Data Analysis 2015-2019

AHEAD provides training on data analysis for young scientists and visitor programs for scientists and engineers at all stages of their career. Through our transnational access program, we offer one-two weeks training by experienced scientists at renowned High Energy Astrophysics institutes and archive centres (see below).

An applicant can also ask to visit an European institute or laboratory of her/his choice for collaboration in science or technology investigations.

All visits are fully supported for travel and subsistence expenses.

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester (UK)

Tutorials for the use of high energy data from Swift, XMM-Newton, Astrosat, the use of data analysis software and the use of source catalogues.

Contact: Paul O’Brien, paul.obrien at

SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research (NL)

Tutorials for the analysis of high-resolution spectra with the SPEX spectral fitting package and the analysis tools provided by the relevant missions, like XMM-Newton and Chandra.

Contact: Jelle de Plaa, at

Department of Astronomy, University of Geneva (Switzerland)

Support for data reduction and analysis methods for INTEGRAL, Chandra, XMM-Newton, Swift, Nustar, in particular high.resolution spectroscopy and timing analysis, especially in the fields of of active galactic nuclei, X-ray binaries, clusters of galaxies and stars.

Contact: Marc Audard, marc.mudard at

National Institute for Astrophysics, INAF (Italy)

1) User-friendly GEANT4 simulations of detectors/satellites backgrounds to any imprinting radiation/particle field

2) X-ray and Gamma-ray astronomy techniques and hand-on sessions for data reduction, catalogues, images and spectra production, analysis and interpretation

Contact: Massimo Cappi, massimo.cappi at

3) Tutorials and hands-on sessions for the reduction and the analysis of X-ray data (from  basic imaging-spectroscopy tools up to high-level tasks for X-ray high-resolution spectroscopy, deep field imaging, phase-coherent timing, phase and time resolved spectroscopy)

Contact: Enrico Piconcelli, enrico.piconcelli at

4) Tutorials in the use of software for re-processing and analysis of high energy data from XMM-Newton and Chandra

Contact: Antonio Maggio, maggio at

Institute of Astronomy Astrophysics, Space Applications & Remote Sensing (IAASARS), National Observatory of Athens

1) Cross-correlation techniques between X-ray and optical data

2) Source detection techniques and automated spectral extraction for XMM and Chandra observations

3) Automated spectral fitting (in XSPEC) using standard minimization methods and Bayesian techniques

Contact: Athanassios Akylas, aakylas at

AIM/Service d’Astrophysique, CEA Saclay (France)

1) Tutorials for analysis of extended sources (for background subtraction, mosaicking, spectro-imaging) in the field of the X-ray astronomy

2) Combination of X-ray and gamma-ray astronomy, up to the TeV range

Contact: Jean Ballet, jean.ballet at