The Bodies of ISSI - Organization Chart

The Board of Trustees oversees the work accomplished by the institute, exerts financial control, and appoints the ISSI Directors and members of the Science Committee. The members of the Board of Trustees are of the representatives of the Founder and of the funding agencies.

Members of the Board of Trustees:

Chair: Georges Meylan, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Vice Chair: Rosine Lallement, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, France
Secretary of the Board: Rudolf von Steiger, International Space Science Institute, Bern, Switzerland
Willy Benz, University of Bern, Switzerland
Johan A.M. Bleeker, SRON, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Lennard A. Fisk, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Daniel Fürst, RUAG, Zurich, Switzerland
Günther Hasinger, ESA, Paris, France
Adrian Jäggi, President of the Pro ISSI Association, Bern, Switzerland
Renato Krpoun, Swiss Space Office, Bern, Switzerland
André Maeder, Observatoire de Genève Sauverny, Switzerland
Sergio Volonté, Science and Robotic Exploration Directorate, ESA, Paris, France - retired
Wu Ji, National Space Science Center (CAS) and International Space Science Institute Beijing, China
Lev M. Zelenyi, Space Research Institute (IKI), Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia


The ISSI Directorate is in charge of the scientific, operational and administrative management of the International Space Science Institute. It interacts with the Space Agencies, the Swiss authorities, the Board of Trustees, the Science Committee and the Association Pro ISSI.

Members of the Directorate:

Anny Cazenave, Director Earth Science
Rudolf von Steiger, Executive Director (ad interim)
Joachim Wambsganss, Director


The Science Committee is made up of internationally renowned scientists. It supports the Directorate in the establishment of the scientific agenda, e.g., evaluating the scientific team proposals of the Annual Call.

Members of the Science Committee:

Chair: Mioara Mandea, CNES, Paris, France
Secretary of the Science Committee: Maurizio Falanga, International Space Science Institute, Bern, Switzerland

Daniel Baker, University of Colorado, USA
Corinne Charbonnel, Department of Astronomy, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Xiaolong Dong, International Space Science Institute Beijing, Beijing, China (ex officio)
Lyndsay Fletcher, University of Glasgow, Scotland
Stein Haaland, University of Bergen, Norway
Louise Harra, University College of London, United Kingdom
Kevin Heng, Center for Space and Habitability, University of Bern, Switzerland
Timothy Horbury, Imperial College, London, UK
Vladislav Izmodenov, IKI, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia (ex officio RAS)
Arvind Parmar, ESTEC ESA, Noordwijk, The Netherlands (ex officio ESA)
Francesca Primas, ESO, Munich, Germany
Michael Rast, ESA ESRIN, Frascati, Italy (ex officio ESA)
Heike Rauer, DLR Institute of Planetary Research, Berlin, Germany
Nathan Schwadron, University of New Hampshire, Durham, USA
Kanako Seki, University of Tokyo, Japan
Sami Solanki, MPI for Solar System Research, Göttingen, Germany
Christophe Sotin, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL/Caltech), Pasadena, USA
Frances Westall, CNRS Orleans Campus, Orleans, France


The Association Pro ISSI under the direction of the Board of the Association Pro ISSI promotes the ideas of ISSI to the Swiss public and the science community by organizing public lectures and events in Switzerland where internationally known space scientists present their findings. Summaries of these talks are published in the journal "SPATIUM".

Members of the Board of the Association Pro ISSI:

President: Adrian Jäggi, University of Bern, Switzerland
Treasurer: Frank Rutschmann, Bern, Switzerland
Editor of Spatium: Hansjörg Schlaepfer, Zurich, Switzerland
Secretary: Silvia Wenger, International Space Science Institute, Bern, Switzerland

Funding Agencies of the International Space Science Institute

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  Swiss Confederation >>
  Swiss Academy of Sciences >>
  University of Bern >>

ISSI Partners Supporting ISSI with an Annual Contribution

  Space Research Institute (IKI) >>
  JAXA | Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) >>



List of former members of all bodies of ISSI >

last update: 25 October 2018


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