OPTICON schools are a community training programme, which delivers expert knowledge in infrastructure use and development, and helps to integrate newer communities. The main programme consists of a yearly NEON Observing school that gives hands-on observing experience to young astronomers at a professional telescope. Additionally, OPTICON organises other schools concentrating on different aspects of observational astronomy, life-long learning, and integrating communities.

Unfortunately all our schools planned for 2020 had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope to reschedule them to the first half of 2021. You will find information on the new time for our school on this website, including updated application information.