2024 Summer School for
in Crete

8-12 July, Department of Physics, University of Crete, Heraklion

Registration Closed

Fear. No. Statistic.

Since 2019, we have been helping practitioners navigate the perilous waters of statistics and Machine Learning.

Are you an astronomer seeking to advance your research by delving deeper into statistics beyond the basics? Do you possess some familiarity with Machine Learning (and possibly employ certain algorithms) but are looking to demystify the intricacies of this "black box"?

The Summer School for Astrostatistics suits the needs of those who intend to "bridge the gap", and elevate their level from novice to mid-advanced: level The school's approach is to guide students and early postdocs in the use of the most common tools for the astronomer's daily analysis tasks. Each topic includes an introductory part along with hands-on analysis of astronomical data, and poses particular emphasis on the development of coding abilities which will serve as a quick reference for everyday work.

Due to its very nature as a hands-on workshop, this event will require on site attendance - we do not provide an option for remote participation. The Department will provide the computational facilities required by the classes: the attendees do not need to use their personal computers. The school is heavily based on the Python programming language. Therefore, it is expected that applicants possess the basic knowledge necessary to read and understand the code.


Department of Physics, University of Crete, Heraklion


Monday to Friday
8-12 July 2024


Registration opened on 7 February 2024.
Registration closed on 22 March 2023.

There are no registration fees.


Classical & Bayesian Statistics
Optimization Methods
Markov Chain Monte Carlo
Simulation Based Inference
Machine Learning Practices
Classification & Regression
Deep Learning

School Schedule

To be disclosed.


Teaching Body

Speaker 2

Dr. Paolo Bonfini

Alma Sistemi

Speaker 3

Dr. Kostantinos Kovlakas

Institute of Space Sciences (CSIC, IEEC)

Speaker 4

Dr. Grigoris Maravelias

National Observatory of Athens & FORTH

Speaker 5

Andreas Tersenov

FORTH & CEA Paris-Saclay

Invited Speakers

Invited Speaker 1

Dr. Eleni Vardoulaki

Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing

Teaching Assistants

Person Academic status Institute
Christina M. Lofaro PhD candidate Institute of Astrophysics - FORTH
Diego Álvarez-Ortega PhD candidate Institute of Astrophysics - FORTH
Myrto Falalaki BSc student Institute of Astrophysics - FORTH

School Venue

The school is hosted by the Department of Physics of the University of Crete, which will provide the computational facilities required by the classes.

Department of Physics, University of Crete, Heraklion



The Department is about 8 km from the center of Heraklion. There is a regular bus service from/to the city port (bus #20) or or airport (bus #11) to the University (direction Panepistimio / PAGNH). The municipality of Heraklion also provides an oline tool to keep track of the timetable and location of the buses (Iraklio Urban Buses), which is also available as mobile app. To reach the University on the direct bus line from the city center it is neccessary the "blue" ticket, costing 1.60€. Students enrolled in Greek universities might use the discounted "grey" ticket, but they must be ready to present a valid student card upon onbarding. Notice that bus tickets are valid for an individual ride, meaning that if your route will require changing muliple buse lines, you will need a new ticket for each of them. A detailed map and driving directions are available from the Department of Physics visitor information.

Heraklion airport is linked to the major European cities via Aegean Airlines, Olympic Air, easyJet, Ryanair, plus seasonal charter flights. Internal (Greece) flights are also provided by Ellinair and Sky Express. Daily ferry services from the Piraeus port in Athens are provided by Minoan Lines, Anek Lines, and Blue Star Ferries. These ferries reach the port of Heraklion in the early morning, and leave from Heraklio in the late evening. This schedule gives the participants more than aboundant time to reach the School location in time for the first class, and to reach the port after the conclusion of the School.

Code of Conduct

Participants attending the School agree to have read and commit to adhering to the Code of Conduct, available here.


July is considered touristic high season for Crete: attendees are advised to book their accommodation well in advance.

Finding a room

A variety of accommodations are rentable in the form of rooms or private apartments, while a list of hotels can be found on the visitor's page of the Department of Physics of the University of Crete. As of the beginning of February, several options below 50€/night are still available through the common search engines, e.g. Booking or AirBnB, but the ones located in the city center will probably be fully booked soon.

Ideal locations to seek for an accommodation would be: 1) the old city center within the Venetian walls, or 2) along the line of the city bus route #11 or #20 for ease of transportation.


To be disclosed.


This is the 4th iteration of a school hosted by the astronomy group of the Department of Physics of the University of Crete.
The School has been founded in 2019 by Andrews J., Bonfini P., Kovlakas K., and Maravelias G.

Previous events

2023 Summer School for Astrostatistics in Crete, 19-23 June
2022 Summer School for Astrostatistics in Crete, 11-15 July
2019 Summer School for Astrostatistics in Crete, 18-21 June

Want to acknowldege us?

If you have participated in any of the editions of the school (or if you have independently come across the material), and you believe it has made a direct and significant contribution to your work, please reward us by adding the following acknowledgement to your manuscript:

<< We wish to thank the "Summer School for Astrostatistics in Crete" for providing training on the statistical methods adopted in this work. >>

... and become a member of the Astrostatistics in Crete paper community!


So far, we have hosted ~90 students from 39 institutes and 16 countries!


Organizing Committee

Person Institute Contact
Jeff Andrews, Prof. University of Florida jeffrey.andrews (at) ufl.edu
Carolina Casadio, Dr. Institute of Astrophysics - FORTH ccasadio (at) ia.forth.gr
Andreas Zezas, Prof. University of Crete & Institute of Astrophysics - FORTH azezas (at) ia.forth.gr

Contact Us

For any info regarding the school


Department of Physics, University of Crete, Voutes University Campus, GR-71003 Heraklion, Greece