Summer School - Geophysics from Space Using Micro or Nano-Satellite Constellations, 16-25 July 2019, Austria

Publish Date: Jan 18, 2019

Deadline: Mar 31, 2019

Event Dates: from Jul 16, 2019 12:00 to Jul 25, 2019 12:00

Summer School Alpbach 2019
Geophysics from Space using Micro- or Nano-Satellite Constellations

July 16-25, Alpbach/Tyrol – Austria

Would you like to use engineering and/or science to solve problems that can be addressed by space missions? If yes, consider applying to the Summer School Alpbach.

This year, sixty selected European engineering and science students will be chosen to participate in the 43rd edition of the Summer School Alpbach, a ten-day learning opportunity held in the beautiful Austrian Alps. Participants will be engaged in an in-depth learning experience, attending stimulating lectures on various aspects of space science and engineering, and working intensely within four groups to define and design a space mission under the supervision of noted scientific and engineering experts.

The topic of the Summer School Alpbach 2019 is “ Geophysics from Space Using Micro- or Nano-Satellite Constellations“.

You will hear of past achievements and learn about current issues. The most exciting aspect, is that you will be invited to propose ideas for new satellite missions to observe the magnetic and gravitational field of the Earth from space with a high resolution in space and time using a mission configuration that goes beyond all missions that have been realized so far.

You will be exposed to some real-life challenges, such as long working days (before proposal submission) and an expectation that you are able to immediately apply knowledge and techniques that you have only recently been exposed to. You will also have to handle the trials of establishing and maintaining an international and multi-disciplinary team composed of both scientists and engineers. You will need to balance the mission's scientific objectives and requirements with the realistic constraints of mission-design, spacecraft-design, and mission cost.

On day ten of the Summer School, each team presents their mission designs to a jury of experts. Occasionally, these designs have actually gone on to represent real space missions in ESA. 

If you are willing to embrace the challenges and rewards of the Summer School Alpbach, we look forward to receiving your application.

Expected Learning Outcomes:

In summary, Summer School Alpbach participants ...

  • Will be invited to view space as an exciting and challenging enterprise
  • Will be challenged to overcome the trials and reap the rewards of working in an international and multi-disciplinary team
  • Will be exposed to a range of scientific topics relevant to designing space missions
  • Will learn to balance scientific objectives and requirements with the realistic constraints of mission-design, spacecraft-design, and mission cost
  • Will develop the ability to work together as a team towards the common goal of preparing presentations and reports under incredible time constraints
  • Will forge long-term friendships that might eventually evolve into professional collaborations later in life
  • Will enjoy the unique and enriching "Alpbach experience".


The Summer School is open to 60 selected young science and/or engineering students and graduates from among the member, associate and cooperating states of the European Space Agency (ESA). The working language of the Summer School will be English.

Application deadline: March 31, 2019

Who can apply?

In order to participate, you need to be:

  • a citizen from an ESA member state or from one of the European associate and cooperating countries
  • enrolled as a student, MSc or PhD student in a university

The number of participants will be limited to 60. Confirmation of acceptance will be given by the end of April 2019.

A registration fee of € 450,- will be charged. This fee covers working material, free access to copying and computer, e-mail and internet facilities at the School House, coffee breaks and dinner vouchers (including one free drink per evening) throughout the period of the Summer School including the weekend.

ESA Member States: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom 
Associate members: Canada and Slovenia
Cooperating States: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta and Slovakia


Students from ESA member, associate and cooperating states are eligible for financial support by the relevant national sponsoring agencies or universities.

The Summer School Alpbach is also supported with funds from EuroPlanet NA1. Eligible for EuroPlanet support are students from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Romania.

For more information click "LINK TO ORIGINAL" below.

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