SNAQ April 2022

online (virtual)



Uta Bilow (TU Dresden, Germany) , Konrad Schmidt (HZDR)


Schools on Nuclear Astrophysics Questions

Question in April 2022: Why is attracting high school students to nuclear astrophysics a win-win for everyone?

Update: Below, all talks are available as PDF for download.

This is the 11th edition of a monthly, virtual school format discussing questions related to nuclear astrophysics.

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A new event of SNAQs is organized always on the 2nd Wednesday in each month with a break in summer. SNAQs last about 3.5 hours, including breaks, with lectures and scientific talks around a given question in nuclear astrophysics. Lectures are held by senior researchers and scientific talks preferably by young researchers, as master and PhD students. Further, SNAQs put a special focus on the interaction between participants to allow young scientists networking even if traveling to schools, workshops and conferences is not an option.

SNAQs join the community of schools related to nuclear astrophysics that partner with ChETEC-INFRA:

The aim of this community is to give all students and young researchers the same, multidisciplinary knowledge about nuclear astrophysics. SNAQs will support this idea and strengthen the community of schools by providing a frequent lecture series to train and educate the next generation of scientist with knowledge across the three types of infrastructures used by nuclear astrophysicists:

  • astronuclear laboratories supplying reaction data,
  • supercomputer facilities performing stellar structure and nucleosynthesis computations, and
  • telescopes and mass spectrometers collecting elemental and isotopic abundance data.

Those infrastructures are networked by ChETEC-INFRA, Chemical Elements as Tracers of the Evolution of the Cosmos - INFRAstructures for Nuclear Astrophysics, a new European starting community of 32 partner institutions.

We are looking forward to meet you at the 9th SNAQ.

SNAQ April organizers SNAQs organizing committee
  • Uta Bilow (TU Dresden, Germany)
  • Rosanna Depalo (Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy)
  • Camilla Juul Hansen (TU Darmstadt, Germany)
  • Marcel Heine (Hubert Curien Pluridisciplinary Institute, France)
  • Ann-Cecilie Larsen (University of Oslo, Norway)
  • Andreas Korn (Uppsala University, Sweden)
  • Arūnas Kučinskas (Vilnius University, Lithuania)
  • Sara Palmerini (University of Perugia, Italy)
  • Gianluca Pizzone (Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, Italy)
  • Konrad Schmidt (Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Germany)
  • Olivier Sorlin (Grand Accélérateur National d'Ions Lourds, France)
  • Livius Trache (Horia Hulubei National Institute for Physics & Nuclear Engineering, Romania)
  • Aurora Tumino (Kore University of Enna, Italy)

Guidelines for participants of SNAQs

Please, …
… rename yourself in the Zoom sessions to match your registration name and institution – this will serve as your “nametag”.
… mute your microphone during talks.
… use the public chat only for questions related to the lecture; for discussions, please use the private chat.
… write your questions in the chat – due to the high number of participants, a moderator will read a selection of questions but can choose a limited number only.
… use breakout rooms to talk and chat to each other in smaller groups. Breakout rooms will be available during coffee breaks and participants can choose rooms freely.
… behave professionally and respectfully.
… follow ethical standards as professional integrity and honesty.
… foster a welcoming and inclusive work environment.

    • 1:45 PM 2:00 PM
      Zoom room available 15m
    • 2:00 PM 2:05 PM
      Welcome 5m
      Speaker: Konrad Schmidt (Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Germany)
    • 2:05 PM 2:10 PM
      Nuclear Physics in Astrophysics X (NPAX) School 5m

      Highlights of the school include:
      - Observation night with the Nordic Optical Telescope sponored by ChETEC-INFRA
      - Hands-on day with the galactic chemical evolution code OMEGA
      - Training day for Nuclear Astrophysics Masterclasses
      - Public special lecture on Nuclear Astrophysics at the Globe of Science and Innovation

      Registration is open at:

      Speaker: Rosanna Depalo (Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy)
    • 2:10 PM 2:45 PM
      Outreach in nuclear astrophysics at FRIB, JINA-CEE, and IReNA 35m
      Speaker: Zach Constan (Michigan State University, USA)
    • 2:45 PM 2:55 PM
      Questions 10m
    • 2:55 PM 3:30 PM
      Outreach via masterclasses in particle physics 35m
      Speaker: Ken Cecire (University of Notre Dame, USA)
    • 3:30 PM 3:40 PM
      Questions 10m
    • 3:40 PM 4:00 PM
      Coffee break and breakout session 20m
    • 4:00 PM 4:35 PM
      Plans for masterclasses in nuclear astrophysics 35m
      Speaker: Hannes Nitsche (Technische Universität Dresden, Germany)
    • 4:35 PM 4:45 PM
      Questions 10m
    • 4:45 PM 5:20 PM
      Outreach experience report 35m
      Speaker: Steffen Turkat (Technische Universität Dresden, Germany)
    • 5:20 PM 5:30 PM
      Questions 10m