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 are organising a virtual archival school in June. The deadline for applications to this school has closed. You will find information on the new times for our future schools on this website when we have confirmed the plans.