International Astronomical Youth Camp

The International Astronomical Youth Camp (IAYC) is a three-week long summer camp aiming to promote knowledge of astronomy and related sciences in a unique international atmosphere.

The IAYC is an experience unlike any other; a place for unforgettable memories and lifelong friendships. Young and enthusiastic students come together from all corners of the world, aged between 16 and 24. The camp hosts around 65 participants for three weeks in a remote location, with access to some of the most spectacular skies you may have ever seen.

Sunrise in Poland, 2009 Participants working

The amount of knowledge to be gained from the IAYC is limitless. You can learn to use telescopes, create incredible astro-photographs, and most of all work on a project of your own, guided by a leader who will help you to make some amazing discoveries. No previous astrophysical knowledge is required; all that is needed is a passion for astronomy and the night skies!

IAYC 2015 Camp Photo

IAYC 2015 Camp Photo in Germany.

Would you like to know more?

  • You can find more information about what the camp is like here.
  • Please check out the first info about next years camp.


The British Astronomical Association have published an article about the IAYC!

29 Jan 2016 by Hannah

Details of the IAYC 2016, check out this year’s working groups and apply!

10 Dec 2015 by Hannah

Next year the IAYC will take place between the 24th July to the 13th August, 2016 and it will be in the UK for the first time! Come and join us at Nettlecombe Court in the beautiful moors of Exmoor National Park, the first International Dark-Sky Reserve in Europe! We expect to have more information and the application available by New Year.

03 Oct 2015 by Hannah

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