Wednesday, April 17, 2013

What I learnt from the EOS exoplanet Workshop

Anzere, Switzerland

Last week I spent some time in Anzere, Switzerland at a small collaboration workshop looking at Exoplanet Atmospheres. We discussed things from stellar variability, to transmission spectra, and model atmospheres.

Like all workshops/conferences/meetings there are some things that you really learn so I thought I would compile some of them for you here. I have also added some of the Pictures I took as it was a truly beautiful place.


  • Sierre is close to Anzere as the crow flies, but we have no crow.
  • The Swiss really like their cheese.
  • Even if. Correct that. Especially if you have submitted a paper we can find new things to change/throw a spanner in the works.
    Before I badly hurt my knee
  • Skiing is a dangerous sport, if you are me, but that won't stop you from trying.
  • Our solutions aren't perfect, they are just better than yours. 
  • Cheap Swiss Co-Op beer is okay to drink if it is three times cheaper than the good stuff.
  • In Englishman, Irishman, Scotsman jokes, the French always loose.
  • Even if it is beautiful outside the curtains will be closed so that science can happen. 
  • The jokes stop when you find out the kids throwing the rocks are from your country.

And last but not least,
It is not personal, it's SCIENCE!


The view from the chalet in Anzere, Switzerland after a night of snow.

Geneva, Switzerland
Sion, Switzerland
The view from the chalet in Anzere, Switzerland on the last morning
NOTE: All of the photos were taken by myself and all observations are either paraphrased or my own.