freely available to students and educators. You can watch recordings of the lectures on Youtube and download the Python notebooks from Github.


Watch Lectures Download Python Notebooks


Application & Funding


The venue and meals during the school will be covered by our NSF grant. Thanks to a Heising-Simons grant, we will be able to offer some financial support for travel and lodging. If you want to be considered for it, please indicate so in the application form. Note that while everyone can apply for financial aid for lodging, we can cover airfare for selected applicants traveling within the US only. International travel cannot be supported.


The deadline for applying to the ZTF summer school has passed.



The theme for this year is transients.

The school format includes short lectures and interactive hands-on sessions when students will work with Python Jupyter notebooks to complete data processing assignments under the guidance of tutors. The school will run approximately between 9 am and 4 pm CDT (UTC-5) each day. During that time, students who participate online will be able to submit questions to tutors via Slack. Students whose time zones make it inconvenient to join the school can work on their own. They are welcome to submit questions on Slack and our tutors will respond as soon as possible.


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, will stay in Days Hotel . Accommodation is covered by a Heising-Simons grant from our ZTF partner, the University of Washington, Seattle.


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