The “Azarquiel School in
Astronomy” is named in honor of Azarquiel (Arabic: Azarqali), the most
famous among the Al-Andalusian astronomers. The first school started in
Granada-Spain, July 2010, and the second school is planned to be hosted
at the American University of Beirut (see program & venue). The project
is aimed at bringing an equal number of university students from the
Arab or Middle-East on one hand, and European countries on the other, in
order to promote cultural and scientific exchange between them.
Promoting advanced teaching in Astronomy & Astrophysics will motivate
and lead to future research activities in this exciting field.
The school can support up to 32
students from outside of Lebanon, due to budget constraints. If we
manage to obtain some help from host institutions, we can raise this
number to 40. Renowned experts with international reputation in their
field of research will give lectures across the span of one week. These
lectures will be given mainly in the morning sessions. The afternoon
sessions will be dedicated for interactive discussions with the students
as well as students' presentations.
The school will be held at the
charming campus of the American university of Beirut (AUB) overlooking
the Mediterranean. Founded in 1866, AUB has always been a place of
cultural and scientific interaction between the East and the West.
Special attention will be given
to the dissemination of information and to the visibility of the school
and its objectives through the media. It is emphasized that this school
has a mobile character and be hosted alternately in other Arabic/Middle
Eastern and European Universities.