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on 21 February 2018

University students and young graduates in engineering and science can apply to the next Alpbach Summer School organised by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency from 17 to 26 July 2018. The deadline to apply is 31 March 2018.

The camp aims to foster the practical application of knowledge derived from lectures, to develop organisational and group skills, and to encourage creativity.

60 students and young graduates in engineering and science from ESA’s Member, Associate, and Cooperating States will be selected to participate in the 42nd edition of the Alpbach Summer School, which will focus on “Sample return from small Solar System bodies“. 

The participants are invited to put forward ideas to study the Solar System’s small bodies in-situ with spacecraft and by returning samples to Earth. Working in four teams, they will define the scientific objectives of the space mission and will provide a preliminary end-to-end design of a spacecraft and its scientific instruments, as well as mission and science operations that will meet their objectives.

On the last day of the Summer School, each team will present a short mission study to a panel of experts, as well as to all the other teams, tutors, and lecturers. The results will be judged by an independent jury of experts.

One of the study designs will be chosen for further elaboration by 20 selected Summer School participants during the Post-Alpbach Summer School event, which will take place between 26 and 30 November 2018 at ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Centre in Belgium.

The Alpbach Summer School is organised by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG). It is co-sponsored by ESA and the national space authorities of its Member, Associate, and Cooperating States. A traditional partner is the International Space Science Institute. It is also supported by Austrospace, the association of Austrian space industries and research institutions. EuroPlanet offers grants for students.

The representative for Romania in the Programme Committee is Dr. Alin Nedelcu, Director of the Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy, on behalf of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA).

For more information, please visit the Alpbach Summer School website.  

Image credit: ESA