International Astronomical Youth Camp (IAYC)
The International Astronomical Youth Camp (IAYC) 2003 will take place in the small town of Klingenthal/Germany (12,000 inhabitants). Klingenthal lies in the region called "Vogtland" which forms the geographical border between Bavaria and Saxony (two federal states of Germany). The nearest large towns in the surrounding are Hof in Bavaria (45 km), Plauen in Saxony (30 km) and Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic (40 km).
The IAYC is an international youth camp with participants from about 20 different countries. As a participant you work for three weeks in one of the 7 working groups - together with other young people - on astronomical projects. The projects vary from night-time observations to theoretical problems, depending on your own interests. The working groups will be led by young scientists from the IAYC team. In IAYC 2003 we offer working groups which study the following topics: Autonomous and Intelligent Machines in Exploration; Art, Photography and Stars; Distances In The Universe; Early History of Astronomy; Galaxies; Fascination Observing; and Cosmology.
Apart from the astronomical program, there are many non-astronomical activities such as group games, sporting events, singing evenings, hiking tours and an excursion. Since it is an international camp, the camp language is English. You should be able and willing to speak English throughout the camp. It is not necessary to speak English fluently.
The accommodation for the IAYC 2003 will be a very pleasant youth hostel called "Jugendherberge Aschberg". The house offers plenty of space for all participants and working groups. There is a soccer field next to the house which can also be used for observations. We will also have our own darkroom.
Anyone between the ages of 16 and 24 and able to communicate in English may participate in the IAYC 2003. The fee for accommodation, full board and the whole program, including the excursion, is 410 Euro.
If you are interested in participating, further information is available at our web site www.iayc.org or you can order - free of charge - an information booklet including an application form from:Jörg Dietrich
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