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Summer School

AstroHackWeek is, in part, a summer school. The mornings will offer lectures and exercises covering essential skills for working effectively with large astronomical datasets. Past years have seen topics such as machine learning, Bayesian inference, frequentist statistics, databases, numerical Python, and visualization. Check out last year's recorded lectures.

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Unconference & Hackathon

AstroHackWeek is also an unconference and hackathon. The afternoon every day is entirely unstructured, and offers opportunities for collaborative research, breakout sessions on special topics, and application of the concepts covered during the morning sessions. Come with a project in mind, join someone else's or apply a new skill to an old problem.

(Past) Lecturers

Below is the line-up of tutorial lecturers in our previous conferences.
We anticipate a similar set of high-profile speakers for AstroHackWeek 2019.
Stay tuned for details!


26th August Data Visualization
27th August Software Development Querying Surveys + Data Management
28th August Machine Learning Bayesian Inference
29th August Machine Learning Bayesian Inference
30th August All-Day Hacking!

For the full schedule, see here.

To get an idea of the content, you can check out the recorded lectures from 2015 and 2016 or the lecture materials (also for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) on github.

Code of Conduct

During Astro Hack Week, we require participants to follow the code of conduct for the workshop which can be found on our code of conduct page. If you have any questions about the workshop, you can reach the organizing committee at astrohackweek@gmail.com.

Travel and Lodging

The closest airport to the Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge (KICC) is London Stansted. From there, trains to Cambridge depart every 10 and 27 minutes past the hour, take 33 minutes and cost 11 GBP.

From Cambridge Station the Universal bus takes you direct to Cambridge City Centre or to KICC. A standard journey costs 2 GBP. A map of the Universal Bus route can be seen here.

More detailed travel information can be found here: https://www.kicc.cam.ac.uk/aboutus/directions-and-contact

Accommodation information can be found here: https://www.kicc.cam.ac.uk/aboutus/accommodation


The KICC is a 15-20 minute taxi journey from the railway station, and costs around £8-9 with Panther Taxis Ltd (01223 715715).

Bike hire

By far the easiest way to travel around Cambridge is by bicycle. There are numerous cycle rentals in the city, including Station Cycles with stores at various locations, and City Cycle Hire just to the west of the city centre. Prices are around £10 per day or £25 per week, plus a deposit of £40-60.


This year's event is being organized by


Astro Hack Week is a part of the Moore-Sloan Data Science Environments at University of California Berkeley, New York University, and the University of Washington. It is made possible by the following sponsors:


Dear colleagues,

Applications are open for the sixth Astro Hack Week! The 2019 edition will be held at the Kavli Institute for Cosmology @ Cambridge University in Cambridge, UK, from August 26 to August 30, 2019. All scientists, including graduate students, senior undergraduates, faculty, postdocs, as well as anyone whose work relates to astronomy outside academia, are invited to apply to attend.

Due to the interactive nature of the workshop and our space constraints, we expect to cap attendance at approximately 50 people.

Astro Hack Week is a mixture of data analysis summer school and unconference-enabled collaborative research. There are no formal prerequisites. Participants will learn the theoretical foundation of, and practical knowledge in, statistical and machine learning methods crucial to modern astronomical data analysis. We welcome participants to bring their own research projects with them; Astro Hack Week is a great place to apply new skills and methods, and work with others to move these projects forward. It is also an opportunity to work on something new, and we encourage participants to apply their technical knowledge to outstanding problems in the astronomical community.

For more information, please see our website at http://astrohackweek.org and https://www.kicc.cam.ac.uk/events/astrohackweek19. The application form is available here: https://goo.gl/forms/zISf627conUJt2Vz2, and will be open until March 18. Selected participants will be notified by mid-April.

We hope to see you in Cambridge in August! Please forward this announcement to anyone who may be interested. Email us if you have any questions or concerns: astrohackweek@gmail.com

Sincerely, the Astro Hack Week organizing committee:

Ellianna Abrahams
Lauren Anderson
Nicolas Angeludes
Steven Brereton
James Fergusson
William Handley
Daniela Huppenkothen
Andrei Igoshev
Gábor Kovács
Boris Leistedt
Kaisey Mandel
Brigitta Sipőcz
Jake Vanderplas
Nicholas Walton