I-LOFAR science & techniques workshop 2020

I-LOFAR Education Centre, Birr Castle, Co. Offaly 

2-4 March 2020


This workshop aims to bring together the Irish LOFAR community to present recent scientific results and engage in a workshop on the use of LOFAR data. We encourage contributed talks from any recent or ongoing research with LOFAR, ranging from work in progress to published, covering all topics from astronomy research to data science and computing.

For the data workshop, all LOFAR user-levels are welcome. We’ll be providing introductory talks on LOFAR technology as well as an introduction to scheduling LOFAR observations and processing data. There will be a particular focus on the use of data from LOFAR as a single station, but we’ll also be providing some overviews of using LOFAR ILT data, including data from beam-formed observations and interferometric imaging.


To register please email eoin.carley@dias.ie by January 15th 2020 with the following info:

  • Name:
  • Affiliation:
  • Talk title (if you wish to give one):
  • Dietary restrictions:

The talk formats will be 15 mins + 5 mins of questions (that may change depending on how many contributions we have)

Registration for the workshop is €50 and can be paid in cash.


All tutorials will be given using the Python programming language (Python v3.6 and v2.7). We recommend that you run Python using Jupiter and/or Spyder, which can be installed using Anaconda. Further details on how to install these packages can be found here. An excellent introduction to Python for the analysis of astronomical data can be found at Python4Astronomers.

Internet Access

Wifi access will be provided via eduroam. Please ensure that you have registered for eduroam by contacting your IT services at your home institution before arriving in Birr.


  • Day 1 (March 2): Intro to LOFAR and recent science results

11:30 – 12:00 Arrival and coffee 

12:00 – 12:10 Welcome and workshop goals [Eoin Carley]

12:10 – 12:40 Overview of I-LOFAR [TBD]

12:40 – 13:10 Overview of the ILT [TBD]

13:10 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 15:50 LOFAR science results 1 [4×20 min talks]

15:50 – 16:10 Coffee

16:10 – 17:30 LOFAR science results 2 [4×20 min talks]

19:00 – Dinner, venue TBD.

  • Day 2 (March 3): Recent science results and intro to LOFAR data

09:00 – 10:20 LOFAR science results 3 [4×20 min talks]

10:20 – 10:40 Coffee

10:40 – 12:30 Single Station Data Analysis 1 (SST, BST) [E. Carley]

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Single Station Data Analysis 2 (XST and all-sky maps) [D. McKenna]

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee

16:00 – 17:30 An intro to I-LOFAR and REALTA [P. Murphy]

19:00 – Astronomy on Tap, with Aine Flood @The Chesnut pub, Birr Town.

  • Day 3 (March 4): ILT data analysis

09:00 – 10:30 An intro to LOFAR ILT data – Tied-array imaging

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee

11:00 – 13:00 An intro to LOFAR ILT data – Interferometric Imaging [A. Ryan]

[Workshop end]

Exercises from 2018 Workshop

See here links to some of the exercises from the I-LOFAR workshop in 2018. The 2020 workshop will be similar to these tutorials, so its recommended you try these before coming:

Workshop Venue

The workshop will be held at the Education Centre located at Birr Castle.


Getting to Birr Castle

There are a few option for getting to/from Birr, Co. Offally.
  • Kearns bus service goes to/from Dublin, George’s Quay. Times of arrival and departure in Birr are limited: https://kearnstransport.com/dublin-service/#FromDublin
  • Kearns bus service also provide a service to/from Galway. Times of arrival and departure in Birr are again limited: https://kearnstransport.com/galway-service/#ToGalway
  • Irish Rail to Tullamore, then a local Kearns bus service to Birr: https://kearnstransport.com/local-service/#FromTullamore