Astronomers' Days 2024

News & updates

(15.05.2024) Please check the conference programme for the time of your talk, and the social programme departure times in case you are attending. See the presentation instructions below.
(16.03.2024) The abstract submission and in-person registration are now closed. Registration for remote participation is possible until 16th of May.
(29.02.2024) The abstract deadline is extended until March 15th. The final registration fees have now been determined (see below under "Fees".).
(09.02.2024) The conference poster is now available! Download a printable poster here or a smaller web version here for distribution online.
(15.01.2024) Registration is now open (see below). The abstract submission deadline is 29.2.2024.
(16.10.2023) Registration will open in early-2024. More details coming soon.

Basic information

Dates: 20-22 May 2024.
Scope: Bringing together the researchers and students working with astronomy, space physics, cosmology, and related fields, in Finland.
Venue: Hotel Scandic Vaasa in Vaasa.
Accommodation: To stay at the conference hotel, book your accommodation via this link.
Presentations: The contributed talks will be 12 min + 3 min for discussion. Please send your slides in advance to info(at) in a PDF format. Presenting from your own laptop via connecting to Zoom is also possible, but the PDF slides are needed for avoiding loss of time just in case of technical issues.
Programme: The conference badge pick-up desk is open from 8:15 on May 20. The programme begins at 8:45 on May 20 and ends at 15:45 on May 22. Other events include the Annual meeting of the FAS board (on 20.5.) and Vaisala prize session (on 21.5.) for the outstanding doctoral thesis. During the Annual meeting, new board members will be elected for the next year. If you are interested in serving on the board, please let us know via email.
Remote option: A possibility to view the presentations virtually is provided (see below). Virtual presentations will not be an option by default. Registration for remote participation is possible until 16th of May by emailing a request to info at
Language of the meeting: English
Registration: The in-person registration is now closed. The payment information will be provided by email to those who have registered.
Fees: The registration fee categories are:
Student member: 70€
Student non-member: 140€
Member: 140€
Non-member: 200€
Remote participation: Free
If you want to join FAS right now, you can do so via e-mail (see contact information below). Press representatives should pay the fees based on their membership status. Doctoral students are considered students.
Social programme: A visit to the Söderfjärden meteor crater will take place on Monday evening. The guided walk in Vaasa Old Town will not be organized due to insufficient interest. The conference dinner will take place on Tuesday evening at Janne's Saloon in Kuusisaari — an island where we get to after a cruise through the Vaasa archipelago.
Contact: If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at info at

Introducing the Invited Speakers

Colin Snodgrass

Prof. Colin Snodgrass

Prof. Colin Snodgrass is a Professor at the Royal Observatory of the University of Edinburgh. He is an astronomer and planetary scientist, and studies the minor bodies of our solar system via remote observations using telescopes, and through exploration by spacecraft. His main area of expertise is in research into comets. He was the deputy PI for the ESA's Comet Interceptor mission, and part of the teams working on the ESA's Rosetta and Hera and NASA's DART missions.

Foteini Oikonomou

Dr. Foteini Oikonomou

Dr. Foteini Oikonomou is an Associate Professor of physics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She is a theoretical astroparticle physicist working to understand how extreme astrophysical environments accelerate particles and radiation to high-voltage energies. She has advanced the technique of modelling the multi-messenger (radiation, cosmic-ray, and neutrino) emission of active galactic nuclei, which allows astrophysicists to determine the physical conditions in these objects.

John Antoniadis

Dr. John Antoniadis

Dr. John Antoniadis is an Associate Researcher at the FORTH Institute of Astrophysics at Heraklion, Crete. He leads the Stellar Afterlife and Transients group and is the PI of the ARGOS Telescope project, designing a cutting-edge European radio telescope for multi-messenger astrophysics directly addressing multiple fundamental scientific questions, from the nature of dark matter and dark energy to the origin of fast radio bursts.


The Astronomers' Days are organised by the Finnish Astronomical Society with the help of the Scientific Organising Comittee. The event is funded by participation fees and sponsorship/grants (see Sponsors below).

Scientific Organising Committee

Mélina Poulain (Oulu), chair
Mikael Granvik (Helsinki/Luleå)
Tuomas Savolainen (Aalto/Metsähovi)
Elina Lindfors (Turku)
Panagiotis Charalampopoulos (Turku)

Local Organising Committee

Riku Rautio (Oulu), chair
Karri Koljonen (Norwegian Univ. of Science and Tech.)
Emma Mannfors (Helsinki)
Anne Virkki (Helsinki)
Pouya M. Kouch (Turku/Metsähovi)
Quentin Salomé (Aalto/FINCA)


FINCA, Suomen ESO-keskus
FINCA, Finnish Centre for Astronomy with ESO
Vaisala Oy
Tieteellisten seurain valtuuskunta
Federation of Finnish Learned Societies
Magnus Ehrnroothin säätiö
Magnus Ehrnrooth Foundation