Courses related to conference topics for SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation

Educational learning completes your conference experience

Meet instructors, learn from experts, and connect with peers

Join us onsite in Québec for live instruction. Take advantage of this great opportunity to meet face-to-face with an expert instructor and a group of people with similar goals and challenges. Topics addressed in courses include Systems Engineering, Modern Optical Testing, NIR Spectrograph Design, and more.

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Functional Based Systems Engineering

Watch the free instructional webinar and preview the half-day course scheduled at Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation.

Systems Engineering and Large Telescope Observatories

Watch the free instructional webinar and preview the full-day course scheduled at Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation.

Featured instructors

Hermine Schnetler

Systems Engineering Group Head at UK Astronomy Technology Ctr.

Andrew Sheinis

Head of Instrumentation at Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corp

Jonathan Arenberg

Chief Engineer at Northrop Grumman Corp

Paul Lightsey

Mission Systems Engineer at Ball Aerospace

Discounts and more information

15% off for SPIE Regular Members
50% off for SPIE Student Members

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Cancellation notification

Courses are subject to cancellation due to insufficient registration or instructor availability. In the event of a cancellation, SPIE will contact attendees via email. 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) for courses

  • Check-in at registration
  • Receive badge and tickets
  • Go to Course Materials Desk*
  • Scan badge, exchange course ticket(s) for printed course materials* and receive location of course

*As a courtesy to the instructor and other attendees, please arrive to the course no later than the posted start time. Course materials can be picked up any time before the scheduled date and time of your course, but it is a good idea to pick them up at least 15-30 minutes prior.

*Printed course materials will act as a "ticket" to enter the course room. Do not go directly to the classroom without picking up your materials first.

Course room locations are provided onsite when you collect your course materials. Locations vary and courses may be held in a different location than the conferences. We recommend coming to the desk at least 15-30 minutes prior to the start of the class to give yourself time to collect your materials and walk to your classroom.

Yes. Most people collect materials for multiple courses at the same time.

There is a $50 USD service charge for processing refunds. Requests for refunds must be received by 7 July 2022; all registration fees will be forfeited after this date.

Yes, you may register for courses onsite. However, we recommend registering for courses early to ensure a seat. Courses without sufficient registration two weeks prior to the event are subject to cancellation.

There are no wait lists for courses. We recommend registering early to ensure a seat.

Course registrations include a printed copy of the course materials. Some courses may include textbooks. Check the course descriptions for more information.

If a course is cancelled, you will be contacted by SPIE staff via email.

SPIE awards digital badges and certificates to participants who attend courses and complete the evaluation and quiz. Certificates will be sent via email to attendees approximately 8 weeks after the conference has ended.

To receive a digital credential you must:

  • Be present for the entire course
  • Complete course quiz
  • Fill out course evaluation
  • Fill in your contact information in the space provided
  • Drop completed quiz and evaluation forms in the Course Evaluation Box in the course room or return to the Course Materials desk

More information about digital credentials can be found at SPIE Badges and Certificates.

No, the in-person courses will not be recorded.

There will not be an option to attend an in-person course virtually.

Some courses are available as pre-recorded, on-demand, online. To see our full list of available online courses and to learn more, visit SPIE Online Courses.