European Southern Observatory (ESO) is collaborating with Sterrenlab to host the first ESO Astronomy Camp  from 26 to 31 December 2013 at the Astronomical Observatory of the Aosta Valley, located in Saint-Barthelemy, Nus, Italy. The camp will explore the theme of the visible and the invisible Universe through lectures, hands-on activities, and nighttime observations with the telescopes and instruments at the Observatory, alongside various social activities, winter sports, and excursions.

The camp will be available for a maximum of 55 secondary school students aged between 16 and 18 from the ESO Member States and ESO Science Outreach Network countries. Deadline to apply for the camp is on 31 October 2013. The applicant with the best entry will win a free trip sponsored by ESO. This bursary will cover the complete cost of the camp and transport to the camp, and will go to the best application from a student residing in one of ESO’s Member States. Four national partners are also providing free Camp registrations to the best applications from a student residing in their respective countries (but not travel funding).

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