Python in Astronomy 2018

30 April - 4 May 2018

Center for Computational Astrophysics, Flatiron Institute, New York


The fourth Python in Astronomy Conference will be held at the Center for Computational Astrophysics at the Flatiron Institute in New York from 30th April - 4th May 2018.

This conference aims to bring a wide variety of people who use, develop or teach people about Python packages in the context of all forms of Astronomy. The conference will include presentations, tutorials, unconference sessions, and sprints. As well as enhancing the community around astronomical uses of Python, the conference aims to improve collaboration and interoperability between Python packages, and share knowledge on Python packages and techniques. It will also provide training and educational materials for users and developers of Python astronomy packages.


Applications have closed.


The Center for Computational Astrophysics is a research center committed to developing the research tools needed for modern astronomy. All participants at the conference will be expected to follow the code of conduct.


When they are finalized, the program and talk abstracts for the conference will be available here. There will also be links to the live stream, twitter feed and Google Drive proceedings page containing additional materials.

Social Media

The hashtag for this workshop is #pyastro18, and the main twitter account is @pyastro18. Feel free to use the hashtag before, during, and after the workshop to connect with other participants and the wider community. Remember, when interacting with people either in person or online, you are required to follow the code of conduct.

Livestream and Live Chat

To accommodate remote participation, we will livestream the morning plenary talks and some of the afternoon tutorials.

The link will be posted here on Monday morning (April 30th) once it's set up. The local timezone of the conference is EDT (UTC-4). The videos will then be saved and viewable on YouTube afterwards.

We encourage all participants (including remote participants) to join our chat room via Matrix to allow people who couldn't attend to follow along, and to interact in real-time with other participants! This chat room will also be the most direct way for anyone remotely following along to ask questions during the livestream.

Organising Committee

The organising committee consists of: Matt Craig (chair), Azalee Bostroem, Daniela Huppenkothen, Andrew Leonard, Duncan Macleod, Brigitta Sipocz and Erik Tollerud. The local organizing committee is Kelle Cruz and Stephanie Tonnesen but the logistics are primarily handled by Flatiron Staff: Seran Lee-Johnson and Jocelyn Dorszynski.

To contact the organizers, send an email to $AT$

Lodging information

The Flatiron Institute is located in Manhattan at: 162 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010, USA. There are several hotels nearby in Manhattan, but some will be expensive; many offer a government rate, though. If you make reservations at one of them be sure to check that the rate you are quoted is for all nights of your stay.

Alternatives that are a short and convenient train ride away can be found in:

  • Hoboken, NJ: take PATH train towards towards 33rd street (NOT World Trade Center), and get off at 23rd street.
  • Brooklyn, NY: stay near the L train (gray line), take to Union Square in Manhattan.


Python in Astronomy 2018 is generously supported by:

Center for Computational Astrophysics at the Flatiron Institute