Petnica Summer Institute

Summer School on Astrophysics
3 August - 12 August, 2023

This year we are starting the 3rd cycle of PSI summer schools, with the focus on Astrophysics. A plethora of new observational instruments have either been recently launched or are planned to be launched soon (LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA, EHT, DESI, Euclid, DKIST, Plato). This school will provide a theoretical foundation for various astrophysical topics that will allow us to understand the science cases of the probes from the solar system to cosmological scales.

The aim: The school aims to provide an intensive and thorough course on a broad range of astrophysical topics. The school is not limited to lectures, but will also include daily discussion sessions, problem solving and independent work.

For whom: The school is intended for senior undergraduate and early graduate (MSc) students mainly from the Balkans region/Southeast Europe. All lectures will be given in English, so we also welcome students from anywhere abroad. Exceptional younger students and interested graduate students will also be considered.

By whom: Lectures will be given by senior PhD students, postdocs, but also by some senior researchers. Lecturers come from various European and US institutions.


  • Theoretical Spectroscopy
  • Stellar Structure and Evolution
  • Galactic Dynamics and Galaxy Evolution
  • Interstellar Medium
  • Introduction to General Relativity
  • Introduction to Cosmology
  • Large Scale Structure
  • Dark Matter
  • Computational Astrophysics
  • Gravitational Waves
  • Gamma-Ray Astrophysics
  • Accretion Disks and Planet Formation
  • List of Lecturers

  • Ivana Bešlić (Paris Observatory)
  • Mateja Bošković (SISSA, Trieste)
  • Giovanni Cabass (IAS, Princeton)
  • Nicola Franchini (APC, Paris)
  • Marija Janković (IPB, Belgrade)
  • Gábor Kovács (Konkoly Observatory, Budapest)
  • Ivan Milić (KIS, Freiburg)
  • Stanislav Milošević (University of Belgrade)
  • László Molnár (Konkoly Observatory, Budapest)
  • Kevin Pardede (SISSA, Trieste)
  • Gabrijela Zaharijaš (University of Nova Gorica) [online]