Newsletter Nr. 12

October 2015

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Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure launches New Era of Planetary Collaboration in Europe

ISSI is pleased to announce that it has been selected to be a part of a €9.95 million project to integrate and support planetary science activities across Europe. The Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure (RI) is funded under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme and will run for four years until August 2019. The project is led by the Open University, UK, and has 34 beneficiary institutions from 19 European countries. ISSI is presently the only Swiss institute participating in this project and its funding comes directly from the Swiss Government. Europlanet 2020 RI will address key scientific and technological challenges facing modern planetary science by providing open access to state-of-the-art research data, models and facilities across the European Research Area.

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New Selected International Teams 2015

29 Teams have been selected for implementation from the proposals received in response to the 2015 Call for International Teams by the Science Committee.

New Selected Teams 2015

Dust particles from afar

25 years ago, the Ulysses spacecraft was launched into space. Now, for the first time its complete set of measurements of interstellar dust has been analyzed. When in 1990 the solar probe Ulysses embarked on its 19-year-long exploration tour, the participating researchers turned their attention not only to our Sun, but also to significantly smaller research objects: interstellar dust particles advancing from the depth of space into our solar system. Ulysses was the first mission with the goal to measure these tiny visitors and successfully detected more than 900 of them. Researchers under the leadership of the Max Planck Institute for Solar ystem Research (MPS) in Germany and the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Switzerland present a comprehensive analysis of this largest data set of interstellar particles in three articles published today in the magazine “The Astrophysical Journal”. Their conclusion: Within the solar system velocity and flight direction of the dust particles can change more strongly than previously thought.

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New Publications

Space Science Series of ISSI


Volume 50: The Magnetodiscs and Aurorae of Giants Planets

edited by K. Szego, N. Achilleos, Ch. Arridge, S. Badman, P. Delamere, D. Grodent, M.G. Kivelson, P. Louarn

Reprinted from Reviews in Space Science Volume 187, 1-4, 2015

The book is also available as eBook.

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Annual Report 2014/2015


The Annual Report summarizes the activities, publications, financial overview etc. of the 20th business year. Hard copies are available from the ISSI Secretary.

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Alpbach Summer School 2015

Sixty European science and engineering students from 19 of ESA’s 22 Member States attended the 2015 Alpbach Summer School, held in the Austrian Tyrol. This year’s meeting, held from 14 to 23 July, focused on quantum and fundamental physics in space.

The School Report

Pro ISSI Talk "Titan; The Moon that Thinks It's a Planet "
with John Zarnecki on October 28, 2015

John Zarnecki, ISSI Direktor, wird zum grössten Saturnmond Titan referieren. Der Vortrag findet am 28. Oktober 2015, um 18.15 Uhr am ISSI statt und ist in englischer Sprache.

John Zarnecki, ISSI Director, will talk about the largest moon of Saturn: Titan. The presentation will take place on 28th October 2015, 18.15h at ISSI.

More Information about the Pro ISSI Talk

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